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October 8th: Composers Concert!

August 21, 2010

New music, Uncategorized

Concert #2: October 8th, 8 pm:

Vortex Ensemble “Lost Angel” (premiere) +group improvisation
Sara Bielanski, mezzo soprano
Matt Samolis, flute
Todd Brunel, bass clarinet
Rob Bethel, cello

Charles Turner-“Sonata for Violin and Harp” (premiere)
Nash Ryder, violin
Anna DeLoi, harp

Lou Cohen “Open Sounds” for unspecified instruments (premiere)
Todd Brunel, reed
Steve Norton, reed
Kathryn Schulmeister, bass
Ashley Addington, flute
Melanie Hedlund, accordion
Duane Reed, guitar
Randy Winchester, trombone
Valerie Thompson, cello
Rob Bethel, cello
Charles Turner, shakuhachi
Jane Wang, bass
Matt Samolis, flute

Pieces for flute & cello by Gainey, Saariaho, Carter, Ran.
Ashley Addington, flute
Rachel Arnold, cello

Todd Brunell, clarinet
Rob Bethel, cello
duo music by Paul Hindemith

Biographies:

Lou Cohen
has composed music since age 12. He studied mathematics at MIT, and has studied music privately. Composition teachers include John Cage, Ernst Levy and Alan Kemler. He studied harpsichord and early music performance practice with John Gibbons. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. In the early 60s Cohen promoted new music in the Boston area by producing concerts in collaboration with Christian Wolff, in which the New York School was heavily represented. For a long time afterwards he composed in isolation. In April 2004 he produced his first concert in more than 40 years, in collaboration with the electro-acoustic group ONDA. Since then he has appeared as a laptop improviser in numerous concerts in the Greater Boston area. His collaborations with video artist Bebe Beard, and his own comp uter animations have been shown in many galleries throughout the United States, and in film festivals around the world.He is co-director of Opensound, a Greater Boston concert series featuring electro-acoustic improvisation. Opensound is sponsored in part by the Somerville Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Todd Brunel
is an innovative, critically acclaimed clarinetist and saxophonist, who performs extensively as a crossover classical and jazz musician. As a classical freelance musician, his busy performance schedule includes ALEA III, The Boston Chamber Ensemble, The Lexington Symphony, The Bulgarian Virtuosi, The Waltham Symphony and the Claflin Hill Symphony. Brunel has made guest appearances at: Carnegie Hall, the SEAMUS Festival at Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the Boston and New England Conservatories, The Longy School of Music, The Manhattan School, The SEAMUS Festival and The Winter Sun Music Festival with legendary pianist Daltin Baldwin. He has recorded for PBS and collaborates frequently with pianist Amira Acre, performing an extensive clarinet repertoire. He is a founding member of the Circadian Rhythm Kings (2008 Innova Recordings), Musaner, the Palimpest Ensemble, Neon Juju, a literary music ensemble, the Lilli Lewis Project, The Rivera Brunel Method, and the Vortex Other Dimension Ensemble. His work with conductor and composer Lawrence ‘Butch’ Morris includes Conductions recorded in NYC and performances in Boston, with the New England Skyscraper. Mr. Brunel received an MM from the Brooklyn College Conservatory, where he was a teaching assistant to Paul Shelden. He holds a BM from the Boston Conservatory of Music, where he studied clarinet with Atilio Poto. Other clarinet teachers have included Pasquale Cardillo, Thomas Martin and Jonathan Cohler. He has pursued additional graduate study at the Longy School of Music as a scholarship recipient, the University of North Texas and Boston University. He was a scholarship participant at the Aspen Music Festival and has studied composition with Sam Headrick and jazz improvisation with Bob Mover and Peter Cassino.

Flutist Ashley Addington and ‘Cellist Rachel Arnold are actively engaged in a project commissioning several new works for flute and cello. In August of 2009, Ashley and Rachel were invited by New Music Hartford to perform a series of short pieces for flute and cello written in a “60/60” contest entered by composers all across the country.  Inspired by the enthusiastic response in writing for these two instruments, Ashley and Rachel created a project to commission many of the selected performances culminating in a recording session in August of 2010 funded by a Subito Grant of the American Composers Forum.

Rachel Arnold, a Los Angeles native, is an active chamber musician and teacher living in the Boston area. She has performed in numerous chamber music festivals including Zephyr (Italy), Bowdoin, and the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory. Rachel currently performs with the Callithumpian Consort, Juventas Ensemble, and Embryonic Noise. Her jazz quartet CD, When Manatees Attack, featuring music by percussionist Brad Dutz, was heralded in the- Jazz Times “The musicians play with precision but let the music breathe naturally…the solos are creative.” She has been a member of the Los Angeles-based Partch Ensemble, in which she played the microtonal music of Harry Partch on an adapted viola and a kithara (a 72-stringed harp-like instrument). Rachel is a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and the Longy School of Music where she earned her Master of Music degree (with distinction). Her principal teachers are Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick and Terry King. Rachel can be heard on the pfMentum, Cold Blue, 7Tangram Records, Afrasia, and Innova record labels. A multi-talented artist, Rachel also teaches yoga and is a passionate crafter.

Originally from Texas, Ashley Addington earned a Master of Music degree in Flute Performance from The University of Texas at Austin and completed additional graduate work at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her principal teachers include Marianne Gedigian, Robert Willoughby, Jacqueline Hofto, and Alison Young. She has performed with the New England Philharmonic, Neponset Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, Boston Opera Collaborative, Cape Cod Symphony, and the Austrian American Mozart Academy Orchestra. Ashley was a participant in the 2008 National Flute Association Young Artist Competition and a semi-finalist in 2008 Plowman Chamber Music Competition.Ashley Addington enjoys working with composers and has premiered works by several emerging artists in the Austin and Boston area. Other new music projects include performances with Amp Music (NYC), the Boston CyberArts Festival, New Music Hartford, and such venues as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Lilypad, and the Outpost in Boston. Ashley has participated twice as a fellow in the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at New England Conservatory. Ashley currently teaches flute in the Boston area.

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