Houston Composers Salon Summer Concert

21 07 2014

Summer Concert 2014 Poster

Houston Composers Salon is ready to present 2014 Summer Concert.

The program presents diverse styles of five new ensemble and solo compositions, from short, witty Ambient Monster Games (for solo bass) by Joe LoCascio, “punk-like,’’ spoken-word Suite Bassel (for ensemble) by Daniel Zajicek, to quiet, meditative Pharmacy (for solo piano) by Brent Farris.

Attached please find a poster of full program and performers.

Please join them and enjoy the radical differences in style and sound.  This could be a great educational opportunity for children and students as well.

Date and Location:

Sunday, July 27th, 6:00 PM at University of St. Thomas, Cullen Hall (4001 Mt Vernon, Houston, TX 77006).

$5 Suggested Donation

www.houston-composers-salon.org    or    info@houston-composers.org   for more information.



Flutist Michelle Yom’s FALKOR

22 01 2013

Here is a nice article by Chris Becker, about flutist Michelle Yom’s interview with Scordatura on the 26th and performance on the 27th.  Check it out!


Houston-based flutist, composer, and improviser Michelle Yom


This Sunday, Houston-based flutist, composer, and improviser Michelle Yom presents FALKOR, an interactive music and dance composition featuring Yom on flute and four dancers, Kriten Frankiewicz, Erin Reck, Leslie Scates, and Sophia Torres. FALKOR utilizes video motion tracking and a wireless system triggering audio samples based on the colors of the costumes worn by the dancers as well as their movements. FALKOR takes place at Studio 101 as part of the ongoing electronic music series Brave New Waves.

Fantasy film fans (not to mention fans of 1980s pop music) will no doubt recognize the name Falkor (i.e. Falkor the Luck Dragon) from the film Neverending Story, which tells the story of a young boy who, through reading a magical book, enters into another world called Fantastica, a world sustained by human imagination. Yom uses the names of different characters and creatures from the film, each of whom represent some facet of humanity, as “venture points” to explore “the relationships between emotions, noise, sound, silence, and nothingness.”

… (for more, please read it at Sequenza 21 : http://www.sequenza21.com/2013/01/flutist-michelle-yoms-falkor/

Interview with Trio Oriens

23 04 2011


    Today’s Scordatura Show will have a Houston local piano trio, Trio Oriens, in the studio to talk about music by Paul Shoenfield and Tsang-Huei Hsu.  Moreover, they will share the experiences how modern music inspires their musical interpretation.     

   The Trio draws together three outstanding musicians from Taiwan, with violinist Johnny Chang, cellist Olive Chen, and pianist I-Ling Chen.  They had their debut in spring of 2010 and became one of the most active chamber ensembles in Houston area. 

   The Trio is going to have two concerts in April and May.   The first one will be held on Friday, April 29th, 7:30pm at Christ the King Lutheran Church (2353 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX 77005).  The second will be held on Saturday, May 7th, 7:00 pm at Campbell Learning Center (1440 Campbell Rd. Houston, TX 77055).  Visit their website at http://www.triooriens.com/ for more information and listen to their performances. 

    Tune in on Saturday, April 23th, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on KTRU 91.7 FM and KPFT 90.1 FM HD2, or www.ktru.org

Songs of the Earth – Zhou Long with Da Camera – Sat. 1/31

28 01 2009

Below is copied from Da Camera’s website.


“Saturday, January 31, 2009, 8:00 PM

Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center

Pre-concert conversation with composer Zhou Long and Sarah Rothenberg, 7:00 PM, 6th Floor

Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (chamber version)
Zhou Long The Farewell for pipa, erhu and chamber orchestra
Gustav Mahler Abschied from Das Lied von der Erde (chamber version)

Susanne Mentzer, mezzo-soprano; Da Camera Chamber Orchestra; Music From China (Susan Cheng, yangqin; Min Xiao-Fen, pipa; Wang Guowei, erhu); Gregory Vajda, conductor; Zhou Long, guest composer

This concert celebrates over 100 years of cross-fertilization between the Asian and Western classical traditions. European composers were inspired at the turn of the century by their discovery of poetry and music from Asia; in our day, Asian composers have come to America and found new musical voices by bringing their musical traditions together with their classical Western training.

Da Camera welcomes composer Zhou Long in his Houston debut. A world-class chamber orchestra with members of the Houston Symphony and other leading Houston musicians, led by acclaimed young conductor Gregory Vajda, collaborates with virtuosos from Music From China on the erhu and pipa.”

Catherine Ramirez Wed. 1/28 – Andrew Nishikawa & 20/21 this Sunday, 2/1/09

28 01 2009

Tomorrow evening, Wednesday Jan. 28th, flutist Catherine Ramirez is giving a recital at 8:00 P.M. in Duncan Recital Hall. The concert will feature music of Jolivet, Karg-Elert, and Ikebe. Catherine is a one of a kind performer, and I would encourage everybody to come and see her play.


Next, this Sunday two great events are taking place at the Shepherd School of Music here in Houston, TX. The first is the student run new music ensemble 20/21’s spring concert,  taking place at 6:30 P.M. in Hirsch Orchestra Rehearsal Hall. The program features Michel van der Aa – Mask (2006); Kaija Saariaho – Lichtbogen (1986); and a premiere by Scordatura’s very own Kenneth Stewart. This is a must see!


The second event is composer/pianist Andrew Nishikawa’s second doctoral recital. It is taking place at 8:00 P.M. in Duncan Recital Hall, with works for string orchestra, flute quintet, percussion ensemble, piano, and mixed ensembles. Andrew has been interviewed on Scordatura, and I would highly recommend this event.


If you need directions or other information, please visit the Shepherd School of Music’s website. Happy listening!

“Music about Music” – Musiqa concert: Saturday Jan. 10, 7:30 p.m.

9 01 2009

Featuring works by Karim Al-Zand, David Crumb, Marcus Maroney, and Steven Stucky this concert kicks off Musiqa’s spring season. The concert also includes a reading by acclaimed author Antonya Nelson. Come and check it out!

Electric LaTex ’08 – Nov. 21-22 @ Rice University Shepherd School of Music

16 11 2008

This November, the eighth annual Electric LaTex Festival will be hosted by REMLABS at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Electric LaTex is a festival of student electroacoustic music from the University of North Texas, Louisiana State University, University of Texas-Austin, Tulane University, Texas A&M University and Rice University. The event is designed to provide an opportunity for students to share their work and enjoy personal interactions. This year’s festival is scheduled for November 21st and the 22nd in the Hirsch Orchestra Rehearsal Hall at Rice University, Houston Texas. For more information about the event please visit their website at: http://remlabs2.rice.edu/LaTex08/index.html

Da Camera: Damaged Romanticism

10 11 2008

I attended Da Camera’s “Damaged Romanticism” this weekend and was blown away by the high quality of the performances and musical selections. The concert featured compositions by Stephen Hartke, Wolfgang Rihm, Karim Al-Zand, Franz Schubert, and Alfred Schnittke. Only ONE old piece of music! Totally sweet! …and such a serious concert. Definitely recommend anybody who likes to hear good new music to check out Da Camera’s performances.