Interview with composer Doug Falk – Sat 3-7

1 08 2009

We will have Doug in the studio to talk about his piano trio the “Mutant Crab vs. the Minotaur.”

My musical aesthetic is unified despite its division into three distinct fields: composition, improvisation, and songwriting. Whether composing for various ensembles, improvising on trumpet or double bass, or singing/rapping, my goals are the same. I aim to tell a story (often literally accompanying the music with a program), to explore the nebulous boundaries between emotional harmonies, and/or to create musical slapstick.

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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!





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.