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NC New Music Initiative

To engage our community in all phases of new music's culture:

  • Commissioning and meeting composers
  • Preparing new works for world premiere performances
  • Creation of archival recordings
  • Pursuing questions of cultural and esthetic critique.

Visiting artists (listed below, here) are deeply involved with the creation and dissemination of new musical ideas. Guests will work with our community in:

  • Instrumental/vocal Master Classes
  • Workshops for composers
  • Seminars on commissioning new work
  • Reading, recording and critique of student composers' music

Each year we will:

  • Commission a new work
  • Host a NewMusic Initiative-commissioned composer who is writing for our forces
  • Rehearse and Premiere a NewMusic Initiative-commissioned piece
  • Encourage conversation about choices made by audiences, performers, and composers
  • Rehearse and create an archival recording of a NewMusic Initiative-commissioned piece

Contact us NewMusic@ecu.edu to be a part of

  • Greenville Community Commissioning Project
  • Come meet our guest artists (workshops, Master Classes)
  • Listen and share programs (critical discussions)
  • Post-concert receptions

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2015 - 2016
Schedule of Events

September 10 @ 7:30pm
Miranda Cuckson , violin solo
October 3 @ 7:30pm
Yarn|Wire , 2 piano & 2 percussion
November 5 @ 7:30pm
Premiere Performances
NewMusic by ECU student composers
February 6 @ 7:30pm
The Dorian Wind Quintet
February 8 @ 7:30pm
Schoenberg,
Book of Hanging Gardens
A special ECU Faculty performance
February 18 @ 7:30pm
Frequencies
a NewMusic Ensemble
March 3 @ 7:30pm
loadbang
a remarkably mixed quartet
March 19 @ 7:30pm
East Carolina University Orchestra
Jorge Richter, Director
at Wright Auditorium
March 31 @ 7:30pm
Premiere Performances
NewMusic by ECU student composers
April 14 @ 7:30pm
Premiere Performances
NewMusic by ECU student composers

Looking Forward to our '16-'17 Season!

A HUGE thanks to the fabulous performers and composers who made the '15-'16 NewMusic Initiative an enormous success for our community-- Miranda Cuckson , Yarn|Wire , Dorian Wind Quintet , loadbang , Derek Bermel, Jim Mobberley, Aaron Myers-Brooks, John Costa, Matthew Ricketts, and the many outstanding musicians of Jorge Richter's ECU Symphony, Scott Carter's ECU Chamber Winds, and ECU's NewMusic Ensemble-Frequencies!

Now it's time to put our 2016-2017 season on your calendar!

Just over the summer's horizon we'll welcome the bass clarinetist Michael Lowenstern (September 29, 2016), ECU Opera Theater 's presentation of Virgil Thomson's Four Saints in Three Acts (October 23, 24, 25), pianist Julia Den Boer (November 3, 2016), soprano Sharon Harms and pianist Steven Beck (January 26, 2017), the Meridian Arts Ensemble (March 18, 2017), and the world premiere of our commission from Jim Mobberley (April 2, 2017) on 7:30pm concerts in the A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall in Greenville, NC. All of that in addition to the Frequencies Ensemble (February 16, 2017) and Premiere Performances concerts (November 11, 2016; April 1, 2017; and April 20, 2017).


Miranda Cuckson

Miranda Cuckson, violin [September 10, 2015]

Violinist and violist Miranda Cuckson is acclaimed for her performances of a wide range of repertoire, from early eras to the most current creations. Praised for her "undeniable musicality" (New York Times), "command of line and naturalness of expression" (Gramophone) and "seemingly inexhaustible arsenal of technical abilities" (AllMusic Guide), she is in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. Her recording of Luigi Nono's "La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura" was named a Best Classical Recording of 2012 by the New York Times.

Sept. 8, 4pm (A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall): Miranda speaks about experiences commissioning and premiering new works
Sept. 8, 5pm (Rm. 110): Miranda works with violin and viola students in a Master Class setting
Sept. 9, 1pm (A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall): Miranda reads and records works-in-progress by student composers.

[September 10, 2015 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital, 7:30pm]


Yarn Wire

Yarn|Wire [October 3,2015]

With two percussionists & two pianists, Yarn|Wire slips between classics and modern works that continue to forge new boundaries. Yarn|Wire is admired for the energy and precision they bring to performances of today's most adventurous music. The results of their collaborative initiatives with genre-bending artists such as Two-Headed Calf, Pete Swanson, and Tristan Perich point towards the emergence of a new and lasting repertoire that is "spare and strange and very, very new." (Time Out NY)

Oct. 2, 11am (A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall): Yarn/Wire reads and records works-in-progress by student composers;
Oct. 2, 2pm (Rm. 110): Ian Antonio and Russell Greenberg work with percussion students in a Master Class setting;
Oct. 2, 2pm (Rm. 375): Ning Yu and Laura Barger work with piano students in a Master Class; and speak about career, literature, commissioning;
Oct. 3 10-12 (A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall): Yarn/Wire open rehearsal

[October 3, 2014 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]


Premiere Performances [November 5, 2015]

ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances.The first of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers.

Program to include:
Christopher Short, In Her Eyes, for violin & piano
Patrick Rose, Unsettling Sentiments, for solo violin
Daniel Peterson, Tridgeridoo, for men's voices
Isaac Ward, Apathetic Piece, for solo violin
Andrew Howell, Systematic Musing, for four clarinets
Sarah Hemminger Johnson, Without Music, for solo viola
Julian Ward, Chronicle, for tuba & electronics
Timothy Wells, Light, for mixed choir

[November 5, 2015 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]


Dorian

Dorian Wind Quintet [February 6, 2016]

Recognized by critics, audiences, and professional musicians alike for its uniquely polished and passionate performances, The Dorian Wind Quintet is known worldwide as one of chamber music's preeminent and longest continuously-active ensembles. The Quintet has literally been around the world-concertizing in the United States and Canada, touring Europe eighteen times, and playing throughout the Middle East, India, Africa and Asia. The Dorians made history as the first wind quintet to appear at Carnegie Hall.

Feb 5, 11-1pm: The Quintet reads and records student composers' works (Rm 105);
2-4pm: Master Classes
Gerard Reuter, oboe (Rm 305)
Adrian Morejon, bassoon (Rm 265)
Karl Kramer-Johansen, horn (Rm 200)
4-5pm: The Quintet explores the ins and outs of commissioning; (Rm 200)

Feb. 6, 11am-15pm : Master Classes
Benjamin Fingland, clarinet (Rm 200)
Gretchen Pusch, flute (Rm 105)

7:30pm: Concert (A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall)

[February 6, 2016 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]


Book of Hanging Gardens

The Book of the Hanging Gardens [February 8, 2016]

ECU Faculty pianist sopranos Kathryn Mueller and Rachel Copeland join forces with pianist Catherine Garner in rare presentation of Arnold Schönberg's The Book of the Hanging Gardens (Op. 15, 1908-1909). This performance is enhanced by Prof. Daniel Guberman's bringing us helpful musical and historical commentary.

[February 8, 2016 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]


Stranded Silver

Frequencies

Frequencies is an ensemble created and directed entirely by students. These remarkable members of the ECU School of Music's community make programming decisions, form ensembles, rehearse and prepare works for performance. Frequencies is music's future blooming before our ears. Come hear what drives the next generation's musical interests and passions!
With music by Gyorgy Ligeti, Andy Akiho, Krzysztof Penderecki, Kaija Saariaho, Arnold Schonberg, and a world premiere by Paul Sanho Kim!

[February 18, 2016 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]


loadbang

Loadbang [March 3, 2016]

New York-based new music chamber group loadbang is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble. Their unique lung-powered instrumentation (bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice) has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a stylistic palette ranging from whistled Brazilian rhythms and microtonal jazz standards to the decoupled and deconstructed sounds of the second modernity. They have been praised as 'cultivated' by The New Yorker, 'exhilarating' by the Baltimore Sun, 'inventive' by the New York Times and called a 'formidable new-music force' by TimeOutNY.

Tuesday, March 1
3-4, rm 265; Andy Kozar, on his music
4-5, Recital Hall; About careers, commissioning, more
5- , rm 136; Jeffrey Gavett, Voice Master Class
rm 200; Carlos Cordeiro, Clarinet Master Class
rm 105; Andy Kozar, Trumpet Master Class

Wednesday, March 2
10-11, rm 265; Jeffrey Gavett, on his music
1-3, Recital Hall; recorded readings of student composers music
4- , rm 105; Will Lang, Trombone Master Class
5-6, rm 126; Carlos Cordeiro, on his music

Thursday, March 3
11-12, rm 216; Will Lang, on his music
7:30, Recital Hall CONCERT

[March 3, 2016 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]


Orchestra

ECU Symphony [March 19, 2016]

Jorge Richter , director in a program featuring the WORLD PREMIERE of John Costa's Esperança , winner of our 11th Annual Orchestral Composition Competition ; as well as the world premiere of Mark Taggart' s Concerto da Camera for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra, with guest soloist Elliot Frank ; and Karel Husa's Pastorale.

[March 19, 2016 Concert @ Wright Auditorium, 7:30pm, free admission.]


Premiere Performances [March 31, 2016]

ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances.  The second of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers.  Can't get here? Access a live stream.

Program to include:
Julian Ward, Vivyrian Folk Tales (The Merry Trickster), for solo violin
Isaac Ward, Ebb and Flow (Color Tides), two piano & two percussion
Max Mallett, Distance, for string quartet
Christopher Short, Immortality , for tenor, piano violin
Josh Poyner, Rememory, for tuba and vibraphone
Daniel Peterson, Forward, for brass quintet
Davis Martin, As the Forest Expands, for string quartet
Patrick Rose, Color Palette, for wind quinte

[March 31, 2016 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]


Premiere Performances [April 14, 2016]

ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances.The third of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers.

Program to include:
Davis Martin, Becoming Unanchored , for solo piano
Isaac Ward, A Partial Piece , for horn and interactive electronics
Emerson Voss, On Two Poems by Emily Dickinson , for fixed media
Andrew Howell, Fantasy from the Far Side , for euphonium/tuba quartet
Drew Keil, Menus , for fixed media
Patrick Rose, SnapArt , for fixed media
Zack Grass, Tubstep , for tuba and fixed media
Emerson Voss, Music for Winds and Percussion , for mixed ensemble

[April 14, 2016 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]



BECOME A SPONSOR!
Come hear how new ideas are initiated, and celebrate our
16th ANNUAL EXPLORATION OF THE SOUNDS OF OUR TIME
There are concerts, Master Classes with visiting performers and composers,
readings of student composers' works, receptions, discussions and more!
For additional information or to become a sponsor, contact:
  Edward Jacobs, Founding Director of the NC NewMusic Initiative, at
NewMusic@ecu.edu 252-328-4280