College of Fine Arts and Communication
To engage our community in all phases of new music's culture:
Visiting artists (listed below,
here) are deeply involved with the creation and dissemination of new musical ideas. Guests will work with our community in:
Each year we will (see video introduction to the unique program):
NewMusic@ecu.edu to be a part of
Guest artist Chris Grymes performs in Todd Dining Hall
OUR HISTORY(& archives)
2017 - 2018Schedule of Events
A cross between Eric Dolphy, Meat Beat Manifesto, NPR's This American Life, The Gap Band and Igor Stravinsky,
's sound defies definition; it's ClassicoFunkTronica.
On stage, Michael brings not only his formidable skill and finesse on the bass clarinet, but also his sense of humor, a deep appreciation for pop culture, an enthusiasm which can only be called infections and, well, cool toys. His shows employ computers, props and electronic gizmos, and Michael brings everything from consumer electronics, to a WiCoder (combination EWI and vocoder - way too cool!), to a few harmonicas and the occasional piece of home-made electric gear, assuming it wasn't confiscated by the TSA.
Michael has written music for concert, film, dance and various other new media over the span of his 23-year career. Actively involved with technology in sound and music, Michael has been a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, having created or performed over a hundred works for bass clarinet and electronics. His collaborations have included remixes for the landmark recording In C Remixed (featured on NPR's RadioLab), Michael Gordon's video opera Chaos and various dance works with David Lang. To date he can be heard on over fifty CDs, including five solo recordings of his own.
Michael travels regularly as a guest lecturer at universities around the country. A former faculty member of New York University, he is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Widely considered one of the finest bass clarinetists in the world, has performed, recorded and toured as a soloist and with ensembles of every variety. Michael has written music for concert, film, dance and various other new media over the span of his 23-year career. His collaborations have included remixes for the landmark recording "In C Remixed" (featured on NPR's RadioLab), Michael Gordon's video opera "Chaos" and various dance works with David Lang. To date he can be heard on over fifty CDs, including five solo recordings of his own.
♦Arms Out (2014)
♦Little Bit (2014)
♦Ariel's Hands (2006)
♦Lost in Translation (2011)♦What'd I Say (2012)♦Sort of Not So (2010)♦My Mouth (2009)
Michael travels regularly as a guest lecturer at
university around the country. A former faculty member of New York University, he is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Lowenstern's time with the NewMusic Initiative will include:
Wednesday, Sept. 286pm (rm 105): Michael works with clarinetists in a Master Class setting
Thursday, Sept. 291pm (rm 110): "How music school prepares you for almost any career--even a musical one."7:30pm (A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall): CONCERT!
Friday, September 3011am (Recital Hall): Michael reads and records works-in-progress by student composers2pm (Rm 200): more about Michael's musical ideas and creative process.
[September 29, 2016 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]
Words by Gertrude SteinMusic by Virgil Thomson (composed 1927-28; premiered 1934)Presented with ECU Opera TheatreJames Franklin, conductorJohn Kramar, stage directorEric Stellrecht, musical direction/chorus masterJeffery Phipps, costume designErica Bolick, choreographerMatthew Scully, set designScott Skiba, lighting design
Starring Caroline Miller, Christopher Short, Grace Ashley, Amanda Whitmore,
Skylar McKee, Gina Marie Falk, Johnathon Spell, and James Taylor
Tickets $20.00 (General Admission), $15.00 (Faculty/Staff/Seniors), $5.00 (Student)
Tickets are available at the door, or by calling the
Central Ticket Office: Phone: 1-800-328-2787 (locally 328-4788)
[October 23-25, 2016 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm]tickets available through ECU Arts__________________________________________________________
JULIA DEN BOER is a strong advocate of contemporary music. Based in New
York city, she performs internationally and has commissioned and
premiered numerous works. She is committed to exploring and pushing her
instrument’s boundaries through close collaboration with composers and
has had the opportunity to work with some of the most prominent
composers of our time such as Heinz Holliger, Philippe Leroux, Ned
Rorem, Martin Matalon and Kaija Saariaho.
Julia is a recipient of
the Solti Foundation award, was awarded the Prix Mention Speciale
Maurice Ohana at the 2012 International Orleans Competition, and won the
ninth annual Mikhashoff Trust Fund for New Music Pianist/Composer
Commissioning Project with composer Zosha Di Castri.
Recent and upcoming
performances include concerts at Unerhörte Musik in Berlin, the CMC in
Toronto, a program of commissions for piano and electronics for
Live@CIRMMT in Montreal, Columbia Composers Concert at Issue Project
Room, Matrix at the SWR in Freiburg, New Music Concerts in Toronto, MATA
Festival, the International Computer Music Conference, the Klangspuren
Festival in Austria, Poets Out Loud at Lincoln Center, and Manifeste at
Her performances have been broadcasted on Q2, CBC Radio 2, the SWR and France Musique.
Julia is a native of
Lyon, France and holds a doctorate of musical arts from SUNY Stony Brook
University where she studied with Gilbert Kalish. She is on faculty at
the Bloomingdale School of Music and holds the position of music
director at the Church of the Ascension in Greenpoint Brooklyn.
Julia's November 3 program will include:
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. Can't get here? Access a live stream here. Program to be announced.
[November 11, 2016 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]_____________________________________________________________________
Sharon has premiered the music of some of
today's leading and up-and-coming composers and her repertoire spans a
versatile spectrum of periods and styles. A wide array of collaborations have
put Ms. Harms in venues around the world. She is a member of the Argento
Ensemble and has sung with Alter
Ego Ensemble, Baroque
Band of Chicago, Center
for Contemporary Opera, Da
Capo Chamber Players, East
Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble
Opera Chamber Orchestra, New
Chamber Ballet, New
Fromm Players, Notre Dame Sacred Music Orchestra, Orchestra
of the League of Composers, Pacifica
Symphony Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Slee
Chamber Ensemble, and Third
Ms. Harms has appeared as a fellow at
Music Center, and as a guest artist at June
in Buffalo, Los
Angeles International New Music Festival, Radcliffe
for Advanced Study in Princeton, Wellesley
Composer's Conference & Chamber Music Workshops, American
Academy in Rome, and Resonant
Recording projects include a 2013 Latin
Grammy nomination for Gabriela
Ortiz' Aroma Foliado with Southwest Chamber Ensemble, and a CD
of new vocal works by Louis Karchin with Da Capo Chamber Players on
Bridge Records. She will also be featured on various forthcoming recordings of
new pieces by William
Liebermann, and Charles
Recent highlights include the premiere of
John Eaton's The
End of It with Eighth
Blackbird and the Pacifica
Quartet, Mendelssohn's Elijah with
baritone Nathan Gunn and the Notre Dame Sacred Music program, and
Sharon's Carnegie Hall debut in Charles Wuorinen's cantata It
Happens Like This with the MET Chamber Ensemble under James Levine.
American pianist STEVEN BECK continues to garner impressive acclaim for his performances and recordings worldwide. Praised by the New Yorker as “one of the city’s finest young pianists”, a recent New York concert by Mr. Beck was described as “exemplary” and “deeply satisfying” by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times.
In the words of New
York Times critic Allan Kozinn, Mr. Beck is “an eloquent and persuasive
performer of contemporary works”; he has worked with Elliott Carter, Pierre
Boulez, Henri Dutilleux, Charles Wuorinen, George Crumb, George Perle, and Poul
Ruders, and performed with ensembles such as Speculum Musicae, the Metropolis
Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, and the Da Capo Chamber Players.
He is a member of the Talea Ensemble and the Knights. He is also a member
of Quattro Mani, a piano duo specializing in contemporary music.
An eminent recording
artist, Mr. Beck’s discography includes world premiere recordings of newly
discovered works by Beethoven on Monument Records and a recording of Elliott
Carter’s “Double Concerto” on Albany Records (this was described as
“impressive” by Gramophone),
as well as solo works by Louis Karchin and Andy Laster. The debut CD of his
chamber ensemble “Pleasure is the Law” was released on Boston Records in 2009.
This evening's program:Warble me now, for joy of Lilac-time (1943), by Elliot CarterDu (1951), by Milton Babbittsongs from The Book of Hours: Love Poems to God (2005), by Brad MehldauPalladium (2016), by Edward Jacobs [WORLD PREMIERE]Apparition (1979), by George Crumb
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!
Program includes Terry Riley's In C, Alban Berg's Die Nachtigall, Steve Snowden's Long Distance, Edgard Varese's Density 21.5, Casey Cangelosi's Etude in E Minor and Sleight of and Evil Hand.
[February 16, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]______________________________________________________________________
Jorge Richter, director in a program featuring the winner of our 12th
Annual Orchestral Composition Competition; as well as Beethoven's Prometheus Overture, Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet Overture-Fantasy, and Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen, with guest soloist Jami Rhodes.
[March 4, 2017 Concert @ Wright Auditorium, 7:30pm, free admission.]______________________________________________________________
The MERIDIAN ARTS ENSEMBLE, a sextet comprised of five brass players and a percussionist, is
America’s leading brass group exploring the music of today. Founded in 1987,
with nine commercial CD releases, over fifty premieres, and performances on
four continents and in forty-nine states, Meridian’s exciting and ambitious
musical approach has changed the face of classical music.
A former ensemble-in-residence at the prestigious
Manhattan School of Music, the ensemble began its career looking away from
academic music and toward the American vernacular. Meridian’s arrangements of
the music of Frank Zappa brought critical and popular acclaim, interviews on
NPR’s Weekend Edition, and performances in concert halls and rock clubs.
Commissions from Milton Babbitt, Elliott Sharp, Tania Leon, Su Lian Tan, Mark
Applebaum, Hermeto Pascoal, Nick Didkovsky, David Sanford, The Common Sense
Composers’ Collective, Stephen Barber, John Halle, and Kirk Nurock have created
a balanced and broad ranging repertoire for brass and percussion that peers
into every corner of today’s musical experience.
Ensemble has succeeded in bringing classical music to popular audiences. Consistently attracting a diverse audience
base, the ensemble has worked tirelessly to keep the traditions of classical
music alive, to spread the appeal of these traditions, and to revisit these
traditions from a contemporary sensibility.
Friday, March 1711am (Recital Hall): MAE reads and records works-in-progress by student composers2-4pm: Master Classes
Tim Leopold, Josef Burgstaller, Trumpet, rm 136Daniel Grabois, Horn, rm 200Mark Hetzler, Trombone, rm 306Raymond Stewart, Tuba, rm 265
3-5pm: John Ferrari, Percussion, rm 110
Saturday, March 18
7:30pm (Recital Hall): Concert including works by Coperario, Grabois, Jacobs, Forsythe, Maggio, and Byrd.
[March 18, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]__________________________________________________________________
[April 1, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]________________________________________________________________
Directed by Scott Carter, the ECU Sinfonietta was formed to collaborate with, and premiere and record a NewMusic Initiative Commission by JAMES MOBBERLEY. Mobberley was chosen during the fall '14 semester by students who researched hundreds of composers before making their selection. During the spring '15 semester students learned about the commissioning process, and negotiating contract terms. The '15-'16 brought him to campus in the fall to hear our ensembles, and in the spring to share and hear initial sketches of his work.
We're excited to receive the complete work this fall ('16), and this NewMusic Initiative Commission will be premiered on this April 2 concert, directed by Scott Carter. Other works on the program will soon be announced.
[April 2, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]__________________________________________________________________
[April 20, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]_________________________________________________________________