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NC NewMusic Initiative 2014-2015


NC NewMusic Initiative
Our Mission | Artists-In-Residence | Our Plan | How you can get involved

Our Mission

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, and
  • pursuing questions of cultural and esthetic critique.


Artists-In-Residence

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

Our Plan

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

How you can get involved

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



2014-15 Schedule of Events

OCTOBER 2 @7:30pm
   Roomful of Teeth
   Vocal Octet
   St. Paul's Episcopal Church
   1-800-ECU-ARTS for tickets

NOVEMBER 6 @7:30pm
   Blair McMillen, piano

NOVEMBER 20 @7:30pm
   Premiere Performances
   NewMusic by ECU student composers

JANUARY 23 @7:30pm
   Chris Grymes, clarinet
   Xak Bjerken, piano

MARCH 20 @7:30pm
   FREQUENCIES
   a NewMusic Ensemble

MARCH 21 @7:30pm
   ECU Chamber Winds
   Scott Carter, Director

MARCH 22 @7:30pm
  
Premiere Performances

MARCH 28@7:30pm
   East Carolina University Orchestra

   Jorge Richter, Director
   Chris Grymes, clarinet
  
at Wright Auditorium

APRIL 20@7:30pm
   Premiere Performances


          
Performers/Composers in Attendance

Works to be Performed

Driving Directions/Maps to ECU

Sponsors

Annual Orchestra Composition Competition

 

Past Festivals
(archives)

2001, 2002, 2003,
2004, 2005, 2006,
2007, 2008, 2009,
2010, 2011, 2012,
2013, 2014



Roomful of Teeth [October 2, 2014]
Roomful of Teeth

   Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, Roomful of Teeth is a vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from non-classical traditions the world over, the eight voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an on-going commissioning project, invites today's brightest composers to create a repertoire without borders. 

[October 2, 2014 Concert @ St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 7:30pm, tix 1-800-ECU-ARTS.]


 
Blair McMillen, piano [November 6, 2014]
Blair McMillen, piano
   The New York Times has described Blair McMillen as "riveting,” “prodigiously accomplished and exciting,” and as one of the piano’s “brilliant stars.”  Blair leads a multifarious musical life as pianist, chamber musician, conductor, and improviser.  He plays a vast variety of musical styles: from medieval keyboard manuscripts to improvisation-based music of all types: from Classical/Romantic-era piano repertoire to the music of young 21st-century composers.  Known for his imaginative and daring programming, Mr. McMillen has premiered hundreds of new works, both as soloist and with numerous ensembles.

[November 6, 2014 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.] 


 
Premiere Performances [November 20, 2014]
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 be announced.

[November 20, 2014 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]


 
Christopher Grymes, clarinet & Xak Bjerken, piano [January 23, 2015]
Chris Grymes

   An eclectic and versatile performer, clarinetist Christopher Grymes playing has been described as “brilliant” (The Clarinet), and “eloquent...animated and free of any interpretive self indulgence” (The Strad). Most recently, The New York Times praised his “acuity” and The Baltimore Sun his “admirable technical and expressive strengths”.
   Equally at home in chamber, orchestral, and new music, Mr. Grymes is currently a member of the New York-based chamber ensemble Concertante, and has performed with the Boston Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the Utah Symphony, as well as many other orchestras throughout the United States.  He served as a tenured member of the faculty at the East Carolina University School of Music from 2001-2011. Mr. Grymes is the founder of Open G Records, and currently lives and works in New York, NY.
[January 23, 2015 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]

 
Xak Bjerken, piano [January 23, 2015]
Xak Bjerken, piano   Xak Bjerken has appeared with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival Orchestra, and members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, as member of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, and as co-director, with Steven Stucky, of Ensemble X. He has performed at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus in Berlin, at Alice Tully Hall, Weill Hall and the Kennedy Center.
   Xak has held residencies at Tanglewood, Spoleto, and the Olympic Music Festival; served on faculty of the Eastern Music Festival, is currently on faculty at Kneisel Hall, and the Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College. Since his first solo recording (CRI), he has recorded for Open G Records, Koch Internat'l, Chandos, Albany Records, and Artona.
[January 23, 2015 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]

 
Frequencies [March 20, 2015]
Stranded Silver Flute Quartet

 

 

 

 

[March 20, 2015 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]


 
ECU Chamber Winds [March 21, 2015]
Scott Carter, conductor


Select performers from the ECU School of Music, under the direction of Scott Carter, present the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by Aaron Brooks, alongside another work from the 21st century.

[March 21, 2015 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]

 
Aaron Brooks, composer [March 21, 2015]
Aaron Brooks, composer
  
Aaron Brooks comes to composing by way of rock and metal's avant-garde.  Raised in Greenville, NC by visual artist parents, he developed an interest in creativity early, first via drawing, and later with 4-track home recording during his teenage years, subsequently finding a home in the contemporary composition world.
   Aaron has composed in various styles, but always maintains a quirky and exciting approach to rhythmic energy.  He has written for Collide-O-Scope Music, pulsoptional, and the American University Student Sax Quartet, and been performanced by IonSound Project, the NOW Ensemble, Alia Musica Pittsburgh, the ECU Choral Scholars, the Wellesley Composers Conference, the soundSCAPE festival in Italy, the PSO Young Composers Reading, and the Cleveland Composers Recording Institute.
[March 21, 2015 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]

 
Premiere Performances [March 22, 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 second of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers.
  Program to be announced.  [March 22, 2015 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]

 
ECU Symphony Orchestra [March 28, 2015]
ECU Symphony Orchestra, Jorge Richter, director

Jorge Richter, director in a program featuring

[March 28, 2015 Concert @ Wright Auditorium, 7:30pm, free admission.]
 
Jeremy Gill, composer [March 28, 2015]
Jeremy Gill, composer

   Jeremy Gill has been commissioned by the American Guild of Organists, Chamber Music America, Concert Artists Guild, the Harrisburg Symphony, the Kimmel Center, and has been performed by the Parker and Casal Quartets, Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Concertante, Great Noise Ensemble, Harrisburg Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic.  He has received awards from BMI, ASCAP, the League of American Orchestras, and has been composer-in-residence with the Dalí Quartet Chamber Music Camp and Festival, Harrisburg Symphony, and Newburyport Chamber Music Festival.
[March 28, 2015 Concert @ Wright Auditorium, 7:30pm, free admission.]


 
Premiere Performances [April 20, 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 third of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers.
  Program to be announced.

[April 20, 2015 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]



 
Become a Sponsor!

Come hear how new ideas are initiated, and celebrate our
15th 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, NewMusic@ECU Founding Director
NewMusic@ecu.edu 252-328-4280