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NC NewMusic Initiative 2015-2016


NC NewMusic Initiative
Our Mission | Artists-In-Residence | Our Commissioning Program | 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 Commissioning Program

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



2015-16 Schedule of Events

SEPTEMBER 10 @7:30pm
   Miranda Cuckson, violin solo

OCTOBER 3 @7:30pm
   Yarn|Wire, 2 piano & 2 perc

NOVEMBER 5 @7:30pm
   Premiere Performances
   NewMusic by ECU student composers

FEBRUARY 6 @7:30pm
   The Dorian Wind Quintet

FEBRUARY 8 @7:30pm
   Schoenberg's Book of the 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 31 @7:30pm
  
Premiere Performances
   NewMusic by ECU student composers

MARCH 19 @7:30pm
   East Carolina University Orchestra

   Jorge Richter, Director
  
at Wright Auditorium

APRIL 14@7:30pm
   Premiere Performances
   NewMusic by ECU student composers


          
Performers/Composers in Attendance

Works to be Performed

Driving Directions/Maps to ECU

Sponsors

Annual Orchestra Composition Competition

 


LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR '15-'16 SEASON!

A HUGE thanks to the fabulous performers and composers who made the '14-'15 NewMusic Initiative an enormous success for our community--Roomful of Teeth and Caroline Shaw, Blair McMillen, Chris Grymes, Xak Bjerken, Travis Alford, Rodney Waschka, Aaron Brooks, Will Robin, Jeremy Gill, Roydon Tse, 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 2015-2016 season on your calendar!

Just over the summer's horizon we'll welcome violinist Miranda Cuckson (September 10, 2015), Yarn|Wire's two-piano/two-percussion wildness (October 3, 2015); the long time trailblazing Dorian Wind Quintet (February 6, 2016), and the remarkable and innovative loadbang (March 3, 2016) on 7:30pm concerts in the A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall in Greenville, NC.


 
Miranda Cuckson, violin [September 10, 2015]
Miranda Cuckson, violin

   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.

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


 
Yarn|Wire [October 3, 2015]
Yarn|Wire
  With two percussionists and two pianists, Yarn|Wire effortlessly 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)

[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.
 

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


 
Dorian Wind Quintet [February 6, 2016]
Dorian Wind Quintet     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.

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


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

     ECU Faculty pianist sopranos Kathryn Mueller and Rachel Copeland join forces with pianist Catherine Garner in rare presentation of Arnold Schoenberg’s The Book of the Hanging Gardens (Op. 15, 1908-1909).  This evening's 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.]


 
Frequencies [February 18, 2016]
Stranded Silver Flute Quartet

   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!

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


 
loadbang [March 6, 2016]
loadbang
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

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


 
ECU Symphony Orchestra [March 19, 2016]
ECU Symphony Orchestra, Jorge Richter, director

Jorge Richter, director in a program featuring Three Musings, the winner of our 10th Annual Orchestral Composition Competition; Notturno Concertante, a clarinet concerto by Jeremy Gill performed by Christopher Grymes; and the world premiere of Prairies Ablaze, by Mark Richardson.

[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.

[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 be announced.

[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, NewMusic Initiative's Founding Director
NewMusic@ecu.edu 252-328-4280