Sunday, November 26, 2006

Emory Classical Guitar Ensemble

Friday, December 1
Emory Univeristy Performing Arts Studio
1804 N. Decatur Rd.
Click here for directions

The ensemble, directed by Dr. Brian Luckett, will perform music from the Renaissance through the 21st century. List of composers include Manuel de Falla, Calude Gagnon, Jose Galles, Mauro Guiliani, Gerardo Rodriguez, and more.

Point of interest to this group is a movement from a work for guitar trio by Emory's artist affiliate, Dr. Brian Luckett, called Winterscape.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Atlanta Ballet on AFM unfair list

The saga continues...The ballet has been contacting musicians to record Michael Moricz’ score to “Great Gatsby” for the Atlanta Ballet. The score calls for symphonic orchestra, as well as a 17-piece jazz band. Needless to say the union is pretty unhappy about this latest endeavor.

A picket is planned for this weekend at the Fox Theatre during the ballet's performances:

Oct. 26 at 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Oct. 27 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Oct. 28 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Oct. 28 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Oct. 29 at 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Oct. 29 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

I can give you contact info of the organizer of the picketing if you need it.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Bent Frequency's MICROSCAPE II: Sunday Oct 22, 8PM at Eyedrum

Bent Frequency presents MICROSCAPE II, our Second annual Composers' Concert, featuring the top selections from our 2006 Call for Scores, music of Atlanta composer Alvin Singleton, and a tribute to composer György Ligeti, who died in June of this year. We present this concert as an opportunity to expose upcoming and young composers to a wider audience, to celebrate the personalities that make our local musical community unique, and to honor the passing one of the great musical minds of our time.

Patricia Alessandrini - When David Heard
Per Bloland - Negative Mirror, Part II
Panayiotis Kokoras - Metasound
György Ligeti - Selections from Piano Etudes, Book 1
Carolyn O'Brien - Conveyance
Alvin Singleton - Argoru VIII

Mr. Bloland and Ms. O'Brien, will be in attendance. We hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 22nd 2006 at 8:00 PM
Eyedrum Art/Music
Suite 8, 290 MLK Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Admission is $10 ($8 for students)

More info:
Bent Frequency's 2006 Call for Scores generated nearly 200 submissions from composers in the United States and abroad. Our selections from this year's group were:
"When David Heard" for percussion, contrabass, and electronics by Patricia Alessandrini;
"Negative Mirror, Part II" for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, and electromagnetically-prepared piano by Per Bloland;
"Metasound" for flute, trombone, percussion, and contrabass by Greece's Panayiotis Kokoras;
"Conveyance" for alto flute, bass clarinet, and piano by Carolyn O'Brien.

Composer Alvin Singleton has strong ties to the Atlanta music community from his residencies at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and at Spelman College . His "Argoru VIII" for solo snare drum was commissioned by the "Meet the Composer" series for Atlanta music ensemble Thamyris in 2002.

György Ligeti (1923-2006) is widely recognized for the "micropolyphonic" music that appeared in the films of Stanley Kubrick, though his body of work includes many rich operatic, symphonic, choral, chamber, solo and electronic compositions. His solo piano Etudes, inspired partly by fractal mathematics, African polyphony, and jazz genius Thelonius Monk, are considered masterpieces of piano technique and expression.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

ASS(G) October Wrap-

Thanks to everyone that came out Thursday night. We had a blast "vivisecting" Johnson, Chicago, Horst, Barber, Stravinsky et al..and focused on the differences of "Chordal" vs "Linear" as a basis for composing a piece of music. Eddie always does an awesome job of presenting information in such a way that everyone, from the advanced to the beginner, gets something out of it. Thank you, Eddie!

If you have a suggestion for a subject that would like to see covered in a future meeting, please let us know.

Also, If you would like to get more involved in helping with the meetings, a couple of opportunities are open: we would like to make the meetings available as a Podcast in either Audio only or Video/audio format. We need someone to record the meeting each month and someone to get it online as a Podcast, or one person to do both. Contact me if you are interested.

We have something a bit different planned for next month, stay tuned.


Opera Scenes

Opera Scenes
Friday, November 17, 2006 - 7:30 PM
W. Dwight Coleman, artistic director
Featuring scenes from American operas, including Ned Rorem's Our Town and Carlisle Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree.
Venue: Kopleff Recital Hall
Cost: FREE
Contact: 404-651-INFO

Curtis Bryant says:

Though not listed on the blurb, the concert will feature an excerpt from my opera-in-progress "The Anarchists." The libretto by Allen Reichman, a psychiatrist in New York, is based upon Joseph Conrad's 1907 novel entitled "The Secret Agent." We changed the name, because the original title seemed to connote a "cold war" era theme, but its story line is much more relevant to today's world of terrorism and the xenophobic political climate.
The story is about an anarchist and reluctant terrorist named Verloc, who uses his developmentally disabled brother in law to plant a bomb at the Greenwich Observatory in London. The job is bungled and the young Stevie is blown to bits in the park. What Verloc doesn't realize is that his wife, Winnie has a maternal attachment to her younger brother, and when she learns that her husband has been the cause of his death a new level of familial anarchy ensues.
The scene being produced in the upcoming program is a relatively tame one early in the story (Act I, Scene 3). Winnie and Stevie are accompanying their mother to her new retirement lodgings, which are located in a rather poor neighborhood of the city. As they return to catch a bus, they encounter a chorus of shadowy street people. Being a very sensitive child, Stevie becomes upset that there is such a disparity between rich and poor, and Winnie calms him with an aria in which she declares that she will protect him from any harm.

Monday, October 02, 2006

A Garden of Infinity

Sunday October 8th at 3pm at St. Philip's Cathedral, Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Albert Ahlstrom, a local Atlanta composer, will perform the premiere of a 30 minute work "A Garden of Infinity". This work uses several forms of minimalism, techno-pop, Stravinsky, and a bit of Golijov's dance energy to create a fun orchestral high energy organ piece. The organ at St. Philip's is quite large and colorful, so if you are free Sunday afternoon, you might come by for the half hour program. You can hear some other music by Albert at, though this piece is not quite like any of the other listening on the site.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

neoPhonia New Music Ensemble Opening Concert

From: Dr. Nickitas J. Demos

To All Our Friends:

The neoPhonia New Music Ensemble begins its 12th Season this coming
Tuesday, October 3 at 7:30 PM in the Rialto Center for the Arts in
downtown Atlanta on the campus of Georgia State University.
Admission is FREE and open to the public.


This concert, co-sponsored by the Center for Hellenic Studies at
GSU, features an exploration of new and established music written by
contemporary Greek composers. In addition to the music, all audience
members will also receive FREE ADMISSION to the 2006 Atlanta Greek
Festival to be held October 5-8!

featured works:

Tonoi VI for solo flute by Nickitas J. DEMOS [premiere]

Nuit for clarinet, viola and piano by Dimitri PAPAGEORGIOU

Rebonds for solo percussion by Iannis XENAKIS

Sonata for Viola and Piano by Victor KIOULAPHIDES [premiere]

Performers for this concert will be
Tania Maxwell-Clements - Instructor of Viola, GSU School of Music
Stuart Gerber, Assistant Professor of Percussion, GSU School of Music
Kenneth Long, Assistant Professor of Clarinet, GSU School of Music

and, in his neoPhonia debut: Brandt Fredriksen, piano - Assistant
Professor of Piano, GSU School of Music

For detailed directions and maps to the Rialto Center, please check
out the GSU School of Music website at

Hope to see many of you there!!

Best Wishes,


Composing for Film: The Art of Underscoring

From Jonathan Cazenave:

Happy weekend!

ICOM magazine has recently featured me in an article about film composers and the state of writing music for visual media. You can read it here:


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

ASS-G Meeting Wrap

From Jonathan Cazenave:

Great meeting on Thursday! We were treated to Lee Johnson's latest film and music "Every Matter Under Heaven" an American Oratorio, and learned a good bit about Lee's process as well. The music and film were both awesome and we had a blast watching various scenes and asking Lee questions. The DVD is slated for release this month so keep an eye out for it. It is a must see/hear.

Also, Drew Silverstein shared the DVD and talked about the experience of his scoring session in Hollywood under the NATAS up and coming Film Composer program. He was one of 8 people chosen in the country and the scene he chose to re-score and conduct was from X-Men 3. Did i mention he 18 years old? Nice job Drew!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

The Dozier Centre Grand Opening Saturday

This Saturday, the Dozier Centre in Kennesaw, GA will have its grand opening. It starts at 10am with an Instrument Petting Zoo and ends around 7pm. There will be performances by the Midtown Brass Quintet, Atlanta Percussion Trio, Joyner Brothers String Trio, Georgia Brass Band, and The Phoenix Quartet. You can find out more about the center here:

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Electronic Call for Works - Update!

I've received enough material now for a concert! The works that have come in are very cool. It will be exciting to present them together publicly. We have a vibrant community of composers here with voice, and I hope that when you hear them you will be as excited as I am about the new music that is being created all around us.

Now I need to secure a venue and date and pull together the resources for the show. I'll be in discussions with some folks to see how best to present the material and gather the widest audience. I want to turn this into an event with big attendance (not just where 5 people show up!) To that end, I'm open to ideas and suggestions and active participation by all of you, so if you have anything to say about it, please let me know. Post your comments here to the blog or contact me through my website (follow my profile link.)

One thing I'd like to do in conjunction with the concert is create a podcast of the concert submissions. This would open our music not only to the local community, but to the world. In order to do this, I will need permission from the composers to podcast the music, so I'll be in touch with all those who have submitted for their approval.

Once I have more details, of course I will post all here on the blog.

Thanks to all those who have submitted!

If you didn't get a chance to submit, please feel free to still send your music, as I plan to do more concerts and I will probably find a place for it in the future.

It's great getting to know our community.


Friday, August 04, 2006

Basics of Media Relations

Ever wondered how to best communcate your breaking news story to the media? One resource is a basic "Media Access Guide" presented online by the Seattle Times and the Seattle Chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. It's a good general overview for those who need an introduction to dealing with public media. Caveat: It is general. Always get to know your local publications and broadcasters and their own individual character, and their journalists who cover your kind of story. And don't ignore emerging "new media" and how those innovations can affect your PR methods. The Seattle Times/AAJA Media Access Guide can be found in PDF format here (20 pages):

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Music, Dance, and Visual Arts

I think its pretty fitting to post this event, given the Atlanta Score Study Group is going to address the topic of music and dance collaboration at tonight's meeting. Tommorrow night there should be a good demonstration of such a collaboration. UGA alumni and Atlanta resident, Colin Bragg, has composed music for tommorrow night's event.

Friday August 4th 8pm
‘Finding Clear’ by Crossover Movement Arts at Eyedrum Gallery

admission $8
The second phase of ‘Finding Clear’, a collaborative
work in progress by Crossover Movement Arts.
Performing creators include : Aaron Bean, Kat Barrett,
Blake Dalton, Hannah Leatherbury, Amy Parker, Erin
Weller, with music by Colin Bragg, Katie Bragg, Blake
Helton, visual art by Kevin Hoth and additional
choreographic inspiration by Hila Kerekesh.
Dance, theatre and martial arts, live music, digital
video, and collaboratively created text fuel this next
phase of Finding Clear.

To learn more about the artists involved, click on the links below:

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Atlanta Ballet

I received this email (along with the rest of the members in the Atlanta Federation of Musicians) from John Head about the Atlanta Ballet doing away with the orchestra. It makes me shutter personally to think about them using canned music:

August 1, 2006
To- All Local Members:
From- John Head
Re: Atlanta Ballet

I'm sure you have all read about the decision by the Atlanta Ballet
management to eliminate the orchestra from all future productions.
We are pursuing all courses of action to restore negotiations to get
this decision reversed.

It is occasions like this that our unity as an organization comes
into play. I encourage all of you to write or email the Ballet
management protesting this action. I also ask that you encourage
friends and family to also write letters. This effort on your part
can create an outpouring of public support for the orchestra, and
will go a long way toward convincing the Ballet management that this
action will ultimately be extremely detrimental to the future of
this organization.

Emails should be sent to:
Letters should be mailed to:

Mr. John McFall, Director
Atlanta Ballet
1400 West Peachtree St., N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30309

Your cooperation with this project will be greatly appreciated.

Fraternally yours,
John Head, President
Local 148-462

Monday, July 31, 2006

Call for Works - Server Problem

Re: the Electronic Call for Works: I recently ran into a server problem. Any submissions that came in within the last two to three weeks have been unfortunately lost. If you submitted during that time and have not heard from me, please resubmit. I know that at least one submission was lost. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. I'm changing the way emails come to me on this account so that this doesn't happen again. There is still a lot of room on the program, so if you resubmit, your piece will very likely get played.

Also, for those who have not yet submitted or are hearing about this call for the first time, please send in your works. Here are the details:



Thursday, July 06, 2006

From July's Atlanta Score Study Group Meeting

This evening, I attended the July meeting of the Atlanta Score Study Group (ASSG) at Crawford Communications, hosted by Eddie Horst and Jonathan Cazenave.

Howard Davis was the guest speaker and presented an overview of his orchestral piece, Pilgrims Progress. Howard explained the structural design of his piece, the main motives and how they were conceived and orchestrated. In fact, the main topic was Orchestration with Howard's work as the centerpiece. It was a fantastic overview, well presented by Howard with score excerpts and a DVD presentation that spotlighted each of the sections and motives as we heard the piece.

There were ten composers in attendance, a good turnout! I met many new people and others that I only knew from cyberspace. It was great that we were all together in a room where we could share ideas, information, tips, questions and answers (and bad jokes ;). This is a great group of people, and I learned from all in attendance.

Special thanks to Howard Davis, Eddie Horst, and Jonathan Cazenave for organizing this. Thanks to all that were there.

The ASSG offers unparalleled opportunities for learning, networking, and communication, unique within our community. The ASSG is a rich resource that should not be missed! (And this was only its third meeting! We have a bright future indeed.)

For those reading this that were not there, I highly recommend a visit next time (Aug. 3, 7:30pm), where David Moore (hope I got the spelling right) will do a presentation on music from the perspective of choreographers and dancers.

For those that were in attendance, please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Open Call for Works (Electronic)

The Atlanta Composers Blog invites local composers to submit electronic works for upcoming concerts. Composers may submit MP3s (up to a size of 14 megs) to submissions(at) (replace (at) with an @ symbol). Send whatever you have, it doesn't matter if it's been performed or broadcast before. Please send only stereo mixes (not surround sound, 5.1, etc. as the capability to play these is not assured.) Music will likely be played over a stereo PA system.

Once we have enough material for a 1.5 to 2 hour show, we'll secure a venue and date with enough time to promote the concert several weeks in advance.

We're also looking for video artists to submit ideas for visuals that might be projected or displayed during the music. Send ideas to submissions at (replace at with an @ symbol)

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Pauline Oliveros @ RailRoad Earth

Who:  Pauline Oliveros performing with Dick Robinson and members of RAW/Arts Residency Workshop

What:  A site-specific performance using musical instruments, video projections and computer processing with Max/MSP/Jitter

Where:  RailRoad Earth, 1467 Oxford Road, Atlanta 30307, 404-373-4309

Why:  The marriage of sound and light

When:  Saturday, May 13 at 8:30 pm, $10, $5 students

RailRoad Earth website:

Submit reviews and discussion about this event as comments to this stub.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Atlanta Score Study group gets in gear

The first meeting of the Atlanta Score Study group, the brainchild of composer Eddie Horst, was held Thursday evening, May 4th at at Crawford Communications. It's an opportunity for Atlanta area composers to get together and, as the name implies, study scores as a group.

Fellow composer Jonathan Cazenave has been handling announcements, communications and general logistics for the Atlanta Score Studiers, so we asked if he would mind reporting to the Atlanta Composers Blog about the group and its debut.

See Jonathan's report as the first Comment to this introductory stub.  [GO THERE]

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Review: neoPhonia Concert @ GSU - "Composers Among Us!"

On Friday, April 28, 2006, I attended a suberb concert of new music at Georgia State University. The theme of the evening was "Composers Among Us!" and featured the music of four local Atlanta composers--Mark Gresham, Jim Stallings, Nickitas J. Demos, and Chris Arrell. The neoPhonia New Music Ensemble, consisting of faculty and student musicians, performed an hour long program under the artistic direction of Nickitas J. Demos. A reception followed, sponsored by the GSU Student Chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc., where audience members mingled with the composers and performers...

Find the full review under Comments

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Alternative spaces for new music

[open discussion topic]

Where are Atlanta's alternative spaces for new music? Are there enough? What possibilities abound for new ones, and how can these better serve Atlanta's composers, performers, and new music audiences?

Discuss this topic with us by responding to a comment or creating a new comment thread under this post.  [GO THERE]

Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde celebrate new music in 30th anniversary concert

Saturday, May 6, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Druid Hills United Methodist Church
1200 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Admission $15; Students/seniors $12

See more info and discuss the concert in Comments  [GO THERE]

Monday, May 01, 2006

Composers, Unite!

Atlanta Composers, this is it. The time to get together, to join forces and get our music heard! We can best promote ourselves by getting to know each other. With strength in alliance we can assemble more concerts, recordings, and events. Too much of the Atlanta music scene is splintered and isolated. I moved here in 1997. It was years before I met another local composer. My story is not unique. Another composer I know (a Julliard grad, no less) lived here 5 years before meeting another composer. There is talent all over this city, but too few of us even know about each other. It is common for Atlanta composers to be more popular in other cities than in our own, unfortunately. However, it's time to change that. It's time for us to be seen and heard. Together, I believe we can be a major force in music--in our own city, nationally, and internationally. There is a wide breadth of compositional activity going on here--acoustic, electronic, conservative, avant-garde. Let's learn more about each other and get our music heard. Let's make our mark! Spread the word about this blog. Link to the URL from your website. Put it in your email signature. Get the word out and let's make things happen.

The more of you we know about and the more resources we have to work with, the better we can put together concerts and recordings of our music, get it covered by media, heard by listeners. Let us capitalize on our niche.

Let me and Mark know about you, your music, your interests. Visit our sites, email us. Make comments to the posts on this blog. Let us know what resources you have that would help in our endeavor to unite and promote local composers.

Let's go for it!

Darren Nelsen

Atlanta Composers Blog

Congratulations to Darren Nelsen ("curioman") for creating the Atlanta Composers Blog. Darren and I, and others, have been discussing ways of getting Atlanta's composers to communicate with each other, and to let others hear more about us, our music and ideas. I've agreed to interlink this blog from the "Synchronous" new and classical music webzone (a section of the Lux Nova Press website), where we will be working to post news, resources and information relevant to Atlanta's creative community. We hope Atlanta's composers will become enthusiastic about the opportunities and potentials for Atlanta's composing community both online and off-line, and will get involved.

--Mark Gresham
composer/music journalist
Atlanta, Georgia

Sunday, April 30, 2006