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:

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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...

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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

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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