Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Vagabond Drumming - audio online

For those who are interested in the progress of my Vagabond Drumming project, there are audio excerpts now online at my personal MySpace page from Nov. 2006 (Book I, parts 1 & 2) and Nov. 2007 (Book III, parts 2 & 3) performed by the Georgia State University Percussion Ensemble, Stuart Gerber, director.

One or more of these audio files may also show up in rotation among the audio by metro-composers on the Atlanta Composers MySpace page. *

The current plan for the project is for Book II of Vagabond Drumming to be completed next, comprised of percussion solos with brief "Greek chorus" percussion preludes to each and coda to the whole Book.

Feedback and questions about the Vagabond Drumming project are always welcomed. (As are monetary contributions!) :-)

—Mark Gresham

* P.S.: Participate! Go to the Atlanta Composers MySpace page to network and listen to music by Atlanta composers, and contribute your own articles and comments to this very Atlanta Composers Blog. Help build a stronger, more visible, and less fragmented creative community in metro-Atlanta. It cannot be done for you by any outside organization, it can only be done by you. Contact Adam Scott Neal with your questions about the Atlanta Composers MySpace page, and Darren Nelsen about the Atlanta Composers Blog.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

GSU student composers concert

I'll be performing on Brian Chamberlain's work for flute and guitar. This is from Toby Chappell:

This Friday, at noon in GSU's Kopleff Recital Hall, there will be arecital featuring new works by student composers. Here is the programinfo (not in performance order):
Brent MILAM: Dark Expanse (Dying Pulsars) for electronic sounds
Brent MILAM: Maquina quebrada for cello & marimba
Carol UNDERWOOD: Frozen Metropolis; II. Ghosts In The Machine for viola &piano
Brian CHAMBERLAIN: Lost Hollow Road for flute & guitar
Brian CHAMBERLAIN: When Atlas Fails for solo guitar
Jason SHERWIN: Sonata for Keyboard, Poco Allegro (solo piano)
Toby CHAPPELL: Memories of the North for solo guitar
Toby CHAPPELL: The Solstice Variations No. 1 for electronic sounds

Directions to the Recital Hall can be found at:

Monday, November 26, 2007

Mac OS X Leopard Problems

I know that a good number of you out there use Macs. For those who haven't already upgraded to Leopard (10.5), beware!

The following music/audio apps and hardware do NOT work on Leopard (from my own personal experience):

Line6 GearBox
Line6 Riffworks
Line6 PODxt Live

Any other Leopard users out there with issues/warnings to report?

Thanks, Apple! Ouch.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

New Video posted

Hello all -

Just dropping a line to tell you that one of my recent projects, Parallel Lives, is available for viewing on YouTube. This is a collaboration with my friend Kevin Dotson, and his video footage is filmed around Atlanta and Tallulah Gorge State Park. I hope you enjoy!


Monday, November 12, 2007

neoPhonia concert and music of Nickitas Demos

This is from the neoPhonia email list:

Sorry for the late notice on this one! You are cordially invited to the second neoPhonia New Music Ensemble concert of the 2007/08 season.

We explore the wonderful world of strings in a concert entitled STRING THEORIES. If you are able, please join us tomorrow, Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 PM in the Kopleff Recital Hall on the campus of Georgia State University in lovely downtown Atlanta. The concert is, of course, FREE and open to the public.


Alleghenies of Dreams by North Carolina based composer Paul ELWOOD
for five sting banjo and cello [a premiere!]

Dona Nobis Pacem by Michael KURTH
for solo bass clarinet

The premiere of String Theories by Nickitas DEMOS
for guitar and violin

Trio "Agitato" by Macon, GA based composer David H. JOHNSON
for violin, viola and cello

The concert will feature Duo Luniare (John Huston, guitar and Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi, violin) as well as special guests Michael Kurth (double bass), composer/banjo player Paul Elwood, Composer/violinist David H. Johnson, Jo Nardolillo, viola and GSU alumna Nan Kemberling, cello.

The Kopleff Recital Hall is located within the Arts and Humanities Building which is on the corner of Peachtree Center Avenue and Gilmer Street in downtown Atlanta. Street parking may be available in this area, or you may
use I-Lot (Peachtree Center Ave). For more detailed directions and maps, please check out the GSU School of Music website at:

As always, you will be able to meet and greet the composers and performersafter the concert at a reception hosted by the GSU Student Chapter of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI).


Aegean Counterpoint, the newly released CD by Nickitas Demos on the MSR Classics label, will be featured on Atlanta NPR affiliate WABE FM 90.1 TONIGHT Monday Nov. 13 at 9 PM ET. If you don't live in the Atlanta area but want to check out the broadcast, it will be streamed live at:

Monday, November 05, 2007

Sonic Generator Concert

I'll keep this brief to avoid inundating this blog with too many posts: Sonic Generator's first concert of the season is coming up next week.

Monday, November 12th at 8 p.m.
Georgia Tech Alumni House
190 North Avenue

Admission is free and no reservations are required.

The concert features The New Math(s) (1999), a collaboration between filmmaker Hal Hartley, Dutch minimalist composer Louis Andriessen, and electronic sound artist Michel van der Aa; an arrangement of part of Brian Eno's Music for Airports (1978) done by Evan Ziporyn; Atlanta composer Steve Everett's Ladrang Kampung (2003); Donnacha Dennehy's Glamour Sleeper (2004); Jacob ter Veldhuis’ Grab It!; and Javier Alvarez’s Temazcal (1984).

Full details (including directions) here.

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Dorkbot Art and Technology Forum / Flock

The next dorkbot-atl meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7th at 7:30 pm in the Couch Building (music department) at Georgia Tech, in the first floor rehearsal hall.

Full details are available here.

This month's dorkbot will feature an informal presentation of my new work Flock (for saxophone quartet, dancers, electronic sound, video, and audience participation) in preparation for the piece's premiere at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts in Miami in December. I have developed Flock in collaboration with Mark Godfrey, Liubo Borissov, Frank Dellaert, Dan Hou, Justin Berger, and Martin Robinson.

Flock is a full evening performance work for saxophone quartet, conceived to directly engage audiences in the composition of music by physically bringing them out of their seats and enfolding them into the creative process. During the performance, the four musicians and up to one hundred audience members move freely around the performance space. A computer vision system determines the locations of the audience members and musicians, and it uses that data to generate performance instructions for the saxophonists, who view them on wireless handheld displays mounted on their instruments. The data also drives the real-time generation of a multi-screen video animation and an electronic soundtrack.

For those of you who came to a similar "test event" last May, I want to thank you for your feedback, which had considerable influence on the development of the work, and to encourage you to come this week to see how it has evolved and to help us tweak it further before the premiere.

More information about Flock is available here.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, November 02, 2007

GSU Percussion Ensemble to premiere Gresham's "Vagabond Drumming, Book III"

Dear friends,

The Georgia State University Percussion Ensemble will premiere my Vagabond Drumming, Book III in a concert on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7:30pm at the Rialto Center in downtown Atlanta. Admission is free.

And the rest of the program looks very enticing! GSU-PE director Stuart Gerber says the following works are to be performed (although not in this order):

Mark Gresham: Vagabond Drumming, Book III
Toru Takemitsu: Rain Tree
Mary Ellen Childs: Still Life
John Luther Adams: ...and bells remembered...
George Crumb: An Idyll for the Misbegotten
Lou Harrison: Concerto for Flute and Percussion
William Duckworth: Gymel
James Romig: Parallax

Let me especially point out 3 of these composers with whom I've had the pleasure of meeting, corresponding by e-mail, or speaking by telephone:

John Luther Adams, a percussionist who grew up in Roswell, Georgia before moving to wilds outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. (And with whom I once enjoyed eating ice cream in Fairbanks one early December!)

Mary Ellen Childs, a Minnesota composer whose music I first encountered through a live performance of her choral work, Bright Faces (on poetic fragments of Sappho), sung by the Dale Warland Singers.

William (Bill) Duckworth, a North Carolina native, christened by Village Voice critic Kyle Gann as the father of post-minimalism (thanks to his 1978-'79 Time-Curve Preludes for piano solo).

I'm delighted to be represented on the same program with these composers, as well as Takemitsu, Crumb, Harrison, and Romig, and am really looking forward to the concert!

—Mark Gresham

FYI: Here is the calendar for GSU School of Music events.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Contemporary Music T-shirts!

Hello everyone -

Some of you may have seen this already, but I have a little online store specializing in contemporary music t-shirts:

12tone Tees

Right now we have:

- punk-rock style shirts of Schoenberg and Xenakis
(more to come later - suggestions welcome!),
- our version of the smiley face (made with Max/MSP)
- several shirts bearing our tongue-in-cheek slogan "Keep Music Evil" (some have a Matrix on the back, one has a tombstone saying "RIP Tonality 1682-1911").

Maybe give a hint to your loved ones - it would make a goofy and fun stocking stuffer come Christmas time!