Monday, December 22, 2008

Alex Ross and Eigth Blackbird at KSU in February

If anyone has anymore info on this residency, please share. I've only gotten a little bit of info, but I've heard there may be more things going on that weekend. Anyone have the scoop?:

Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 8 p.m. $30
Pre-concert talk by Alex Ross at 7 p.m.

Grammy Award-winning new music ensemble eighth blackbird brings the passion and excitement of modern classical music to the Bailey Center, performing Steve Reich’s “Double Sextet” and “singing in the dead of night” by composers David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe with stage direction by Susan Marshall. Described by The New Yorker as “friendly, unpretentious, idealistic and highly skilled,” eighth blackbird is widely lauded for its performing style – often playing from memory with virtuosic and theatrical flair – and its efforts to make new music accessible to wide audiences.

The evening begins with a pre-concert talk by Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker. Ross was the winner of the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his book, “The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century.”
Alex Ross and eighth blackbird will be in residence at the KSU School of Music on February 6, 2009. Residency activities include lectures, panel discussions, and coaching with students and faculty, and are free and open to the public. For more information on how to participate, call 678-797-2555.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

'Dead Symphony' to have West Coast premiere

The "Dead Symphony: An Orchestral Tribute to the Music of the Grateful Dead," will have its West Coast premiere in concerts Jan. 25 and 27 by the California Symphony.

The "Dead Symphony," by Atlanta composer Lee Johnson, consists of "movements" inspired by the Marin-based band's songs - "Saint Stephen," "Here Comes Sunshine," "Mountains of the Moon," "Blues for Allah," "Sugar Magnolia," "To Lay Me Down," "If I Had the World to Give," "Stella Blue," "Bird Song" and "China Doll."

Johnson, the composer, will be on hand to sign CDs of the "Dead Symphony," released in 2007 on Omni Records. He and Dennis McNally, author of "A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead," will discuss the band and its music after each performance.

More...

Monday, December 08, 2008

Call for Recordings of New Works

Douglas Laustsen from WRSU asked me to post this. He hosts a classical music show on Rutgers radio station. Might be a good way to get your music heard outside of Atlanta:

The essence of college radio is the ability to explore the possibilities of radio for students. With this in mind, the classical music program on WRSU 88.7 FM (www.wrsu.org) is looking for recordings of new completed works for an ongoing series during a weekly broadcast that will begin in the Spring of 2009. Ideally, works should broadly be in the spirit of exploring the possibilities of music.

There is no deadline for submissions.

Guidelines

  • Works may be in a variety and instrumentation (including electroacoustic works)
  • The only requirement for recording quality is that it is representative, in the composer's mind, of the work. The recorded performance can be a professional recording or a reading of the work.
  • A short biography of the composer, a synopsis of the work, and the performers on the recording is required and will be read over the air.
  • Works may be of any length under a half hour. Excerpts of a work will also be accepted.
  • There is no award for works played during the series. Prior to being played, the composer will be given the date and time the work will be aired. A future website for the series will also identify the composer and work as being a part of the series.

Submissions will only be accepted electronically in mp3 format to douglas.laustsen@gmail.com If the work is accepted, an uncompressed version of the audio will be requested for airing.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Survival Strategies for Electroacoustic Music

Survival Strategies for Electroacoustic Music is a good read for those interested in how we can reach a more general audience.

While the article specifically references the Toronto market, the same ideas apply to Atlanta.

"[...] artists in the electroacoustic field, and the organizations and institutions that support their work, cannot continue to survive if they don’t reach out to their communities. They must advocate for the field, and make healthy connections with the local communities around them in order to spread knowledge, understanding, and interest in electroacoustic music. This does not require a big marketing budget and does not need to happen on a mainstream level of public impact. It is a matter of building partnerships with organizations and businesses that have access to audiences with interests in related areas."

Please read for the many great suggestions...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Guthman Musical Instrument Competition

The first Guthman Musical Instrument Competition, presented by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology and Harmonix (makers of Rock Band) will award $10,000 in prizes to the best novel musical instruments as judged by a panel of experts from Harmonix, Wired, and Georgia Tech.

For more information and to submit your entry, visit:

http://gtcmt.gatech.edu/?p=662

INSTRUMENTS

Any new musical instrument is eligible for the competition. Instruments may generate sound acoustically or electronically, they may exist in physical or virtual manifestations, and they may be played by humans, robots, or computers. They may modify, improve, or extend existing instruments — including the human voice — or they may offer entirely new design paradigms. New instruments which cross over these categories or which defy any such categorization are also welcome.

PERFORMANCE

Entrants must perform a musical work with their new instrument to demonstrate its musicality, design, and engineering features. Performances may include traditional acoustic and/or electronic instruments alongside the new instrument. They may also include multimedia elements such as video, animation, graphics, text, kinesthetics, hydraulics, dance, or acting. The performed work may be composed by anyone, including the entrant, or it may be an arrangement of an existing work. It may be in any musical style. The duration should be between 2 and 10 minutes. Entrants must be prepared to perform with their instrument at Georgia Tech on February 27th-28th, 2009.

SUBMISSION

Online applications will be accepted beginning on November 15, 2008. Applications must include:
• A URL link to a video recording of the performance. Entrants may post their video on their own private web sites or on video sharing services such as YouTube. Videos must be in Flash or Quicktime formats.
• A high-resolution photo of the instrument in JPEG or PNG format.
• A statement (max 250 words) describing the instrument’s musicality, design, and engineering features.
• A description and credits (max 150 words) for the musical work performed in the video.
• A biography (max 250 words) of the entrant(s).

Applications are due online on Monday, January 5, 2009. The submission URL is http://gtcmt.gatech.edu/?p=662

Thursday, November 20, 2008

duoATL at North Georgia Guitar Summit

Tommorrow (Friday 11/21) at 3pm I will be giving a masterclass with Brian Luckett in composition/guitar (obviously I am no help to the guitar part of things) at North Georgia College and State University's Hoag Auditorium in Dahlonega, GA for the North Georgia Guitar Summit. At 7pm in the same venue, there will be a duoATL concert where will perform my work "Mangosteen", Brian Luckett's "West End Funk", and Brian Chamberlain's "Lost Hollow Road" as well works by other contemporaries. Admission is free! For more information visit: http://www.myspace.com/classicalguitarsummit

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Dorkbot Art and Technology Forum

Come to Georgia Tech on Monday, Nov 10th @ 7 pm to see Darren Nelson speak about his recent 12x60 project. Full details are at http://dorkbot.org/dorkbotatl/.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sonic Generator Concert

We hope you can join us for Sonic Generator's first concert of the season:

Monday, November 3rd, 2008
8 pm
Georgia Tech Alumni House
190 North Avenue
free and open to the public

More info: http://www.sonicgenerator.gatech.edu

The concert features compositions by Marco Buongiorno Nardelli, Anna Clyne,
Paula Matthusen, Tristan Perich, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, and Cody Wright.

Sonic Generator, Georgia Tech’s chamber music ensemble in residence, explores
the ways in which technology can transform how we create, perform, and listen
to music. The ensemble, comprised of five of the top classical musicians in
Atlanta, works closely with Georgia Tech faculty and students to present
concerts that bring cutting-edge technologies to the world of contemporary
classical music.

Sonic Generator is sponsored by the GVU Center, an interdisciplinary research
center which focuses on unlocking human potential through technical innovation
in computing technologies. The concert series is organized by the Music
Department in the College of Architecture and the Center for Music Technology,
which use new technologies to change the way people compose, listen to, and
perform music.

Monday, October 20, 2008

World Premiere of Laurence Sherr's work " Flame Language" at Kennesaw State

The Kennesaw State University Orchestra will perform the world premiere of “Flame Language,” a new Holocaust memorial composition by Associate Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence Laurence Sherr, at 8 p.m. on Oct. 22 (Wednesday) in the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center. This is Sherr’s third Holocaust-themed composition.

Tickets are $5. The free pre-concert lecture is at 7 p.m. in the recital hall of the music building. For information or to order tickets, visit www.kennesaw.edu/arts or call the box office at 770-423-6650.

View the full article about the performance here: http://www.kennesaw.edu/arts/COTA_News/07-08-08_sherr_premiere.shtml

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Dorkbot Art and Technology Forum

Please join us at Georgia Tech this coming Wednesday, October 15th at 7 pm in the Couch Building (room 207) for the monthly dorkbot art and technology lecture series. This month's meeting features composer, software developer, and Yale University lecturer Michael Klingbeil (via live video link) speaking about his SPEAR spectral editing software and its use in some of his recent music.

If you haven't heard about SPEAR before, please come to see this incredible (and free!) software application in action. If you have heard of SPEAR, then please come to find out more about it and Michael's compositional work.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, October 06, 2008

duoATL concert featuring 3 Atlanta Composers

This Sunday (10/12) at 3pm duoATL will be performing at Agnes Scott College's Maclean Auditorium in Presser Hall in Decatur, GA. At this concert we will be featuring works by three Atlanta Composers: Brian Chamberlain, Brian Luckett, and myself (Nicole Randall). All of the music is by composers who have lived in our lifetime. Here's the program:

Libertango (1973) by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
Lost Hollow Road (2007) by Brian Chamberlain (b.1977)
Serenata al Alba del Dia (1985) by Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-1999)
West End Funk (2007) by Brian Luckett
I Loved Lucy (1996) by Michael Daugherty (b. 1954)
Histoire du Tango (1985) by Astor Piazzolla
Confidencial No.2 (1989) by Alejandro Yague (b. 1947)
Mangosteen (2008) by Nicole Randall (b. 1977)

Admission is free. For more info about duoATL go to http://www.duoatl.com

Thursday, October 02, 2008

neoPhonia Concert featuring contemporary composers

I got this from Dr. Nikitas Demos, composition professor at GSU:

You are cordially invited to the first neoPhonia New Music Ensemble concert of the 2008/09 season.


We present a concert entitled ODYSSEIA III featuring music by Greek composers or related to Greek themes. We will also pay homage to composer Donald Erb (1927-2008) who recently passed away and was a tremendous influence upon the face of contemporary music. This concert is sponsored, in part, by the Center for Hellenic Studies at Georgia State University


If you are able, please join us on Tuesday, October 7 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.


program:


Woody by Donald ERB
for solo clarinet


Backroads by Ohio-based composer Elainie LILLIOS
for solo digital media


NARCISSUS/echo by former Atlanta based composer Chris ARRELL
for clarinet, violin, vibraphone and cello


First Rain by Nickitas DEMOS [premiere]
for baritone, violin, viola, cello & piano
featuring the poetry Angelos Sikelianos in a new translation by the noted Modern Greek Scholar Gregory Jusdanis


The concert will feature GSU Faculty Artists Ken LONG, clarinet, Stuart GERBER, vibraphone, the ARIS QUARTET: Christos GALILIEAS, violin, Tania MAXWELL-CLEMENTS, viola, Martha GERSCHEFSKI, cello and Brandt FREDRIKSEN, piano and special guest artist Brad RITCHIE, 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:


http://www.music.gsu.edu


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

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Documentary project looking for composers to participate.

I received this from a friend of mine and fellow Atlanta composer looking for help on a thesis film from composers in the area. Feel free to contact him if interested. -Brian Skutle

I have a graduate degree in composition from GSU. I am currently completing a second graduate degree, this time in film/video. My chosen thesis is a documentary on living composers in Atlanta. In addition to fulfilling my thesis requirements, I will submit it to GPTV and PBS. I am seeking a few composers who would like to participate in this film which will entail profiling a piece of your music and a piece of your life.

If interested, please contact:

Ben Champion
404.290.1694
bensmail8@yahoo.com

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Deniz Hughes at Agnes Scott College

Composer and Orchestrator Deniz Hughes will be giving a film music lecture at Agnes Scott College Fri. Sep. 26 at 10 a.m. at Alston in rooms 205 & 206. For more info about her work: http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/music/scoring/faculty/hughes

Monday, September 22, 2008

Call for Works for progressive rock band

Hey, Darren Nelsen here. I'm putting together a progressive rock band and I'm seeking works for the following instrumentation: electric guitar, electric bass, keyboards, drums.

For a good model of what I'm going for, check out Electric Kompany.

Please submit pdf scores and midi files to darren [at] curiomusic [dot] com.

Thanks!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Darren Nelsen in today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tooting my own horn... :)

In today's AJC, in an article titled His music label: One tiny dose weekly, Peirre Ruhe covers my current 12x60 project and puts it in context with what's happening in new music. It's a great article with quotes from notables like our own Jason Freeman (GA Tech professor and composer), Robert Voisey (60x60) and Frank J. Oteri (NewMusicBox).

Read the article here or see clip-outs from the paper here (cover) and here (inside page).

I'm pleased with the coverage (well written with lots of page real estate). I hope it draws more interest in new music from the local community.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

The Microscore Project

Hi all,

I have written a miniature for The Microscore Project titled Arachnida. The duo are playing this and many other pieces as part of the Artsaha! festival in Omaha, Nebraska. Their concert begins at 8:30pm (Eastern) on Thursday, Sept. 11. You can listen to the concert online here.

cheers,
adam

Monday, August 25, 2008

Friday, August 08, 2008

New music on our MySpace page

Hi all,

We have new pieces from Jonathan Brodmann, Jason Passmore, and Nicole Randall on our MySpace page. Check them out, and keep your submissions coming!

best,
asn

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Curtis Bryant Wins Atlanta Faith Partners Residency

Congrats to Curtis Bryant for winning the Atlanta Faith Partners Residency!

ATLANTA FAITH PARTNERS RESIDENCY – Curtis Bryant has been chosen as the Composer-in-Residence for the Atlanta Faith Partners project sponsored by the American Composers Forum. Beginning in September, he will work with three Atlanta congregations – Cathedral of Christ the King, First Presbyterian Church, and Lutheran Church of the Redeemer – to write new works unique to each congregation, as well as several pieces that all three will share. The participating congregations were chosen on the basis of their interest in and commitment to performing new music, their diversity, and their potential congruence. Established in 1992, the Faith Partners residencies are emblematic of the American Composers Forum's efforts to build bridges between composers and already existing audiences that have lacked exposure to contemporary music but are highly receptive to it. Several congregations that participated in the program have continued to commission new works with their own funds following the conclusion of the residency period, indicating that the program has sparked a durable enthusiasm for new music.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Atlanta Composers MySpace

Dear readers,

The Atlanta Composers MySpace page has not been updated with new music in quite some time. If you would like to be featured, please send an mp3 to atlantacomposers@yahoo.com. I would especially love to hear from people who have not yet had a piece featured! I will upload your piece to the page, and if you have a MySpace profile, I will move you to the top friends for even more visibility!

cheers,
asn

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Milam and Neal on Electronic Music Midwest

Hello everyone,

I would like to announce that Brent Milam and I have had pieces selected for the Electronic Music Midwest 2008 festival. This will be held at Lewis University outside Chicago on October 16-18. Brent's piece is "Scherzo" from Three Electronic Studies; mine is Obedience School.

-asn

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Robert Scott Thompson at SARC

Hi all,

Just writing to report that Robert and Debra Thompson are visiting in Ireland and we had a chance today to host an informal recital of Robert's work here at Queen's University Belfast. This included two of the works he composed for the International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (France) last fall.

One of the pieces on the program, "Orgone," will also be presented at the International Computer Music Conference, held in Belfast next month. Also at ICMC, Jason Freeman will be presenting a paper titled "Technology, real-time notation, and audience participation in Flock."

cheers,
asn

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Artistic Blog: Psychology of a Creative Mind- Part I

Hello dear reader. This is a blog that's been gestating for a while now. It's a bit too long to put all of it on here, but hopefully the preview I have here will intrigue you enough to click on the title and read the rest of this part on my personal website. Hope you enjoy!

"Starting out in the business, the key issue for me was, 'What does it take to be a filmmaker in Hollywood?' Even today I still wonder, 'What does it take to be a filmmaker, or maybe even an artist, in Hollywood?'...What is the price you pay, to work in Hollywood? Do you end up with a split personality? Do you make one for them, one for yourself?"

This quote comes from the mouth of Martin Scorsese in his landmark documentary "A Personal Journey With Martin Scorsese Through American Movies," and though the great director is discussing life as a filmmaker, his words resonate with a truth that applies to any of the arts.

Of course, it's unlikely many artists ask themselves this type of question in the music world, where such a duality isn't quite as blurry, but it's an idea worth exploring. In the realm of new classical and "art music" especially, it's likely the question is posed even less, if only because, even for the most successful composers, the sort of success that comes with Top 40 charts and multi-platinum record sales (though even that's not much of an indicator of success nowadays with the advent of various new media outlets to get your music out with) is unlikely to happen.

That doesn't make the question impertinent to the field of classic and art music, however. We still might ask ourselves how one composer's music gains recognition when ours feels, well, better, or more artistically-minded. Part of this is simple ego- if the other composer's getting attention, why aren't I?- and part of it is simple prejudice. (Their music isn't as good as mine. How are they getting recognition?) Right or not, this is the sort of thinking at the heart of the idea in Scorsese's quote above.

So that said, what does it mean to be a successful composer of new music? All things being subjective, I'm inclined to go with a basic criteria of live performances, recognition from critics and colleagues, and an ever-expanding fan base. This isn't to say that composers who lack these things are "bad" composers- as with film, great success does NOT always equal great artistry (and vice versa, lack of success does not equal lack of artistry). But this can cause a dilemma for the creative spirit within...

For more, click on the title to read the full blog, or go to Sonic Cinema below. Thanks for reading.

Brian Skutle
www.sonic-cinema.com
www.myspace.com/brianskutle
www.myspace.com/cinemanouveau

Check out Brian's new composition, entitled "Entr'Acte", on Sonic Cinema at the Music page.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Performance of the seminal "In C"

from the Cerberus Percussion trio (or quartet? quintet? I don't think they even know now! ;) ) :

Date:
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Time:
8:30pm - 9:15pm
Location:
WonderRoot (art gallery)
Street:
982 Memorial Drive
City/Town:
Atlanta, GA


Please join us for a performance of the famous minimalist work "In C" by Terry Riley! If you are a musician, we want you to play! Reply to this with your regular email address, and I can send you a PDF of the score and instructions.

There will be a short rehearsal before the concert, at 8:00pm, and we ask everyone to be there so we can be all set up before the show...we have 45 minutes to perform the piece, as there are two rock bands on the same bill.
RAD!


contact me and I can get you in touch: (my full name, no spaces) at gmail

Wish I could make it - hope some of you can!
-ASN

SCI Journal of Scores

Hello everyone,

Just writing to say kudos to Toby Chappell, whose solo guitar piece "Memories of the North" has just been selected for the next issue of the SCI call for scores. (FYI, a recording of this work is available on the GSU chapter's CD "In With the New, Vol. 3").

Also kudos to our friend from Chattanooga, Jonathan McNair, whose "Sonata for Solo Percussion" was also selected.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Charles Knox profiled in Creative Loafing

Atlanta composer Charles Knox was profiled by Creative Loafing this week, interviewed by Russell McLendon and photographed by John Nowak. It appears on page 17 of the current issue (June 18-24, 2008, Vol. 37 No. 7) or you can view it online, where you can also comment back to CL. (You're encouraged to do so.)

In the middle of the online edition you can also listen to a live recording of Charles' "Semordnilap No. 2" in a version for violin, cello, djembe and piano, performed in Hawaii back in January 2006.

Charles has made multiple versions which are not "transcriptions" in the usual sense, but feature new parts which can be mixed at matched with most parts to create new versions. You could say it's like a kind of musical "Lego set" (or even a "Zwingy"). The part for any particular instrument, piano for example, remains the same in all versions. My understanding is that not all parts are compatible for combining into a new version, but most are. Charles should be able to elaborate and clarify this.

—Mark Gresham

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Georgia composers featured at SARC

Hello everyone -

Just dropping a line to inform you all that I am presenting a sound diffusion recital this Thursday, June 5 at the Sonic Arts Research Centre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I will be mixing the following pieces live on the Sonic Lab's diffusion system:

Time Canvas by Douglas O'Grady
Reel by Chris Arrell
The Bone Season by Saturnin Sektor (aka Toby Chappell)
"...black...color...hair" by Mitchell Turner

Program


Most of the time, composers diffuse their own works, but after seeing a recital of Greek composers, none of whom were present, I thought, why not do some pieces by my comrades back home? These gentlemen have been gracious enough to allow me to work with their pieces, and it has been a lot of fun!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Alvin Singleton in Italy

Atlanta composer Alvin Singleton writes to say that he and his wife Lisa have been in Bogliasco, Italy on the Ligurian Sea for the past month.  (See photo of Alvin enjoying the view.)  Alvin is there as recipient of the Aaron Copland Bogliasco Fellowship in Music, given by the Bogliasco Foundation.

Of his fellowship-sponsored stay, Alvin says, "I am serving as Composer-in-Residence at the Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities.  While there I am composing a newly commissioned work for chorus and chamber orchestra based on an original text by poet and librettist Patricia Hampl.  The piece will celebrate the 100th anniversary and re-dedication of the Fort Greene Park Martyrs' Monument in Brooklyn."

Alvin and Lisa return to Atlanta this week.

—Mark Gresham

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Short Film from Composer-Filmmaker Online.

The great filmmaker Stanley Kubrick once said, "A film is- or should be- more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what's behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later." Whether you agree or not with his use of classical music in his own masterworks, it's hard not to see his point in the greatest films.

"Unwinnable Hand: A Thriller in Two Movements"
is a short film I've been working on for several years now. Written and directed by Atlanta composer Brian Skutle, it's the story of four friends who are in too deep on a job for the people they work for. A trailer for the film is available at the Cinema Nouveau Productions MySpace site.

This morning the first part of "Unwinnable Hand" ("Movement I- Agitato") was made available for viewing at the website. Apart from wanting to tell an entertaining story, the themes in the script came plucked from my own personal feelings and inspired by some of my favorite filmmakers. Whether I did right by them will be seen when the film is completed after the filming of "Movement II- Con Intensita" as the year goes on. As a composer always intrigued by film, I was curious to see how my experiences as a musician and composer over the years would translate to telling a story through film, and how I could incorporate both loves into an enjoyable storytelling experience. You can see "Movement I" for yourself below. Any feedback, good or bad, would be appreciated.

"Unwinnable Hand: Movement I- Agitato"


Thank you for your time, and there's more to come in the future.

Thanks for listening,

Brian Skutle
www.sonic-cinema.com
www.myspace.com/brianskutle
www.myspace.com/cinemanouveau

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Call for Composers/Musicians - Summer Splash/Marietta Music Series

Vino, a DJ at WRFG (89.3) and booker for Thursday night Jazz nights at the Three Bears Cafe in Marietta Square, has offered Atlanta classical and new music composers/performers a 30 minute slot at the upcoming "Summer Splash/Marietta Music Series" event at Fair Oaks Park just outside of Marietta Square, an event which he hopes will become an annual event known as the Marietta Music Festival.


The "Summer Splash" will take place on Saturday, May 31 from 5pm-9pm. The demographic being targeted is families and parents. The event will also include vendors and a movie afterwards at 9pm to go along with the music. Already on the bill are slots for acoustic, gospel, jazz, spoken word and hip-hop artists. The setup will be a typical outdoor mixing setup centering on a roughly 20 ft. stage. Each composer interested in participating (given the length of the slot, probably only 3-4 will be featured, depending on the length of the pieces) will be responsible for providing their own performers.

Anyone interested in participating should contact Brian Skutle at his email address (bmskutle@aintitcoolmail.com) for more details and with their ideas. If other materials such as projection screens and projectors would be necessary, please let me know so I can let Vino know (because their showing a movie afterwards, a blow-up movie screen will be available for any pre-recorded visuals you may have for your piece). If there's not enough interest, or the timeframe is too short for people to work something up, I've already let Vino know that we may have to pass on this unique opportunity. If anyone is interested, please contact me in the next week to discuss so I can let Vino know as soon as possible.

Thank you for your time, and more to come.

Brian Skutle
www.sonic-cinema.com
www.myspace.com/brianskutle
www.myspace.com/cinemanouveau

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Spruill Art Gallery presents BREAKING NEW GROUND: Intersections at the frontier of art and technology

Change is always upon us.

Featuring works by Danielle Roney, Dick Robinson, Kathryn Refi, Philip Galanter, Sarah Emerson
and presenting Gil Weinberg, Jason Freeman, Carla Diana and TristanAl-Haddad of Georgia Institute of Technology.

May 9 to June 26, 2008

Reception: May 8, 6 –9 pm


Spruill Gallery
4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30338
Exhibition hours: 11am –5pm Wednesday to Saturday

[Full press release follows in comments with exhibition descriptions.]

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Listening Machines

We are very happy to announce Listening Machines 2008 - the annual concert and exhibition organized by the Music Technology and Digital Media programs at Georgia Tech. The event showcases music and art projects that explore the creative space of human-machine interaction.

Listening Machines will be held at the Eyedrum - 290 MLK Dr. Atlanta GA, Thursday April 24th. Doors will open at 8:00pm for the exhibition. The concert will begin at 9:00pm. Admission is free for Buzz Card holders ($10 for the general public).

(Also: a special good luck to all the folks in the Unseen Forces concert tonight (4/17). My apologies that a conflict is preventing me from making it!)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

UNSEEN FORCES 2 to be presented at Three Bears, Apr.17 @ 8:00pm

Atlanta Composers Group
presents
Unseen Forces 2: Electronic Music by Atlanta Composers

featuring music by
Mark Gresham, Mike Murray, Adam Scott Neal,
Darren Nelsen, Jason Passmore, Brian Skutle,
Mitchell Turner, Howard Wershil, and Kerwin Young

Thursday, April 17th, 2008 @ 8pm
Three Bears Cafe
105 North Park Square
Marietta, Georgia 30060
PHONE: (678)290-0017
FAX: (678)290-0019
threebearscafe@bellsouth.net

FREE ADMISSION

Following up from the success of its 2007 "Turned On" and 2008 "Unseen Forces" concerts, the Atlanta Composers Group presents "Unseen Forces 2" an electronic music program featuring the works of nine local artists.

Not only is admission to the concert FREE, those attending will also be given a FREE CD at the show which will include works from the "Unseen Forces" and "Turned On" concerts as an additional "Thanks" for being there.

MEDIA CONTACT: For further information, please contact organizer Darren Nelsen by messaging via his MySpace page:
www.myspace.com/dmnmusic

For more about the group visit the Atlanta Composer Group online at www.AtlantaComposers.com and on MySpace at www.myspace.com/atlantacomposers

Friday, April 11, 2008

The Scott Smalley Orchestration Workshop in Nashville, TN

From email sent by Rolin Mains of the Nashville Composers Association:

The Film Music Institute in association with the Nashville Composers Association is pleased to announce the first presentation of the renowned Scott Smalley Orchestration Workshop, currently only available in LA and NYC, in Nashville, Tennessee, May 31st-June 1st, 2008. I have included a blog entry from a film composer/orchestration teacher at the Art Institute of Vancouver that says everything better than I could have said it.


The workshop will be held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel (in the “Ryman Room” -- http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnash-renaissance-nashville-hotel/) downtown Nashville, May 31-June 1, 2008 (Saturday-Sunday), from 10am-6pm both days. A special room rate of $169/night is available for Workshop attendees. You may sign up at http://www.filmmusicnashville.com. The Workshop costs $345, but if you sign up before April 20, 2008, the cost is only $270.


Some highlights:


You will learn (among other things):


--> a brief history of the Hollywood "style."


--> the "Z-clef." the control of the tessituric range as one of the most
important methods of keeping individual parts or entire sections
fore-grounded or back-grounded as the need of the moment arises


--> the "mediant chord relationship." This harmonization technique allows you
to keep rolling along from key to key with lots of forward momentum, while not
ever having to resolve your chordal tensions until you decide to exit the
train and confirm your modulation at the time and place of your choice.


What you will get:


--> 400 pages of actual film scores (well worth the price of the course alone)


--> recordings involving the scores


Here is what Doug Blackley, a noted composer from Vancouver, had to say about the workshop:


Who IS Scott Smalley?
Who is Scott Smalley, and why would any crowd of film and TV composers
and orchestrators go to such great lengths to spend two packed days in
his workshop?


The Scott Smalley orchestration is a two day intensive workshop on the
art and craft of orchestration for the Hollywood style film orchestra.
The workshop is offered several times a year in major centres such as
Los Angeles and New York.


Smalley's Credits
Who is Scott? Scott Smalley's credits for orchestration include top
end productions such as "Batman", "Mission: Impossible", and "The
Insider". He has worked with major film composers such as Alan
Silvestri, Danny Elfman, and many more. Scott is the sort of guy who
has been sent a composer's sketch at midnight, to be orchestrated and
parted out for the downbeat of the orchestra at nine am the next
morning! Clearly Scott is a man whose advice on the production of the
Hollywood orchestra sound is to be taken seriously.


Seminar Materials
The workshop begins with the distribution of Scott's package of film
scores for study. This is nearly four hundred pages of conductor's
score, the largest package of orchestral film conductor's scores I
have ever seen together in one place. The contents include scores
from many well known Hollywood films, such as Batman, Judge Dredd,
Robocop, Star Trek, Basic Instinct, Lonesome Dove, and others.


The scores represent a problem/solution view of scoring different film genre and
various types of scenes from action/adventure to love scenes. Scott also provides
the attendees with audio recordings of the material from the score package, invaluable for hearing how the orchestrations studied actually sounded in the real world.


Film Composing and Style
The workshop I attended began with discussion of the roots of style
that the Hollywood sound can be traced back too. Much respect is paid
to Goldsmith, and time is spent on various other composers regarding
their use of harmony and overall structure. The discussion shifted
into the control of the tessituric range as one of the most important
methods of keeping individual parts or entire sections fore-grounded
or back-grounded as the need of the moment arises.


Here Scott has created something he calls the "Z" clef, which he uses as a tool and
instructional aid to demonstrate his tessituric control techniques. I
found this to be very effective both as an instructional aid and as a
simple way to check one's own parts for lines that would be
inadvertently fore-grounded by unexpected timbral contrast.


The Mediant Chord Relationship
Next up was Scott's discussion of the mediant chord relationship chord
progression. I am sad to confess that this for me was a real "aha"
moment; a lovely encapsulation of the vibrant shifts of tonality
exploited so often in feature film writing. This harmonization
technique allows you to keep rolling along from key to key with lots
of forward momentum, while not ever having to resolve your chordal
tensions until you decide to exit the train and confirm your
modulation at the time and place of your choice.


The rest of the workshop is where one dives into the actual scores. The
first day focused on arranging strings, while the second shifted
between the remaining sections of the orchestra. Scott directs you to
specific scores and measure numbers, and plays the track in question.
He shows how the orchestration was created with specific goals in
mind, and uses his score and audio examples to demonstrate the sound
in real life.


Scott is an entertaining guy. His industry stories are thrown in
frequently enough to gain a feel for the context in which this sort of
orchestral work takes place, and as well function well to break up the
inevitable mental drain of hours on end of sight-reading film scores
at sometimes breakneck tempos!


Who Should Attend?
Who would benefit from the workshop? In my opinion this is an
advanced workshop. The audience at the session I attended was either
experienced composers, or new composers who have already put in years
of wood-shedding. There is an implied assumption that the attendees
have a basic competence in the theory of music and some ability to
analyze a score, harmonically and colouristically.


If you have worked on orchestral scoring already, and are ready to build your skills to a higher level, then I would say this workshop is absolutely something
worth planning for.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

duoATL Concert Friday (4/11)

FRIDAY, APRIL 11 at 8:00 PM
ONE SHOW ONLY
duoATL
Brian Luckett, Guitar and Nicole Randall, Flute

Don't miss this exciting, intriguing and listener-friendly musical experience! Atlanta's own guitar and flute duo, duoATL will perform one amazing show at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on Friday, April 11 at 8:00 PM. Enjoy the beautiful ambience of Callanwolde's indoor courtyard as guitarist Brian Luckett and flutist-composer Nicole Randall of duoATL treat audiences to a dynamic pairing of instruments.

Founded in 2005, duoATL will present an intriguing repertoire of contemporary music in a provocative blend of classical and cool. This concert includes the premiere performance of "Mangosteen", a new work written and composed by Nicole Randall.

The duo will also perform music by Astor Piazzolla, Joaquin Rodrigo, Michael Daugherty, Radames Gnattali and more. $10 General Admission. Tickets are sold at the door. For more information call 404-872-5338.

http://www.duoatl.com
http://www.callanwolde.org

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Film project in need of a composer

Hello all -

This is from a message to our MySpace account:

Hi, my name is Brandon and I am looking for a composer for a pilot that I'm producing with my partner, Yvonne. I was hoping there was someway to get a notice distributed to your members about our search.

We have a half-hour pilot in need of a score. The piece is dark, dramatic, and character driven set in a noir influenced world with a superhero twist. Since Yvonne is a graduate film student at Georgia State and this is serving as her thesis, we are on an extremely limited (read: imaginary) budget and at this time we are unfortunately unable to compensate beyond as much exposure as we can possibly give. It's a really fun project that we expect to continue in the future with the great group of local Atlanta talent we've assembled, which will hopefully include an amazing composer soon. I would love to talk to anyone who might be interested as well as hear some samples of their work.

The best way to contact me is at bley [at] mail [dot] com. Thank you so much.

-Brandon

Monday, April 07, 2008

Mercury Season Concert

Free lunch-time concert of vocally inspired music by Verdi, Mahler, Gershwin, Bernstein, our own Nicole Randall, and more.

Nicole Randall (flute), Mia Alford (clarinet), Paul Poovey (trumpet/cornet), Jay Hanselman (horn), Erik Kofoed (trombone), Bill Pritchard (tuba), and Caroline Kojima (cello) will be performing.

When: Wednesday, April 9, 12:15PM
Where: Georgia Perimeter College Dunwoody Campus
2101 Womack Rd., Dunwoody, GA 30338

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

ACG on the Radio

The Atlanta Composers Group will be featured tonight on WRFG 89.3 FM from 10PM-midnight. It'll be an interview format, with some of our music played in anticipation of the Unseen Forces 2 show (in Marietta on April 17 at the Three Bears Cafe @ 8pm).

Brian Skutle, Adam Scott Neal, Darren Nelsen, Jason Passmore and others will be interviewed to talk about the upcoming show and the Atlanta Composers Group in general.

Please tune in!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Thursday, April 3rd: Sonic Generator Concert

Georgia Tech’s chamber music ensemble in residence, Sonic Generator, presents their final concert of the season:

Thursday, April 3rd at 8 p.m.
Georgia Tech Alumni House
190 North Avenue

The program features music by Nico Muhly, Henrik Strindberg, Eric Moe, Eric Chasalow, Karen Tanaka, Nick Demos (world premiere), and Randall Woolf. More info...

Admission is free and no reservations are required.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

BELLA MUSICA: A Concert of Women Composers

Georgia Composers featured on this concert: Woo-young Choi, Marguerite Clayton, Nicole Randall and Tracy Wynn

Agnes Scott College and the Georgia Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts are joining forces to co-sponsor a concert of women composers on Sunday 6 April 2008 at 3 pm in Maclean Auditorium at Agnes Scott College in metro Atlanta. The free concert honors Ruth McDonald, Professor Emerita of Georgia State University for her pioneering work in Georgia in the field of women in music. Many of you know about the festivals/conferences of women in music that she organized at Georgia State over the past years.

The concert is primarily contemporary works, including some world premieres. The performers are largely music faculty affiliated with Agnes Scott College, in addition to a former piano student of Ruth McDonald's, Dr. You-ju Lee.

The concert is free, but requires a ticket due to limited seating. They may be reserved by calling 404-471-6430.

BELLA MUSICA: A Concert of Women Composers
Honoring Ruth McDonald, Professor Emerita of Music, Georgia State University

Sunday 6 April 2008, 3 p.m.
Maclean Auditorium
Agnes Scott College


Suite for Woodwind Quintet-Ruth Crawford Seeger (1901-1953)

Kelly Via, flute; Lisa Prodan. oboe; Joe Philpot, clarinet;
Amy Black, horn; Shelly Unger, bassoon

Gohyang - A Piece for Piano (1997)-Woo-young Choi (b. 1973)
Hahn ( Sorrow)
Nore ( Song)
Hung ( Joy)
Woo-young Choi, piano

Pulsar (2003) - Augusta Read Thomas (b. 1964)
Qiao Chen Solomon, violin

Market Suite - Marguerite Clayton
Dawn-Marie James, soprano; David D'Ambrosio, piano;
Marguerite Clayton, cello

Mangosteen(World Premiere) - Nicole Randall (b. 1977)
DuoATL: Nicole Randall, flute; Brian Luckett, guitar

Presentation in honor of Ruth McDonald Anna Stapleton Henson, Jean Astrop
Georgia Committee of The National Museum of Women in the Arts

Lonely Heart - Tracy Wynn
Fathers Day-Tracy Wynn

Tracy Wynn, saxophone; Emrah Kotan, percussion; Bill Wilson, piano

Sonata for Piano, First Movement (1954) - Marga Richter (b. 1926)
You Ju Lee, piano

Sonata for Viola (1919)-Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979)
Qiao Chen Solomon, viola; David D'Ambrosio, piano

Illumination - Kelly-Marie Murphy (b. 1964)
Monica Hargrave, harp

O frondens virga - Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179)
March of the Women - Ethel Smyth (1858-1944)

Sotto Voce; John Winzenburg, director

Sonata in E, op 1/3, 1791 (harpsichord or piano)
Cecilia Maria Barthélemon (c.1770-post1827)

Allegro con Spirito
Calvert Johnson, harpsichord

Quartet for Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, and Piano (2002)
Emma Lou Diemer (b.1927)

Colin Jones, trumpet; Amy Black, horn; Susie Scarr, trombone;
Juan Chattah, piano

Reception by Soirée Catering and Events following the concert

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Bent Frequency Improvisation Unit to perform Shadowdance

This press release just arrived by e-mail from Bent Frequency:

Tomorrow evening, Thursday 6 March 2008, the Rialto Center for the Arts, in conjunction with the Turner First Thursday art walk, will present the Bent Frequency Improvisation Unit during the monthly gallery walking tour/open house. This month’s performance features the exhibition Shadowdance by Keiko Guest, performed by Esteban Anastasio, guitar and electronics, Stuart Gerber, percussion, Jen Mitchell (aka DJ Little Jen) on turntables, and David Smart, bass.

For more info, visit www.atlantadowntown.com/HavingFun_FirstThursdays.asp

The Bent Frequency Improvisation Unit is a rotating pool of performers who represent some of the most original and forward-thinking musicians in Atlanta. This pool of artists comes together periodically to perform music that is new, hip, fresh, and bit avant-garde. BFIU performances are totally improvised, totally unique, and offer something for everyone.

We hope to see you there!

—Bent Frequency Artistic Board

Classical Now New Music Series Presents 5th Annual Concert

By Christopher Arrell
Director of Theory & Composition, Clayton State University

The Fifth Annual Classical Now New Music Concert will take place at Spivey Hall on the campus of Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

The program, performing works by four Atlanta area composers, features guest artists Maya Hoover (mezzo-soprano), Lisa Leong (piano), Justin Bruns (violin), Brad Ritchie (cello), and John Huston (guitar). Included on the program are two world premieres by Nickitas Demos and Mark Gresham, as well as works by Jason Freeman and Chris Arrell.

Based on the 1877 poem by Georgian Sidney Lanier, Mark Gresham’s setting of Song of the Chattahoochee evokes the drama of the river’s evolving path to the sea.

Nickitas Demos’ epic Elegy for Myris examines the theme of the West in transition with a setting of Myris: Alexandria A.D. 340 by renowned Greek poet Constantine Cavafy, newly translated by Dr. Gregory Jusdanis, Professor of Modern Greek Studies at Ohio State University.

3 from 95, by Chris Arrell, delights in the multiple layers of e.e. cummings shattered syntax poetry.

Jason Freeman’s Sonata, for solo piano, explores process as a means of building and transforming musical material through lush harmonies and energetic rhythms.

The concert will also include an introduction to Myris: Alexandria A.D. 340 by Dr. Gregory Jusdanis.

This Classical Now concert is sponsored by the Georgia State Center for Hellenic Studies and Spivey Hall.


[This press release was posted by Mark Gresham on behalf of Chris Arrell and the other composers and performers participating in the 5th annual Classical Now concert.]

ASO to premiere new work by Gonzalo Grau

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will present the world premiere of Gonzalo Grau's Pregunta y Respuesta as the 14-minute opener for this week's subscription concerts at Symphony Hall, Thursday-Saturday, March 6, 7 & 8 at 8:00pm. Robert Spano conducts the program, which also includes Samuel Barber's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (the first time the ASO has ever performed it) featuring ASO principal cellist Christopher Rex, and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4.

The program notes Ken Meltzer can be found here.

I spoke with Gonzalo for a half hour on Sunday night. He says this is his first major symphonic premiere, so as you can imagine he's very excited.

I hope to publish an article based on that interview soon. Watch for it.

—Mark Gresham

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Dorkbot Art and Technology Forum

The Atlanta chapter of Dorkbot, the international forum on art and technology dedicated to “people doing strange things with electricity,” will have its next meeting on Monday, March 10th, at 7 pm in the Couch Building (room 207) at Georgia Tech. This month’s meeting features composer and software developer Michael Klingbeil, lecturer in the Music Department at Yale University, who joins us from New Haven via live video link.

If you're not familiar with Michael's free SPEAR software for spectral analysis, editing, and resynthesis, then you definitely need to come to this session; it's an essential software tool in any composer's toolbox. And if you are already familiar with SPEAR, then I don't need to convince you to come; I know you'll be there.

As always, dorkbot, which is sponsored by the Georgia Tech Music Department, is free and open to the public.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Performance of Erik Kofoed's works

This is from Erik Kofoed:

Some friends of mine are having a recital tomorrow(Sunday the 24th) 3pm at St. Luke Lutheran Church here in Atlanta. The Phoenix Clarinet Quartet from the US Army and tubist Bill Pritchard are featured, and they will be assisted by musicians from my group Mercury Season.

They are playing two of my compositions and a couple arrangements I've done. One of the pieces will be a premier of my Pasacalle for Tuba and 4 Clarinets as well as a piece for amplified Tuba and Brass Ensemble called Territories.

If you're not spoken for, come on out and hear some great clarinet and tuba playing. Did I mention that it's free!

Here's the address:
St. Luke Lutheran Church
3264 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 237-4413


Hope to see you there :)

Friday, February 22, 2008

A World Beyond Your Own: About the Atlanta Composers Group

At first, I figured it to be just another opportunity to maybe have my music played. Back in July of 2006, my friend and fellow composer Adam Scott Neal told me about a performance opportunity taking submissions for a concert they were putting together. I had just joined SCI, and had already submitted pieces to one or two festivals to be considered (neither were accepted). I was appreciative of the tip, and chose my 1999 composition "In a Lonely Place" to submit for performance. I emailed the track to the organizer, and left it at that, looking forward to hearing back. I hadn't done much to get my music performed live since my days at Georgia State- mainly because for a while I wasn't quite sure a) how to go about it and b) for the first couple of years after college my writing became secondary- few ideas came to mind for works, and my job at the movie theatre was my main focus. In 2006, though, I was on a creative streak that first involved my music, then eventually grew to include film projects and eventually short stories.

Cut to January 2007. I get another email from Adam saying that my piece was going to get performed in February at a concert around town at the Five Spot. I emailed the organizer (Darren Nelsen, who'd posted the submission notice on his own Atlanta Composers Blog) I'd submitted to for confirmation, and indeed it was going to be on the program. Exciting news. I submitted program notes and bio to him, and when a website for the show was built with promo materials like programs and flyers, I made sure to make them available to friends and to get as many people out as possible to the show. In February, the concert- dubbed "Turned On: Electronic Music by Atlanta Composers", and hosted by Adam and Darren- took place, and was reasonably successful, not only in terms of turnout but also in reception, including getting a positive review in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I continued to follow things on the Blog for further feedback on the Five Spot show, as well as possibilities for further shows. Eventually came a notice of Darren hosting a meeting for Atlanta composers to discuss further possibilities of getting our music out there.

From there began the Atlanta Composers Group. Meeting turnout has been relatively small, but generally consistent in who has come out (though as with all things, life intervenes in ways making attendance difficult sometimes). Very early on, it was clear to me that I wanted to be able to bring something more to the table than just my music. I wanted to contribute to the larger goals of this undertaking, which we looked at achieving through ideas ranging from future concerts (such as our recent "Unseen Forces" concert @ Eyedrum) to CDs to podcasts, and other methods of established and new media. Since my main focus in regards to my music up to this point has been its creation and distribution (with pieces on my personal website and CDs available at CDBaby), and my Music Industry days at Georgia State were long behind me, this goal of mine would require some verve and adaptation beyond my fundamentally shy demeanor (to call myself ill-equipped for self-promotion by and large is NOT an understatement...my friends and colleagues are more than welcome to back me up on this).

So what are the goals of the Atlanta Composers Group? There are times when that doesn't seem like an easy question to answer, but as someone who's been to all of the meetings (even if I've had to leave a couple early...sorry guys), I feel reasonably confident I can answer it. On the Atlanta Composers MySpace page, it says that we are "a loose conglomeration of the many composers residing in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia." That sums up who we are, but not what we're trying to do.

The first goal of the group is one of networking- making composers in the area aware of one another and what we're working on. The meetings are one method of achieving this, the Blog is another (and the original one, actually), and networking sites like MySpace and FaceBook are another method (most of the composers who've been to the meetings have one or the other, if not they're own website). The endgame of this goal is not only the obvious one- stated above- but one that could include collaboration, not only with one another but with artists in different fields such as film and visual art, among others.

The second goal is exposure, not only for our individual works but for the scene in general. To make not only the art music world, both in Atlanta but outside of it, aware of the existence of new music composers, but the larger community in general. To that end, things like the MySpace site and YouTube (with performances from the Eyedrum concert available for your viewing pleasure here) are beneficial. As is media exposure (with the AJC writeup of "Turned On" making people aware of things), the concerts themselves (the more people who come out, the more people who become aware of us, the more people who might be there next time), as well as projects like the CD we gave away at the Eyedrum show. The MySpace page includes pieces from several artists involved in the group, and is rotated on a monthly basis to included new artists.

Of course, this type of group is of benefit to individual artists looking to get their name and their music out there. But one of the things I've found myself most inspired by in Darren's vision for the group- and one of the reasons I've wanted to contribute as much as possible- is that it is very much about the community, not just catering to specific individuals, although of course there will be overlap of individuals featured from concert-to-concert, CD-to-CD, MySpace playlist-to-playlist, and so forth as the process begins to include podcasts and other avenues. It's this sense of community I hope to inspire in my work as a filmmaker as we go from movie-to-movie (more on that later...but first it would help if I, I don't know, FINISHED the first movie :) ).

Case in point- an early idea of having one show performed throughout different parts of the area, getting different audiences out, furthering exposing the scene and the artists to different pockets of the population who otherwise might not be able to drive down to Atlanta to catch a show, but are interested in the type of show it is. This idea not only benefits the scene of Atlanta Composers but the fan base for this type of music by- if needed- bringing it to them instead of just asking them to come to us. We may even get some new members to the fan base, people who might otherwise not even be aware of this type of music, but find themselves engaged in it by simply hearing it ('cause let's face it, if we don't hear it, how do we know whether we'll like it? At least, isn't that how it SHOULD be?).

It seems as though I should have more to say, but for now, I think that just about covers it. I'm very proud to be a part of this group, and look forward to being a part of it in the future, seeing how it expands, hopefully into the vision I know some of us have for it. I may not be on every concert, or CD, or podcast (and I know some people will no doubt be very happy about that... :) ), but the point of this group, from what I gathered, is to make it less about me and more about we. It's a lofty goal (especially in a field where individual ego plays a big role...come on composers, you know it's true), but after the first few months of being a part of the group, I'm optimistic that we'll be able to accomplish it in the end.

For more on the Atlanta Composers Group, visit us @
www.atlantacomposers.com
www.myspace.com/atlantacomposers

Thanks for listening,

Brian Skutle
www.sonic-cinema.com
www.myspace.com/brianskutle
www.myspace.com/cinemanouveau

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Kerwin Young's Home Burned Down

Kerwin Young's home burned down last week. Kerwin, one of our fellow composers and participant in the Unseen Forces concert, is living and working out of the Regency Suites until he can find a new home.

Donations and gifts can be sent to:

Kerwin Young
P.O. Box 23
Red Oak, Ga
30272-0023

Kerwin says: "Every little bit can surely help, I'll tell you that. Fortunately enough, no one was injured. Red Cross has assisted us with accomodations at the Regency Suites over on 10th st."

Sunday, February 17, 2008

SCI National Conference

Hello all -

I just wanted to remind you all that this week (Wednesday evening-Saturday evening) Georgia State is hosting the National Conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. There will be a lot of interesting music, including that of some local friends. Also, on Thursday at 11am, Darren and Mark will be on a panel discussing "music journalism in the 21st century." It would be great if some of you can get off work and make it to this.

More details can be found here.

cheerio!
adam

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Sonic Generator Concert

Georgia Tech’s chamber music ensemble in residence, Sonic Generator, presents their second concert of the season:

Tuesday, February 12th at 8 p.m.
Georgia Tech Alumni House
190 North Avenue

Admission is free and no reservations are required.

The concert features music by Chris Arrell (world premiere), Jonathan Harvey, Charles Mason, Ingram Marshall, Belinda Reynolds, and Nick Didkovsky.

More information, including directions and the complete program, at http://www.sonicgenerator.gatech.edu.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Anne Frank: Within and Without, original music by Chip Epsten

This is from Chip Epsten:

The Center for Puppetry Arts presents Anne Frank: Within and Without, by
Bobby Box, with original music composed and performed on violin and toy
piano by Chip Epsten.

Your favorite Yiddish folk songs deconstructed - including the lovely
lullaby Oyfn Pripitchik. Hear a sample on Epsten's hastily-constructed
myspace page http://www.myspace.com/cepsten

Part of the Center's New Directions Series, premiered 2006. Missed it then?
Well here it is again, even better. A show that "brings new depth and
perspective to the wartime memoir." ~NY Times


Now through February 17
Thursday - Saturday 8 PM
Sunday at 5 PM
Tuesday - Friday 11 AM, if you don't mind joining the school groups.

Center for Puppetry Arts
1404 Spring Street at 18th St
Atlanta GA 30309
Tickets: 404-873-3391 or http://www.puppet.org/perform/annefrank.shtml

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Floyd's Cold Sassy Tree Lecture

This conflicts with the electronic music concert, but Atlanta Opera is hosting a lecture about the upcoming performance of Carlisle Floyd's "Cold Sassy Tree" which is opening soon. Just thought we should be aware.

The Atlanta Opera invites you to attend.....
OPERA 101Led by long time opera connoisseur and Honorary Board Member, Carter Joseph, OPERA 101 is a prep course for the upcoming production. Patrons are introduced to a history, background and story line of the opera. The composer, librettist, key characters, musical theme and selected arias are featured in an entertaining and interesting multi-media presentation. OPERA 101 is educational AND fun!

Reservations are encouraged: 404.881.8801
Date: Monday, January 28, 2008 Cold Sassy Tree
Time: 7:00 PM -9:00 PM
Place: The Cathedral of St. Philip, Gould Room
2744 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30305

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Dorkbot, featuring Nick Didkovsky

Georgia Tech's next Dorkbot art and technology forum (next Wednesday, January 16th, at 7 pm) features composer Nick Didkovsky presenting MetaSection Piece Generator, a program that composes music for live ensemble. Nick will discuss and demonstrate his unique approach to algorithmic composition, joining us via videoconference from New York. (Next month, you'll have a chance to hear Nick's piece, Rain on a Frail Cutie, performed on Sonic Generator's February 12th concert.)

Nick is a truly unique musician: he plays guitar in his avant-rock septet, Doctor Nerve; he has written music for the Bang on a Can All-Starts and the California EAR Unit; he is the developer of the Java Music Specification Language (JMSL); he has created a number of compelling interactive music applications on the web; and he is director of bioinformatics for the Gensat project at Rockefeller University. We hope you'll join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn more about Nick's music and his compositional process.

Full information at dorkbot-atl, which is sponsored by the Music Department in the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

UNSEEN FORCES to be presented at Eyedrum, Jan.28 @ 8:00pm

Atlanta Composers Group
presents
Unseen Forces: Electronic Music by Atlanta Composers

featuring music by
Toby Chappell, Mark Gresham, Mike Murray,
Adam Scott Neal, Darren Nelsen, Jason Passmore,
Brian Skutle, Mitchell Turner and Kerwin Young

Monday, January 28th, 2008 @ 8pm
Eyedrum
290 MLK Jr. Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312 USA
404.522.0655
FREE ADMISSION

Following up from the success of its 2007 "Turned On" concert, the Atlanta Composers Group presents "Unseen Forces" a new electronic music program featuring the works of nine local artists.

Not only is admission to the concert FREE, those attending will also be given a FREE CD at the show which will include works from the "Unseen Forces" and "Turned On" concerts as an additional "Thanks" for being there.


MEDIA CONTACT: For further information, please contact organizer Darren Nelsen by messaging via his MySpace page:
www.myspace.com/dmnmusic

For more about the group visit the Atlanta Composer Group online at www.AtlantaComposers.com
and on MySpace at www.myspace.com/atlantacomposers