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

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 ( 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