Alan Shockley Premieres Piece for Shakuhachi and Harp

Dr. Alan Shockley was featured on the Camac Art Centre Facebook page. He just completed a month-long residency at the French Artist’s Colony where he completed a piece for shakuhachi and microtonally retuned harp with an ensemble of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, arpeggione (bowed guitar), and cello. The work is entitled “in oceangreen of shadow,” a line from the “Sirens” episode of James Joyce’s Ulysses. The work was premiered in May in Daniel Recital Hall.

Alicia Byer and Charlie Carlos Los Angeles Composers’ Collective premieres reviewed

Alumna Alicia Byer, Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Composers Collective, had her string quartet Thoughts on Spring premiered on May 25 by the Fiato Quartet in Chintatown. The long-lived new music blog, Sequenze21 reviewed the concert, praising Alicia’s work as music that “artfully describes the yearly process of natural renewal”

Alumnus Charlie Carlos’s work, At the Warren, ”captures the energy and movement of rabbits in the wild. At times this piece turns smoothly pastoral and was reminiscent of early 20th century English music.” Charlie is Fundraising Director of the Los Angeles Composers Collective.

 

Alan Shockley at Carmac Art Centre in Marnay sur Siene

While on sabbatical this spring, Alan Shockley spent a month in France at the Carmac Art Centre in Marnay sur Siene composing “in oceangreen of shadow” for shakuhachi and microtonally retuned harp with an ensemble of flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, arpeggione (bowed guitar), and cello. The premiere is scheduled for 13 May 2014 in Southern California

 

 

Adriana Verdie to Speak at Women’s Research Colloquium

Dr. Adriana Verdie is one of two featured speakers at the Spring 2014 Women’s Research Colloquium at 5pm on Wednesday, April 9, in the Pointe of the Walter Pyramid. Her talk is entitled “From Muses to Creators, Opera by a Female Composer.” Dr. Verdie was on sabbatical last fall to compose an opera for children, “Cron-Ópera.” The New Music Ensemble will premiere it on April 23.

Dr. Verdie and the Colloquium are discussed in an article in the Signal Tribune.

Alex Miller Readies Two Premieres

Lecturer Alex Miller’s composition Actions & Resonances was performed by pianist Vincent Craig on the Annie Gaul Concert Series in Wernersville, Pennsylvania in February. Miller also recently completed a new piano composition to be premiered by Vincent Craig later this year.