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.

Yumi Tamashiro premieres “Ligneous”

Alumnus Yumi Tamashiro premiered Andy Akiho’s piece Ligneous which she commissioned with Ian Rosenbaum. The concert was at the Princeton Sound Kitchen show on February 18th.

Yumi’s percussion group, Mobius Percussion Quartet, released Kate Neal’s ‘What Hath II’ in October. They have been endorsed by Vic Firth and will be touring CA and the midwest in the spring of the 2014-15 season.

photograph by David Adamcyk

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.

Raymond Torres-Santos at Festival Casals

The Symphony Orchestra of Puerto Rico premiered Dr. Raymond Torres-Santos’ “Symphonia Resonantia Luminosum Infinitum” at the Festival Casals of Puerto Rico on March 15. The Governor of Puerto Rico was at the concert and invited Dr. Torres-Santos to join with him in his private seating section. The concert was broadcast live by PBS.

Nathan Stark in The Poe Project

Alumnus Nathan Stark will be singing with The Poe Project – Buried Alive & Embedded at North Dakota State University: Festival Concert Hall in Fargo in March.

Buried Alive (by composer Jeff Myers and librettistQuincy Long) and Embedded by composer Patrick Soluri and librettist Deborah Brevoort) were commissioned by American Lyric Theater in New York City in honor of the Poe Centennial in 2009. Rather than adapting Poe’s stories, to the stage, the writers were challenged with “What might Poe write if he were alive today?.”