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Sounds Of Arts Festival

MuSE Sounds of Arts Festival 2017 Full Calendar

<Program A>
Wed. 11/15 @7:30pm "Jazz Night"
Mark Wade Trio  & Chris Biesterfeldt Quartet



<Program B>
Thu. 11/16 @7:30pm "Covers & Remixes"
JHMJams & Arcopella



<Program C>
Fri. 11/17 @8pm "Café 1907"
The Pleiades Project, founded by Caroline Miller and Elizabeth Smith,  creates new performance opportunities for female artists who wish to express the strength, unique vision, and individuality of their art. These include short films of opera scenes, artist spotlights and unique live events.



<Program D>
Sat. 11/18 @7:30pm "New Music Collection 1"
featuring Dennis Sullivan (with special guest, Brandon Lopez) and Duo Keme (Kenji Haba & Melanie Chirignan, flute)


<Program E>

Sun. 11/19 @1:15pm "Fractals in the Dark" (door opens at 1pm)
An exploration of chamber music with dance performed by Artists By Any Other Name



<Program F>

Sun. 11/19 @7pm "New Music Collection 2"
An evening of celebrating the new music performed by Iktus Duo (Chris Graham, percussion & Hristina Blagoeva, flute) in collaboration with composers of Association for the Promotion of New Music and performance by Karisa Antonio and Claire Happel Ashe (Oboe and Harp duo) featuring music by Douglas Fisk and more.

Iktus Duo:Hristina Blagoeva, fluteChris Graham, percussion

  Michal Raymond Massoud: Duo for flute and percussion 

  Arthur Kreiger: Precious Metals

  Stephen Dydo: Trope on “O Sacrum Convivium” 
  Adam Vidiksis: NGC 981 for flute and djembe. 

  This half of the concert is sponsored in part, by the American Promotion of New Music.

Founded in 1984 by composer and conductor Jacques-Louis Monod, the Association for the Promotion of New Music is a national composer consortium whose purpose it is to make available a broad and significant range of contemporary musical compositions through publication, distribution, sales, and public performance. APNM maintains a catalog of members' works including biographies, titles, instrumentation, and the duration of works.
APNM was originally affiliated with the publisher Boelke-Bomart and presented concerts at The Guild of Composers, which was directed and conducted by Mr. Monod. We are currently affiliated with BMI, ASCAP, and since 1998-Subito Music Corporation-which assumes prints and distributes members' scores. In 2009 we resumed giving concerts with performers from Ensemble Pi under the direction of Idith Meshulam. We currently present three to four concerts a year, including tribute concerts honoring composers Jacques Monod, Milton Babbitt and Mario Davidovsky.

Karisa Antonio, oboe, and Claire Happel Ashe, harp
  Harrison Birtwhistle: #25 Gibt es wirklich die Zeit, die zerstorende from 26 Orpheus Elegies
  Douglas Fisk: Queens Etudes
  Elliott Carter: Immer Neu

  Whitney Ashe: The Darkness
  Harrison Birtwhistle: #5 Und mit kleinen Schritten gehn die Uhren neben unserm eigentlichen Tag from 26 Orpheus Elegies


For nearly a decade, Karisa Antonio and Claire Happel Ashe have been introducing audiences to the sounds of harp and oboe—two instruments rarely heard in this combination. Continually working to expand the music available for their unique combination, they received a 2017 New Works Grant from the Queens Council on the Arts to commission a new composition for oboe and harp from composer Douglas Fisk, presented on tonight's program. Oboist Karisa Antonio is a multi-faceted performer, educator and arts program director. An independent performing artist in New York City, Karisa enjoys an active performance schedule focused on chamber music. Her recent recordings can be found on Naxos, EMF, Albany and Carrier record labels. Claire Happel is a versatile musician and dancer. Claire frequently performs with ensembles in Chicago and the Midwest, including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Composers Orchestra, and Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Douglas Fisk is active as a composer, pianist, and teacher. His music has been performed by members of the New York New Music Ensemble, percussionist Gwendolyn Burgett, baritone Malcolm Merriweather, Sospiro Winds, and Washington Square Winds. He has studied composition with Paul Barsom, Bruce Trinkley, Ezra Laderman, and Martin Bresnick.  He received his MM and MMA degrees from the Yale School of Music.

He co-directs  the Composers/Pianists Concert Series, a series in which composer/pianists perform their own solo piano works and ensemble pieces with piano.  His Impromptu for solo marimba appears on the Gwendolyn Burgett recording: Boomslang: New Music for Marimba.  He has received grants from Michigan State University, the Urbana, Illinois Public Arts Commission, and the Queens (NY) Council on the Arts.



<Program G>
Mon. 11/20@8pm & Tue. 11/21 @8pm "Inspirations from the East"
Music by Asian and Asian-American composer

Reading of "Little Hokusai" a mini opera (excerpt) by Japanese composer Yui Kitamura,

"Unwrapping Fortune" a mini opera by Chinese-American composer Alicia Lieu,

and a world premiere of "Neighbor" inspired by "The House of Smells and Noises" from Lee Su Kim's "Sarong Secrets" by Malaysian composer JunYi Chow 

Performance by Musikapiphany


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