Composer Updates November 2017 Edition
But, of course, their work doesn’t stop with their first composer spotlight! They are a very productive group of individuals and we thought it would be a great idea to check in with them and share their major activities since we featured them. Today, we share the first round of composer updates. We’re sure you’ll also be pleased to see that they are busy and achieving great success (and producing more works for flute!) There are lots of premieres, recordings, awards, new positions, and other exciting projects!
Oliver Caplan (Finalist 2014, My Elephant Cloud for Pierrot ensemble)
Oliver was recently appointed the Artistic Director of Juventas New Music Ensemble, a Boston-based ensemble which focuses on supporting the work of emerging composers. The Juventas New Music Ensemble also sponsors the Boston New Music Festival. A new album of his works, entitled You Are Not Alone, will be released December 12. The album includes several chamber works: Connect All. We All Connect for soprano, horn, and piano, Love Letters for flute, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, and cello, To the Sea for 2 violins, viola, and cello, and You Are Not Alone for violin, cello, and piano.
Nicole Chamberlain (second place 2014 French Quarter for flute quartet, honorable mention 2016 for Asphyxia for flute alone, finalist 2016 for Orion’s Belt for flute trio and Three Nine Line for flute and piano)
Nicole is very excited to announce the release of an album of her flute music through MSR Classics in January 2018. The album features flutists Matthew Angelo, Nicole herself (she is a flutist and composer!) and Dr. Mary Matthews (an FNMC member!) and pianist Jessica Niles. The album will include FNMC awarded pieces Asphyxia, Three-Nine Line, and Mintaka from Orion's Belt.
Her compositions have received several awards including:
- Chivy, for flute choir it was named the winner of the National Flute Association's 2017 Flute Choir Composition Competition and was premiered at the NFA Convention in Minneapolis, MN.
- She had a lot of success in the NFA Newly Published Music competition this year including:
- Asphyxia Winner flute alone category (honorable mention 2016 FNMC Composition Competition solo flute category)
- Wail for flute and trombone Winner flute and other instrument category (which was commissioned and premiered by FNMC President Dr. Shelley Martinson and her husband, Dr. Phillip Martinson)
- Finalist works: In Cahoots for flute duo and Orion’s Belt for flute trio (finalist in FNMC Composition Competition 2016)
- Honorable Mention Works: Dizzy for flute choir, Lilliputian for piccolo and music box, and Trisection for three flutes
She has several new commissions that will be premiered and made available by next year:
1. Death Whistle for solo piccolo commissioned by FNMC Vice-President Dr. Elizabeth Robinson
2. Acrophobia for flute/picc, flute, and soprano saxophone commissioned by FNMC member flutist Dr. Mary Matthews, flutist Matthew Angelo, and saxophonist Alyssa Hoffert.
2. Flute, Horn, and piano work commissioned by The Kitchen Sync (FNMC member Dr. Katherine Isbell Emeneth)
3. Contrabass flute work commissioned by Beth Devlin
4. Flute and Clarinet work commissioned by PM Woodwind Project
5. Solo Alto Flute work commissioned by Kelly Mollnow Wilson
6. Flute Choir Work commissioned by Charter Oak Flute Choir of Connecticut
7. Another HUGE work including flute soloists with string orchestra is a done deal, just waiting for signed contract before I can go public.
She also recently released several pieces for publication including: Capsaicin for two flutes and cello, Unity for solo flute, and Shenanigans for flute, clarinet, and bassoon.
Andrew Davis (finalist 2015, What’s Next for flute, bassoon, and piano)
Andrew shared with us that he has recently completed a new piece for orchestra entitled, Seek. You can listen to the entire work on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/andrewdavis33/seek. Seek features a significant piccolo solo which is really beautiful! He expertly employs the lower and mid-range of the piccolo, which is such a wonderful color and one we don't often get to hear in the context of the orchestra due to scoring challenges.
Paul Elwood (finalist 2014 Marfa Lights for flute duo (doubling piccolo and alto flute)
Like many of the other composers Paul has been busy writing new works, which have been premiered all around the word! Several of the works have also been recorded and will be available on commercially released discs in the next year.
- Émissions Transparents for solo electric guitar, cello, percussion, piano, mellotron, and electronics was premiered on the Nuit d'hiver Festival in Marseille, France, on December 20, 2016, with guitarist Jean-Marc Montera and the composer conducting. This performance was broadcast on France Musique's show, A l'improviste,on February 2, 2017. On September 25, 2017, guitarist Pablo Gomez Cano played it with the Callithumpian Consort of the New England Conservatory in Jordan Hall, Boston, Massachusetts, with Stephen Drury conducting. It has been recorded for an upcoming CD release. You can hear a live performance here: https://soundcloud.com/paulielwood
- On April 3, 2017, Eurydice Alvarez, oboe, and Willem Van Schalkwyk, pianist, premiered the five movement "Un Teatro de Reflejos," at the University of Northern Colorado
- On August 22, 2017, Punjabi Podcast, a movement for string quartet, was premiered by All Strings Considered in Wichita, Kansas, on the event of an exhibit and lecture on Pakistani Truck Art.
- September 2017 - I completed three songs from James Joyce's Finnegan’s Wake for UK mezzo-soprano Alice Simmons. Premiere pending, Spring 2018.
- Pianist Mireia Frutos will premiere Alternate Constellations in three movements on Nov. 25.
- In January 2017, Patti Cudd, percussionist, released the CD EOS, a collection of works for solo percussion including CUT (2009) for percussion and two-channel fixed-media playback and
Paul also has upcoming performances and lectures scheduled at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand (Nov. 20-24) and at the Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia (Nov. 25-28).
Charles Halka (honorable mention, chamber music 2016 Por la Fuerza las Tierras for Pierrot ensemble)
Charles’ Por la Fuerza las Tierras (HM 2016) is achieving wide acclaim! It was also named the winner of Division 1 of the 2017 Young Composer Competition. It has been performed all over the United States this fall including:
- October 6, 2017 (Houston): http://www.houstonpress.com/event/uh-aura-contemporary-ensemble-roadshow-9806164
- October 8, 2017 (L.A.): http://www.csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/music/events/tempo-1
- November 5, 2017 (NYC):The Tribeca New Music Young Composer’s Winners Concert at the Cell Theater 4:00 PM EST http://www.tribecanewmusic.org/2014results/ and http://www.tribecanewmusic.org/calendar/2017/9/12/2017-young-composer-winners
The Odessa Philharmonic will perform Scherzo, for orchestra, alongside works by Stravinsky and Ukrainian composer Bohdana Frolyak on November 17, 2017 in Odessa, Ukraine at Philharmonic Hall, 7:00pm.
John Moody (honorable mention newly composed category 2016, Tutti Frutti for two Virtuoso Flutti)
John was so inspired by the success and support of Tutti Frutti that he’s decided to write another work for flute! He’s currently working on a five movement piece with the current title of Canzoni for Flute and Piano. He reports that it is different in style from Tutti Frutti, but we’re sure that we will love it too! He also recently completed a new work for orchestra, entitled Eclipse.
Xingzimin Pan (honorable mention 2014 for Kaidan for flute and piano)
Xing has been focusing on choral composition. His works are being widely performed in his native country of China as well as in the US, where he has lived for many years. He is currently a PHD candidate at in music composition the University of Utah. He shared some of his recent accomplishments with us!
- Finalist, 2017 Intimacy of Creativity Festival Competition, March 2017
- Excellent Composition, The 12th Jiangsu Province Five Star Project Award, December 2016
- 3rd Place, the 4th China-ASEAN New Music Festival Composition Competition, May 2015
Dandelion, for Children’s Choir, published by Fudan University Publishing House
- Everlasting Love, includes Everlasting Love & What Flowers Tell You
- Haiyan Impression, includes Dandelion
The newly published choral work Dandelion has been performed frequently in different cities China, as well as the US, Hungary, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Future performances will be held in Canada, Poland and Taiwan within the next two years.
Bekah Simms (winner Newly Composed category in 2015 for a relic of adolescent heat for flute, cello, and piano)
Bekah was awarded the Canadian Music Centre's Toronto Emerging Composers Award in 2017, valued at $6000, it's one of the more substantial awards in the country for composition. She was also featured in Musicworks Magazine:https://www.musicworks.ca/sound-bite/bekah-simms’-music-discomfort. Bekah was also selected, through member vote, as the commissioned composer for the first FNMC Flute Artist competition. Her new work for flute and pre-recorded sound, Skinscapes, will be performed by all of the finalists on March 3, 2017.
Asha Srinivasan (winner 2014 for Dviraag for flute and cello)
Asha is pleased to announce a newly commissioned work by Pan Pacific Ensemble. The work will be recorded in January and released on Albany Records. We look forward to hearing it!
Dana Wilson (winner 2016 for The Conjurer for solo flute and chamber wind ensemble)
Dana limited his update to news about his flute and piccolo works. Fortunately, there’s a lot of good news to share! (The Conjurer was performed by Wendy Mehne at the NFA convention this past August. He has also produced a piano reduction that is now available for purchase and performance! There is also a recording available of Conjurer!
FNMC member Christie Beard performed his piece for piccolo and piano entitled, Whispers from another time, at the NFA convention and a recording is in the works! It’s a really lovely work we’re sure our many piccolo playing members will want to check out!
He’s also pleased to share that there is a transcription of his and longing to be the singing master of my soul, originally for flute and piano, for flute and harp; there’s also now a piccolo version of the work. The flute and harp version will be recorded in the spring.
Thank you to all of the composers for sharing these updates. We love to hear about their successes and look forward to hearing (and playing) their works!