New Music New Haven will perform a program featuring guest composer Kurt Rohde’s Treatises for an Unrecovered Past, and more, on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at 7:30PM in Morse Recital Hall.
The astounding American poet Diane Seuss wrote a touching & powerful short poem after talking with Kurt while they were in residence at the Willapa Bay Artist Residence Program during August 2016 in Washington state. Take a read/listen to Seuss’s What Is It You Feel I Asked Kurt.
Cellist Rhonda Rider will be premiering a number of new works for solo cello throughout March 2017 as part of her amazing US National Parks Artist-in-Residence Project at Petrified Forest National Park. One of the new pieces she’ll be playing is a strange work I composed for her called credo petrified:
March 16 at 6pm
Lecture concert – Boston University, 855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
March 17 at 8pm
Concert – Boston Conservatory, Seully Hall, 8 The Fenway, Boston
March 28 at 7:30pm
Concert – University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
March 31 at 7:30pm
Concert, radio show (tba) – Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
The remarkable LA-based Lyris Quartet has released their first CD with Ars Produktion. The CD includes Janacek’s SQ #2 and great new pieces by Peter Knell, Billy Childs & Bruce Broughton. The Lyris sound amazing!!
My newest string quartet, called “inside voice,” is included on this remarkable recording.
ChamberFest Cleveland 2016 concludes as it began, with top-notch eclectic nights
June 5, 2016
By MARK SATOLA
CLEVELAND, Ohio — “Once a piece of music is done, it’s not yours anymore,” said composer Kurt Rohde, whose “…maestoso…misterioso…” for amplified violin and viola and assorted items was given a stunning performance Friday night at Severance Hall, in the penultimate concert of ChamberFest Cleveland 2016.
Rohde spoke in a pre-concert interview on Reinberger’s stage of the seemingly myriad ways his piece could be performed, noting that not only are there differences between performances, but even differences between rehearsals and the finished reading.
Violinist Diana Cohen and violist Yura Lee were the main performers in this evocative and dreamlike essay, while Rohde took on the critical task of managing the electronic aspects of the piece from the front row of the auditorium, manipulating sounds that were created by the violin and viola, as well as an array of tuned gongs, harmonicas, tiny Chinese toy accordions and the ethereal voices of Cohen and Lee.
Rohde’s piece traffics in a free tonality wherein striking dissonance exists comfortably alongside moments of triadic harmony. With his laptop and mixing board, Rohde took these human-generated sounds and looped them into a background of electronic reminiscence, while the players traversed a score that took them from exuberant flux to hushed stasis.
The assorted items proved not to be mere gimmicks but important elements in the entropic progress of the work. As the activity of the music slowed to an almost molecular stillness, the emergence of harmonicas and the tiny un-tuned notes of accordions created an almost unbearable poignancy. Cohen, Lee and Rohde masterfully conjured a complete world in the span of 15 minutes, and the only cavil one might have is that the piece was not played a second time.
Rohde’s music was framed between two somewhat disparate works by Schubert, the intense and compact Quarettsatz in C Minor (a fragment of an uncompleted string quartet from 1820) and the gloriously overlong Octet in F Major, written in 1824.
Concertino for Violin and Small Ensemble performed at the American Academy of Arts & Letters on March 20
Ensemble Echappe [Jeff Milarsky, conductor] will perform my Concertino for Violin and Small Ensemble on Sun, March 20 at the American Academy of Arts & Letters @ 3p in a program of works by Childs, Meltzer and Puts. The violin soloist will be Ken Hamao.
Pianists Genevieve Lee and Aron Kallay will perform Altromondo for piano four-hands and assorted items on Sat, April 2 at Bridges Hall on the Pomona College campus @ 7p. The concert is FREE to the General Public. The program will include works by Beil, Daoust and Young.
Left Coast is doing a fine program this weekend of music by Elinor Armer, Anthony Porter, Arthur Bliss and Manuel de Falla. To be clear, I simply arranged some of the Manuel de Falla’s “Canciones populares Españolas” – it was fun and not stressful – for once!
The extraordinary Boston new music ensemble Dinosaur Annex will perform a concert of new works by Aylward, Czernowin, Matthusen, Meltzer Patton and me on Feb. 6 @ 8p. The concert will be at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. Come on out Boston friends – it will be wonderful to see you!