Alex Miller’s “Two Autumns” in Boston

Lecturer Alex Miller traveled to Boston for a performance of his composition Two Autumns by the Boston New Music Initiative at the Longy School of Music.  Scored for mezzo soprano and five instruments, the work is a setting of classic Japanese haiku sung in English, and was performed by Chelsea Beatty and with Patrick Valentino conducting the ensemble.

The Boston Classical Review called Two Autumns “plush and tightly constructed piece that is filled with colorful imagery…which shimmered like moonlight on water.”

Sebastien Najand Composer for League of Legends

Alumnus Sebastien Najand is full-time composer for Riot Games (a video game company which produces League of Legends). As of January 2014, over 67 million people play League of Legends per month, 27 million per day, and over 7.5 million concurrently during peak hours.

Sebastien traveled to Seoul for the League of Legends world finals where a project he worked on with Imagine Dragons was performed. He composed the music for live orchestra for parts of the competition.

Alan Shockley Nabs Two Premieres

Trumpeter Joe Drew premiered Alan Shockley’s new miniature for double-bell trumpet, “Taoyuan airport (after Arvo Pärt)” on a Composer’s Voice concert in Manhattan on Oct. 12th. Dr. Shockley’s piece “stone guest” (19 fanfares in open form), received a performance in Bogliasco, Italy by performers of the Conservatorio Nicolò Paganini (Genova).

Ryan Brown Works in Multiple Performances

Alumnus Ryan Brown is completing a work commissioned by Volti Choral Arts Laboratory as a result of having won their competition and will then start work on a new piece for the Grammy-nominated ZOFO Duet, followed by something for Areon Flutes. His work, Four Pieces for Solo Piano, was performed on Michael Mizrahi’s solo tour which had a stop in our own DRH in the Fall.

Ryan Brown: New Commissions and Performances

Alumnus Ryan Brown is completing a work commissioned by Volti Choral Arts Laboratory as a result of having won their competition and will then start work on a new piece for the Grammy-nominated ZOFO Duet, followed by something for Areon Flutes. His work, Four Pieces for Solo Piano, was performed on Michael Mizrahi’s solo tour which had a stop on our own campus.

Alex Miller Performs New Compositions

Lecturer Alex Miller performed his new composition “The Road: Three Stories Without Words” for electric guitar quartet on the West Coast Composers Forum’s concert at USC on October 25th.  He performed with guitarists Mckay Tebbs, Jon Kleinhans and Miles Jensen, and the group also premiered new works for electric guitar quartet by composers Clifford Tasner, Joe Sorce, Ross Wright and Mckay Tebbs.

Carolyn Bremer’s Work Performed by Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band

Carolyn Bremer’s Throw Caution to the Wind received a performance on the Women in Music concert by the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band in Chicago. The concert was hosted by Lea DeLaria, currently staring as “Big Boo” in Orange is the New Black. Between the pieces, DeLaria denoted each composers’ mark or impact in the musical community and during each piece sat in her throne laughing and celebrating.

 

 

 

Sebastien Najand Composer for League of Legends

Alumnus Sebastien Najand is full-time composer for Riot Games (the video game company which produces League of Legends). As of January 2014, over 67 million people play League of Legends per month, 27 million per day, and over 7.5 million concurrently during peak hours.

Sebastien traveled to Seoul for the League of Legends world finals, where a project he worked on with Imagine Dragons was performed. He composed the music for live orchestra for parts of the competition.

Nathan Johnson’s Works Performed in NYC

This year, alumnus Nathan Johnson had works performed in New York City by the andPlay Duo and by violinist Eva Ingolf, and another piece performed at two concerts by the Poné Ensemble for New Music in New Paltz, NY. Eva Ingolf will be performing his music again next month at the Festival Internacional de Música Contemporânea in Rio de Janerio. He also has upcoming performances with the New York-based Duo Anova and by the Canadian piano duo Piano Pinnacle.