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Spring Swing 2009 at Dudley House

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The Spring Swing is a great dance night. It is happening this Saturday, April 4th, in Dudley House, Harvard University's Graduate Students' House!Come at 8:30 for the dance class, and from 9:30 on, you will dance to the sound of the Dudley House Big Band and its singers.This year, our program will look like that:All Of MeAnd The Angels SingBasie Straight AheadConcerto For CootieCuteI'm Just A Lucky So And SoI Will SurviveIn The MoodJumpin' At The WoodsideKnock On WoodLaunching PadMack The KnifeMain StemPennsylvania 6-500Sweet Home ChicagoThey Can't Take That Away From MeTickletoeWhen I Fall In LoveI really enjoy this event. It's a lot of fun to play, and the dancers have a great time. But most importantly, I love to take part to such a dance party featuring live musicians!

A Third Stream dinner

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Gunther Schuller, Theodore Antoniou, and Alan Lenarcic after the première of Viola palustris.On Monday, March 23rd, Alea III performed my most recent composition, Viola palustris, in its "Composers' Workshop" concert (see announcement). After the concert, the conductor Theodore Antoniou invited all the composers to dinner. That was great to spend some time with this authentic music lover.Gunther Schuller was excited about the piece and about the soloist Alan Lenarcic's playing. The first thing he told me was: "C'est une vraie composition du Troisième Courant!" ("It's a true Third Stream composition!") Then, he talked a lot with Alan about improvisation and saxophone players. Notably, he defended Charlie Parker's album Charlie Parker with Strings (result: I just ordered the CD).Thank you Alan Lenarcic, Gunther Schuller, and Theodore Antoniou, for your enthusiasm for music!

Viola palustris - Premiere with Alea III

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I'm happy to invite you to the premiere of Viola palustris, my most recent composition. It is a concerto for an improviser and 14 instruments. Alan Lenarcic is playing the solo part with the ensemble Alea III.Monday, March 23, 8 p.m.
Tsai Performance Center - 685 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston
Free admissionThe concert features new works for large ensemble by talented young composers from around the world: Brian Buch (USA), Jean-Francois Charles (France), Phivos-Angelos Kollias (Greece), Mary Montgomery Koppel (USA), Michael Maganuco (USA), John Muniz (USA), Ilias Nikolaidis (Greece), Tolga Tüzün (Turkey).
The conductor is Theodore Antoniou.Program notesI finished writing the program notes last week. Here they are:Viola palustris was inspired by the Alpine Marsh Violet, a perennial forb of the genus Viola. This flower inhabits moist meadows and marshes. It is the feast of the Fritillary butterfly.
Viola palustris is a concerto for an improviser with a 14-instrument ensemble. Tonight's…

Hyper-systemic Music - Jacopo Baboni Schilingi at Ircam

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Jacopo Baboni Schilingi is a composer, the founder of the Prisma group, and currently holds the position of composition professor at Montbéliard Conservatory. You are invited to the presentation of his book La musique hyper-systémique : Une réponse possible (link to amazon France):Saturday, March 14th, 11am
Ircam - 4 place Igor Stravinski
75004 - ParisFrançois Nicolas will be moderating the discussion. Guests include Gian Franco Vinay, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Ernesto Napolitano, and Jean-Marc Chouvel, who will discuss with the author the propositions exposed in his work published by éditions MIX.Music is a judgementIn the third chapter of the book, Jacopo introduces the 323 theoretical foundations of hyper-systemic music. Here are a few of them:01 Music is a judgement.05 A sound is a phenomena.84 Memory and judgement are inseparable.305 Art is free expression.
From Jacopo's 2007 project Crossborder (picture from Jacopo's web site)Jacopo gave the book to all the members of the Pri…

Fulbright Afternoon of Music 2009

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Yesterday afternoon, the Fulbright Association Massachusetts Chapter organized its annual Afternoon of Music. This relaxed event took place in Harvard Eliot House Library.Amateur and professional musicians performed a colorful program including pop music, traditional music, classical music, contemporary classical music, and jazz. I brought a basic setup to perform a pedagogical and musical presentation with clarinet and live electronics.ProgramMaximo Gurméndez, piano, guitar, voice, sang in English and Uruguayan: Don't let the sun go down on me (Elton John) and Al otro lado del rio (Jorge Drexler)June Park, piano, violin, performed a Haydn piano sonata, a new composition of hers "Nighttime Wanderer part 2", and a Korean songI performed semi-improvised music with clarinet and live electronics (Max/MSP/Jitter on my laptop, an amp, here you go)Cédric Hanriot, piano, invited Ben Powell, violin, to perform a Bill Evans standard and a Waltz of his own.Carlos O. Mendivil-Anaya,…

Composers' Un-Music Roundtable

You are invited to the Harvard Graduate Music Forum's Sixth Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Music Conference! This Saturday morning, March 6th, I am moderating a roundtable discussion entitled "Un-Music". Guest composers are:Lou Bunk, Brandeis UniversityMaxwell Dulaney, Brandeis UniversityDavide Ianni, Boston UniversityAdam Roberts, Harvard UniversityI'm looking forward to knowing which work in the repertoire represents best Un-Music for them.
What is your idea of the most "Un-Music" composition?

Pianist Seda Roeder plays Stockhausen & Lachenmann

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Seda Roeder is a young pianist whose repertoire extends "from Couperin to Stockhausen and music by selected living composers". She is currently a Teaching Assistant at Harvard Music Department, and a piano instructor at MIT.
Helmut Lachenmann and Seda Röder.
Picture from Seda Roeder's web site. Make sure you visit!
A couple of days ago, she made available live recordings of a performance at the Goethe Institut in Boston on December 5th, 2008. The archive includes Henze's La mano sinistra, Lachenmann's Ein Kinderspiel, and Stockhausen's Klavierstück IX. I just dropped her an e-mail to get the download password. To get the files, rendez-vous on Seda's Download page.Seda Roeder plays Tolga YayalarSeda premieres In The Temporal Gardens by composer Tolga Yayalar on Saturday April 25th, 8pm, in Paine Hall, Harvard Music Department. Maybe I'll see you there!By the way, Seda recently released a Mozart, Brahms & Berg CD. Listen to her, and support a young art…