Showing posts from April, 2012

Old & new: pipe organs of our time

Two recent takes on a wonderful instrument : the pipe organ.First, listen to this story of a Melbourne Town Hall's pipe organ controlled by gestures. Microsoft's Kinect connected to Cycling 74's Max has enabled composers to control music with gestures for a while. The interesting point in composer Chris Vik's approach is the mix of old and new, as well as the scenic aspect (although a computer screen on stage is not appealing). Check it out here: Kinect-Controlled Pipe Organ. Second, I'm glad that reverend Gomes' project for Harvard Memorial Church is achieved: Memorial Church's new organ. Listen to the new Fisk Organ in Memorial ChurchThe last event in the inaugural series is the ARTS FIRST Concert, taking place this Sunday, April 29, at 4:00 p.m.
The Harvard University Choir presents a program showcasing the new organs in The Memorial Church, including works for two organs and choir.

Concert with Tadja

Vincent Vigon is a mathematician, and a long time friend of mine. We studied together at the Insa de Lyon, in the Musique Études section.Come listen to his group Tadja - I'm gonna jam with them, too. Concert is this Thursday, April 19th, at 8:30pm at the Xanadu bar in Strasbourg. By the way, how does Tadja sound? Here is how they describe their music - en français dans le texte :Musique azimutée Est-Ouest, Celtique-Yiddish
Musique Trad relookée, mixerisée, micro-ondée

Dave Liebman & the Dudley House Jazz band

I'm very excited to announce that Dudley House, where I had a lot of fun serving as a jazz band leader, is holding its first artist residency with saxophonist Dave Liebman.Residency starts tonight!At the warm Cafe Gato Rojo, the Dudley House Jazz Combo performs a free pre-residency kickoff concert: Liebman and More. The Cafe Gato Rojo is a lovely place - I spent quite some time there, meeting friends, studying, reading, composing, and even playing music: nothing like a jam session at the Gato!David Liebman Master ClassOn Wednesday, Dave Liebman is giving a master-class at the Harvard music department. It will be a great event. Dave Liebman is an amazing artist & composer who enjoys talking about theory. I discovered him through his book: A chromatic approach to jazz harmony and melody.World première: the Liebman ConcertoIf you're in the Boston area, don't miss the concert on Thursday, April 19th, in Harvard Paine Hall at 8 p.m.The Liebman Concerto, a new work by compos…

Composer Cyril Michaud awarded Maurice Ohana prize

I first met composer Cyril Michaud in Montbéliard, France, at the Conservatory. He has studied both guitar and composition, while pursuing a Master in Multimedia at the University. I was thrilled to learn that he was awarded the 1st prize at the 2012 Maurice Ohana composition competition.A singular composition competitionThis year, the composers had to write a composition for solo acoustic guitar in three versions : easy, medium level, advanced/professional level. Here is the first four bars of Cyril's score, in each of the three versions:easy:
medium level:
advanced/professional level:
Nebula chromaLast week, Cyril kindly accepted to answer a couple of questions. He started by explaining to me the composition title:"I chose the word Nebula because I wanted to translate in the music a kind of perpetual harmonic fog. I play quite a bit with the instrument resonances.""Chroma simply stands for chromatic. The harmonic language of the piece is built out of two intervals: m…