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Concrete Timbre

Jacob Elkin is a trombonist, composer and arranger based in Brooklyn, New York. His electronic music has been featured in the Lüneburg New Electronic Music Festival '15-'16 and FIGMENT NYC ’17. In September his atmospheric work Dreamscape was broadcast on The Cutty Strange radio segment on WGXC. Recent performances of his work also include Kyiv Contemporary Music Days Electroacoustic Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine and SHE LIVES Chamber Composition Workshop in Budapest, Hungary. As a freelance trombonist, Mr. Elkin is an advocate for new music in both chamber and solo settings. In 2017, he performed microtonal and electronic works for the New York Composers Circle concert and outreach program as well as Make Music New York. He also participated as soloist in the Tennessee Tech Electrobrass Music Festival performing Josh Oxford’s A Small Donation for trombone and looping pedal. Mr. Elkin has premiered works with Mimesis Ensemble, Mise-en Scene, David Taylor and the New York Trombone Consort and many others.

Jacob Elkin

Paola's music has been premiered or performed by Gail Archer, The Het Trio, the Enso String Quartet, Speculuum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra, the Florida State University Orchestra, the Shepherd School of Music Orchestra, the OFUNAM Philharmonic Orchestra, the Woodlands Symphony and Mexico’s National Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Ana Paola studied her doctorate with John Rea at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University. Simultaneously, she also experimented with electronic mediums at the McGill Digital Composition Studios (DCS), studying with Philippe Leroux. She was composer in residence for the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of conductor Guillaume Bourgogne.

She received her Master of Music degree with honors from Rice University, studying composition with Dr. Arthur Gottschalk. Ana Paola holds the LTCL Licentiate in music composition, with distinction, from TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON, having studied composition and piano with Vincent Carver.

Ana Paola has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships including the FULBRIGHT Scholarship; the Programa de Becas para Estudios en el Extranjero scholarship (FONCA-CONACYT); the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme; resident composer at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, among others.  Her piece NEMESIS, for orchestra, was selected to represent Mexico at the UNESCO 57th International Rostrum of Composers in Lisbon, Portugal (2010).  In 2016, she was part of the MANIFESTE festival at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), in Paris, France.

Her piece “Fractum” for flute, Bass Clarinet & Piano is published by ALEA PUBLISHING & RECORDING. For more information about her music and and concerts please visit: www.anapaolasa.com

Ana Paola Santillán Alcocer

Alona Epshtein

Claudia Jane Scroccaro is an American-Italian composer, born in France and currently living in Germany. She studied composition with Luigi Verdi at "Santa Cecilia" Conservatory of Music in Rome and is now pursuing her Master in Composition at the HMDK in Stuttgart with Marco Stroppa. She holds a MA in Musicology from "Tor Vergata" University of Rome. 

Her music displays a research towards compositional processes derived from electronic music as well as non-Western music traditions. Her works have been performed at the British School at Rome, at the Ennio Morricone Auditorium of Rome, and at the EMUFest, among others.

She has been composer in residence for the 2015 Druskininkai Artist Residence and for the LMTA Music Innovation and Science Centre in Vilnius, in 2016

Claudia Jane Scroccaro

Peri Mauer has been hailed as an "irrepressibly tuneful composer" by New York Music Daily/Lucid Culture. She has written works for solo instruments, chamber music ensembles, orchestra, and theater. Her music has received performances in Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Bargemusic's Here and Now Winter and Labor Day Festivals, New York Composers Circle Concerts of New Music at Symphony Space, LeFrak Performing Arts Center, St. Peter's Church and St. Mark's Church, Music With A View Festival at the Flea Theater for which she also served as cellist and conductor, Composers Concordance Composers Play Composers Festival, Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music in Bowdoin, ME, NYU Composers Forum, among others. Her commissioned orchestral work All Along the Heights was recently premiered by the Jackson Heights Orchestra to critical acclaim. A recipient of ASCAP Plus Awards, she is honored to have been awarded a grant from New Music USA for the premiere of her orchestral work Illuminations of the Night by the New York Repertory Orchestra and Life on Earth for chamber ensemble for Music With a View. She also recently received a commission from the Music Department of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts to compose a symphonic band work, Red Sky, premiered by the LaGuardia Junior Band. She was honored to be a featured composer in the 2017 Composers Now Festival. Scholastic awards include a National Collegiate Music Prize and membership into Pi Kappa Lambda, the National Honor Society of Music. Also a professional cellist, Ms. Mauer has worked with such groups as American Symphony Orchestra, Encompass New Opera Theater, Radio City Music Hall Orchestra, Darmstadt Ensemble, NYU Contemporary Players, American Chamber Opera, The Chelsea Symphony, Playwrights Horizons,  among many others, and can be seen playing her cello in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning Amazon TV series Mozart in the Jungle.

Sunhee Cho

Peri Mauer

Tom Blatt

Tom Blatt is a sculptor, bassist, composer, open water swimmer and lives in Brooklyn NY.

Alona Epshtein was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 1990 immigrated to Israel. She graduated from Buchman-Mehta school of Music in Tel-Aviv University, where studied composition with prof. Leon Schidlowsky and Ruben Seroussi (M.Mus. Summa Cum Laude) and was a recipient of America-Israel Cultural Foundation scholarship (2003-2005), Wolfson scholarship (2006) and Buchman Foundation Doctoral   scholarship (2007-2010). Currently is a PhD student at Bar-Ilan University, PhD projects are supervised by prof. Betty Olivero and prof. Marina Ritzareva.  

Epshtein’s music was commissioned, performed and broadcasted in Israel and abroad, to mention ”Aviv” Competitions (Tel-Aviv 2005) , “Young Euro Classics” international festival(Berlin 2006), Kfar-Blum Chamber Music festival (Kfar Blum 2010),ACL festival (Taipei 2011),Contemporary Music Days (Nuremberg 2013),’’Cortazar- Life in music and words” conference (Long Beach 2014), Israeli Music Festival,(Tel-Aviv, 2014), ‘The Present of Orchestral Asia” festival (Kyoto 2015),concert series in Tel-Aviv,New York and Buenos Aires . Two of her orchestral pieces won first prizes,”Shearim” in 2006 (Israeli Young Philarmonic Orchestra competition) and “Mal’achei Stav” in 2010 (Acum Prize) ,she was a recipient of Israeli Prime Minister Award for composition (2013) and received Acum Prize for her chamber work ‘Casa Tomada’ (2015).

Between 2010-2015 Epshtein was a chairperson of Israeli Women Composers Forum, she is a founder and an artistic director of Vox Feminae Music festival in Tel-Aviv.

The daughter of Las Vegas bassist Kenny Greig, Stephanie grew up listening to live music, from the musicians' union rehearsal bands playing Count Basie and Duke Ellington charts to the eclectic mix of music in the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. At age fourteen, she was playing guitar in her father's pop quartet and in blues, funk and rock groups with her peers. With a lifelong love for the great Broadway composers, she devoted herself to learning the Great American Songbook. She studied composition at Smith College, focusing on the intersection of music and theater, particularly the Brecht-Weill collaborations. After a few years acting in small theaters, she acquired an upright bass and began playing in jazz groups in New York. She has played with bands in a variety of settings all over the New York area as well as Spain, Japan and Curacao. She is currently double bass principal in the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra.

Stephanie Greig

Sunhee Cho is an educator, and a prominent member of groups of Korean composers. Her works have been programmed by major chamber groups in Korea, and at various festivals and countries in Japan, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Brazil, France, and the United States.

Award-winner musician, Jinhee Han started composing in her late teens, influenced by Asian culture, her religious Christian upbringing, and various generations of musicians. Han’s promising musical gift earned her full-time scholarships for both her bachelor and masters studies at HanYang University in Seoul, Korea. She also graduated from The New School in May 2015, from Mannes College where she is working towards her Doctorate Degree in Music Composition as a scholarship recipient, and studied with Dr. Cuckson who was composition formal teacher.

Throughout her career, Han has composed pieces for concert music, which includes for shakuhachi, Harp, piano trio, string quartet, chamber ensembles, choir, orchestra and Christian contemporary. And, she has had several original concert works premiere in her hometown of Seoul, Korea, Tel-Aviv in Israel, Ukraine, London, Canada, Texas, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York City.

Currently, She has been selected for Emerging Composer’s workshop by Groundswell, and her pieces have been selected for Music festivals such as Vox Faminae 3rd Edition, Musica per Archi in Ukraine, Women Composers Festival of Hartford and The Half Moon Project in NYC.

In her most recent notable project, she serves as Founder/Director for Asian Woman Composers Association NYC (awcanyc.com), where she collaborates with a variety of talented musicians and alumni of the New School.

Tom Blatt

Jinhee Han

Composers

Ann Warren

In 1999, I founded Concrete Timbre as a studio performance group to create and record new music compositions, soundscapes, sound installations, and several theatrical sound designs. In 2005 we moved out of the studio and have since produced contemporary music in theatrical settings as well as theater performances that feature live music and sound including: 4 Wars, Folie Pure, Coq tôt, Satie's Birthday Party, Un Lieu de Vie, Anna Strong's Laundry, Age of Pain(e), Voices of justice and consangunity..., Dziewczyna, A/K/A Benjamin (Franklin's Women) and several salon series. Each of these interdisciplinary productions featured the talents of more than 20 artists.

As a composer and sound designer, my compositions have been performed at many (many!) innovative performance spaces in New York, Paris, Baltimore, Buffalo, California, and Florida. I’ve been lucky to work with some really inspiring interdisciplinary artists with a flair for the contemporary (!)

So for now, I try to keep the music great, the story interesting, the visuals stimulating, and the movement fresh - and of course, then wind them into a spectacular melange. Merde! For more information, visit www.AnnWarren.net.



Ann Warren

Autumn Salon

exploring the autumn timbres

in association with the

Asian Women Composers Association (AWCANYC)

Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 5 pm

featuring compositions for Flute, Trumpet, Trombone

Olli Studio Gallery

336 West 37 Street

New York City

$15 (cash only) at door

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Compositions by:

Ana Paola Santillán Alcocer

The ANEMOI

for Solo Flute

In Greek mythology, THE ANEMOI represent the Greek Gods of the four winds,

all of them associated with a season as well as to one of the four cardinal directions:

1) Boreas: the North wind and the God of the cold breath of winter;

2) Notus: the South wind and God of the summer rainstorms;

3) Eurus: the East wind and the God that brought autumn through warmth

and rain from the east; and 4) Zephyrus: the West wind and God of spring breezes.

Each of the four winds will be represented by its own piece with its own

distinctive season character and each one using its own sound world but

connected through overlapped nonachords to symbolize a compass rose.

In the same manner, all of them will be associated by means of distinctive temporal

semiotic units (TSU), defined as “sound forms that carry meaning through their dynamic pattern over time” (Hautbois). According to the Laboratoire Musique et Informatique de Marseille (MIM), there are 19 TSUs classified, falling into the categories of delimited and non-delimited segments of sound according to their morphological and semiotic type.


Tom Blatt

Trio

for Flute, Trumpet, and Trombone

I started this Trio for Flute, Trumpet, and Trombone with a few notes on paper.

From there it grew sometimes under my control but more often without it.


Sunhee Cho

My Empire of Dirt

for Solo Flute

My Empire of Dirt is inspired by the art piece of the same name by Kay Seohyung Lee.


Jacob Elkin

Introduction and Allegro

for Bass Trombone and Violin

Introduction and Allegro draws inspiration from the disparate worlds of

video game and avant-garde chamber music. The strange duo begin by

pondering the imponderable. They attempt to illuminate it through a game.

In this way, the piece may be viewed as a musical kōan.


Alona Epshtein

Yemei ha evel

for Solo Flute

The piece is dedicated to memory of my father Leonid Epshtein, the name of the piece

means "days of grief" -by Jewish tradition the soul (ha neshama) of a person is

not going away, but stays in the house for seven days. Those seven days the family

is staying at home to grieve about the person who is gone, it is called " Shivah".

Yemei ha evel series for woodwinds were comissioned by

Adele and John Gray Endowment for young Israeli composers

of America-Israel Cultural Foundation for 2006 Aviv Competitions.


Stephanie Greig

we 3

for Flute, Trumpet, and Trombone

The instruments are the voices of three people traveling together,

bound by love, hardship and shared history. All three have the same story to tell;

each insists on their own version, crowding and correcting one another,

pushing and pulling, until over time they become one voice.


Stephanie Greig & Robert Morton

Stella by Fluorescent Light

for Trumpet, Trombone, and Video

Frank Stella’s 1971 painting Double Concentric: Scramble is the background.

Robert Morton's animation of the painting adds a layer of friendly insistence to the

artwork, something like the peculiar satisfaction of performing a obsessive-compulsive

task. The music for it is a kind of work song with variation, another form of

self-soothing behavior. Special thanks to the two bluejays outside my window whose

daily arguments somehow also totally fit the subject and became part of the music.


Jin Hee Han

To My Daughter

for Trumpet and Bass Trombone

To My Daughter is inpired by a historically big issue, the Japanese troops'

'Comfort Woman' in South Korea. This event occurred around in the early 1940s,

when Korea was a Japanese colony. The Japanese goverment treated Korean

teenaged women as sexual slaves for the Japanese military.

South Korea and Japan have frequently argued over this situation and people

all over the world urge Japan to issue an apology.

This piece for trumpet and bass trombone is dedicated to the victims and speaks

about the sadness of the fact, a hope for fair judgment, and empathy for the victims.


Jin Hee Han

Labyrinthine

for Piccolo, Trumpet, and Trombone


Labyrinthine for piccolo, trumpet, and trombone is inspired by repeat

of chaotic moments in life. In this context, certain intervals, the diminished fifth,

major and minor seventh and ninth, and the same musical material

is repeated on each instrument is developed in a form of canon.


Peri Mauer

Planetesimal Migration

for Flute, Trumpet, and Trombone

Planetesimal is defined as a body that comes together with many others under

a gravitational pull to form a celestial conglomerate moving in an elliptical orbit

around a star. During the late phase of planetary system formation massive planetesimals gravitationally interact in a chaotic manner creating migration

into new orbits.  This phenomenon of perceived randomness leading to a coming

together in orbital motion is creatively inspirational to me, with the combination

of flute, trumpet, and trombone providing the perfect timbral combination

to actualize and express it within the musical sphere.


Claudia Jane Scroccaro

Trie

for Flute, Trumpet, and Trombone

The name trie derives from its use in data storage and retrieval, where information

is organized in a dynamic set, similar to a structure of a tree.

Usually it applies to storage and identification of pieces of data that have

a key and possibly a value determining strings, or branches,

of information that build meaning.

“Trie” describes the algorithm applied to the compositional process of this work, as an empirical search for meaning in the morphology of sound, starting from one pitch and expanding its range, like a living creature, through different trials.



Ann Warren

Autumn Leaves (Colors by Crayola)

for Trumpet in C and Trombone

Crayola crayons were introduced in 1903.

My favorites are the ones used to color autumn leaves.

So, just for fun, I composed four short melodies to accompany:

Michelle Stockman - Flute, Piccolo

Kate Amrine - Trumpets

Jacob Elkin - Trombone, Bass Trombone

with special guest performers

Jasper Davis - Bass Trombone

Rose Xiu Yi Kow - Violin

Artist Bios

Take a look at a really interesting group of artists!

Kate Amrine

A passionate and creative performer, Kate Amrine is a trumpet player balancing a multifaceted career from developing new repertoire and curating concerts to freelancing with many different groups in the New York City area. Recent performances include a tour of Japan with the New York Symphonic Ensemble and an upcoming BAM show with A Far Cry. Kate also frequently performs on Broadway and in other regional musical theater productions both in and outside of the NYC area.

She is extremely dedicated to commissioning and performing new music, premiering over 30 pieces both as a soloist and a chamber musician. Kate’s debut album will be released in fall 2017 featuring new music by women composers. She commissioned half of the pieces and successfully crowdfunded 80% of the costs of the project. Through this project, she was invited to present recitals at various festivals and events including the Women Composer’s Festival of Hartford, the Women of the World Festival of Baltimore, and the International Women’s Brass Conference.

In addition to performing, Kate has enjoyed teaching all ages and experience levels for the past ten years. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor at New York University, where she has been teaching private lessons to undergraduates since 2013. Kate also maintains her own private studio and teaches at an after school program in Harlem. Kate has also taught for several years at various El Sistema inspired programs including the Harmony Program and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Orchkids. As an administrator, she is the Program Director of Feed Your Mind Music at The Bridge Multicultural Center in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Kate earned a Master of Music degree from Peabody Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree from New York University. 

Jacob Elkin

Jacob Elkin is a trombonist, composer and arranger based in Brooklyn, New York. His electronic music has been featured in the Lüneburg New Electronic Music Festival '15-'16 and FIGMENT NYC ’17. In September his atmospheric work Dreamscape was broadcast on The Cutty Strange radio segment on WGXC. Recent performances of his work also include Kyiv Contemporary Music Days Electroacoustic Festival in Kyiv, Ukraine and SHE LIVES Chamber Composition Workshop in Budapest, Hungary. As a freelance trombonist, Mr. Elkin is an advocate for new music in both chamber and solo settings. In 2017, he performed microtonal and electronic works for the New York Composers Circle concert and outreach program as well as Make Music New York. He also participated as soloist in the Tennessee Tech Electrobrass Music Festival performing Josh Oxford’s A Small Donation for trombone and looping pedal. Mr. Elkin has premiered works with Mimesis Ensemble, Mise-en Scene, David Taylor and the New York Trombone Consort and many others.

Michelle Stockman

Michelle is a flutist and piccolo player from New England who enjoys an active career in New York City. Praised for her sensitivity and versatility, she is principal flutist of LoftOpera and a freelancer with groups such as American Ballet Theater, New York City Opera, Philharmonia Orchestra of New York (PONY), and the Chelsea Symphony.

Passionate about flute pedagogy and music education, she is a dedicated private instructor and previously served on faculty at The Fort Lee School of Music. In 2014, Michelle was awarded Second Prize in the New York Flute Club Competition.

Michelle holds both a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from Mannes College The New School for Music and The Hartt School at The University of Hartford, respectively. Her primary instructors were Judith Mendenhall, Janet Arms, Melissa Mielens, and Terry D'Errico.

Bob is a is a videographer and photographer.  A California native, he recently moved to New York after teaching elementary school for 33 years. A true Canon fan, Bob is usually seen carrying a camera  and shoots photos at lightning speed.

Bob coordinates the technical aspects of live performance projections, and works to provide contextual settings for all concrete timbre performances.  His photographs have been published in several books, publications, and internet sites.  Bob graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and has an M.A. from University of San Francisco.

Bob plays blues guitar and is a fan of Jimmy Thackery and Richard Thompson.

For more information, see www.RobertMorton.net.


Robert Morton

Perfomers






AWCANYC is a composers' cooperative founded by Jin Hee Han.

Composers represent diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds.

It thrives through the active participation of its members working

on individual projects to empower composers to create change

in their communities through music, allowing them to share their stories.


awcanyc.com

AWCANYC

LIFE THROUGH MUSIC

Burnt Umber

Venetian Red

Wintergreen Dream

Mango Tango

Special Guest Performers

Hailing from Houston, Texas, trombonist Jasper Davis is a freelance performer in New York City with a wide array of genres and styles at his disposal. From contemporary works, to salsa music; from big bands, to symphony orchestras, Jasper is constantly seeking new and exciting opportunities to expand his musical palette in both large and chamber ensembles. Positions of note include a spot on both the San Antonio Symphony and Symphony in C sub lists, the Texas Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, the Tanglewood BUTI Symphony Orchestra, and the City of Houston's MUSIQA Brass Septet. Jasper holds a Bachelor's degree in Instrumental Performance from the University of Houston (2016), and is currently a second year Master's student in Orchestral Performance at the Manhattan School of Music. His primary teachers are Steven Norrell, Phillip Freeman, Ilan Morgenstern, Dan Black, and Brian Risinger.

Jasper Davis

With "a tone to die for" (The Straits Times), violinist Rose Xiu Yi Kow is equally at home as soloist and chamber musician. Her playing has taken her to festivals all across Europe and the US, such as the Florence International Music Festival, Berlin Young Euro-Classics, and The Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival. She has attained both Associate (2007) and Licentiate (2009) diplomas in violin performance from Trinity College London, and is currently at the Manhattan School of Music majoring in violin performance.

Rose Xiu Yi Kow

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