January 16th, 2013 in Blog with NO COMMENTS

We are proud to present the annual Young Composers Festival!

Community Music Center of Boston and New Gallery Concert Series are proud to present the annual Young Composers Festival, a 3-day long program of workshops, panel discussions and concerts by and for students from elementary school to college.

Young musicians work alongside professional composers and performers to create, perform and enjoy contemporary music. Opportunities include collaborative workshops, a reading session, visual arts, and improvisation.

Thur. January 31st, 7 p.m. 

New Gallery Concert Series: Piano Plus

Featured visual artist: Chelsea Revelle, multi-media artist
Composers: Justin Barish, Marti Epstein, Ellen Mandel, John McDonald, Randall Woolf
Performers: Sarah Bob, Marti Epstein, Ellen Mandel, John McDonald, Daniel Neer.


Fri. February 1st, 7 p.m

Piano Department Concert

Students from the CMCB Piano Department, will perform “Nanocosmos” by composer John Howell Morrison, who will be present to participate and give feedback for interpretation, style, and insight into the compositional process. The pieces were originally written for John’s son Ezra.

Sat. February 2nd

10:00-11:30 am Songwriting Beginnings

Kimberly Khare and Claudia Eliaza, Chair and Faculty of the CMCB Music Therapy Department, will lead young students through the steps of creating their own original pieces in a fun, creative environment.

11:30-12:30 Jazz Workshop, led by Mike Giordano

Ever wonder how jazz bands create music when most of it is based on improvisation? Members of the CMCB Jazz Faculty, led by Mike Giodrano, will work hand-in-hand with students to demonstrate how jazz bands put together pieces based on simple jazz charts.

1:00-2:00 pm New Sounds Workshop: Turntables with Danny Kutty

Please join us for a very special presentation as Danny “Satori” Kutty (Providence // Boston) will be showcasing his unique performance style of live Hybrid DJ performance. This presentation will include a comprehensive analysis of compositional techniques, tools for emerging young musicians, and an interactive demonstration with the audience.

2:00-3:00 pm Technology Lab: Reason Software Demonstration

Emmett Ceglia, the instructor of CMCB’s Beatshop Class, will demonstrate how students create mind-bending electronic music from scratch using the software program Reason. This is a great introduction for any student considering a class in electronic composition.

3:00-4:00 pm Improv Workshop, Guest Aaron Trant

Deemed as both an “engaging” composer as well as a ”sure, adept, and nuanced” percussionist by The Boston Music Intelligencer, Aaron Trant is an active musician in the Boston area and beyond. Cited for his “melodic, if unpitched, voice” (Spendzine),Aaron’s eclectic knowledge of classical,jazz, rock, contemporary and improvised music has made him an asset to many ensembles throughout the United States.

4:30-6:00 pm Reading Session featuring the Boston Saxophone Quartet, John Morrison, Moderator

New pieces by Boston composition students will be read by members of the Boston Saxophone Quartet. This annual event, which provides valuable feedback for budding composers, will be led by Longy School of Music Composition Professor John Morrison.

6:00-7:00 pm Written & Performed By…

Talented young students will perform new, original pieces in this inspiring, fun and eclectic concert which is the culmination of the Ninth Annual Young Composers Festival. Students from the CMCB Intensive Study Project will present their pieces along with other students from the Boston community.

For information contact:
Eva Kendrick, ISP Assistant Director
Kendrick@cmcb.org or 617-482-7494

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