Robert Voisey 60×60 DANCE

Sunday, November 8, 2009 – 7:30 pm
MadArt Gallery
2727 S. 12th Street

In collaboration with St. Louis contemporary dancers and choreographers, New Music Circle is excited to present Rob Voisey’s multimedia project, 60×60 Dance. The work combines 60 live dance pieces with 60, 60-second musical compositions, each by a different composer. Voisey is a New York-based composer and impresario of electroacoustic and chamber music.

As a presenter and producer of new music, he is the Director of the 60×60 project, Co-Director of the Composer’s Voice Concert series, Vice President of Programs for the Living Music Foundation, and Founder of Vox Novus. Having produced over 150 concerts in more than 10 countries around the world, Voisey seeks innovative and creative approaches to promote the music of today’s composers.

Begun in 2003, the 60×60 project is an annual event of worldwide concerts. 60×60 Dance, is an off-shoot of the original concept, which brings opportunities for exposure to many working composers, dancers, and choreographers.

… 60×60 Dance … is a masterpiece of organization. The idea … is quite mad. But it’s this kind of madness that makes the cultural world go round. –Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times

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Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core

Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 – 8 pm
Sheldon Concert Hall
3648 Washington Blvd.

Larry Ochs has been performing with Rova Saxophone Quartet since 1978, and with them has traveled throughout the world. He also has served as the acting executive director of the non-profit umbrella “Rova:Arts” since its inception in 1986, and in that capacity has produced many large collaborations in San Francisco. All of Ochs’ compositions employ specific strategies for improvisation in addition to – or sometimes in place of – standard musical notation. He has received composition commissions from Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, and various festivals.

Founded in 2000, the Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core features Ochs on saxophone, drummers Donald Robinson and Scott Amendola, Natsuki Tamura (trumpet), and Satoko Fujii (synthesizer/piano).

Don’t miss this special evening in the perfect acoustics of the Sheldon Concert Hall!

Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core pieces utilize four special compositional forms developed by Ochs, but ebb and flow through air with juxtaposed collective improvisation.

For me, form precedes function. If I can’t see the big picture, that universe of sound within which a given piece will come to life, it is hard to organize the internal details. –Larry Ochs

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James Hegarty – eXscapement

CAMA Event!

Saturday, October 3, 2009 – 7:30 pm
Mildred E. Bastian Theatre (Forest Park C.C.)
5600 Oakland Ave.
Co-sponsored by Forest Park Community College

Composer James Hegarty collaborates with his artist daughter, Anna, to present a concert inspired by their recent trip to Japan. Against this backdrop of cultural identity and vernacular expectation, this new production rebounds against the need to both interact and escape.

eXscapement features original works for piano, interactive robotic sound objects, and live video projections.

Hegarty’s compositions have been performed throughout the US and in several countries abroad. His works have been presented on festivals such as the Bonk Festival of New Music in Tampa, the Electronic Music Midwest Festival (Kansas City), several conferences of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the US, the Sonic Odyssey Series in Los Angeles, and the 60×60 series in New York. His works have received support from state arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, visit Jim Hegarty’s website or MySpace page.

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