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Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola

Chicago Composers Consortium Season Finale with the Nois Saxophone Quartet!

The final concert of the Chicago Composers’ Consortium 2018-19 season is special indeed! The special featured performers are the highly acclaimed ~Nois Saxophone Quartet – Hunter Bockes, János Csontos, Jordan Lulloff and Brandon Quarles. The program will include a work by special guest composer Jeremy Rapaport-Stein, winner of this year’s call for scores. The rest of this program features works specially written for ~Nois by CCC members Lawrence Axelrod, Martha Horst, Betsy Start and Timothy Ernest Johnson.We hope you can join us for what will be an exciting evening of the newest music for saxophone, performed by four of Chicago’s new music specialists!

Frequency Series

Sunday, June 2 2019 / 8:30PM / $20/$5
Constellation 3111 N. Western Ave.

 

Program

Frenetic Dances (2018)            Martha Horst
Chicago Summer (2018)        Timothy Ernest Johnson
Quatresaxfoil (2018)            Elizabeth Start
Frissons (2018)                Lawrence Axelrod
Lucifer Gorgonzola (2016)        Jeremy Rapaport-Stein

Nois Saxophone Quartet:

Hunter Bockes
János Csontos
Jordan Lulloff
Brandon Quarles

 

Traveling Inside: C3 at ESS

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Painting by Cassandra Kaczor
Portrait of Seth Pae Playing His Viola (2016)
Acrylic on Canvas

The Chicago Composers’ Consortium has once again brought together a fascinating group of pieces exploring both electronic and acoustic media including works by three guest composers to keep your eye on, as well as several established Chicago composers. On April 5, Experimental Sound Studio will be the setting for the event including works featuring a variety of instrumentalists performing on bass clarinet, viola, piano, violin, spoken word and French horn, and with an emphasis on electronic interaction.

Themes of travel, motion, dreams, surrealism and introspection pervade these highly individual and personal musical expressions. Guggenheim-winning composer Kyong Mee Choi will include her acousmatic piece Trains of Thought, “based on the experience of sitting on a train and having various thoughts evoked by the sounds of the environment.” Based on a short story, Cassandra Kaczor’s piece secondhand smoke for amplified viola is also a technical study. The theme of introspection continues with the sonically rich electro-acoustic autobiographical piece about a trip to Japan, Journey/Dream by Lawrence Axelrod. Keith Kusterer’s newest premiere will exhibit the most masterful fusion of dramatic and compositional elements in a duet performance for pianist Shi An Costello and electronics. The composer writes “for measure is a surrealist work performed by two very close friends. The live performance is layered with pre-recorded sonic events that are designed to pair with real-time elements of theater, interactive movement and musical gesture.” Jeff Schaller’s piece for solo violin is inspired by soundscape work and virtuosic performance experienced in Italy.

While at ESS, you’ll want to experience The Sound Art Chair, a sound installation by Beth Bradfish in collaboration with Celia Grainer, inspired by her synesthetic response to paintings by Anna Kunz. The project was supported by a grant from DCASE. It is the third sound sculpture object in the series “Home Sounds.”

Experimental Sound Studio

5925 N Ravenswood Ave., Chicago

7:30 pm April 5, 2019

Tickets $20/$5 at the door

C3 @Impromptu Fest

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C3 presents a concert of chamber works at Guarneri Hall in downtown Chicago as part of the second annual Impromptu Fest created by New Music Chicago. Concert to include works by Betsy Start, Larry Axelrod, Tim Johnson, Tim Edwards, KC Ginther and Kyong Mee Choi.

Concert is March 28, 7:30PM.

Guarneri Hall
11 East Adams Street · Suite 350A
Chicago, Illinois 60603
847.780.6720

https://guarnerihall.org/

For more info see:

https://www.newmusicchicago.org/impromptufest/

~Nois Saxophone Quartet Competition Results

Rube Goldberg

Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola

This year’s call for scores had the largest response of all that we have held. Sixty-four entries from around the world were sent in. These compositions covered all ranges of style and manner of musical expression. We were truly awed at the variety and quality of the entries.
Larry Axelrod, Kyong Mee Choi and Tim Johnson narrowed the field to twelve finalists, which were sent to ~Nois for their final decision. With typical verve and energy, the members of the quartet listened carefully and decided quickly. The winning composition is Lucifer Gorgonzola by Jeremy Rapaport-Stein. Jeremy is currently a PhD student at Brandeis College in Boston. He hopes to join us for the concert in June!

You can get to know a bit about him here: www.jeremyrapaportstein.com

We thank all those who took the time to submit to our call for scores. We learned so much about the amazing possibility of the saxophone from your music.
Congratulations to Jeremy Rapaport-Stein!

Call for scores 2018

The c3 is teaming up with ~Nois Saxophone Quartet this June, and we are accepting scores for a competition. The winner will be included in the concert.

Please see our Call for Scores for all the details.

CCC and Friends, September 23

Butterfly, painting by Kyong Mee Choi

Butterfly, painting by Kyong Mee Choi

The Chicago Composers’ Consortium offers a fresh selection of compositions performed by members of the consortium and outstanding guests, including Caroline Pittman, Jeff Yang, Daniel Williams, Eleanor Bartsch. Join us September 23 at 3pm for a lovely fall afternoon enjoying the remarkable resonance of beautiful North Shore Baptist Church in Andersonville.

Rippled Pond for violin, cello, piano by Kyong Mee Choi
Summer Triangle for solo flute by Roger Zare
vc pc for cello and piano by Jason Raynovich
Upbeat for solo clarinet by Martha C. Horst
Simic Songs for guitar and voice by Timothy Ernest Johnson
The Violinists in My Life for piano and violin by Laura Schwendinger
Silent Moon Variations for violin, clarinet, piano by Elizabeth Start

Sunday at 3pm, September 23, 2018
North Shore Baptist Church
5244 N. Lakewood Avenue, Chicago
Suggested donation: $15 accepted at the door

Cello-stravaganza featuring Craig Hultgren

with featured guest composers Mischa Zupko, Seung-Wan Oh, and Marc LeMay

The Chicago Composers’ Consortium presents Cello-stravaganza! This year, our annual concert featuring electro-acoustic music has a low-string twist: Guest cellist Craig Hultgren, nationally known for his superb performances of new and experimental music, will play works both with electronics and piano. The concert will also feature the CCC’s own cellist/composer Betsy Start in electric and acoustic cello works.

Our guest composers on this program will include local favorite Mischa Zupko, represented by his powerful rhythmically-charged work Fallen for cello and piano. Also, Philadelphia-based composer Marc LeMay will be represented with his work The Crab for cello, electronics and video. The final guest work on the concert will be the solo cello work Persistent Memory by Korean-born Seung-Won Oh.

Adding to the richness of the program, the CCC composer offerings will be the premiere of In Winter for cello and piano by Lawrence Axelrod, Inner Space for cello and electronics by Kyong Mee Choi, Aurora Inscrutabile for cello and electronics by Tim Johnson and a work for electric cello by Betsy Start.

The concert will be held in the Puth Family Theater, a fun black-box theater environment that is a part of the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston. An ideal location for this electro-acoustic program.

Please join us for this fun concert featuring great performers that will uncover the many sides of the cello in a congenial setting!


Program
Mischa Zupko    Fallen
Marc LeMay        The Crab
Seung-Won Oh    Persistent Memory
Lawrence Axelrod In Winter (premiere)
Kyong Mee Choi    Inner Space
Timothy Ernest Johnson    Aurora Inscrutabile
Elizabeth Start        ecello work tbd

Sunday, March 18 3 PM
Tickets: $20/$10 students and seniors

Puth Family Theater of the Music Institute of Chicago
1702 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, Illinois

 

A word from Elizabeth Younan

Elizabeth Younan’s piece Shoreditch Grind is winner of the 2016 c3 competition.

…and the winner is… Shoreditch Grind!

On October 30, Quintet Attacca will feature the winning composition Shoreditch Grind by Elizabeth Younan. The piece is the winner of the Chicago Composers’ Constorium’s first composition competition.

This video shows a performance by the Arcadia Quintet on vimeo.

Concert details:

Sunday, October 30, 2016 • 2:00 pm  (time changed due to the World Series)

Quintet Attacca

at Nichols Hall
Music Institute of Chicago
1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL [map]

featuring:

Elizabeth Younan • Shoreditch Grind

and the following premières:

Elizabeth Start • Gibbons: Musings on Orlando, Euell, and the Lesser Apes
Lawrence Axelrod • Fits and Starts
Martha Horst • Flicker
Timothy Dwight Edwards • Quintet Attacca
Kyong Mee Choi • ever-present
Timothy Ernest Johnson • Searching for Sean Ison

$20 general admission / $10 students and seniors

 

Quintet Attacca call for scores

We are excited about our call for scores for the October 30 Quintet Attacca performance. Deadline May 28, 2016.