I’m looking forward to a handful of shows this month that include the premiere of “Shudder and Fade”, part of jorsTAP Chicago’s new show Rackets. Also, the return of the MacKay/Bach/Greene trio and Glass House! Please visit the shows tab for more details. I hope to see you out there!
Hi, everyone, I’m excited about some new events this spring. I’ll be performing “Marrow”, my piece for solo double bass + electronics at the SEAMUS Conference (St. Paul, MN) in April, DePaul University (Chicago, IL) in May, and the Eastman School of Music (ISB Convention, Rochester, NY) in June. I’m also hard at work on a commission for jorsTAP Chicago that will have three performances, April 12-14th. Please check the schedule for all up-to-date events. And thanks for supporting music!!
I’m honored to announce that my recent piece for solo double bass + electronics, entitled Marrow, has been awarded the 2012 ISB/David Walter Composition Competition prize in the media division!! I’ve been a member on the International Society of Bassists for over twelve years now and it’s a great organization that holds its convention every two years. I’ll be premiering this piece at the Eastman School of Music in June of 2013. Special thanks to the other entrants for their wonderful music and the panel, Robert Black, Jory Herman, and Irina-Kalina Goudeva for their support. Here’s the press release….
Robert Black, chair of the judges’ panel for the 2012 ISB/David Walter Composition Competition, along with fellow judges Jory Herman and Irina-Kalina Goudeva, has announced the winners in three divisions: solo bass or bass with keyboard; chamber ensemble for two to five players with a prominent bass part; and bass with electronic media (tape, CD, live electronics, interactive computer, video or film visuals.) The biennial competition, which honors the memory of double bass professor, performer and composer David Walter, is open to all composers. The ISB renamed the competition as a tribute to his legacy as a champion of the double bass and expanding repertoire for the instrument in 2004.
All entries, submitted anonymously, are unpublished works in any style that have not been given a formal world premiere. The grand prize in each division is $1,000 and a premiere performance at the 2013 ISB Convention, to be held June 3-8 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
The three grand prizes for the 2012 competition were underwritten in part by the Arizona Bass Players organization with special thanks to Patrick Neher, himself a composer and previous first prize winner in the competition.
Jean-Christophe Rosaz is a composer of French-Swiss nationality born in Chambéry, France. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon and received a teacher’s diploma in musical writing and composition. In 1989 he studied ethnomusicology and in 1992 received a diploma in film music composition from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Musique in Paris. www.jeanchristopherosaz.eu
Honorable Mention – Cursive (double bass & piano) by Bin Little, Fishers, Indiana, U.S.
Honorable Mention – Amber (double bass & piano) by Peio Cabalette, Villefranque, France
Honorable Mention – Three Concert Etudes in Scordatura (solo double bass) by
William Wasson, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Jenna Lyle is a composer and vocalist from Carrollton, Georgia. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music at Northwestern University. Her works have been presented throughout the U.S. and abroad, with performances recently by NO EXIT New Music Ensemble of Cleveland, Seattle’s Young Kreisler ensemble, and by performers at UCLA’s Hammer Museum as part of the Little William Theater project. (photo by Caleb Chancey) www.lillstreet.com/jennalylebio
Honorable Mention – A Perplexing Question (flute, oboe, violin, viola & double bass)
by Jeffrey Prater, Ames, Iowa, U.S.
Honorable Mention – Miracles…Not Math (double bass & harp) by David Garner, Durham, North Carolina, U.S.
Honorable Mention – Concertino No. 1 (solo double bass & bass quartet) by Simon Garcia, Olneiros, Spain
Jeff Greene earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Indiana University in 2004 and recently completed his Master’s in Music Composition at DePaul University. He has written more than fifty pieces for various ensembles and recorded more than twenty of his own compositions as the leader of Human Motion and Blink. In 2007 the Illinois Arts Council awarded him an Artists Fellowship in Music Composition. He won the bass-with-media grand prize in the 2010 ISB/David Walter Composition Competition. http://jeffgreenemusic.com
Honorable Mention – Noise (double bass, voice and electronics) by Sebastiano Dessanay, Birmingham, England
Congratulations to our 2012 competition winners and many thanks to all 56 entrants from seven countries.
Hi, everyone, I’m looking forward to a busy 2012 of new music, thanks for checking in! I’ve got a new band in the works that will have me playing guitar alongside a wonderful Chicago guitarist, Bill MacKay. That group is still in the formative stages and I will be booking some shows and writing lots of new music during the year. Greg Ward’s Fitted Shards (featuring Quin Kirchner and Rob Clearfield) is playing new material of Greg’s and the foundation for the next recording is starting to take shape. Also, Chicago saxophonist Mike Salter is putting the finishing touches on the Freakjar album so look for that in the coming months. Please check the schedule page for upcoming events at Experimental Sound Studios as well as the Skylark (performing the music of Matt Lux, one of my favorite bassists whom you might have heard with Iron and Wine). Take care!
Hi, everyone, I’m happy to announce that the new recording from blink., The Architects (Whistler Records), is now officially available!! It’s been pressed in cassette format that also comes with a hi-resolution download of the entire album + liner notes, or in digital-only format.
Purchase from Whistler Records right here…..blink : The Architects
Purchase from iTunes right here….blink : The Architects
Also available from…..eMusic, Zune, Napster, Rhapsody, Amazon MP3, and others
2010 was a really exciting year for me. blink. finished its second full-length recording (soon to be released) and we toured the Netherlands for the first time, thanks to many great supporters for our RocketHub project. I’ve also had the chance to play with some of my favorite musicians and compose a lot of new music. Coming up in 2011, blink. has a couple of performances in March and I’ll be making the debut of my piece for solo bass and electronics at the ISB convention in San Francisco. I’m also planning the next blink. tour and some other projects that I’ve been itching to write for. Look out for my new percussion duo and chamber orchestra pieces as well. Thanks for all of your support!!
Thanks to everyone who made it out to see blink.’s shows last week. Itwas great to play with Quin, Greg, and Dave again, the first time since we recorded our second full-length album at the I.V. Lab here in Chicago. It’s almost done being mixed and should be released this fall. Also, our first European tour is coming together with a few shows in the Netherlands this December. Check back soon for some more information!
Happy 2010 everyone and thanks for checking in with me!! I’ve been a little out of touch with updates but I’ve been busy composing a lot of new music for lots of upcoming projects including a new blink. record that we’ll be recording in February and a piece for solo bass and electronics. I’m really excited about some European tour dates at the end of the year so check back in for developments on that front. New Audio tracks will be on the way and some score samples as well. Looking forward to lots of music this year, I hope to see you soon!
This has been a really busy summer in the best ways so far. July was full of writing new music for blink. as well as my large ensemble. blink. performed at Elastic Arts on July 30th and the Velvet Lounge on the 31st where we debuted three new pieces. August 1st at Heaven Gallery was the second ever performance for my large ensemble of thirteen musician, some of my favorite in Chicago, and I composed two new pieces for that. As soon as I have the recordings of that show I’ll put them up in the Audio section, as well as some new blink. samples.
August is going to be really exciting also! Rogue Nations plays at the Hungry Brain on August 16th, Fitted Shards (Greg Ward’s project) at Elastic on August 18th, and then blink. will be touring at the end of the month in Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. Look for us if you’re in the area. Keep checking back, there’s a lot of good stuff coming soon!