ARTSaha! may be on hiatus this year, but you can still get your fix of Iron Composer by tuning into wclv.com at 8 p.m. next Friday, October 2nd. Cleveland’s classical radio station, 104.9 FM, will be broadcasting the contest live and simulcasting it on their website.
A stellar group of five young composers will have only a few hours to write an original piece of music for a surprise instrumentation and making use of a ‘secret musical ingredient’. More information about Iron Composer is online at ironcomposer.org.
We have also overhauled the Analog website, now online at analogarts.org. Some pages are still being constructed but you can enjoy updates and fresh content on the new site. And you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.
Tonight at ARTSaha!, ANALOG arts ensemble will perform the U.S. premiere of Stockhausen’s “Cosmic Pulses” in this Stockhausen tribute concert. The piece was his final electronic composition, a sonic roller coaster that starts slowly and then quickly accelerates into a whirlwind of sound. Rounding out the program are works from every era of Stockhausen’s career. Stockhausen-Courses faculty percussionist Stuart Gerber has flown in from Atlanta to perform two pieces, including the solo percussion work Zyklus (1959). The concert begins at 7:30 PM in the Strauss Performing Arts Center at UNO. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or for advance purchase online. Free admittance for UNO students, faculty and staff.
The Microscore Project makes its much anticipated Omaha debut tonight at 7:30 PM at the Strauss Performing Arts Center at UNO. From Los Angeles to Vancouver, from Seattle to Auckland, and now in Omaha, cellist Jessica Catron and violinist Johnny Chang have performed their collection of micro-scores, each lasting no longer than 30 seconds. Join them as they perform some 80 compositions from the traditional to the unconventional.
Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online through the Schedule page (click on Tickets). The concert is free to UNO students, faculty, and staff.
And on Friday, ARTSaha! presents the U.S. premiere of Cosmic Pulses - plus ”Transmissions from Outer Space” resumes its showings at the Mallory Kountze Memorial Planetarium. See you at ARTSaha!
Greg Simon was the winner of the 3rd prize at Iron Composer Omaha this year, and he also happens to be a wickedly good jazz trumpeter. dung asked him to join in on their ARTSaha! concert, and he contributed a gorgeous reading of Prince’s “When U Were Mine”. (Dolf Kamper is on the organ.)
ARTSaha! kicks off its second week of concerts with an evening of experimental music tonight at 7:30 at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 South 11th St. at the corner of Harney St., in the Old Market. Tickets are free. “Music from the Underbelly” will weave together the sounds of strings, horns and transmissions, and provide an answer to that burning question: what IS a water-yam? Join us for an exercise in exploring the outer boundaries of music tonight.
And don’t miss our other concerts this week:
All concerts FREE for UNO students, faculty, and staff. Tickets available for advanced purchase via the Tickets tab on the Schedule page.
George Lam, Elizabeth Lim, Hermes Camacho, Greg Simon, Joe Trapanese
Hermes Camacho was crowned the Iron Composer Omaha for 2008, in a closely-fought battle with his fellow finalists. There was a tie for 1st place, and in that event, the finalist with the highest score for Originality and Use of the Secret Ingredient is awarded the win. Congratulations to all the finalists who put in a full day’s work and produced some excellent pieces under less than ideal conditions.
Hermes Camacho, First Place
Elizabeth Lim, Second Place
Greg Simon, Third Place
AUDIENCE FAVORITE AWARD
Impression, Sunrise (1872) by Claude Monet
The Iron Composers are all hunkered down writing a score based on Monet’s groundbreaking painting of the Le Havre harbor at the break of day. The surprise instrumentation is piano trio (Monument Piano Trio, to be precise).
When casting about for the secret ingredient, and sifting through all the wonderful suggestions from the general public, we kept coming back to the motto for this year’s festival: Set Sail for the Sun. The phrase comes from Stockhausen’s intuitive music in 1968, a shattering point in music where notes were no longer given to performers, just words.
Monet’s painting is one of the seminal works of the modernist movement. It’s a short leap from Monet’s ‘impression’ to the abstraction which was the great white whale of 20th century culture. So, we thought it was a good fit for a new music festival.
We’re very pleased to announce that UNO TV will be webcasting three ARTSaha! 2008 events: Iron Composer Omaha, The Microscore Project and Cosmic Pulses.
There are 5 ticketed events at ARTSaha! 2008. You can purchase tickets to each concert by clicking the TICKET button. We accept all major credit cards. Tickets will be held for you at the box office in the Strauss Performing Arts Center.
Iron Composer winner will need quick inspiration
Lights flash, smoke rises and the hyper-dramatic choral music begins.
Ken Bales, a mild-mannered music professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, suddenly morphs into a nimble, kung fu-twirling master of ceremonies. Before him stands a pantheon of compositional giants. And all are vying to become the next — cut to drum roll and echo effects — Iron . . . Composer . . . OMAHA! (read more)