October Point of Departure

Bill Shoemaker’s Point of Departure has a new issue out.

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker
What’s New?: The PoD Roundtable
A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange
The Book Cooks: The Philosophy of Improvisation by Gary Peters (The University of Chicago Press; Chicago, London)
Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music, by Amiri Baraka (University of California Press)
Far Cry: a column by Brian Morton
Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings
Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer
Travellin’ Light: Jamie Saft
Future Shock: a column by Kevin Patton

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Empyrean Ensemble

My alma mater, UC Davis, is home to the Empyrean Ensemble a modern classical group. Their current schedule is below.

Americana: American Themes in Music and Film
7 pm, Sunday, 25 January 2009
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis
6 pm pre-concert talk: “Demystifying the Music”

7:30 pm, Wednesday, 28 January 2009
California State University, Fresno
Pablo Ortiz: New Work (with early American silent film) for violin, viola, cello,
flute, clarinet, piano and percussion (2008) WORLD PREMIERE
Benjamin Boone: New Work WORLD PREMIERE
Robin Estrada: DASAL for clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano (2008) WORLD PREMIERE*
Derek Keller: New Work for cello, piano and percussion (2008) WORLD PREMIERE
Aaron Travers: TRIO for clarinet, piano and percussion (2007) WORLD PREMIERE
Charles Ives: Largo for clarinet, violin and piano (1934)
Ortiz (arr.): Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean

Hot Off the Press: All New Works by American Composers
7 pm, Sunday, 15 March 2009
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis
6 pm pre-concert talk: “Demystifying the Music”
Mario Davidovsky: Piano Septet for violin, viola, cello, contrabass, flute, clarinet and piano (2007) WORLD PREMIERE
Sara Doncaster: Piano Trio (2008) WORLD PREMIERE
Petros Ovsepyan: Deserts for violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, percussion and piano (2009) WORLD PREMIERE
Ed Martin: Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano (2008) WORLD PREMIERE
Mika Pelo: New Work for violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, percussion and piano (2009) WORLD PREMIERE

New Music from Davis: All New Works by UC Davis Graduate Composers
7 pm, Monday, 1 June 2009
Studio Theatre, Mondavi Center, UC Davis
6 pm pre-concert talk: “Demystifying the Music”
Hendel Almetus, An Tan, Ching-Yi Wang
Ben Irwin, Sue-Hye Kim, Garrett Shatzer
Davide Verotta

Special Free Noon Concert: Empyrean Members Join UC Davis Student Performers
12:05 pm, Thursday, 30 April 2009
Room 115, Music Building, UC Davis
Empyrean members join UC Davis students to perform 20th- and 21st-century music, including a new work by Ross Bauer and two new student compositions.

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