. Interchanging Idioms: September 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Lang Lang releases his first All-Chopin Recital Recording - “The Chopin Album”


The music of Chopin – universally loved for its beauty and communicative power – has long been a dynamic force in Lang Lang’s life, propelling him through a number of career-defining experiences. Now, in his 30th-birthday year, Lang Lang records his first album entirely devoted to the great composer’s solo piano masterpieces.

The Chopin Album – Lang Lang’s third album for Sony Classical – includes the second set of Chopin’s Études (op. 25), the Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise and a selection of shorter works that he has long enjoyed performing, including three Nocturnes and the Waltz op. 64 no. 1, popularly known as the “Minute” Waltz.

Chopin “speaks with such a universal voice,” Lang Lang says. “I genuinely believe he’s a true ambassador for classical music among the great composers. He appeals to everyone.”

Chopin has accompanied Lang Lang throughout his career. One of the first pieces he learnt was the Grande Valse brillante in E-flat major op. 18 (included on this album), and it was Chopin’s music that also carried him through a number of career-changing competitions, including Ettlingen (Germany) in 1994 and the International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians in Sendai (Japan) in 1995, when he took First Prize performing Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto. And it was with the Chopin Études that Lang Lang made his now-renowned Beijing Concert Hall recital at age 14 – a performance that led to his studying with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia.

“The reason that Chopin’s Études hold such a special place for pianists”, says Lang Lang, “is that they provide the training for so many different elements of technique. But they’re not just studies, not just normal exercises – not just for your fingers – they help you develop how your mind works, and how you control the different layers of your emotional response.”

Included with the Deluxe Limited Edition is a bonus DVD on which Lang Lang talks about the various musical milestones in his life and explains how Chopin has been a close companion. The video contains archive footage of Lang Lang playing Chopin, with excerpts from his early concerts and competitions – the 1994 Ettlingen competition, the 1995 Beijing concert and Tchaikovsky Competition in Sendai, and part of a 1996 concert of the Études in Beijing. It also includes complete performances of the Grande Valse brillante in A-flat major op. 34 no. 1 (recorded live in Vienna), the “Heroic” Polonaise in A-flat major op. 53 (recorded at Berlin’s Berghain Club), and the “Black Keys” Étude in G-flat major op. 10 no. 5 (recorded at London’s Roundhouse during the 2011 iTunes Festival).

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sarah Chang performs Barber’s Violin Concerto in a Three-Concert Uk Tour with The Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by Michael Sanderling

22 October, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 7.30pm
23 October, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 7.30pm
26 October, Cadogan Hall, London, 7.30pm
Sarah Chang performs Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Michael Sanderling, in Edinburgh, Manchester and London in October. The programmes in Manchester and London are completed by Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn and Dvořák’s Symphony No 9 (From the New World). In Edinburgh Beethoven’s Egmont Overture opens the programme.

Sarah Chang is recognised as one of the world’s great violinists. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight she has performed with the greatest orchestras, conductors and accompanists internationally in a career spanning more than two decades.

Michael Sanderling became Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra at the beginning of the 2011/12 season. The Orchestra is one of the oldest and most respected symphony orchestras in Germany with a long history of success under some of the world’s leading conductors, including Kurt Masur, Herbert Kegel, Michel Plasson, Marek Janowski and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.

Michael Sanderling regularly appears with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Staatskapelle Dresden, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Berner Symphonieorchester, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra.

22 October, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 7.30pm, www.usherhall.co.uk
23 October, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 7.30pm, www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk
26 October, Cadogan Hall, London, 7.30pm, www.cadoganhall.com
Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Michael Sanderling conductor
Sarah Chang violin
Beethoven Overture to Egmont (Edinburgh only)
Brahms Variations on a theme by Haydn (Manchester & London only)
Barber Violin Concerto, Op.14
Dvořák Symphony No.9 in E minor ‘From the New World’

The Nash Ensemble and John Mark Ainsley Perform British Music at The Wigmore Hall

Part of the Nash Ensemble’s Dreamers of Dreams series, British music from the first half of the 20th century

Saturday 27 October 2012, 7.30pm, The Wigmore Hall
The Nash Ensemble is joined by tenor John Mark Ainsley at the Wigmore Hall on Saturday 27 October. They perform Benjamin Britten’s Three Divertmenti for string quartet, Frank Bridge’s Romanze, Cradle Song, and Sernade for violin and piano, Peter Warlock’s Songs for tenor and quartet, Edward Elgar’s La Capricieuse, Canto popolare, and Sospiri for violin and piano, and Ralph Vaughan-Williams’ On Wenlock Edge (Houseman) for tenor, string quartet, and piano. Marianne Thorsen is violin soloist with Ian Brown on piano.

The Nash Ensemble will perform a number of Britten works throughout the Dreamers of Dreams series, in celebration of his upcoming centenary in 2013. Britten 100 is an unprecedented collaboration of leading organisations from the worlds of the performing arts, publishing, broadcasting, film, academia, and heritage, marking Britten’s Centenary and extraordinary contribution to the 20th Century.

The Nash Ensemble is Chamber Ensemble in Residence at the Wigmore Hall.

Empty Orchestra release album and video for "The Audience"

EMPTY ORCHESTRA this week released their much anticipated album, entitled One More Time, Altogether Now, on Pentimento Music Co. A record that comes as the result of years of writing, recording and endless touring, the group have described the incredibly in-depth sound of the release as "filled with our blood and guts and hands and hearts."
One More Time, Altogether Now is available for purchase here.

To coincide with the album release, the video for single, The Audience, has debuted on The Performer. Filmed and set in the historic Capitol Theatre in the band's hometown of Flint, Michigan, the clip pays a gritty homage to the unfaltering melancholy of entertaining. Hauntingly beautiful, the band wanted the clip to encapsulate the ever-present love/hate relationship between performer and audience member.

Check out the music video, plus guest blog entry from band member, Stephen Wisniewski, here.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Kronos Quartet calls for composers under 30 - any genre or country

Kronos Quartet Announces KRONOS: UNDER 30 PROJECT / #5

Commissioning program includes mentoring, residency, premiere, + recording

Deadline for applications is November 16, 2012

The Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association is pleased to announce the fifth edition of its Kronos: Under 30 Project, a comprehensive commissioning and mentoring program for young composers under the age of 30. Launched in 2003, the Under 30 Project is designed to help nurture the careers of emerging artists, while enabling Kronos to forge stronger connections with the next creative generation.

To date, four composers have received commissions through the Kronos: Under 30 Project. Nearly 1,000 applications, coming from 49 countries on six continents, have been personally reviewed by the quartet. From this year’s call for applications, Kronos will select the composer to whom they feel most artistically committed. That composer will be commissioned to write a new work for Kronos in close consultation with the ensemble. He or she will meet with Kronos, and prepare the piece during a residency with the group at their home base in San Francisco. The resulting work will premiere in Spring 2014 in San Francisco as part of Kronos’ 40th anniversary season, and will also be recorded.

Kronos: Under 30 Project is not a contest, and all composers who have not reached the age of 30 by the application deadline, November 16, 2012, are eligible to submit music for consideration, regardless of nationality. The selected composer must be able to complete the new work by December 2013. An application and guidelines can be downloaded here; questions about the program can be addressed to under30@kronosquartet.org.

During the past 10 years, four composers from three different countries – Alexandra du Bois and Dan Visconti (USA), Felipe Pérez Santiago (Mexico), and Aviya Kopelman (Israel) – have been commissioned. The artistic relationships established through the Under 30 Project have been invaluable, and these commissioned works have been championed by Kronos in major venues all over the world.

Applications should be sent to Kronos: Under 30 Project, 1032 Irving Street, #603, San Francisco, CA 94122-2200, U.S.A, and must be received by November 16. Note, this is not a postmark deadline.

David Harrington, Founder & Artistic Director of Kronos Quartet, says, "The Under 30 commission has been very important for Kronos. We’ve established new relationships, we’ve found 4 wonderfully creative young composers, and they’ve written marvelous pieces for us. For Under 30 #5, we hope to have some of the most creative composers from all over the world send us their music. It doesn’t have to be string quartet music – it could be a song, it could be a symphony, it could be a solo electric guitar piece – because the process we’ve used for these last 38 years has to been to ascertain the creativity embodied in someone’s work.”

Kronos: Under 30 Project / #5 is supported by Hancher at the University of Iowa, Syracuse University, the Board of Directors of the Kronos Performing Arts Association, individual backers of the Kronos: Under 30 Project / #5 Kickstarter campaign, and Kronos Performing Arts Association. Additional partners will be announced in March 2013.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

London Philharmonic about to begin their 80th Season

80 years and still going strong

The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s 80th anniversary season opens next week! We begin the 2012/13 season with a diverse series of performances ranging from the dark theatrics of Strauss and Zemlinksy, spell-binding Russian bells, thought-provoking explorations of War & Peace, soulful cello concertos and brand new work from Carl Vine.

Upcoming Events

26 September – Strauss & Zemlinksy

Love, infidelity and scorn abound in Zemlinksy’s A Florentine Tragedy, inspired by Oscar Wilde’s play and Zemlinsky’s own embittered feelings towards former lover Alma Schindler. Greatly influenced by Richard Strauss, Zemlinksy’s colourful and gritty one-act opera is complemented by excerpts of Strauss’s own Die Frau Ohne Schatten.

29 September – Rachmaninoff The Bells

An all-Russian programme of bell-inspired works, two also inspired by the poetry of Edgar Allen Poe. Featuring UK premieres of Rodion Shchedrin’s Concerto for Orchestra No. 2, Denisov's Bells in the Fog and Miaskovsky’s Silentium alongside Rachmaninoff’s passionate choral symphony The Bells.

3-5 October – War & Peace

Vladimir Jurowksi leads a poignant mini-series centring on the theme of War & Peace, including works by Britten, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Walton, Vaughan Williams and Shostakovich. We begin this powerful series with excerpts from Prokofiev’s War and Peace, Walton’s Viola Concerto and Britten’s ‘plea for peace’ Sinfonia da Requiem.

12 October – Prokofiev, Elgar & Sibelius

Cellist Sol Gabetta joins the LPO to perform Elgar’s famous Cello Concerto in an evening of highly-tuned musical emotions, also featuring Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Sibelius’s aspirational Symphony No. 2.

St. Louis Public Radio & the St. Louis Symphony announce third season of Saturday evening concert broadcasts

Today, St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU and the St. Louis Symphony announced the renewal of their partnership to include live broadcasts of all 2012-13 Saturday night Wells Fargo Advisors Orchestral Series concerts. The performances will be broadcast live on St. Louis Public Radio’s main channel, 90.7 KWMU and will be streamed live at www.stlpublicradio.org. This is the third year of the partnership.

The series’ first live broadcast from Powell Hall will be Saturday, September 29 at 8 p.m. St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson will be at the podium, conducting Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (featuring pianist Emanuel Ax) and Respighi’s iconic Pines of Rome.

A complete list of all live broadcasts can be found on-line at http://www.stlpublicradio.org/programs/symphony.php#.UFii91F15nw

St. Louis Public Radio’s Robert Peterson returns to host the live broadcasts. The St. Louis Symphony’s Adam Crane will again join Peterson as broadcast commentator.

“We are very excited to have the Symphony as our broadcast partner again this year and look forward to a phenomenal season from one of the world’s finest orchestras. In addition, with the station’s new Grand Center location we look forward to further collaborations with the Symphony,” said Tim Eby, Director and General Manager of St. Louis Public Radio.

Roy Mueller Appointed Ex. Dir. of LA Children's Chorus

Long-Time Arts Administrator Previously Served as Executive Director of San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum and Education Director of Pasadena Kidspace Children’s Museum

Roy Mueller, a highly regarded non-profit arts administrator with deep roots in Southern California, has been appointed Executive Director of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) following a nationwide search, it was announced by LACC Board Chair Joanne Crawford-Dunér. Mueller, who is also an accomplished musician, previously served as Executive Director of the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum, where he led the museum through a successful four-year $5.2 million capital campaign to design and build a new facility. Prior to that he was Education Director of Pasadena Kidspace Children’s Museum, where he developed innovative art and science education programs for a diverse community audience.

“I am pleased to welcome Roy to the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus,” says Crawford-Dunér. “His exceptional non-profit arts leadership skills and keen fundraising abilities, as well as his creative program development, educational background and music performance experience are an ideal match for the position of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Executive Director. I look forward to working closely with Roy on a number of exciting initiatives during this exciting time in the LACC’s evolution.”

“It is an honor to lead this extraordinary organization,” states Mueller. “During my tenure at the Pasadena’s Kidspace Children’s Museum, I had the opportunity to collaborate with a variety of Los Angeles area arts organizations including the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, Pasadena Symphony and Shumei Arts Council. I am highly impressed by LACC’s artistic excellence and its mission to serve the community. I look forward to working with LACC’s Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson and am pleased to return to Southern California to take the administrative helm of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus.”

In his role with the San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum, Mueller, who has more than 16 years of non-profit leadership experience, articulated the vision for the new children’s museum and built the organization from the ground up, strategizing and implementing successful fundraising initiatives, including the $5.2 million capital campaign. He developed and managed operational budgets, cultivated community relationships and mentored a staff of 20 to support the vision and mission of the museum. He received a Bachelor of Music (performance) degree from the University of Louisville and a Master of Music (performance) from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He also earned a Certificate of Jazz Composition and Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston. For more than 15 years, Mueller performed as a classical oboist/English hornist in South America, Europe and the United States, composed music for classical, jazz and theatrical genres, and taught music at the university level.

Described as “astonishingly polished,” “hauntingly beautiful,” and “one heck of a talented group of kids,” LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost children's choirs. Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, LACC performs with such leading organizations as LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and POPs, Jacaranda, and Calder Quartet. The chorus' roster includes more than 400 children aged 6-18 from 60 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs and First Experiences in Singing classes and ensemble for young singers. LACC has toured South Africa, North and South America, China and Europe, and produced the world-premiere of “Keepers of the Night,” an opera by Peter Ash and Donald Sturrock. The chorus appeared on LA Master Chorale’s Decca recording “A Good Understanding,” and Plácido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording “Amore Infinito” ("Infinite Love") and, in 2011, gave the U.S. premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s “Dona Nobis Pacem.” The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated “Sing!,” about a year in the life of the choir; “Sing Opera!,” documenting the production of LACC’s commissioned family opera “Keepers of the Night”; and “Sing China!,” chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics. LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC's “The Tonight Show,” and was featured on Public Radio International's nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits. Open auditions for LACC take place each May. LACC also offers 6-7 year old children a non-auditioned program, First Experiences in Singing, which serves as an enriching and fun introduction to music.

Taken for Granite, 1st mvt of String Quartet No. 1 Skimming Rock & Skipping Stones

Inspired by the Anthem Rock bands of the 70's and 80's – groups like Yes, Kansas, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd. Anthem Rock has hard driving beats with intricate melodic lines and layers of different sounds – all features of the classical music I gravitate toward. This is not a pastiche of any particular song or band, but rather a homage to the artistry of these musicians.

Skimming Rock & Skipping Stones has three movements. As word play, colloquialisms, and double entendré are common for song and album titles in the rock world, I indulge in the same practice.

"Taken for Granite" - 1st Movement

"Salt of the Earth" - 2nd Movement

"Clean Slate" - 3rd Movement

Even the title of the entire piece is a play on words "Skimming Rocks & Skipping Stones"

In geological terms there are three types of rock




Granite is igneous, salt is sedimentary and slate is metamorphic. I then tied these rocks to colloquialisms.

The Edinburgh Quartet premiered this piece in June 2008.

"Taken for Granite" is a movement with pyrotechnics for the 1st Violin, playing the roll of guitar riffs and solos indicative of the anthem rock genre. While the piece is performed completely acoustic, many of the distortion effects are emulated through performance techniques.

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Monday, September 17, 2012

2 West Coast Premieres Conducted by Jeffrey Kahane at LA Chamber Orch Season Openers

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's 2012-13 season launches with a dynamic program of works both familiar and new when Music Director Jeffrey Kahane conducts and performs as soloist. It features two highly anticipated West Coast premieres, including LACO Composer-in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Andrew Norman’s The Great Swiftness, commissioned and premiered by the Grand Rapids Symphony in 2010. Inspired by the city’s signature Alexander Calder sculpture, La Grande Vitesse, the piece prompted the Grand Rapids Press to describe it as “sliding down the giant sculpture's graceful arms.” The other West Coast premiere, True South by James Matheson – recipient of the prestigious $200,000 Charles Ives Living Award and heralded by The New Yorker as “an early thirty-something American composer who is ignoring style labels and writing synthetic, satisfying music that avoids the glib theatricality of postmodernism” – was commissioned and premiered in 2010 by the New York Philharmonic with influences ranging from Judas Priest to Nietzsche. Kahane himself is the featured soloist in Ravel’s jazz-infused Piano Concerto in G major. The program concludes with the LACO debut of 28-year-old German violinist Augustin Hadelich performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, the composer’s only violin concerto and one of the most venerated works in the violin repertoire. Kahane calls Hadelich, winner of the 2009 Avery Fisher Grant, “one of the great violinists performing today,” and The New York Times states, “(he) stands out amid gifted young violinists for his prodigious technique, gorgeous tone and ability
to deliver.”

Both Norman and Matheson are participating in LACO’s Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks providing insights into the music and artists, which are held one hour prior to curtain and are free to ticket holders.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the nation’s premier orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2012-13 season, the orchestra's 44th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established and notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 16th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets ($25 – $110) are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase rush tickets one hour before curtain; also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts at either the Alex Theatre or UCLA, LACO’s Discover Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 at Ambassador Auditorium and for all three Westside Connections concerts at The Broad Stage, plus other benefits.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Things you don't expect when trying to start an ensemble: TwtrSymphony, behind the scenes.

There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes trying to get this ensemble off the ground.


Probably the most surprising aspect of working with TwtrSymphony is the amount of time I spend corresponding with people. Beyond just the tweets – which have moments of being fast and furious (and I've not been nearly active enough over the last three months) – I get emails from the musicians in the group, musicians wanting to join the group, people interested in knowing more about us and people wanting to sell us some service. There are details that have to be maintained when we get new musicians, like email addresses, instruments they play, biographies. Fortunately, We have a couple of volunteers who help with this administrative work. Still, it is a lot of work keeping it all organized.


Add to this our ambitions of setting TwtrSymphony up as a non-profit organization (like most other orchestras in the United States), and there is a host of paperwork to be filed, accountants to be conferred with, setting up a bank account, filing for a DBA, finding a non-profit lawyer (if you want to make sure to handle this all correctly) and other non-profit managers to get their advice on what not to do. It is important to get the paperwork right, because small mistakes in the way it is setup can lead to costly changes in the future.

Then there are the money people. In the US, a non-profit organization needs to have a Board of Directors (the people who will eventually become my boss). They don't necessarily run the organization, but legally they are the ones responsible to ensure it's doing what it intended to do. Most orchestra board members also help to find funding in one way or another. Either they donate large sums as a philanthropic gesture, or they know people or organizations who do – and it's best if the board can do both. I don't naturally hobnob with people who have assets over a million dollars, so this has been a new experience for me to say the least.

Then then are all the grants and foundations which also give money to organizations. Until our non-profit status is complete, I can't really apply for any grants. Still, it is important to assess what's out there - to get an idea what's possible in terms of funding. You can lump corporations into this category too, as certainly the YouTube Symphony wouldn't have existed without the generous funding by Google. Since Twitter hasn't jumped on board our venture yet, I'm seeking other opportunities.


While our musicians are really good at spreading the word about TwtrSymphony, there is still a need to have focused placement of tweets, Facebook posts, Tumblr posts and reaching out to magazines, reviewers and other media outlets. Fortunately, one of our administrators is willing to write the press releases.

budgets - More Paperwork

People and organizations that consider giving money want to see the budget, business plan and your goals for the future. This means having to have an idea as to where we are going, what's possible and what's not, taking a look at what we've done, what needs to change to do it better and what other options we could look at doing. Then putting all this into a simple format that's easy to read, understand and get excited about. Our concept is cool, but translating that into something that encourages people to give money to keep it going takes a lot of work.

None of the above issues has anything to do with music. There are numerous tasks I'm involved in with the music beyond just writing pieces for TwtrSymphony to play. Most of the music tasks I was aware of going into the project, or at least had a grasp of what might be involved. It is all the ancillary tasks people don't normally think about. Running an orchestra is a lot of work, and very little of it is music related. My hats off to all the other orchestras out there and their administrative staff. They have a lot of work to do to bring the music to life.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Turning Point - a new solo violin work

Turning Point by Chip Michael

We romanticize vampires, but what does the soul go through when turning? It can't be pretty. The experience isn't death of the body, but rather death of the soul, which has to be, in its own way, extremely painful.

"Turning Point" is a solo violin work (in progress) examining that moment.

Monday, September 10, 2012

9 September 2012, Juba, South Sudan: PERSONAL STATEMENT FROM EMMANUEL JAL

International hip hop star and renowned peace activist Emmanuel Jal was badly beaten by police in the South Sudanese capital of Juba last night on 8 September 2012.

At approximately 9:30pm, Emmanuel was en route to the Gatwich guesthouse in the outskirts of Juba when he was stopped by police and robbed of his mobile phone. Determined not to use or respond in violence, he was repeatedly beaten by 5 police and national security officers until he eventually lost consciousness.

A group of approximately 15 police and national security officers watched on as Emmanuel was beaten.

It appears that Emmanuel was randomly attacked in an unfortunate and unprovoked example of police brutality. The incident has been reported and an investigation is underway.

Emmanuel is in Juba to highlight International Peace Day with the anticipated "We Want Peace" Business Gala and concert on 20 & 21 September 2012. The scheduled events are due to take place at Juba's Independence hall. His dedication to peace and stability in his home country and across the globe has brought him to Juba to bring together members of the business, humanitarian and public spheres in a bid to responsibly invest toward South Sudan's progressive development.

Despite his injuries, he remains adamant to ensure his message of peace is heard and provides the following statement:

"I am in South Sudan to highlight peace and have come to speak and perform at the "We Want Peace" business gala and concert on International Peace Day. Two days after arriving in my home country I was attacked by members of Juba's police and national security. This is an ironic and sad situation that will not deter my path for freedom, equality and justice. I am swollen, but recovering, and thank all the fans and supporters for their well wishes.

I would like to express that abuse of power should not be tolerated on any level. South Sudan must move forward with positivity and equality. Tribalism, police brutality, corruption and other problems of de-stabilization must be highlighted and stopped in order for the country to progress.

I am releasing this statement because I was raised in an environment where speaking out against injustice is always considered a route for peace. Let us continue to put a spotlight on such dark issues, for it is the best solution in paving a way for our bright future"

"Genus Cumulonimbus" - 1st Movement of new string quartet Atmospheres

This is the 1st movement of the string quartet Atmospheres. While the cloud forms have a seemingly regular form to them, they are anything but a regular shape. So, using the time signature 19/16, I allow the quartet to move through a variety of different ways of breaking up this irregular time into semi-regular beats creating a sense of movement, while propelling the listener forward.

Taking inspiration from György Ligeti, Atmospheres is a blending of the rhythmic 'clock' music with elements of the sonic-scape of 'cloud' music.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

It's the Right Time for TwtrSymphony

Recent breakdowns in negotiations between musicians and management in the orchestral world indicate a sea change: now is the right time for TwtrSymphony to fly

TwtrSymphony is a unique concept in the symphony orchestra -- the musicians come from around the world and don't actually play together in the same physical space. The music is made by each musician recording their own track with the various tracks put together in the studio. So, in many respects, we are a studio orchestra.

We also are 100% volunteer right now, but that is soon to change. TwtrSymphony is taking the steps to become a non-profit organization. Once the final paperwork has come through, we will be able to apply for funding. Eventually we will be able to pay the people who put in time and effort to make the music happen.

By the very nature of our music -- 140 seconds at a time -- TwtrSymphony isn't going to be a full time orchestra. There are no plans to pay our musicians enough they can quit their day jobs. However, in a world where musicians need to juggle multi-income streams just to make ends meet, we are a perfect add-on. Because musicians record their parts separately, there is no large impact to their current schedule to participate. TwtrSymphony musicians fit in practice and recording time in their off hours.

More importantly, we aim to be a source of new and interesting compositions. Offering musicians and audience alike a thrilling exposure to new music, and a mutual exploration of a living art form. Our methods of outreach stretch beyond the typical reach of audience development: we are connecting with fans who have never attended a 'new music' concert - fans who look to video games and films as their primary source of new classical music. As we expand our reach, including new composers and musicians, we continue to leverage social media as a method of connection for musicians who otherwise may have never met and as a way to reach a broader audience.

TwtrSymphony is just what the industry needs right now, an organization that not only provides a potentially new source of income for musicians, but reaches out via video and free music download to a whole new audience. We're rapidly gaining fans. The overwhelming response to our videos shows we are connecting with the fans as well.

Check out TwtrSymphony:

on Facebook
our website
and of course, on Twitter