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MICF on TV

The 2018 Mizzou International Composers Festival now has a 30-second commercial running online, on central Missouri’s PBS affiliate, and on local and cable news in Columbia.

The video was produced by Dale H. Lloyd working under the direction of Mizzou New Music Initiative managing director Jacob Gotlib.

You can see the spot in the embedded window below.

Composers Festival spotlight: Oren Boneh

Originally from Denver, CO, resident composer Oren Boneh comes to the 2018 Mizzou International Composers Festival via California, where he currently is working on a PhD in composition at the University of California, Berkeley.

He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Denver, and subsequently has studied at McGill University in Montreal, the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, and, with support from a Fulbright fellowship, in Germany at the Dresden Music Cognition Lab.

For the MICF, Boneh has written a new work for Alarm Will Sound called “Unseen Beneath the Ice,” which will be premiered along with new works from all of the 2018 resident composers as part of the grand finale concert on Saturday, July 28.

Boneh’s music has been presented at concerts and festivals in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Canada, and all over the USA, with performances from groups such as Ensemble Divertimento, Quatuor Tana, Vertixe Sonora, Meitar Ensemble, Ensemble Proton Bern, Music From Copland House, Architek Percussion, and many others. A trumpet player as well as a composer, he also has performed with various ensembles and written works for trumpet and electronics.

In April of this year, he was a recipient of a Morton Gould Young Composer Award from the ASCAP Foundation. Other honors include winning first prize in the 2017 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Competition, as well as recognition from Concorso Internazionale Franco Donatoni, the Loadbang Commission Competition, Protonwerk No. 8, Random Access Music, Ensemble Reconsil, and more.

Boneh also has done artist residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts  in New York, the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden, and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska.

He’s especially interested in music cognition and perception, particularly the expectations that listeners bring to a piece of music, and how these expectations guide the listening experience. As he told UC-Berkeley’s Daily Californian in an interview last year, “I’m very fascinated by the idea of stripping someone of the knowledge of what’s creating the sound. I think that’s really interesting — I think it really changes the way we hear the sound.”  His 2017 work “To form a more perfect human” specifically explores that notion, placing two of its seven performers – a trumpeter and a percussionist – behind a screen out of sight from the audience.

For more about Oren Boneh, check out his interview with KMUC’s “Mizzou Music” program, and listen to some of his music in the embedded players below.

“Lug,” recorded October 17, 2017 at the Galicia Contemporary Art Center in Santiago, Spain by Vertixe Sonora, featuring Clara Saleiro (flute), Pablo Coello (saxophone), Roberto Alonso (violin), Lorena García (viola), Thomas Piel (cello), David Durán (piano), and Diego Ventoso (percussion).

“To form a more perfect human,” performed in 2017 by Nebula Ensemble

If you’re coming to Columbia…

If you’re planning on coming to Columbia for the 2018 Mizzou International Composers Festival, you can get advance tickets online for the three concerts being presented at the Missouri Theatre:

Thursday, July 26: Alarm Will Sound
Friday, July 27: Mizzou New Music
Saturday, July 28: Seven World Premieres with Alarm Will Sound

Also, you may find these links useful for planning and/or during your visit:

Visitors information
Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau
University of Missouri Visitors Guide
Columbia Regional Airport
Vox magazine’s guide to Columbia restaurants
Discover the District
City of Columbia official site
2017-18 Columbia Missouri Visitor and Area Guide

Media
Columbia Tribune
Columbia Missourian
Inside Columbia magazine
Columbia area radio stations
KOMU-TV (NBC)
KMIZ-TV (ABC)
KRCG-TV (CBS)
KMOS-TV (PBS)

National Weather Service forecast for Columbia, Missouri

2018 Mizzou International Composers Festival
complete schedule of events and ticket information

Here is the complete schedule of events and information on how to get tickets for the 2018 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

The 2018 MICF begins on Monday, July 23 and continues through Saturday, July 28.

Festival events will be held at the Fine Arts Building and Loeb Hall on the campus of the University of Missouri and at the Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia, including:

Monday, July 23

10:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Resident Composer Presentations:
Amanda Feery, Igor Santos, and Viet Cuong
Fine Arts Building Room 145 on the Mizzou campus
Open to the Public

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Alarm Will Sound – Open Rehearsal with Distinguished Guest Composers
Missouri Theatre, 203 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201
Open to the Public

Tuesday, July 24

9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Resident Composer Presentations:
Christine Burke, Oren Boneh, Gemma Peacocke, and Douglas Osmun
Fine Arts Building Room 145 on the Mizzou campus
Open to the Public

Wednesday, July 25

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Alarm Will Sound – Open Rehearsal with Resident Composers
Missouri Theatre, 203 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201
Open to the Public

7:00 p.m.
Robert Morris, Distinguished Guest Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145 on the Mizzou Campus
Open to the Public

8:15 p.m.
Alex Mincek, Distinguished Guest Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145 on the Mizzou Campus
Open to the Public

Thursday, July 26

7:30 p.m.
Alarm Will Sound
Missouri Theatre, 203 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201
Tickets are $18 adults, $10 students

The concert will feature the festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound performing music by 2018 MICF distinguished guest composers Robert Morris and Alex Mincek, plus works by Stefan Freund and Matt Marks,  and Chen Yi.

Friday, July 27

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Alarm Will Sound Open Rehearsal with Resident Composers
Loeb Hall 201 on the Mizzou campus
Open to the Public

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Alarm Will Sound Open Rehearsal with Resident Composers
Loeb Hall 201
Open to the Public

7:30 p.m.
Mizzou New Music
Missouri Theatre, 203 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201
$18 adults/ $10 students

This concert showcases the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, the flagship group of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, performing music from distinguished guest composers Robert Morris and Alex Mincek and composer Chen Yi. In addition, the Missouri Clarinet Quintet, featuring Mizzou students and faculty members, will perform works by Mizzou composers Stefan Freund, Carolina Heredia, and Aaron Mencher.

Saturday, July 28

7:30 p.m.
Seven World Premieres performed by Alarm Will Sound
Missouri Theatre, 203 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201
$18 adults/ $10 students

More than 250 composers from around the world submitted their portfolios to the festival, and seven were selected. The grand finale concert features the world premieres of seven works composed specifically for the acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound by the festival’s resident composers:

* Oren Boneh, Berkeley, CA
* Christine Burke, Iowa City, IA
* Viet Cuong, Philadelphia, PA
* Amanda Feery, Dublin, Ireland
* Douglas Osmun, Columbia, MO
* Gemma Peacocke, Princeton, NJ
* Igor Santos, Chicago, IL

Tickets

Festival passes good for admission to all three concerts are on sale for $80 for the VIP package, which includes reserved premium seating and other benefits; $40 for adults; and $20 for students.

Single tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $10 for students. Tickets can be charged by phone using Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling 1-573-882-3781. To buy tickets online, visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

Box Office Hours and Location

Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St Columbia, MO, 65201
Regular business hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Hours during Mizzou International Composers Festival concert days:
Thursday, July 26: 9:00 AM – Performance Intermission (approx. 8:30 PM)
Friday, July 27: 9:00 AM – Performance Intermission (approx. 8:30 PM)
Saturday, July 28: 5:00 PM – Performance Intermission (approx. 8:30 PM)

Tickets for 2018 Mizzou International Composers Festival
go on sale Friday, May 25

Tickets for the 2018 Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. CDT on Friday, May 25.

Recognized as an important regional showcase for new works by top young composers, the MICF will take place this year from Monday, July 23 through Saturday, July 28 in Columbia, and will include three public concerts.

Returning for the ninth year as the festival’s resident ensemble, Alarm Will Sound will begin the weekend of shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26 at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St. in downtown Columbia.

They’ll perform music from the 2018 MICF’s distinguished guest composers, Chen Yi and Alex Mincek, as well as a work by Mizzou’s Stefan Freund and more.

The following evening, the “Mizzou New Music” concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 27 at the Missouri Theatre will feature the Mizzou New Music Ensemble performing works by Chen and Mincek, plus the Missouri Clarinet Quartet playing new music by Stefan Freund, Carolina Heredia, and Aaron Mencher.

The grand finale of the week will showcase the world premieres of seven new works written by the festival’s resident composers and performed by Alarm Will Sound at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 28 at the Missouri Theatre.

Festival VIP packages are $80, and include reserved premium seating at all three concerts; two drink tickets good at the Thursday and Friday performances; and admission to a VIP reception prior to the Saturday evening performance, featuring champagne and hors d’oeuvres with members of Alarm Will Sound and the composers.

Festival passes for all three concerts are $40 for an adult general admission pass, and $20 for a student general admission pass.

Single tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $10 for students, and are all general admission. Tickets can be charged by phone using Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling 1-573-882-3781. To buy tickets online, visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

The MICF also offers a special limited-time discount for early ticket buyers. If you purchase tickets before June 3 and use the promotional code, you can get single adult tickets for any MICF concert for just $10 each (regular price $18), while student tickets are discounted to $7 (from $10).

To get the discount, use “2018MICF” (without quotes) when prompted for a promotional code. This offer is good only on tickets purchased between May 25 and June 3, 2018.

In addition to these three concerts, the MICF also will feature several free events, including open rehearsals and presentations by the participating composers. A complete schedule of those events will be released at a later date.

The seven resident composers were chosen from among more than 240 applicants from 22 different countries to participate in the festival and create a new work for Alarm Will Sound. Listed with their current places of residence, they are:

* Oren Boneh, Berkeley, CA
* Christine Burke, Iowa City, IA
* Viet Cuong, Philadelphia, PA
* Amanda Feery, Princeton, NJ
* Douglas Osmun, Columbia, MO
* Gemma Peacocke, Princeton, NJ
* Igor Santos, Chicago, IL

An eighth resident composer, Peter Shin, was announced as part of the group in December 2017, but had to postpone his participation due to scheduling conflicts. “At the same time that Peter was selected for the MICF, he also received a commission to write a new work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic,” said Stefan Freund, professor of composition and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. “When it became apparent that he could not complete both pieces in time, we extended an invitation to him to be part of our 2019 festival, and we look forward to working with him next year.”

During the festival, the resident composers will receive composition lessons from distinguished guest composers Chen Yi, who is a distinguished professor of composition at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and Alex Mincek, an assistant professor, composition and music technology at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and a co-founder and artistic director of the Wet Ink Ensemble.

The resident composers also will take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; give presentations on their music; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of their work.

Mizzou New Music Initiative 2017-18 year in review

Stefan Freund’s “Unremixed” featured in new Alarm Will Sound music video

“Unremixed,” a composition by Mizzou’s Stefan Freund, is featured in a new music video from Alarm Will Sound.

Freund, who is professor of composition at Mizzou and the artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, also is a co-founder of and cellist for Alarm Will Sound, the new music group who since 2010 has served as resident ensemble for the Mizzou International Composers Festival. There’s another local connection, too, as the video was shot at Spectrum Studios in Columbia.

You can see the complete music video for “Unremixed” in the embedded window below, followed by the production notes from Alarm Will Sound.

“Unremixed” was written for Alarm Will Sound’s debut at the Lincoln Center Festival in 2005. The work was created as a finale for the concert, which was the complete presentation of “Acoustica,” Alarm Will Sound’s album of arrangements of Aphex Twin’s electronica. The work integrates several ideas from Aphex Twin’s music as well as instrumental techniques used in Acoustica arrangements to imitate electronic sounds.

“Unremixed” is divided into four sections. The first features the descent from “Gwely Mernans” presented in various ratios against a consistent quarter note pulse divided into sixteenths. A lick similar to the pentatonic figures found in “Cliffs” emerges, played in different meters against the pulse.

A bombastic percussion solo leads to the second section, which places a firm 5/4 pulse against a tune formed from two phrases of 10/16 that change their division of the meter. Though not directly taken from the music of Aphex Twin, the tune is reminiscent of many modal funky grooves found in electronic dance music. Eventually it is placed against the descent from the previous section.

The third section imitates the industrial sound of electronica. The tune from “Meltphace 6” emerges over a 7/8 groove whose working title was “Sick Machine.” Various layers are added to the texture to grow towards a giant climax.

The final section is a simple dance party featuring techno drum tracks that grow increasingly complex and a sped up presentation of the mixed meter dance tune from the second section. The performers are encouraged to get a little rowdy towards the end.

Composed by Stefan Freund
Performed by Alarm Will Sound
Shot by Four/Ten Media

Alarm Will Sound:
Erin Lesser, flute
Christa Robinson, oboe
Bill Kalinkos, clarinet and saxophone
Elisabeth Stimpert, clarinet
Michael Harley, bassoon
Matt Marks, horn
Tim Leopold, trumpet
Michael Clayville, trombone
Chris Thompson, percussion
Matt Smallcomb, percussion
John Orfe, piano
Courtney Orlando, violin
Caleb Burhans, violin
Stefan Freund, cello
Miles Brown, bass
Alan Pierson, conductor and Artistic Director

Daniel Neumann, Audio Engineer
Gavin Chuck, Managing Director
Nigel Maister, Theatrical Director
Jason Varvaro, Production Manager
Peter Ferry, Production Assistant
Chihiro Shibayama, Librarian
Tracy Mendez, Development Manager

Special thanks to these musicians for their contribution to the video:
Andrew Nogal (oboe), Megan Arns (percussion), Ben Russell (violin), Karin Brown (viola)

Special thanks to these musicians who performed on the recording:
Jason Price (trumpet), Nadia Sirota (viola), Chihiro Shibayama (percussion), Juilia Gaines (percussion)

Filmed at Spectrum Studios during an Alarm Will Sound residency at the University of Missouri sponsored by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. Funding for the video shoot came from the MU Research Council.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble performing works
by Mobberley, Chen, Mincek and Bohman
on Monday, February 26 at Whitmore Recital Hall

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble’s first concert of 2018 will feature works by three guest composers who will be visiting the University of Missouri campus this year, plus a piece by a new faculty composer.

The Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 26 at Whitmore Recital Hall, 135 Fine Arts Building on the Mizzou campus. Admission is $5 for the general public, free for Mizzou faculty, students and staff with ID.

Composer James Mobberley will coach the Ensemble and be present for the performance of his piece “Toccatas and Interludes” as part of a two-day residency at Mizzou. A winner of the prestigious Rome Prize and a Guggenheim Fellow, Mobberley officially retired from the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2016 and now is a distinguished professor emeritus and adjunct professor at UMKC.

The concert also will include the Ensemble’s first performances of works by the two distinguished guest composers for this year’s Mizzou International Composers Festival, each featuring an MU student as guest conductor.

“Near Distance” is by Chen Yi, who is a distinguished professor of composition at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Chen also is a Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of the Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a former finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Her work will be conducted by Hans Heruth, a junior composition major at Mizzou.

“Portraits and Repetitions” was composed by Alex Mincek, who is an assistant professor of composition and music technology at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music and a co-founder and artistic director of the Wet Ink Ensemble. Mincek also is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as an Alpert Award and multiple honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble’s performance of his piece will include guest saxophonist (and School of Music admissions coordinator) Ben Harting, and will be conducted by Jesus Gomez, who’s in his first year of studies at MU for a master’s degree in music.

Completing the program will be “Spiral,” a composition by Mizzou adjunct faculty member Bret Bohman that originally was commissioned in 2015 by the Khemia Ensemble, a new music group based in Ann Arbor, MI who will be visiting the Mizzou campus in March. Bohman, who earned his doctorate in music at the University of Michigan, joined the Mizzou faculty in the fall of 2017 and teaches courses in electronic music composition and music theory.

The seven-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Stefan Freund, a cellist, composer, professor of composition, and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. The Ensemble’s members for the 2017-18 season are Victoria Hargrove, clarinet; Hannah Hutchins, percussion; Daniel Keeler, cello; Kelariz Keshavarz, flute; Pedro Ramiro, violin; Libby Roberts, piano; and Brianna Trainor, percussion.