Chris Cerrone has a resume that would make a grizzled veteran of the compositional arts jealous. In addition to receiving a grant from the Jerome Fund for New Music (JFund) in 2011, Cerrone has received accolades from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Chamber Music America, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Opera America, ASCAP, and New Music USA. But then again, music has been in his blood since he was a kid.
In March I re-set Slippery Fish, my work in collaboration with composer Jocelyn Hagen, on two new dancers. We are touring the piece to the new Links Hall at Constellation in Chicago June 7-9. A magical week opened up so I grabbed it, to re-work as needed and really pass the steps on (and the intentions behind them) with the integrity that comes with having time.
Cherry Spoon Collective kicked off their inaugural ‘mini-season’ in St. Paul with an open rehearsal at Black Dog Café and two performances during St. Paul Art Crawl at Studio Z in St. Paul’s Lowertown District. Improvisational street performances by violin, bass, saxophone and cello on Lowertown street corners preceded the Art Crawl shows.
As a kid learning the piano, Daniel Blake had a tough time getting his head around the discipline needed to learn an instrument. Abhorring the rigors of classical practice, he grew frustrated with what he perceived as his clumsiness on the instrument, and his increasing impatience with spending time at the piano threatened to squash any enthusiasm he once had for music. Then he discovered Jazz.
Jazz Noir is a new original radio drama series complete with live voice-over actors in front of a studio audience, just like in the days of radio’s infancy. Jazz88’s first episode is an original drama, Charles & Avon that will be performed, recorded and broadcast in front of a live audience from the Artists’ Quarter in downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota. Shows will be Sunday, April 28 at 5 and 8 p.m. – the 8 p.m. performance will be broadcast live.
Video game scoring has grown in breadth and complexity in the last decade. Long gone are the chompy synthesizers of Pac Man. Today’s gaming music involves highly creative composers, full orchestral pieces and sophisticated compositions that interact with the player’s actions and situation.
Trevor Gureckis is a busy guy. The JFund grantee and classically trained Yale graduate is one half of electro-pop duo My Great Ghost, a co-founding director of music production company Found Objects, music assistant to Philip Glass, and still finds the time to tackle ambitious compositional projects.