Central Florida Composers Forum presents “Waterfalls, Forests, Coastlines, and other Musical Dreams,” a concert of works by local composers at Timucua White House, March 31.
Winter Park, Florida – The Central Florida Composers Forum will present “Waterfalls, Forests, Coastlines, and other Musical Dreams,” a showcase concert of selected works scored for Pierrot Ensemble by Full Sail University composer and Central Florida Composers Forum founder and Executive Director Charlie Griffin, University of Central Florida’s recent transplant Alex Burtzos, Orlando-based composers Erik Branch, Damien Simon, and film composer and Cocoa Beach resident Joe Gray.
The term Pierrot Ensemble refers to a specific instrumentation used by Austrian (and later Austrian-American) composer Arnold Schoenberg for his seminal and most famous work, Pierrot Lunaire. Composed in 1912 for voice, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, this combination was subsequently taken up by many later composers such as Milton Babbitt, John Cage, and Peter Maxwell Davies.
The musicians featured in this concert will be Julie Bateman (voice), Katie Mess (flute), Erik Cole (clarinet), Pepina Dell’Ollio (violin), Abigail Collins (cello), Ammon Perry Bratt (piano), and Justin Steger (percussion).
A diverse collection of works on the program include Charlie Griffin’s Shifting Coastlines, a trio of songs whose lyrics are taken from an anthology of poetry called Verse and Universe. These songs all draw upon science and math to explore the human experience. One example from the set is “Love’s Discrete Non-linearity,” a poem set like a Gypsy tango that uses the language of Chaos Theory to understand a romantic relationship. Selections from two works by Alex Burtzos will be on the program: The Birth of Dangun, a ballet based on the Korean myth of creation, and The Impossible Object, a multi-movement work inspired by works of M.C. Escher. Four vignettes by Erik Branch will include a premiere of his Brises Dansantes. The concert will be rounded out by Joe Gray’s The Black Forest, and Damien Simon’s Change.
The concert will take place on March 31 at the Timucua White House, 2000 South Summerlin, Orlando, FL 32806. Doors open at 7pm. Concert at 7:30. Tickets are by donation.
The Central Florida Composer’s Forum is proud to present their 6th annual Composer’s Salon Concert on Sunday, September 9th 2018, 7:30 pm at the Timucua white house (2000 S. Summerlin Ave. Orlando 32806). Five local Central Florida composers: Stan Cording, Troy Gifford, Sharon Omens, Paul Austin Sanders, and Damien Simon will feature original compositions including local and world premieres in a diverse array of musical stylings. Instrumentation includes, piano, violin, clarinet, string quartet, and electronic music.
Salon concerts originated with princes and other royalty holding music concerts in their great rooms or “salons” in their palaces. This rich cultural tradition continues in modern day Orlando with benefactors Benoit Glazer and Élaine Corriveau graciously hosting the 6th Annual Composer’s Salon at their home, the Timucua white house. The concert is free and donations are welcome. You’re also encouraged to bring a bottle of wine or a snack to share. For more information, please visit cfcomposers.org.
About the Composers
A native of Orlando, Florida, Stan Cording began studying piano at the age of 8 and eventually majored in music at Rollins College. While he has worked as a professional accompanist and pianist with various local ensembles, his avocation has always been music composition. At the beginning of his career, he pushed against the prevailing trend toward atonal and minimalist music, championing what has come to be known as New Lyricism—a re-engagement with tonality and melody. Cording has always strived to achieve an immediacy and clarity of expression that results in music that audiences love to hear and musicians find gratifying to perform. His album of Christmas music for strings, Christmas Carols Old and New can be found on iTunes and Amazon, featuring both arrangements and original compositions.
Dr. Troy Gifford is an award winning guitarist and composer whose music synthesizes elements of Latin, classical, jazz, and rock styles. His compositions have been performed by acclaimed artists on multiple continents, including at festivals and concerts in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. He has written music in a variety of settings, including pieces for guitar, voice, piano, orchestra, choir, band, and various chamber ensembles. He has also written for both the stage and film.
He has won a number of awards for his music, including first prize in composition competitions sponsored by the Guitar Foundation of America, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, and the University of Miami. He has released two CDs of all original material: Delineations (on Flatfoot Records) and Olvidando. His music has been published by Doberman Yppan and Mel Bay, and he currently serves as a regular columnist for the digital guitar magazine Fingerstyle Guitar Journal.
Dr. Gifford has taught at several colleges and universities and currently lives in Orlando, FL, where he serves as the chair of the music department at Valencia College.
Text for Night Voices (from the poem by Arthur Conan Doyle):
Father, father, who's whispering?Who is it who whispers in the wood?You say it is the breezeAs it sighs among the trees,But there's someone who whispers in the wood.
Father, father, who's murmuring?Who is it who murmurs in the night?You say it is the roarOf the wave upon the shore,But there's someone who murmurs in the night.
Father, father, who laughs at us?Who is it who chuckles in the glen?Oh, father, let us go,For the light is burning low,And there's someone laughing in the glen.Father, father, tell me what you're waiting for,Tell me why your eyes are on the door.It is dark and it is late,But you sit so still and straight,Ever staring, ever smiling, at the door.
Sharon Omens is currently the acting President of the Composers Forum. She is a prolific composer, performer and music educator who has a deep passion for music. After receiving her Bachelors of Music and Certificate of Music Therapy, she devoted more than 30 years training young musicians and using music as a source of healing with those in need. She has been a spiritual performer of both piano and voice and has produced six albums with her original compositions. Sharon regularly showcases her original music at the Timucua White House, The Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts and Christ Church Unity Orlando.
Paul Austin Sanders
..from the Innersanctum Creative Flow Chamber , Paul Austin Sanders Bids you welcome..he studied music At Western Washington University as a vocal performance major with added studies in composition and opera workshop ( at one point found the door to the theatre dept and did some minor studies in Actors workshop)..before that at Skagit Valley College he studied Jazz bass on top of his vocal music studies…since then work with various opera companies, music ensembles, theatre groups, film productions, and music compositional and artistic creative flow…it is always on the go…..Tubularus Ethereality…soundscape for plastic tube effected layered voices. singing through a tube does a number on the vocal sound…a haunting foggy night…mystery lurking out there…… Fluid Motion in the Evening Air… Glass Bottles and layered Voices…the harmonic structure was created by the multi tracked glass bottles..then the vocal cells were layered in creating the tapestry of sound… a meditative moment in time … Perpetuatum…layered keyboards and voices…started with three innerweaving keyboard tracks ,then the vocals were layered in ..sharing the melodic theme cells between the keys and voices..may it take you to another realm all together…
Damien Simon is an internationally known composer for ballet/contemporary dance companies, orchestras/ensembles, tv/film companies. As a graduate of the Purchase Conservatory (NY) and the University College of Dublin (Ireland), Damien relocated to Orlando from Buffalo, NY. In addition to writing scores; Damien is a private music teacher in multiple instruments and composition. Damien has written dozens of scores from contemporary ballets in Holland, to ensembles in Austria, to independent films in Australia. Many of his scores become internationally touring pieces, touring all over Europe, Russia and the US.
“ Chicken “ , is a solo Clarinet solo dedicated to the life of Craig Norwood
The 2017 composer’s salon has been rescheduled to Sunday January 7th, 2018 at the Orlando White House (2000 South Summerlin, Orlando FL 32806). Below are a list of featured composers sorted alphabetically. We hope that you join us for an enjoyable evening of new music written by central Florida composers.
Music by Daniel Crozier has been performed or recorded by the Fort Worth Opera, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the New York City Opera, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. The composer writes: “I have always loved yet resisted setting the poetry of Emily Dickinson, the austerity of whose verse seemed to make the idea of adding music somehow intrusive. These four settings were completed in 2014 at the special request of Julia Foster Rottmayer. They were dedicated to her, and to Christopher Rottmayer, on the occasion of their wedding.”
Nicole Gutman is a composer and singer most known for incorporating interdisciplinary medium into her music. Almost all her music tells a story or conveys a physical or emotional setting through onomatopoeia and theatrics from the musicians. Nicole’s worked with leading ensembles including EnsembleNewSRQ, Yarn/Wire, SŌ Percussion and the JACK Quartet. Her current project is a book of songs sung unaccompanied called the A Cappe a Arias. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Lewis Nielson and Josh Levine.
The Thing About Cats – Based on a poem by John L’Heureux, this song explores the reason why cats always stare at us. I wrote the music in the point of view of a person who’s had many experiences with these staring cats and and how the act of staring ruining the person’s pleasures in everyday life. The person is using this song to give a warning to everyone listening.
Witness – I wrote the poem in response to the first page of Watchmen by Alan Moore, depicting a New York City street after a murder. The narrator says that this started with something very minor and is now growing into a catastrophe that no one can stop now, but they could have stopped it when it was a minor problem. I wanted to use the build up of a sentence to showcase something starting small and spreading until it creates a huge problem. When setting the poem to music, I applied the same concept to a melody.
Mowing – This song occasionally inserts a whoosh sound effect, reflecting the sound of the scythe described the poem by Robert Frost. The feel of the scythe moving back and forth along the lawn continues its presence in the melody’s slow and steady pulse.
Paul Harlyn has released 7 Chill albums under the artist name Great Barrier whose song “Cairo” was released on Buddha Bar Vol. II that has had sales of over a half a million units. He also has tracks on many chill-out compilations; Search Paul Harlyn in Spotify or paulharlyn.com
Three Views of Japan
The Question of Rain – A Hakone Ryokan 2:44
Phases of the Moon – A Kyoto Maiko-San 2:51
Nothing Stays the Same – Tokyo at Night 3:38
Each of these short piano pieces were composed while viewing the pictures I took of the culture I experienced during my recent visit to Japan.
Seunghee Lee (b. 1980), a composer and a pianist, was born and raised in South Korea, where she studied composition and piano at Seoul Arts High School and Ewha Womans University. Prior to moving to Southwest Florida in 2015, Lee received a master’s degree in composition from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Ph.D. in music composition and theory from Brandeis University. Lee is an Assistant Professor of Music at Ave Maria University.
Flying Kite (2017) – After launching a kite into the air, a kite flies in many different patterns depending on its shape, size, direction of wind, and technique of the person who is flying the kite. Kites maybe be flown for recreation and other practical uses. During the First Full Moon Day (Daeboreum, the 15th of January by the lunar calendar) in Korea, some write a phrase like “Bad luck be gone, good luck stay” and let their kites fly away, hoping to have good luck in the coming year.
‘Flying Kite’ for Piano Solo consists of five movements, and each movement describes different patterns and ways of kite flying. The music is focused on genuinely portraying the movement of the kite, sometimes calmly and other times lively or a bit chaotic, rather than relating music to a particular purpose of flying a kite.
As the piece progresses, I also invite the audience to imagine and experience the spiritual aspect of kite flying, such as sending a message up to God or letting go of hassles and troubles by flying a kite away.
I currently perform at Disney with the Voices of Liberty a cappella vocal ensemble, with whom I have performed for two years. I have earned music degrees from FSU and USF. I write mostly choral/vocal music, but I am venturing into instrumental music more and am writing my first musical.
Danses antiques was inspired by the Swingle Singers performing Bach, but also by the French Baroque style—a modern tribute akin to Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin. I try to give a nod to the Baroque without rigidly adhering to the style.
David James Nielsen is a composer for film, TV, and concert hall.
“Welcome to Nantucket” was composed for the “Annabelle Hooper and the Ghosts of Nantucket” feature film, and is heard in the opening credits of the film showing Annabelle Hooper and her family driving through Nantucket to a house they will be staying at for a vacation on the island. The music has a uplifting feel and features strings, piano, celeste, and solos for flute, oboe, clarinet,and bassoon.
“Annabelle Finale and End Credits” was composed for the “Annabelle Hooper and theGhostsof Nantucket” feature film, and is heard as Annabelle Hooper is leaving Nantucket island on a fairy boat. The music incorporates the love them between the characters Annabelle and Billy, and features piano, strings, french horn, and solos for clarinet, flute and oboe.
Sharon Omens is a composer, performer and music educator who has a deep passion for music.
After receiving her Bachelors of Music and Certificate of Music Therapy, Sharon devoted more than 30 years training young musicians and using music as a source of healing. She has been a spiritual performer of both piano and voice and has produced 6 albums with her original compositions. Currently, she is a member of the Central Florida Composers Forum and has featured her original compositions at the Timacua White House, The Blue Bamboo Center for the Arts and Christ Church Unity Orlando.
Damien Simon is an internationally known music composer for Ballet/Contemporary Dance Companies, TV/Film, Orchestras and Ensembles around the world. Damien has written dozens of scores for multiple genres and sizes of groups, depending on the goals of the project.
Educated at the Purchase Conservatory (NY) and University College of Dublin (IRELAND) Website: https://damiensimon.net
These 2 scores: “Bailey’s Nails” and “False Narratives”, scores for Guitar and Viola/Guitar, were commissioned for performers in Salzburg, Austria at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg. and this will be their US premiere.