Wednesday, April 14, 2021

April 27th Concert Livestream!


On Tuesday, April 27th at 7:30 pm EDT, the Century for 21st Century Music will live stream a concert of University at Buffalo faculty and students performing from Lippes Concert Hall.

The program will include:

David Felder: A Garland for Bruce

Jonathan Golove, cello

David Felder: Another Face

Shannon Reilly, violin 

Tomek Arnold: Chopin - Alter Ego
Movements: Scherzo 3 and Mazurka Mashup

Arnold & Fraczek Percussion Duo
Tomasz Arnold, marimba
Jakub Fraczek, vibraphone and glockenspiel.

Morton Feldman: The King of Denmark
Tom Kolor, percussion

Elliot Carter: Gra

Michael Tumiel, clarinet

The livestream link is forthcoming.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Visiting composer Aaron Holloway-Nahum

The department is very pleased to welcome the British-based American composer, recording engineer, conductor and arts entrepreneur Aaron Holloway-Nahum. As the conductor, founder and artistic director of Riot Ensemble, his efforts have contributed to the premiers of over 250 original works. Holloway-Nahum has showcased contemporary work from a variety of composers, including Anna Thorvaldsdóttir, Ann Cleare, Kit Downes, Daniel Kidane, Liza Lim, Alexander Hawkins, Clara Iannotta, Lisa Streich and a new work by Georg Friedrich Haas performed in total darkness, for which he learned to (re)tune a piano. He is now also the technical director of Ensemble Nikel, for whom he facilitates performances and live-recordings in addition to strategic marketing and logistics work.

As a composer, his music has been performed in over one dozen countries across four continents, and is characterized by its detailed and ornate timbres, bold melodic unisons, and experimental narrative structures. Upcoming premieres include works for chamber orchestra Ensemble Echapée, the renowned Keuris Quartet and an Opera – his first – based on the true story of Donald Crowhurst. Selected as one of just two composers for the Peter Eötvös Foundation inaugural mentorship class, Holloway-Nahum has held a variety of fellowships over the past decade, including Tanglewood, Bang on a Can, Aspen, Cheltenham, a Copland House Residency, and many more. Notable past performances of his music include the Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra (Hungary), Plural Ensemble (Madrid), and a full length film score recorded at Abbey Film Road. His latest pieces include the mixed media piece, Imaginary Children I: How I would Paint the Future (2020) (embedded below), an evocative and intensely personal reflection on sadness, isolation and joy.

As a recording engineer, Holloway-Nahum has produced as many as 20 albums per year from premier ensembles across the United States and Europe. His clientele includes Ensemble Intercontemporain, Arditti Quartet, Sandbox Percussion, and Adam Swayne. 

Holloway-Nahum will give a masterclass and lecture to PhD students in Composition on March 19th.

Monday, February 22, 2021

March 12th Concert Livestream!



On Friday, March 12th, at 7:30 pm EDT, the Century for 21st Century Music will livestream a concert of University at Buffalo PhD composers performing their own and one another's works from Lippes Concert Hall.

The program will include:

Alex Buehler, Shatter, for solo trombone and electronics, performed by the composer. 

Shatter (2020) is created from, and inspired by, metallic, glass, and ceramic sounds; particularly the sounds of shattering glass, cascading metal, broken crockery, and blacksmith hammering. The moment of violent breaking and shattering becomes a frozen environment that the trombone finds itself wandering through and adapting to the necessities of survival.

Joel Kirk, Studying Shrapnel, for solo flugelhorn, performed by the composer.

Rich Wang, The Yellow Plateau, for solo cello and electronics, performed by Jonathan Golove.

A cello solo piece for Dr. Jonathan Golove. It has two movements which are 1: 'Original' and 2: '2020'. The composer used the electric orchestra combined with Chinese north western folk music elements to state the river of history in the Yellow Plateau.

Matias Homar, Breathing reality, for brass trio and live electronics.

Alex Buehler - Trombone

Joel Kirk - Flugelhorn

Jonathan Rainous - Euphonium.

Piece composed for a brass trio during the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be thought of as a personal reflection on isolation through taking quotidian sounds from a personal environment and laying them out within a musical composition.

Tyler Adamthwaite, Fleeting Remnants of the Severed Wonderland..., for solo viola, performed by James Rhodes.

John Aulich, In an absence of sea, for solo flugelhorn, performed by Joel Kirk. 

James Falzone, Neither/Nor, for violin, vibraphone and piano.

Tyler Adamthwaite - violin

James Falzone - vibraphone and piano.

Livestream the concert here: