Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Listen to the orchestral version of Tesla's Pigeon for free! And more...


ISSUE #3, JUNE 2013 |
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June 19, 2013

Listen to the orchestral version of Tesla's Pigeon for free! And more...

Hooray for summer! I'm supposed to be working fulltime on composing my dissertation/opera Ayn, but things keep happening, and you should know about them, because they are pretty cool. And letting you know about the happening things is a great way for me to procrastinate, of course. Shhh.

Newsworthy things:

  • TIME SENSITIVE! Tonight (June 19), a piece I wrote for the Whitman College Chamber Singers last year called Together will be given its professional premiere in Newport Beach, California, by the Choral Arts Initiative, a brand new ensemble dedicated to performing new music. The text of the piece is taken from Acts 2, but lest you think that a Bible setting is out of character for me, I should perhaps give you a taste of the opening lines:
    And all they that believed were together
    and had all things common.
    Their possessions and goods they sold
    and divided them to all,
    according as every one had need...
    Needless to say, I think you may find a certain political angle contained therein. Click here for details on the performance and to purchase tickets.
  • If you're nowhere near LA or you'd like a sneak peek of Together, I recently updated my Bandcamp page with a recording created by Matthew Curtis (a member of Chanticleer when they sang Omaha Beach last year) through his venture Choral Tracks (highly recommended to other composers, by the way!). You can listen to it for free:


  • Also available now on Bandcamp: the orchestral version of Tesla's Pigeon! As detailed in my last newsletter and recent Kickstarter campaign, this was recorded in a reading session one afternoon in late April by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and soprano Jessica Lennick under the baton of Kensho Watanabe, and the audio is now available:

    Tesla's Pigeon

    There's also a YouTube video available of Tim Ribchester and Jess performing the piano-vocal version of Tesla's Pigeon in New York the week before.
  • But wait, there's more! Want to hear my incredibly geeky solo violin and Nintendo track, which was premiered last month by Anti-Social MusicTheme and Variables: Scallops and Bollocks for Tea (An Ode to CSIRAC) was recently recorded by Paul Arnold of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and you can hear that for free on Bandcamp too:

    Scallops and Bollocks for Tea

  • If you want some reading material while you listen to all that music, I am pretty proud to have been interviewed last month by Sound American for their "Philadelphia Issue." Apparently I'm a "voice of Philadelphia." Not bad. You can hear me spout off about dodecaphony, feminism and the satanic parking authority by clicking here.
  • One more thing! If you enjoy gorgeous aerial acrobatics (who doesnt!?), Tangle Movement Arts will be performing in the HOT! Festival in NYC on July 5, and one of their pieces will be choreographed to my work for solo voice and looper, June â€” listen to it here. The text for June was written by Tangle Arts founder Lauren Rile Smith, who is also a wonderful poet. Check out the performance â€” their work is breathtaking.
But enough! Back to slaving over a hot keyboard. Keep in touch!


Melissa Dunphy

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