While the Submission Committee is still reviewing the submissions from the open call, we are happy to announce that we have selected seven fixed media works for presentation on our New Music On A Sunday Afternoon – Traveling Circuits concert, which will take place on October 26, 2014 at 3:00pm in St. Petersburg, Florida! Read more about the talented composers below:
Chin Ting Chan
The music of Chin Ting CHAN (b. 1986) stems from an interest in representing his impressions of the visual world with sonic images, and it is characterized by its complex harmonic progression within a multi-layered texture. He has been a composer fellow at June in Buffalo and Wellesley Composers Conference, and has worked closely with the technical team at IRCAM’s ManiFeste. His music is regularly performed by groups including Ensemble Signal, S.E.M. Ensemble and Zeitgeist, in venues such as the Darmstadt State Theatre, Onassis Cultural Center in Athens and the Seoul Arts Center, in conferences and festivals including the International Computer Music Conference, Seoul International Computer Music Festival and Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, among others. His works have been recorded and published with the Darling’s Acoustical Delight label (Colonge), Melos Music and Music from SEAMUS (available 2015).
Dr. Chan has received awards and recognitions from the Interdisciplinary Festival for Music and Sound Art, Soli fan tutti Composition Prize, American Prize, ArtsKC, ASCAP, Association for the Promotion of New Music, Cortona Sessions for New Music, MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, MMTA/MTNA Commissioning Project, newEar, New-Music Consortium and Portland Chamber Music Festival Composers Competition.
Kyle Henkel is from Argyle, Texas. He is a second year Music Composition student at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Kyle is taught under the direction of Dr. Stephen Lias and Dr. Alan Scott. He is a member of ASCAP (American Society for Composers, Authors, and Publishers), Texas Lone Star Ambassadors, and is in his second year of membership of the SFASU Lumberjack Marching Band as a piccolo player. Kyle is an Eagle Scout and a Founding Father of Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity at SFASU.
Robin Julian Heifetz earned a doctorate in composition in 1978 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied with Salvatore Martirano, Herbert Brun, Ben Johnston and Scott Wyatt. He served as a composer-in-residence at Stiftelsen EMS Stockholm (Sweden), Colgate University, Simon Fraser University (Canada), Tel-Aviv University (Israel), IPEM-Gent (Belgium), Sweelinck Conservatorium (The Netherlands) and Audio-Digital Laboratories (Canada). In the 1980s, he was the director of the Center for Experimental Music of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), where he was responsible for establishing that nation’s first digital facility in 1982. Since 2000, he has served as an adjunct professor at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California.
His anthology On the Wires of Our Nerves: The Art of Electroacoustic Music was published in 1989 by Bucknell University Press. Since 1998, his electroacoustic works have appeared on the record series Electroshock Presents: Electroacoustic Music, Volumes II, V, VII and VIII in Moscow, Russia and, in 2014, a two-CD collection of his digital, mixed media and text sound compositions will be released by Soundcarrier Music in Canada.
Juan Carlos Vasquez is a London-based sound artist and composer from Colombia. He has participated as a sonic artist, composer and/or performer in events within the United Kingdom, United States, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Germany, Finland, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Commissions by the Westminster and Chelsea Hospital / Museum (UK) in partnership with Royal College of Music (UK), the Arts Council through the Wiltshire Museum (UK), Polish Artists in London “PAiL” (UK) and the Ateneum Museum (Finland). Record deals with Important Records (USA) and Ablaze Records (USA/Australia). His music has been featured on hourlong specials by leading radio art / electroacoustic music radio stations, such as Resonance 104.4 FM (Clearspot – UK), BCB Radio 106.6FM (The Sound Art Show – UK), Basic.FM and Radio Círculo (UNDAE – Spain).
Other spaces supporting the diffusion of his work include the University of Kent (Symposium of Acoustic Ecology), Wesleyan University (Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States 2014 National Conference), The New York Public Library (Kinokophonography), Leeds College of Music (International Festival for Artistic Innovation), Queen’s University Belfast (Sonorities 2014), Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2012, The Savoy Hotel (Emperors for Tea), Florida International University (New Music Miami Festival), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Deep Listening Institute.
Kyong Mee Choi
Kyong Mee Choi, composer, organist, painter, and visual artist, received several prestigious awards and grants including John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Robert Helps Prize, Aaron Copland Award, Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, First prize of ASCAP/SEAMUS Award, Second prize at VI Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo, Honorary Mentions from Musique et d’Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges, Musica Nova, Society of Electroacoustic Music of Czech Republic, Luigi Russolo International Competition, and Destellos Competition. She was a Finalist of the Contest for the International Contemporary Music Contest “Citta’ di Udine and Concurso Internacional de Composicai eletroacoustica in Brazil among others. Her music was published at CIMESP (São Paulo, Brazil), SCI, EMS, ERM media, SEAMUS, and Détonants Voyages (Studio Forum, France). Ravello records published her multimedia opera, THE ETERNAL TAO, which was supported by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and Roosevelt University. Aucourant Records published her CD, SORI, featuring her eight compositions for solo instrument and electronics. The project was supported by the IAS Artist Project Grant from the Illinois Arts Council. She is an Associate Professor of Music Composition at Roosevelt University in Chicago where she teaches composition and electro-acoustic music. Samples of her works are available at http://www.kyongmeechoi.com.
Jason Bolte is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. He currently resides in Bozeman, Montana with his wonderful wife Barbara and their two daughters, Lila and Megan. Jason teaches music technology and composition at Montana State University where he directs the MONtana State Transmedia and Electroacoustic Realization (MONSTER) Studios. Jason is a member of the organizational board of the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, and a founding board member of the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance. Jason earned a B.M. with an emphasis in Music Engineering Technology and a M.M. in Music Composition from Ball State University. He holds a D.M.A. in Music Composition from the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he was a Chancellor’s Doctoral Research Fellow, a School of Graduate Studies Dean’s Doctoral Fellow, and an Ovation Scholar. Before joining the faculty at MSU, Jason taught at the University of Central Missouri and the Kansas City Kansas Community College.
A composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, In the summer of 2007, he was an Associate Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with Master Artist Denis Smalley. Jason’s music has received awards and recognition from the International Competition for Composers “Città di Udine,” ISCM Miami Section/World New Music Days, VII Concurso Internacional de Miniaturas Electroacusticas, International Electroacoustic Music Contest – CEMVA, Electroacoustic Composition Competition Música Viva, Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art, ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition, ETH Zurich Digital Arts Week Soundscape Competition, Music Teachers National Association/Missouri Music Teachers Association (Missouri Composer of the Year), and International Society of Bassists Composition Competition. Jason’s music is available on the Ablaze records, ELECTRO<>ACÚSTICO, SEAMUS, Irritable Hedgehog, Vox Novus, SoundWalk, and Miso Records labels.
James Wu (b. 1988) is a versatile composer who has a deep interest in music of the Romantic era of Western classical music. While his musical influences are not very much different from the vast world experience presented to any composer living in the 21st century via the Internet, he strives to understand and communicate, both to and from, the heart and soul of music; in essence, music that cannot truly be expressed in rambunctious words or mathematical equations, yet fulfills the senses in a way which profoundly exclaims: what would life be without music? Born in Shanghai, China, Mr. Wu came to the United States as a young boy studying violin and piano. While he was always interested in creating music, it did not truly become a craft until he finally entered Mannes College, from which he has now earned a BM in violin performance and MM in composition.