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Bassist Rachel Calin Joins Stony Brook Music Faculty

April 27, 2015 Comments off

The Department of Music is pleased to welcome bassist Rachel Calin to our faculty.  She will serve as interim double bass and chamber music coach in 2015-16.  Ms. Calin has performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, Live from Lincoln Center, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival.  She also has performed with many contemporary music ensembles, including Sequitur, Composers Concordance, and Mosaic, and can be heard on numerous movie and commercial soundtracks, including “The Departed” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.”

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Eleanore Oppenheim (DMA Candidate, Double Bass) Awarded CAP Recording Grant

January 4, 2013 Comments off

https://www.newmusicusa.org/blog/composer-assistance-program-for-recording-awardees/

New Music USA’s third annual round of the Composer Assistance Program for Recording proved to be our most competitive round of applications to date, with a 140% increase in applicants from 2011, requesting over $2 million dollars in support. Our peer panelists had their work cut out for them, but after weeks of remote review and an intensive 2-day, in-person meeting here at our offices in New York City, we were left with an immensely talented final group of composers, performers, and artists who represent a tremendously diverse range of musical and aesthetic styles. Our final mix of awardees includes DVDs, video companions, CDs, digital releases, and works incorporating jazz, voice, multi-media, opera, film, string quartet, Partch instruments, thermin and shakuhachi, juststrokerods and zoomoozophone, instructional compositional videos for percussion, works for solo bass and electronics, among many other creative compositions and performances, all listed below.

Without giving too much away, we think it’s safe to say that the 2012 Composer Assistance Program for Recording awardees are some of the more unique – and extraordinary – artists that define and pioneer our field today.

“Home” is a self-released, ongoing commissioning project founded by bassist Eleonore Oppenheim in 2006, aiming to inspire talented emerging composers to create exciting repertoire for the upright bass. The works featured on this album are of composers Florent Ghys, Wil Smith, Angélica Negrón and Jenny Olivia Johnson. These composers offer a range of compelling techniques, unique sonic textures, and genre-defying idioms for upright bass.  Johnson places the instrument in a rock setting, adding guitar effects to create a sound world akin to noise rock; while Negrón utilizes the performer’s voice, a gamelan-like electronics track, and the body of the bass as a resonating chamber for music box. Ghys, a bassist himself, creates beautifully interlocking melodic lines by layering sounds of the instrument with speech samples and live singing. Smith includes distorted, manipulated electronic samples of the bass while challenging the instrument’s extended percussive capabilities. The CD is virtuosic without sounding difficult, stylistically varied, but with a cohesiveness of aesthetic: to explore and experiment with the boundaries of the physical instrument, the player, and the genre associated with each work. Oppenheim will release the album in April of 2013.

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