The Mothership Has Landed!!
For the longest time I’ve wanted to start a Contemporary Music Ensemble and that dream has come to fruition. While working on a number of occasions with a local composer, Rachel Short (a recent graduate of IUS), we’ve pulled together some resources and folks (as haphazardly as that might have happened) and concocted the Mothership Ensemble (the name which, as she said, “chose itself”).
I’ve talked with a number of local composers and musicians when i moved back to the Louisville Metro area about the idea of starting a New Music group, and ideas flew back and forth, but nothing really solidified. Over the past year or so I’ve been Rachel’s works for various events and as well as her senior recital. One piece of hers, Wormhole: Caesura (for voice and string trio), we’ve performed a number of times with pretty much the same line-up (with me on voice/cello).
Earlier today I had the pleasure of attending the monthly meeting of GLMTA (Greater Louisville Music Teachers’ Association) as a guest of one of their members at the Strassweg Auditorium in the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.
Local pianist, Denine LeBlanc, gave a delightful presentation titled “Staying Current” where she played and talked about new music resources available to music teachers really focusing on the idea that living composers are a great pedagogical resource that should be tapped into more than they are. I picked up her latest CD, Weep No More, which is the second in a series of CDs she’s release featuring the compositions of Kentucky composers.
Later today, musicians of the Louisville Orchestra and the visiting resident orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra from Washington DC will give a concert to help benefit the Keep Louisville Symphonic non-profit organization. The concert will feature University of Louisville School of Music Violin professor, Patrick Rafferty, playing Samuel Barber‘s Violin Concerto as well as other works by American composers from what I understand. The concert is titled “A Celebration of Symphonic Music in America” and more information may be found at this link.
Speaking of the University of Louisville School of Music, there is a Composers’ Electronic and Electro-acoustic Music Concert at Bird Hall in the School of Music building beginning at 7pm.
I’ve recently been asked to perform at an upcoming Louisville Avant-Garde Concert Series in late June. I’ll post more details about that and maybe post about some of my more “experimental” types of performances that I’ve given over the years.