fresh ventures

Fifth House Ensemble Performs Air

Composer Jesse Limbacher‘s piece Air, written for and premiered at the 2012 fresh inc festival, was programmed on Caught: The Web, part three of Fifth House Ensemble’s 2012-2013 Signature Series. 5HE players Crystal Hall, Jennifer Woodrum, and Karl Rzasa performed Jesse’s reed trio in April and May of 2013 at the Chicago Cultural Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, …

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Music and Storytelling Workshop at a West Philadelphia Library

In February 2013, bassoonist Ray Jacinto of the Eclipse Wind Trio led a workshop for kids at the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library.  Fifth House Ensemble’s Crystal Hall helped Ray develop the idea, and Chelsea Reisner wrote Ray a mad-lib to accompany a 12-ton solo bassoon piece.  Participants were prompted to give adjectives, verbs …

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Lecture Recital Featuring Recordings of Flute Works by Taiwanese Composers

As a Taiwanese flutist, performing and promoting the music of composers from her home country is of particular interest to Grace Lai.  Tyzen Hsiao (b. 1938), one of the most significant living Taiwanese composers, has written only two pieces for flute, Fantasia for Flute and Piano and Bagatelles for Flute. Unfortunately for the flute world, he has suspended …

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New Recordings, Classical Revolution TED Talks, and NYC Debuts

Natalie Spehar has been recording The Great Noise Ensemble and Primitivity CDs and God’s World, for 8 celli and soprano with Joel Pierson.  She plans to record with flute players Nikola Ragusa and Amelie Brodeur in Montreal, Canada.  You can read about the project here. Natalie was recently interviewed by The Glass Blog about a project that will be …

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International Composer's Workshop, Laptop Orchestra, and Oxford Jazz Station

Andrew Watts has been invited to participate in the 2013 International Composer’s Workshop writing a new large chamber work for ALEA III.  It premiers in early February at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University. This fall, Andrew played a concert covered by BBC Radio with the Oxford Laptop Orchestra (OxLOrk).  He also has a hand in …

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International Composer’s Workshop, Laptop Orchestra, and Oxford Jazz Station

Andrew Watts has been invited to participate in the 2013 International Composer’s Workshop writing a new large chamber work for ALEA III.  It premiers in early February at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University. This fall, Andrew played a concert covered by BBC Radio with the Oxford Laptop Orchestra (OxLOrk).  He also has a hand in …

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