Master and Margarita Suite
The Master and Margarita Suite for speaking pianist by Veronika Krausas will be premiered by pianist Inna Faliks at the Wende Museum in Los Angeles on May 6, 2022. Inna Faliks, a renowned pianist and the head of UCLA's Piano department, presents a musical program that explores Mikhail Bulgakov's iconic Soviet novel of art, irony, love, religion, and Faustian legend, The Master and Margarita.
Baritone Nicholas Isherwood performs The Alchemist's Suite at the Mosswood Chapel Sound Series, a weekly experimental sound series every Friday presented by sfSound.
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Caryatids @ GEN X Festival
Thomas Adès curates and conducts an evening featuring an international selection of Gen X composers includes the west-coast premiere of Caryatids.
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Compositrices en lumière
A concert of women composers from the 18th Century to the current day presented by Suzana Bartal with the piano students of the Conservatoire Hector Berlioz at Les Conservatoire de Paris. Including a Unintermezzo by Krausas.
2020 was a year with unprecedented emotional, mental, physical, and sociological effects. HOCKET tried to figure out how to make music together, make sense of what’s happening in the world right now, and provide an artistic and musical outlet for our community to express themselves.
#What2020SoundsLike is a project of miniature commissions with a quick turnaround time. There has been so much to process this year on a day-to-day basis so they wanted to create a platform for composers to voice their responses. They asked 50 composers to write new works for us which we’ll record into performance videos over the 4 months.
#What2020SoundsLike has been generously supported by John Bierbusse.
THE 50 COMMISSIONED COMPOSERS Richard An, Katherine Balch, Nick Benavides, India Carney, Juan Pablo Contreras, Jacob Cooper, Donald Crockett, David Crowell, Linda Dallimore, Nick DePinna, Ian Dicke, Luke Ellard, Stephen Hartke, Ted Hearne, Maya Miro Johnson, Maria Kaoutzani, Paul Kerekes, Tonia Ko, Bryan Curt Kostors, Scott Lee, Cristina Lord, José Martinez, A.J. McCaffrey, Jane Meenaghan, Noah Meites, Alexander Elliott Miller, Ted Moore, Jordan Nelson, Nick Norton, Hitomi Oba, Celka Ojakangas, Gemma Peacocke, Vicki Ray, Jonathan Richards, Matthew Ricketts, Peter Shin, Jen Shyu, Annika Socolofsky, Derrick Spiva Jr., Miro Sprague, Christopher Stark, Alex Stephenson, Joel Thompson, Dale Trumbore, Derek Tywoniuk, Sakari Dixon Vanderveer, Alex Weiser, Sam Wells, Nina C. Young .
Including TINKLY WINDBAG by Krausas
Scelsi, Byzantium and the Alchemists
On December 18th at 7:30 pm "Scelsi, Byzantium and the Alchimists" concert of VOXNOVA ITALIA with Alessandro Tamiozzo (tenor), Oliviero Giorgiutti (baritono) and Nicholas Isherwood (bass). Including No. 3 Regarding the Experiments of Marium Prophetissima from The Alchemy Suite for solo baritone. Text by Quintan Ana Wikswo.
The event will take place in the church of San Paolo between the walls, in Via Nazionale, Rome.—
Bassoonist Marissa Olegario performing THE TREE IS ALIVE AND SINGING FOR YOU ... in front of a tree-ring from a Giant Sequoia from AD 212 at Tree-Ring Listening at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. It's a collaboration by The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, University of Arizona School of Art, and Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research.—
Synchromy presents Urban Birds at the Audubon Center at Debs Park! A bird-watching experience created by composers from across Los Angeles County. This event is free and has limited capacity, so reservations are needed to stagger the audience. Xenia Deviatkina-Loh will perform Veronika Krausas's piece California Towhee.
You can also explore the virtual park populated with ten of California’s most common birds. Click the bird images to hear their sounds and see their avian lives reimagined as music. Visit the outpost first to download interactive crafts for your very own fledgelings!
Urban Birds was created in partnership with the Audubon Center at Debs Park.—
Regarding the Experiments of Marium Prophetissima
Baritone Nicholas Isherwood performs "Scelsi, Byzantium and the Alchemists" with Voxnova Italia including "Regarding the Experiments of Marium Prophetissima" by Krausas from The Alchemist's Suite at the CODES Festival in Lublin Poland. Text by Quintan Wikswo.—
Premiere of BASS FLUTE version of Under an Open Sky
Flautist Alyssa Mena premieres the bass flute version of Under an Open Sky.—
premiere of CARYATIDS
Commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for the 10th Annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers, CARYATIDS will be premiered May 8, 2021 conducted by Jader Bignamini, Music Director.—
Ted Botsford DOUBLE BASS
LA Phil Bassist and Occidental College Professor Ted Botsford performs a Double Bass Recital including a performance of Cloisonné with a film by Nana Tchitchoua.
FREE ONLINE 4pm PDT
https://occidental.zoom.us/j/83416089142 Meeting ID: 834 1608 9142
San Francisco Sunday's Concert
Pianist Allison Lovejoy performs in San Francisco Sunday's concert including A Chorus of Night-things from Un-intermezzi for solo piano.
At Mission Dolores 4pm PDT—
Beyond 12 Volume 2
Beyond 12: Reinventing the Piano, Volume 2 Aron Kallay, Retuned & Remapped Digital Piano
Beyond Twelve is a project that uses state-of-the-art physical modeling technology to break free from the constraints of traditional equal-temperament design—and the piano will never be the same again. Grammy ® nominated pianist Aron Kallay premieres new works from eight of America’s most visionary composers: Jeffrey Harrington, Monroe Golden, Robert Carl, Veronika Krausas, Nick Norton, Alexander Elliott Miller, Bill Alves, Eric Moe.
All compositions from 2004-2015, and recorded using Modartt’s Pianoteq.—
The Shape of Things - New Music for Violin
Violinist Tatiana Warszynski, a native of Poland has been a violinist with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1984. Her new CD The Shape of Things features new music for Violin.
Sponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Canadian Music Centre, and Edmonton Arts Council.—
Synchromy presents Urban Birds, an online bird-watching experience created by composers from across Los Angeles County. Explore our virtual park populated with ten of California’s most common birds. Click the bird images to hear their sounds and see their avian lives reimagined as music. Visit the outpost first to download interactive crafts for your very own fledgelings!
Urban Birds was created in partnership with the Audubon Center at Debs Park.—
Isolation Commissions #113
Little Chamber Music in Vancouver's project called the Isolation Commissions is supporting front line artists in this unprecedented time, and fostering reflections on that time from our musical community.
Isolation Commission #113 features Bassist Meaghan Williams (commissioned by Bob Altwein for the video project)
Filmed on location at The Last Spike in Craigellachie, BC on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Secwépemc (Shuswap) and Ktunaxa (Kootenai) Nations.—
TINKLY WINDBAG (for accordion and toy piano) was commissioned by HOCKET for their #What2020SoundsLike! project.
50 composers are writing 15"-45" commissions that will be released weekly on social media by HOCKET (pianists Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff).
2020 has been a year with unprecedented emotional, mental, physical, and sociological affects. There has been so much to process this year on a day-to-day basis, so we wanted to create a platform on which composers could voice their responses. Follow our socials to see/hear these new pieces every week!—
The idea for this work came when bassoonist Anthony Parnther said he would play the piece I would write for the ArtOfVirus project.
The ArtOfVirus is an initiative by Modern Art orchestra using music to model the spread of a pandemic, the mutation of a virus, its latency, disappearance, and re-appearance, in other words behavior. Unfortunately, these questions became part of our everyday lives for the past weeks and months during 2020. AOV is a grade-scale virtual work of art created by Kornél Fekete-Kovács.
Kornél created a melody consisting of nine notes, which can be considered the strain of the virus. This melody lacks rhythm, tonality, harmony or any other context so it is easily adapted to different musical trends and styles of different artists. As a first step, he sent the virus motif to ten composers, who created the first mutations of the body, thus the first ten branches of the spread of the virus. Each sent their nine-note virus to another two composers and so it began. I received my nine notes from Barbara Croall [B Eb B Bb E C F# F D] with the first four notes based on the call of the mourning dove. I had the image of a tree, hearing the call of the mourning dove, deciding to sing back!
My parent is #22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199 Barbara Croall (Odawa) Pipigwan descended from Peter Eötvös (Hungary) #1.—
Sheltering Music - A Virtual Concert
Sheltering Music is Left Coast's final subscription concert of our season. In the interest of health and safety, the musicians scheduled to play this concert have curated an updated program of solos and duets. Broadcast to you live! Thank you to our hosts: the Doug Adams Gallery at the GTU’s Center for Arts and Religion. (Berkeley, California).
Concert includes Michel Taddei performing Cloisonné for solo double bass and film by Nana Tchitchoua.—
Le Théâtre du Soleil @ Jacaranda's VINEYARDS OF MYTH – **CANCELLED**
Saturday, April 25, 2020, 8:00pm
VINEYARDS OF MYTH
Performance of Le Théâtre du Soleil (The Theatre of the Sun) that uses texts of Ovid's from his Metamorphoses. With soprano Suzanne Waters, mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej with flute, viola, double bass, and two percussionists conducted by Mark Alan Hilt. Also on the concert Andrew Norman's The Companion Guide to Rome, Iannis Xenakis' Dikhthas and Dylan Mattingly's The Bakkhai.—
Bargemusic | Here and Now Winter Festival
Pianist Inna Faliks will perform the MASTER AND MARGARITA SUITE for speaking pianist. Moored in Brooklyn just under the Brooklyn Bridge, Bargemusic presents great music year-round. Walk across the gangplank of a renovated coffee barge into a “wonderfully intimate wood-paneled room with thrilling views of lower Manhattan and excellent acoustics.” Experience why critics call Bargemusic “the perfect chamber-music hall” and why artists say it is “unlike any other place in the world to perform.”
Friday Jan 3 at 7pm Saturday Jan 4 at 6pm Sunday Jan 5 at 4pm—
2 Operas on the Best Operas of the Decade Lists!
Opera Canada listed Ghost Opera as one of the best operas of the decade and Alex Ross at The New Yorker named the Industry's production of Hopscotch as one of the notable performances of the decade.—
contraBAND: A Woman Sees How the World Goes with No Eyes
An evening of immersive, multidisciplinary avant-garde works composed by women and performed by students of Boston Conservatory's contemporary classical music performance program under the direction of Assistant Professor of Orchestral Studies and Contemporary Music Vimbayi Kaziboni.
PAULINE OLIVEROS: "A Woman Sees How the World Goes with No Eyes" YOKO ONO: "Lighting Piece" EUN YOUNG LEE: "Wann?" TANIA LEÓN: "Parajota Delaté" MEREDITH MONK: "The Tale" from Education of the Girlchild CHAYA CZERNOWIN: "Ayre: Towed through plumes, thicket, asphalt, sawdust and hazardous air I shall not forget the sound of" JULIA WOLFE: "Reeling" LAURIE ANDERSON: "O Superman" ONO: "Fly Piece" VERONIKA KRAUSAS: "Cloisonné" ELLEN REID: "Fear | Release" MONK: "Traveling" from Education of the Girlchild BRIGITTA MUNTENDORF: "abschminken" ALISON KNOWLES: "String Piece"
Vimbayi Kaziboni, director—
Calgary New Music Festival
Timepoint Ensemble performs SHELTER, a Trinidadian Ghost Story by André Alexis and music by Krausas for 2 percussionists, narrator & live painter Sunita Legallou—
Another World at the Villa Aurora
Pianist Genevieve Lee joins members of Brightwork Ensemble to present an evening of music from another place and time. In Saariaho’s enigmatic Mirrors, performers are given a series of musical fragments, to be assembled as desired, breaking down the need for a goal-oriented order. Veronika Krausas’ Un-Intermezzi are inspired by China Miéville’s Un-Lun Dun, a haunting story of an alternate and parallel universe. George Crumb’s masterpiece Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale), for three masked players bathed in blue light, takes the audience on a captivating, mysterious, and timeless journey. Altromondo (Another World), by Kurt Rhode, calls for melodicas, harmonicas, Chinese paper accordions, triangles, and antique cymbals, in addition to a number of preparations inside the piano. We are transported to a place where time is not an arrow – locations are in flux, and the music as “object” never stands still.—
Thali Ringing in Edmonton
Edmonton Symphony's second vioilnist Tatiana Warszynski will perform Krausas' Inside the Stone (version for violin) at the Mazurka Music & Art Society of Alberta's season opener at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Edmonton.—
Large Furniture in Brooklyn
Large Furniture will perform Sillages for Four Basses on their inaugural concert in Brooklyn.—
Inside the Stone released by Gillian Smith on New Leaf Albums
Canadian violinist Gillian Smith releases an album of violin works on Leaf Music label in October 2019. This will include Krausas' Inside the Stone (version for violin). There will be 2 launch events:
Halifax on October 1, 2019, at the Paul O'Regan Hall at the Halifax Central Library
Toronto on October 5, 2019 at the Glenn Gould Studio.—
Detroit Symphony Orchestra Commission ANNOUNCED
Veronika Krausas wins tenth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers Wednesday, June 26, 2019
DSO competition is only one of its type among major orchestras
Detroit, (June 26, 2019) – The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) today announced the winner of the tenth annual Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award for Female Composers: Los Angeles-based Australian-Canadian composer Veronika Krausas.
The Lebenbom Award includes the commission by the DSO of a new orchestral piece to be premiered by the orchestra in an upcoming season, a $10,000 cash prize, and a one-month residency at the Ucross Foundation, an artist’s retreat in northern Wyoming.
“I’m excited to receive the award; being familiar with many of the women who have won in the past, I’m honored to be included in the group,” says Krausas. “I’ve been wanting to write a new symphony piece—orchestras offer such a large palate of instrumental colors to work with. I’m looking forward to visiting Detroit to explore the city and see if my experiences there will inform the composition.”
Krausas has composed works for orchestra, chamber groups, soloists, player pianos, and other configurations, as well as operas and multimedia pieces that blend music with dance, acrobatics, and video. She currently serves on the faculty of the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California.
The Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award, launched in 2006, is the only annual orchestra-sponsored award granted annually to a living female composer of any age or nationality. Krausas was chosen by a jury of DSO musicians and members of the Detroit music community.—
Longshadow Festival in Yellowknife
The inaugural Longshadow New Music Festival will be held in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories on June 14 - 16, 2019. Held near the summer solstice, when the sun only sets for a short time in Yellowknife, the Longshadow New Music Festival celebrates the music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, in particular the music of Canadians including a performance of 5 Intermezzi for Snare Drum performed by Nia Devetzis.—
The world première of Ghost Opera with the Old Trout Puppet Workshop and Calgary Opera at the Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity.—
Cloisonne @ Neue Musik Nacht (Frankfurt)
Cloisonné for solo double bass, with video by Nana Tchitchoua, will be performed at the International Ensemble Modern Academy at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts on its New Music Night.—
Timepoint Ensemble @ Classical Revolution Calgary
Timepoint Ensemble will be performing at Classical Revolution Calgary on April 30th at Gravity Espresso and Wine Bar where we will be performing chamber music from Veronika Krausas.
Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar
909 10 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0L9
Admission by donation
Made in Canada
GroundSwell’s fifth and final concert of the season curated by composer Diana McIntosh. A dynamic and colourful cross-section of this country's amazingly diverse music that features it's wide open lands, peoples, cultures, prairies, rugged northern wilds, the Canadian Shield, it's wildlife, animals, birds - even it's buzzing insects! A concert of music written exclusively by Canadian composers and performed by first-rate Canadian musicians. Including Under an Open Sky for solo bassoon performed by Vincent Ellin.
8 pm at the Eckhardt Gramatté Hall, University of Winnipeg with a SOUNDWALK at 7pm before the concert.—
Microfest Records Presents: New Releases, Sneak Preview, Greatest Hits with Aron Kallay, Lyris Quartet, Tom Peters, John Schneider, HMC Gamelan & more. At Tuesdays@MonkSpace at 8pm. Including a performance by Aron Kallay of Terços by Krausas.—
Première of the Kandinsky Lieder (with German text from Kandinsky's Klänge or Sounds). Performed by baritone Kirk Eichelberger and pianist Simona Snitkovsky. Commissioned by LiederAlive—
Headspace: Celebrating Music and Mindfulness
Witness and experience music-driven mindfulness in a concert of meditative music performed by the USC Thornton Percussion Group. The concert will open with a group meditation led by Mark Miller of Mindful USC. This transcendent event will encourage mindful listening and living, and will be followed by a discussion and Q&A on meditation, music, sound, and being present to the world around us. In the week leading up to the concert, a series of pop-up performances around campus will feature Thornton musicians performing a musical walking meditation by USC composer Veronika Krausas. The musicians will play and move within individual pods, like floating sculptural sound objects. Short mindful statements written by Molly Bendall’s poetry writing class will be offered to the public as the musicians pass by. The original pods were conceived and constructed by architect Florian Idenburg (SO-IL NY) and artist Ana Prvački. They will be refabricated by Matthew Gilpin and students from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.—
5 Intermezzi for Snare Drum @ LOCALITY
Timepoint Ensemble's Nia Devetzis performs 5 Intermezzi for Snare Drum (a set of 5 short works for snare drum with simultaneous texts by Kandinsky, e.e. cummings, Robert Lax, Gwendolyn MacEwan and Krausas) at Timepoint's Locality 2.—
Brightwork New Music's Lost & Found Again
LA's premiere sextet explores what it means to be lost over and over again, only to be found, albeit for a fleeting moment.
They presents works by Stefan Carow, Gerard Grisey, A.J. McCaffrey, and world premieres of new works by Bill Alves, Molly Joyce, Liviu Marinescu, and 3 of Krausas' Unintermezzi for Piano performed by Grammy-nominated pianist Aron Kallay.
At Harvey Mudd College @ 7PM - FREE!—
Hopscotch Tarot Song Cycle
Fresh Squeezed Opera's Showcase - An intimate evening of chamber vocal music featuring Krausas' Hopscotch Tarot Song Cycle for voice and violin.—
Rêve du Canada
The collaboration of composer Veronika Krausas and Canadian writer André Alexis spans almost 30 years. Presented by Timepoint Ensemble, the concert includes several of their older and newer works with narration by Mark Ikeda. The program includes: Wilderness for solo horn and narrator (2009) Stone for solo cello and narrator (1991) Under an Open Sky world premiere of version for saxophone (1997) Running through the Grey-eyed Dawn for performer (2014) Shelter, a Trinidadian ghost story for narrator and 2 percussionists (1991)—
at Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival
analemma at Tanglewood's Festival of Contemporary Music—
A Chorus of Night-Things
at Night Garden Piano
Pianist Allison Lovejoy performs Nocturnes including Unintermezzo No. 5 (A Chorus of Night-things)—
Hopscotch Tarot Song Cycle
at LunArt Festival
Hopscotch Tarot Song Cycle at LunArt Festival Opening Night Gala Concert with mezzo Sarah Leuwerke and violinist Laura Burns—
Language of the Birds
Language of the Birds (for choir and string quartet) Vox Nova Chamber Choir.—
Bass-Baritone Nicholas Isherwood performs The Alchemist's Suite, text by Quintan Ana Wikswo.—
Santa Monica Public Library & Microfest Presents: Soundwaves: Grammy-nominated pianist Aron Kallay performing Beyond 12 - Re-imagining the Piano. Included on this program is the world première of Terços for Pythagorean-tuned piano.—
Gloria Cheng's The Intrepid Harpsichord
Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng brings her custom-made blue and red harpsichord to Monk Space for a concert featuring music that is both adventurous and eclectic, including newer music by Lou Harrison, l'ombre du luth by Veronika Krausas, Steven Montague, Sally Mosher, Carolyn Yarnell, Karen Tanaka, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and harpsichord mainstays Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Louis Couperin, and György Ligeti.—
RHYTHMS + VISIONS/EXPANDED + LIVE 3
An outdoor evening of music, interactive animation, projection mapping, animated inflatables, and virtual reality including video by Min Shi + Kun Xia, Marcel Valcarce, and Refik Anadol with musical excerpts by Krausas—
Porcupine @ Noon to Midnight
The L.A. Phil's nonstop new music marathon, 'Noon to Midnight' including the première of “Tent, quintet, bows and elbows” by Ana Prvacki with original score “Porcupine” by Veronika KRAUSAS. Commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Music and Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel—
In a bit of musical time-travel, SFCA collaborates with 2016 SFCA+1 guest artist Galax Quartet to present a radical, diverse, and engaging program of contemporary and Baroque music featuring new-old pairings of works. Six world premieres, by Ted Allen, Veronika Krausas, Robinson McClellan, Roy Whelden, and SFCA’s two resident composers—John Kelley and Shawn Crouch—are framed by masterworks of the chamber choir repertoire. Together SFCA and Galax Quartet—two violins, ‘cello and viola da gamba—explore the realm where early music and Baroque instruments intersect with new music and living composers. Krausas uses text by André Alexis written for Brian Goggin's Defenestration Art work in San Francisco.—
Hopscotch - a mobile opera
Imagine getting in a car without knowing the destination. Sharing the car are singers, actors, and instrumentalists who draw you into a story. The car stops at an incredible site, where another chapter of the story commences – until another car pulls up, with different artists, depicting another chapter of the story. And so on, and so on, in a 90-minute journey throughout the unsuspecting city. This was Hopscotch, The Industry’s original opera, that took audiences on a dazzling and disorienting ride through the streets of Los Angeles in 24 different car journeys.—
Amour d'Études @ Piano Spheres
Amour d'Études: A Piano Spheres commission for Steven Vanhauwaert. A world premiere of Two Études no. 1 precipitevolissimevolmente no. 2 freddo—
Jacaranda's Fits & Starts
includes Five Intermezzi for Snare Drum, performed by Nick Terry.—
Measures & Frames Visions & Voices Event
What happens when music and images merge?
Visionary contemporary composers Thomas Adès, Joanna Bruzdowicz, Jeffrey Holmes, Veronika Krausas and Marek Zebrowski will collaborate live with avant-garde filmmakers David Lynch, Michael Patterson, Candace Reckingerand Agnès Varda to create riveting visual music.
Works will be performed by the Penderecki String Quartet and soprano Rebekah Barton (Los Angeles).—
Measures & Frames
Measures & FramesWhat happens when music and images merge? Visionary contemporary composers Thomas Adès, Joanna Bruzdowicz, Jeffrey Holmes, Veronika Krausas and Marek Zebrowski will collaborate live with avant-garde filmmakers David Lynch, Michael Patterson, Candace Reckingerand Agnès Varda to create riveting visual music. Works will be performed by the Penderecki String Quartet and soprano Kimberley Barber.—
Jacaranda - A Charged Embrace
Performance of sillages for four double basses Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8pm.
In French sillage means wake or trail. In perfumery it's the degree to which a perfume's fragrance lingers in the air when worn. This piece combines two seemingly disparate ideas, large double basses and the delicate waft of a scent. Tickets & Information 1220 2nd Street,Santa Monica, CA 90201—
Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble
Language of the Birds for choir and string quartet, with text by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
4 performances in New York March 1 & 8: Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble March 6 & 8: C4 The Choral/Composer Collective—
Unintermezzi for Piano
Maltese pianist Tricia Dawn William performs Unintermezzi—
Sillages for 4 basses at Disney Hall
Tuesday January 14, 2014 8pm
LA Philharmonic Chamber Music Series TICKET INFORMATION Disney Hall, Los Angeles
with Chris Hanulik, Oscar Meza, David Moore, Peter RofÃ©
In French sillage literally means wake or trail. In perfumery it's the degree to which a perfume's fragrance lingers in the air when worn. When I first heard the term I knew I would use it for the title of a piece. Then David Moore asked me to write a work for double bass quartet and I started with that as the title. To combine two seemingly disparate ideas - large double basses and the delicate waft of a scent - I asked Canadian writer André Alexis to write a poem that did just that. His poem was the poetic inspiration for this work for the four amazing bassists of the LA Phil: David Moore, Christopher Hanulik, Oscar Meza and Peter Rofé.
A roar wafts into the land rumbling something floral.
Under last year's straw the civet comes to life
While plows with fragrant wrists stutter and dig the crumbling fields.
Lumbering beasts with delicate minds, They leave quartz and citrus, almonds and rust.
~ André Alexis—
Veronika Krausas and Musical Guests
Tuesdays@MONK SPACE presents Veronika Krausas and musical guests. WildUp's cellist Derek Stein, LAPQ percussionist Nick Terry, LA Opera's French hornist Kristy Morrell & the Los Angeles Philharmonic Double Bass Boys: Chris Hanulik, Oscar Meza, David Moore, Peter Rofé with a sneak preview performance.
There’s a special guest appearance by Chris Rountree, musical director of wildUp! Please join us for a post-concert reception provided by The ECTOPLASM Club, sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Research Group at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC. Come see the OIL DRUM MUSIC BOX by Brendan Duggan & art by Cathy Weiss in the Gallery. PROGRAM includes running through the grey-eyed dawn (2013), stone (1991) for cello, wilderness/rêve du Canada (2009) for french horn, sillages (2013) for double bass quartet.
* This is a preview performance of the LA premiere on January 14, 2014 in Disney Hall.5 intermezzi for snare drum (1999) with text by kandinsky, robert lax, krausas, gwendolyn macewan & e.e. cummings. All other text by andré alexis.—
SOUND ART Course Fall 2013 at USC
During the fall of 2013 the SOUND ART course was in full swing at USC between the Thornton School of Music and the Roski School of Art.
This was an interdisciplinary class I taught with Karen Koblitz (Head of the Ceramics Department at the Roski School). We had several guest lecturers during the course of the semester. The MacArthur Genius Award-winner TRIMPIN was our visiting guest artist along with John Schneider and The Harry Partch instruments; flautist Susan Rawcliffe gave a workshop where all the students, art and music, made ceramic flutes, ocarinas, and rattles; Aaron Serfaty and Ndugu Chancler (of the TSOM) lectured about percussion; and Daedulus gave a presentation on electronic music.—
KRAUSAS in Céret, France
XIII Festival International de Musique en Catalogne, Céret, France August 16 (9pm) Opium String Quartet with mezzo Helene Riverain midaregami/tangled hair for mezzo and string quartet :: August 17 (5pm) Nicholas Isherwood, bass-baritone
The Alchemy Suite with text & film by Quintan Ana Wikswo :: Les Femmes à l'Honneur du 13e Festival de Musique Please note ... François-Michel Rignol's solo piano recital has been moved to Spring 2014.—
New Fangled Opera (New Orleans) - The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth
A New Fangled Festival of Opera - New Orleans June 7 & 8, 2013 @7:30pm University of New Orleans Lakefront Campus Performing Arts Center www.NewFangledOpera.org Krausas Interview with Chris Burton from New Fangled—
Fort Worth Opera - The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth
Fort Worth Opera - FRONTIERS showcase of new opera works. 2013 selected Composers & Librettists—
Gloria Cheng: The Intrepid Harpsichord
The Alchemy Suite
a VeraIkon/Catalysis Projects Production
additional performances: Atelier de la Main d'Or (Paris) March 31, 2013 Céret Festival (France) August 2013—
Caruso's Dream in San Francisco
Join us for the unveiling of Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn's -- Caruso's Dream on Sunday February 23rd at 5:45 at 55 9th St. San Francisco. Bring an FM radio, and a mask. Performance includes il sogno ad occhi aperti di Enrico Carusoa work for 13 pianos (one prepared) composed & conducted by Veronika Krausas more information Articles:Art & Architecture SFSF Gatelaughing squid—
USC Visions & Voices Event - An Evening with TRIMPIN
Thursday, January 24, 2013, 7:30pm Alfred Newman Recital Hall Reception & book signing to follow. Admission is free
Trimpin, an internationally acclaimed artist, kinetic sculptor, sound artist, musician, engineer, inventor, composer and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient, is one of the most stimulating forces in music today. A specialist in interfacing computers with traditional acoustic instruments. An evening with Trimpin will explore his work and the world of sound art iwth a lecture, performance and excerpt from the film Trimpin: The Sound of Invention.
Organized by Karen Koblitz (Fine Arts) and Veronika Krausas (Music) and presented by USC Visions & Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Co-sponsored by the USC Thornton School of Music and the USC Roski School of Fine Arts.—
Krausas FILM & VIDEO Retrospective
Krausas FILM & VIDEO Retrospective (December 6, 2012)
7 Dudley Cinema presents Krausas Film & Video Retrospective Beyond Baroque
Thursday December 6 at 7pm 681 Venice Blvd, Venice CA 90291
Krausas will discuss her work with film and video artists. There will be a screening of works with video/film/photography by Quintan Ana Wikswo, Thaddeus Holownia, Nana Tchitchoua, and James Jacobsen.
7 Dudley Cinema at Beyond Baroque—
LA OPERA Composers
Los Angeles Opera Composers Saturday November 17, 2012 at 3pm
Rebekah Barton as Lady Macbeth Timur Bekbosunov, Tim Campbell, Kalean Ung as The Witches Chris Rountree, conductor—
World Music Days 2012 - Belgium
WORLD MUSIC DAYS 2012 - BELGIUM
Musique Nouvelles will be performing analemma for 11 musicians Monday October 25, 2012 (Mons, Belgium)
World Music Days Information http://www.worldmusicdays2012.be—
London New Wind Festival (October 25, 2012)
London New Wind Festival Birthday Composers and Friends 7.30pm Regent Hall, Salvation Army, 275 Oxford St, London W1C 2DJ
Wilderness/Reve du Canada will have its European premiere on a concert of works with Gerald Barry, Jo Kondo, Howard Skempton and Henryk Sienkiewicz.
Catherine Pluygers Oboes, Phil Edwards Clarinets, Henryk Sienkiewicz horn, Alan Tomlinson Trombone, Robert Coleridge Piano—
VEXATIONS @ Jacaranda CAGE 100 Festival
SATIE'S VEXATIONS – 24 hours Friday, September 7, 7:00 PM to Saturday, September 8, 7:00 PM First published by Cage in 1949, this work was long considered a joke until Cage organized the first performance in 1963. Erik Satie, a composer Cage idolized, asked that three bars of music - less than a page - be repeated 840 times. Jacaranda's rare complete performance will have 32 pianists playing successively without pause. The audience is free to come and go as space permits and are encouraged to bring cushions for casual seating.Miles Playhouse in Reed Park; no admission charge Reservations highly recommended. I'm playing approx. 4am on Saturday.—
Hear Now Festival
HEAR NOW Festival
Sunday August 26 at 5pm Performance of il sole e l\'altre stelle for string quartet
The title for the work was taken from the last line of Dante\'s Paradiso: L\'amor che move il sole e l\'altre stelle (by the love that moves the sun and the other stars)
The First Lutheran Church of Venice 815 Venice Blvd. Venice, CA 90291
Tickets & Information: http://www.hearnowmusicfestival.com—
A Tale of Two Compositions at Culture & Music
A Tale of Two CompositionsMiMoDaStudios - Paper or Plastik - FREE. I'll be discussing my creative process at Dana Ross's Culture and Music series along with a performance of OR by cellist Derek Stein and a screening of Cloisonné with video by Nana Tchitchoua.See A Tale of Two Compositions—
A Tale of Two Compositions (the Creative Process of Composition)
Dana Ross' Mimoda Music & Culture Series presents a series of lectures including one by composer Veronika Krausas discussing the inspiration and subsequent creation of a composition. This process was presented as A Tale Of Two Compositions. Each composition inspired and composed in a different city - one in New York and one in Los Angeles. One told in third person and the other as a recipe. Cellist Derek Stein demonstrated and performed.—
MISFITS & HOOLIGANS
misfits & hooligansSaturday April 28th, 2012 9pmOur crew of misfits and hooligans includes toy piano, accordion, harmonica, viola,three double basses, electronics, and harpsichord ... all in a one concert for Beyond Baroque's music series, curated by Krausas.From two of Los Angeles? most visionary, genre-defying performance groups comes a visually and aurally stunning live performance evening exploring new forms and hybrids of music, performance electronics, video projections, multichannel text installations, stop-motion animation, and more.Performers include harpsichordist Arthur Ohana, harmonica player Bill Barrett, accordionists Isaac Schankler & Daniel Corral, Aron Kallay on toy piano, double bassists Will Cravy, Teddy Gabrielides, Eric Windmeier, and violist Alma Lisa Fernandez with visual artist and poet Quintan Ana Wikswo. Music by Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer, Isaac Schankler and Tom Flaherty, including Krausas's gardens of stone for double bass trio and JONAS for solo harmonica.tickets available at the door $10/$5 seniors & studentsBeyond Baroque681 Venice Blvd Venice, CA 90291For more info: Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center—
JEUX DES VENTS for wind symphony
The Thornton Wind Ensemble premieres jeux des vents, a musical game for wind symphony.
Sunday April 1, 2012 4pm University Park Campus Bovard Auditorium
H. Robert Reynolds & Sharon Lavery lead the USC Wind Ensemble in a concert spotlighting women composers including Krausas, Erica Muhl, and Joan Tower.
Free but reservations required more information: USC Thorton School of Music—
UN-intermezzi for solo piano
Pianist Aron Kallay premières UN-intermezzi for solo pianoFriday, March 23, 8 p.m.Somewhere Very Else: The Polish-Lithuanian ConnectionUniversity Park CampusAlfred Newman Recital HallFreeUSC's Polish Music Center presents two days of concerts featuring both California and world premieres. Thornton School faculty pianist Aron Kallay will perform a faculty recital of Polish and Lithuanian music. The concert will include premieres by Vykintas Baltakas and Thornton faculty Veronika Krausas and Marek Zebrowski as well as works by Joanna Bruzdowicz, Mikalojus Ciurlionis, and Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki.These UN-intermezzi are solo piano pieces inspired by the novel Un-Lun Dun by the British writer China Miéville. The story presents an alternate and parallel universe to the city of London. China's writing is so wonderfully poetic that I've used (with his permission!) several of his phrases as the titles for each of the pieces: each dreams the other, somewhere very else, a bowl for shadows, story ladder, and a chorus of night things.for more information: USC Thorton School of Music—
Language of the Birds for Choir & String Quartet
Language of the Birds for Choir & String QuartetThe San Francisco Choral Artists and the renowned Alexander String Quartet, two of the Bay Area's beloved and wide-ranging chamber ensembles, come together for the first time in a landmark program of new compositions for chamber choir and string quartet. Together, they explore the rich sonic and emotional palette of this unusual musical configuration in rarely performed classics and new works by important contemporary composers. Major new commissioned works by North American Composers Paul Seiko Chihara, Michael Gandolfi, and Veronika Krausas are paired with the romantic outpourings of Brahms Quartets Opus 92 in a lush new transcription for choir and string quartet and Beethoven's tender Elegischer Gesang. A "Meet the Composers panel" 45 minutes before each concert offers the audience insight into the creative processes behind the three major new works. The artistic director is the fabulous conductor Magen Solomon. SAN FRANCISCO Saturday, May 7, 2011; 8 PM / 7:15 PM Meet the Composers St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco EAST BAY (Oakland)Saturday, May 14, 2011; 8 PM / 7:15 PM Meet the Composers St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland PENINSULA (Palo Alto) Sunday, May 15, 2011; 4 PM / 3:15 PM Meet the Composers St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto Los Angeles-based Canadian composer Veronika Krausas pays tribute to San Francisco in Language of the Birds, a swirling and "slightly demented" musical riff on Lawrence Ferlinghetti's poetic portrait of San Francisco, with sounds ranging from atmospheric evocations of nature to whimsical depictions of birds. The piece was inspired by San Francisco artist Brian Goggin and Dorka Keehn's installation LANGUAGE OF THE BIRDS.—
Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas"
Purcell's Baroque masterpiece bristles with Technicolor microtonal harmony — when tuned in the original meantone tuning. This chamber performance of the entire one-hour opera will be preceded by meantone masterpieces of John Dowland, William Byrd, György Ligeti, and Michaelangelo Rossi on lute and harpsichord. Produced and musical direction by Michael Kudirka and directed by Veronika Krausas and John Walcutt—
The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth
The Mortal Thoughts of Lady Macbeth A chamber opera by Veronika Krausas based on Macbeth by Shakespeare.
interview: Interview with Veronika Krausas on VOX 2008
Fais Do-Do 5257 West Adams Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016
Libretto by Tom Pettit Directed by Yuval Sharon Choreography by Bianca Sapetto Conducted by Marc Lowenstein Production Design by Matt Hooper Pennington
Featuring: Ensemble Green and guitarist Michael Kudirka Soprano Michelle Jasso as Lady Macbeth Sopranos Carmina Escobar, Alexandra Loutsion & Kalean Ung as the Witches Former Cirque du Soleil acrobats Karl Baumann, Bianca Sapetto.
More information and tickets are available at: www.TheMortalThoughtsofLadyMacbeth.com—