COMPOSER SPOTLIGHT: DANIEL DE TOGNI, "SING ME INTO SINGING" AND "ITERATIONS: 4 PIECES FOR NARRATOR, OBOE, AND PIANO"
This week will see the world premieres of two new compositions by MCI composer Daniel de Togni. "Sing Me Into Singing" will be premiered at the San Fransisco Conservatory of Music on Wednesday April 24th, while "Iterations: 4 Pieces for Narrator, Oboe, and Piano" will make its debut on Friday April 26th at the University of Central Arkansas. The latter piece, as well as another work by the composer titled "BEAT," will also be performed at Rad Sol 2019, a concert series founded by de Togni which aims to promote and perform concert music by composers in Arkansas.
We had the opportunity to speak with the composer about both of his new works. Read on to learn more about the inspirations that compelled him to create this new music:
Next week, on April 23rd, sees the debut of MCI composer Janay Maisano's original score for the student short film "Menage a Trois" at the University of Redlands. The score features a trio of musicians whose instrumentation consists of ukulele, alto saxophone, and piano. Maisano also served as conductor for the recording sessions of her music.
Read on to learn more about her process for creating this score:
MCI began as a group of five composers before quickly expanding to 13. As of today, we have grown to an initiative of 37 members, representing more composers from various backgrounds of all kinds of music.
We are excited to announce the results of our Call for Composers!! Please join us in welcoming the newest members of MCI:
MCI is also excited to announce that our board has expanded to the following roles:
Josh Trentadue [President]
Duncan Petersen-Jones [Vice President, Treasurer]
Kevin Day [Marketing Specialist]
Helen Hé [Music Technology Specialist]
Congratulations to all, and thank you to everyone who submitted an application to us this year! Starting this week, we will be introducing our new members through featured posts.
It's Midwest Clinic week!! We're so excited to meet all of you who will be attending this year's conference.
This Thursday at 1pm, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Wind Symphony will be giving the world premiere of MCI composer Harrison J. Collins's "O rose of May," a brand-new work for concert band that was commissioned as part of a joint consortium with fellow MCI composers Caleb Hammer and Josh Trentadue. Watch below to learn more about Harrison's new piece, and be sure to check out the concert later this week!
"The idea to write this new piece for saxophone quartet just suddenly came to me one day. Often times, inspiration just comes to me at random moments and this piece was no exception. Having written for saxophone quartet in the past, it was nice to write for an instrumentation again that I was familiar with.
The concept for Converging Spectrums was the idea of having different spectrums of color and sound combine, twist, change, and ultimately, converge. There are many things you can do with saxophones to change the color, and so that was something I wanted to explore with this piece. I wanted to push myself to see how I could write for this concept and effectively communicate what I was hearing in my head.
A big challenge for this piece was finishing the entire thing. I was working on two different commissions at the same time (a concerto and a high school band piece), and so it was hard for me to focus on writing the other movements without this saxophone quartet work sounding like the other two pieces. With this piece, however, I wanted the audience to just listen to how its musical ideas weave in and out, and how its melodic ideas change shape.
I hope to have the completed work finished by 2019."
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This year, we received over 30 outstanding applications from AROUND THE WORLD in our call for new members. From this pool, we have officially made our final decision.
Our current members include:
Josh Trentadue (founder, executive board member) - New York
Duncan Petersen-Jones (executive board member) - Michigan
Caleb Hammer (executive board member) - Michigan
Chris Evan Hass - Michigan
And now, introducing our newest members of the Millennium Composers Initiative!!
Harrison J. Collins - Texas
Ali Balighi - Iran
Quinn Mason - Texas
Casey Thomas - California
Helen He - Ohio
Isaac Mayhew - Minnesota
SiHyun Uhm - New York
Kevin Day - Texas
Jordan VanHemert - Illinois
Congratulations to all of you, and we're so excited to have you join us!
Thank you so much to everyone who submitted an application this year. We're so excited to have been able to outreach this opportunity all across the globe, and we hope to be able to continue to do this with future calls (and other opportunities) in the years to come.
Some exciting announcements for the initiative will be coming soon. Stay tuned!
You may have noticed that we've opened up a new page for you to explore. That's because we are still looking to include more people into our initiative, regardless of compositional style, aesthetic, or background! If you are an up-and-coming composer between the ages of 18-29 seeking new opportunities, consider sending us an application today!! For more information on other details you can provide to us not listed on the form, you can view an additional post about our call for new members here.
For those of you who have submitted - We've been overjoyed by the number of submissions we've currently received and are still receiving at the present time, so for those of you who have contacted us, thank you so much for doing so! As of right now, our responses will be a little delayed, but rest assured we are reviewing your submissions thoroughly at this time.
We hope to hear from many more of you over the next few days! In the meantime, check back here for more exciting announcements as we head into the spring season.
Welcome to the official website for the Millennium Composers Initiative! We're excited to share with you more information about our current members, all of which will be coming soon. In the meantime, feel free to explore our website, and if you haven't yet, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Tell all your friends and colleagues about us!
First up on our docket is some fantastic news for our Michigan friends in the area!
Our co-founder Duncan Petersen-Jones (read more about him here) will be hosting a bagpipe concert today at 5pm! The concert will be taking place at The Peoples Church, located in the heart of East Lansing, and will feature Duncan's original bagpipe compositions as part of his newly published book Duncan's Piping Tunes: From the Competition to the Bar. The concert also includes highland dancers and refreshments!! If you're in the area, support his new music and go check out his concert!
We'll be posting regularly here (or as often as we can, at least) more news and upcoming events featuring our current members. We are also looking to include more composers into our initiative regardless of style, aesthetic, or background, so if you're interested, feel free to contact us at any time!
Once again, welcome, and thanks for joining us! We gratefully appreciate your continued support and are excited to see what the future holds for us!