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Long Island Composers Alliance Presents New Music At The Parrish

Originally Posted: October 07, 2010

The Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA) will perform at the Parrish. (PAM)

Southampton - The Long Island Composers Alliance (LICA) will present "When Improvisation Comes into Play," an evening of new music by contemporary composers, on Saturday, October 16, at 8 p.m., at the Parrish Art Museum. Organized by composer George Cork Maul, "When Improvisation Comes into Play" will present works by six composers: Jane Leslie, Joel Mandelbaum, Alexander Nohai-Seaman, Michael Poast, Marga Richter, and Mr. Maul. The composers will be present at the concert to discuss their creative processes and how they use improvisation in music composition.

"Improvisation has always been a part of music," observes Maul. "As the nature of music changes in the 21st century, so does the nature of improvisation. In this concert we will present some of the ways improvisation is used in serious, contemporary music."

The compositions will be performed by Steve Watson (bass), Terry Keevil (oboe), Richard Vaudrey (cello), Marga Richter (piano), Joel Mandelbaum (piano), Jane Leslie (piano), and George Cork Maul (piano). Keevil, Vaudrey, Cork Maul, and Watson also perform together as Hidden City, an ever-shifting ensemble of musicians and instruments. The performers will talk about the implicit rules that are used in group improvisation and the nature of collaboration.

Among the works to be presented are Jane Leslie's Dune Beach A Trio with Improvised Solos for Oboe, Cello, and Piano, Joel Mandelbaum's Improvisation with Motives from the Audience, Hidden City's Free Improvisation, Marga Richter's Soliloquy, Alex Nohai-Seaman's The Tides, George Cork Maul's Movement Quartet, and Michael Poast's Six Dimensional Color Music.

Founded in 1972, LICA is the only organization devoted to creating, promoting, presenting, recording, and preserving the best original, contemporary music by composers living and working on Long Island. LICA presents concerts from eastern Suffolk to New York City in venues ranging from universities, public libraries, and museums to art/performance spaces and commercial music venues.

Tickets to "When Improvisation Comes into Play" are $10 for Parrish members, $12 for nonmembers and may be purchased online at www.parrishart.org, by calling 631-283-2118, ext. 22, or at the Museum's front desk.

 • Jane Leslie holds two degrees from the Juilliard School, as well as a doctoral degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She has been honored with several ASCAP Awards and Meet the Composer grants for her music. Her original music is a blend of classical and popular styles that has attracted a wide variety of listeners. Her latest CD of piano solos, Southampton Sunset, has been heard on radio broadcasts in the U.S. and abroad.

 • Michael Poast conducted the world premiere of his Color Music for Orchestra and was honored with an ASCAP Award for "substantial performance activity with unique prestige value." While still a student at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Poast was already questioning the connection between sound and color. He received a Masters of Fine Arts from the City University of New York and is currently Composer-in-Residence at the Players Theatre in New York and a professor at St John's University and Pratt Institute.

 • Alexander Nohai-Seaman received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Composition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006, and also holds degrees from Binghamton University and Lycoming College. He studied composition with Laura Schwendinger, Stephen Dembski, Joel Naumann, David Brackett, and Fred Thayer. He is currently an Instructor of Music at Suffolk County Community College, where he teaches Music Theory, Piano, and directs the Contemporary Music Ensemble.

 • George Cork Maul is an East End composer, pianist, and performance art specialist. He studied music composition with Isaac Nemiroff at Stony Brook, where he earned a B.A., and went on to do graduate work in electronic music with Bulent Arel and classical style with Charles Rosen. After touring for several years and working as a studio musician, he began composing a wide range of serial and tonal music. His credits include modern songs, suites and dance pieces, contemporary operas, musicals, music for software, and, recently, pieces for string orchestra. His compositions have been performed in Italy, Ireland, Canada and the United States.

 • Marga Richter received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in composition from The Juilliard School. Her music first came to national attention in the late 1950s through a series of recordings commissioned and released by MGM Records. One of her best known works is the ballet Abyss. Richter's music has been performed by such eminent soloists as Jessye Norman, Menahem Pressler, and Daniel Heifetz, and by over 60 orchestras. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund, the National Federation of Music Clubs, Meet the Composer, and ASCAP.

 • Joel Mandelbaum received his Ph.D. from the University of Indiana in Music Theory. His thesis focused on the 19-tone equal temperament. He taught at Queens College of the City University of New York from 1961 to 1999 and was chairman of the music department. A correspondence with physicist and musician Adriaan Fokker led to a six-week stay in Haarlem in 1963, during which he composed to Euler's genera under Fokker's tutelage. The result, "10 Studies in 31-Tone Temperament," premiered at the Fokker organ in Haarlem.

 • Australian cellist Richard Vaudrey gained his LMusA with distinction and went on to major in performance with Phillip Green at the University of Melbourne. In 2004, Richard spent three months studying at the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia with distinguished cello pedagogue Anatoly Nikitin. He has been Principal Cellist of the Melbourne Youth Orchestra and held the same post for two years with the Australian Youth Orchestra's Young Symphonist Program. Richard has been a Scholarship holder at the Australian National Academy of Music. In 2009 he was a finalist at Asia Pacific Chamber Music Competition in Melbourne Australia performing with his group the Lorelei Trio. He now resides in Stony Brook, where he is undertaking a Masters in music performance under the tutelage of Colin Carr.

"The short story is that I studied Classical Double Bass in Canada, completed a Steve Watson studied Classical Double Bass in Canada, completed a Master's Degree in Jazz at Manhattan School of Music, toured the world for a few years, got into the New York Broadway, Club Date, and Freelance Jazz scene, earned another Master's Degree in Secondary Education, and spent a few years as a Dean in the NYC Public School System before launching Robertson Productions, Inc." In addition to his work as a Bassist and Composer, he is producing a documentary film, composing a piece for Orchestra, compiling a new CD of music for Jazz Quintet, and creating music for Film and TV soundtracks.

 • Dr. Terry Keevil studied with Ronald Roseman, whom he met as a scholarship student at the Aspen Music Festival in 1972 and continued working with at Sarah Lawrence College and in the Masters program at Stony Brook, which he completed in 1977. Since that time, he has played with a wide range of performing groups, including the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and Choir of Sacred Music, the Bach Aria Group, and Lazar Gosman's Tschaikovsky Orchestra. Terry completed the DMA program in oboe performance at Stony Brook in 1996, where he now lives.

Hidden City is an ever-shifting improvisatory, egalitarian ensemble of musicians and instruments. On any given day the ensemble may consist of a lone keyboardist in the pit, this dedicated trio, or six, seven, or more musicians. Anything is possible and the Hidden City Orchestra dwells in possibility as a musical performance art collective.

The Museum's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State's 62 counties, and the property taxpayers from the Southampton School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.

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