Nicole Chamberlain premieres “Minute flute” for solo bass flute

To close out the SoundNOW festival, Terminus Ensemble invites you to join us for a unique program of 1-minute solo miniatures by 20 composers from the southeastern US. We are joined by Boston-based duo Transient Canvas (bass clarinet + marimba), who will be performing new works by Georgia-based composers, including Sarah Hersh, Peter Van Zandt Lane, and Brent Milam.

Transient Canvas set:
Rationalize (2016) — Cody Brookshire
ripples (2015) — Adam Scott Neal
[Title tbd] (2016) — Brent Milam
Your Mind is a Maze of Mystery (2015) — Sarah Hersh
Exergy Bubblebath (2015) — Peter Van Zandt Lane

Terminus set (order TBD) — solo miniatures by
John Allemeier, David Brighton, Russell Brown, Nicole Randall Chamberlain, Tom Dempster, Drew Dolan, John Hennecken, Olivia Kieffer, Brent Milam, James Paul Sain, Andrew Sigler, Nolan Stolz, Mitch Turner, Jorge Variego, Rachel Whelan, Natalie Williams, Ryan Williams

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Inner blues at the CMS Regional Conference in Birmingham

Research paper presentation and piece at the CMS regional conference at Birmingham Southern College.

– Paper “Teaching with GlassCasts: Using Google Glass to Teach Music Theory”. In Collaboration with Dr. Brendan McConville.

Short abstract: Podcasts have become an effective and portable tool for introducing and drilling material in music theory courses. Though audio and video podcasts formats have been pedagogically succesful for some time, it is important to continually consider how this technology might evolve. Is it possible to make them fully immersive, first person learning experience by capturing then through wearable technology? Google Glass is a “smart” technology built into a pair of eyeglasses. It posseses several important functions, such as taking photos, video capture, and Internet capabilities. This presentation will report on the creation, implementation, and effectiveness of Glass Casts in theory courses at a music school during the spring semester 2015.

– Piece: Inner blues – for vibraphone and electronics. Emory Hensley (vibraphone)

     Inner blues (solo vibraphone) (version by Emory Hensley)

UT Contemporary Music Festival


(click to watch the video of the performance by the UT Electroacoustic Ensemble)

UT School of Music Hosts Contemporary Music Festival

KNOXVILLE—The School of Music at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is hosting its first contemporary music festival Oct. 22-24.

The event is a celebration of contemporary music, which includes a number of stylistic trends that have developed over the past 30 to 40 years. It will spotlight both chamber ensemble and electronic music.  

The festival will include workshops, lectures, master classes and performances by featured guest artists. All of the events all free and open to the public.

“We are honored to not only be able to host this remarkable event, but also that we have such esteemed guests joining us during the festival,” said Brendan McConville, an associate professor of music theory and composition and one of the organizers of the event.

Featured guests performing at the event include Composer-in-Residence Marc Mellits, electro-acoustical performer Joo Won Park and Terminus Ensemble, an ensemble from Atlanta that focuses on promoting new music. UT’s Contemporary Music Ensemble also will be performing.

A highlight of the festival will be a performance of “Music for 18 Musicians,” a work of musical minimalism composed by Pulitzer Prize-winning minimalist Steve Reich in the mid-1970s. UT’s Electroacoustic Ensemble also will be performing.

“Music for 18 Musicians” was performed almost exclusively by Reich’s own group, Steve Reich and Musicians, for two decades after its premiere in 1976. There was no score, and Reich had written the parts specifically for his players’ strengths. A full score of the piece was written by composer Marc Mellits and was first performed in 1997, then published in 2000.

“Reich’s ‘Music for 18 Musicians’ has become a staple of contemporary music literature. Because of its length and scope it is performed somewhat rarely, so this is a huge opportunity to experience this work live with the individual (Mellits) who worked with Reich to assemble the score,” said Andrew Sigler, a lecturer of music composition who helped organize the event.

UT Contemporary Music Ensemble Director Andrew Bliss said, “It has been a real joy leading the students through Reich’s masterwork ‘Music for 18 Musicians.’ The piece requires performing forces from the vocal, strings, woodwinds, piano and percussion areas, and it has been a wonderful collaboration for us all.”

Here is the schedule of events for the festival: 

Thursday, Oct. 22 — Marc Mellits Portrait Concert performed by the UT Contemporary Music Ensemble at 8 p.m. in the Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall in the Natalie L. Haslam Music Center. The concert will feature a variety of Mellits chamber works from the past decade.

Friday, Oct. 23 — Terminus Ensemble Concert, 12:20 p.m. in the Percussion Studio, Room 133, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center.

Friday, Oct. 23 — Joo Won Park, featuring members of the UT Electroacoustic Ensemble, 9 p.m., the Black Box Theatre in the Emporium, 100 South Gay St. Sponsored by Casa Hola.

Saturday, Oct. 24—Steve Reich’s “Music for 18 Musicians” performed by the UT Contemporary Music Ensemble, 8 p.m., James R. Cox Auditorium of Alumni Memorial Building. 

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The Stoka ensemble rocks Sexual chocolate porter in Den Haag

The group did an amazing presentation at Studio Loos in Den Haag offering a balanced interaction between electronic and acoustic sounds. Tomer Baruch, Theo Horsmeier, Adam Juraszek – computers, Emilio Tritto – baritone sax, Daniel Clason – trumpet, Louis Portal – drums

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Sexual chocolate porter live by the Stoka:

     Sexual chocolate porter. (version by the Stoka Ensemble – Tomer Baruch)


At the Harold Golen Gallery

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In collaboration with the Harold Golen Gallery, FETA Foundation presents Jorge Variego (clarinets and electronics) in a concert filled with new works by Latin American composers . The music contemplates the fine line between composition and free improvisation while engaging electronic media. The program of works by Blas Atehortúa (Colombia), Ricardo Dal Farra (Argentina-Canadá), Jorge Variego (Argentina-USA), Daniel Schachter (Argentina), Jose Miguel Candela (Chile), Miguel Noya (Venezuela) and Mirtru Escalona Mijares (Venezuela) features a balanced spectrum of electronic, acoustic and  visual components.

Roberto Oliveira premieres “Nunca tan lejos” in Galicia

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Nunca tan lejos (vibráfono, electrónica y video) – 2015 – Estreno mundial (click to watch the video)

Compuesta en SuperCollider, la electrónica intenta extender, desarrollar y muchas veces contraponer el discurso del intérprete a través de patrones que emergen y se evaporan. El material esencial de la pieza surge de una serie armónica que el vibrafonista revela gradualmente. El ordenador sigue un proceso similar, introduciendo transformaciones microtonales y procedimientos distorsivos que se acumulan, invitando a un viaje hacia un mundo de sonoridades poco familiares. La obra ofrece una serie concatenada de imitaciones imperfectas que van desde la adrenalina pura a momentos de profunda introspección.

** Este trabajo está dedicado a Roberto Oliveira

Walls in the semifinals of the American Prize

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Great News! I’ve just been selected as a semi-finalist in the Chamber Music Professional division of The American Prize national non-profit competitions in the performing arts. Here’s the link:

The American Prize will be announcing finalists in my division in several weeks. You can learn more about this prestigious national competition here: or follow the news on Facebook: or Twitter:


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You can download mySketch6.pde (Sourcecode) and compile it with Processing.

Living colors.
Simple processing.

float a = 0;
float b = 0;
float co = 0;

void setup() {
colorMode(HSB, 100);
size(270, 150, P3D);


void draw() {
directionalLight(51, 102, 126, 0, -1, 0);
stroke(co, 80, 200, 1);

float x0 = map(sin(a) * sin(a) * noise(a) * random(0.5), -1, 1, 20, width – 20);
float y0 = map(cos(b), -1, 1, 20, height – 20);

float x1 = map(sin(b) * sin(a), -1, 1, 20, width – 20);
float y1 = map(cos(a), -1, 1, 20, height – 20);

line(x0, y0, x1, y1, random(100), random(-400));
line(y0, x0, y1, x1, random(100), random(-400));

a = a + 0.01;
b = b + 0.05;

co = co + 1;
if (co > 100) {
co = 0;