Yearly Archives: 2020

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Bridget Convey to perform John Cage on Sunday, Nov. 15th online

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Please join us this Sunday, November 15, 2020,
in our first ever live-streamed concert!


We will be featuring Faculty member Bridget Convey who will perform John Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes for prepared piano. Bridget has performed at Lincoln Center, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Ojai Music Festival and many other venues. She regularly works with several Maine-based groups, including Venticordi and the Resinosa Ensemble, of which she is the co-founder and director. She can also be heard performing on the labels: Navona, Cuneiform, Independent and Nataraja. She holds an MFA from CIA and teaches at Bates as well as her home studio.

“…the piano shining like a star, without dictating a thing… Convey realized the part perfectly.”  
– Christopher Hyde, Maine Classical Beat

“…words of praise are insufficient to acknowledge what Ms. Convey did on this program.”   – Dr. Morton Gold, Journal Tribune John Cage was arguably the most influential American-born composer and music theorist of the 20th century. A student of Henry Cowell’s and pioneer of the Avant-Garde and Ultra-Modernist music movements, he embraced many alternative compositional methods, and perhaps most famously, by “preparing” the piano – which is a piano whose sound has been altered in pitch, timbre or texture by the insertion of foreign objects on or between the strings. This, in effect, turns the piano into a whole percussion orchestra but allows for standard musical notation to be utilized while creating an entirely new sonic landscape. “It dawned on me,” Cage recalled, “that screws or bolts would stay in position, and I was delighted with the sounds they produced. With just one musician, you can really do an unlimited number of things inside the piano.” “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas I am frightened by the old ones.”

– John Cage
The Live-Streamed video can be viewed here:https://www.bates.edu/music/live-concert-video/

Students can reserve their in-person tickets here: batesconcerts.eventbrite.com
 
 

Pine Tree Competition set for May 1, 2021 at Gould Academy.

Pine Tree Competition:   Pine Tree will be held on May 1, 2021 at Gould Academy.  We are preparing for our traditional competition and will make whatever adjustments are required for social distancing.  Here are some changes to categories and repertoire requirements that the committee has made:

Divisions

Early Elementary–Open to students through grade 3. Program not to exceed 5 minutes.

Late Elementary–Open to students in grades 4-6. Program not to exceed 8 minutes.

Junior-Open to students in grades 7-9. Program not to exceed 13 minutes.

Senior-Open to students in grades 10-12. Program not to exceed 18 minutes.

Repertoire Requirements

Early Elementary and Late Elementary Division – Competitors will be required to perform two contrasting pieces: one composition from either the Baroque, Classical, or Romantic/Impressionistic period and one Contemporary composition of any genre. (No prepared piano, please.)

Junior and Senior Division – Competitors will be required to perform three contrasting pieces: two compositions from two different periods, Baroque, Classical, Romantic/Impressionistic, and one Contemporary composition of any genre. (No prepared piano, please.)

Upright piano for sale

We are seeking a loving, musical home for our family piano. Purchased used in Austin, TX this solid piano holds it’s tune very well and is in great condition, having seen our two kids through piano lessons since circa 2005. Selling to make room for a larger instrument. 

Details: 1998 Boston UP-118S (upright) black oak finish. Measures approximately 46” height x 58” width x 23” depth. Asking price: $4,000 (moving not included)

Contact: Maddy Vertenten Phone: 207-869-5258 Email: vertenten.fam@gmail.com

Location: first floor of home in Freeport, ME

Free online discussion with Susan Bruckner on June 12th. Click here for details.

For the first time, CMMTA in conjunction with MMTA will be hosting an all-association, online, Zoom event. Susan Bruckner will join us on Friday, June 12th at 11:00 am for an introduction to and discussion of her book, The Whole Musician.: A Multi-Sensory Guide to Practice, Performance, and Pedagogy.  The Whole Musician is an ambitious and highly creative project. This practical guide bridges the gap between the theoretical and ‘real’ world of teaching. Susan’s work allows the reader to turn everyday problems into success stories.” (Michael Grinder) Those who read the book in advance will have the best experience.

You won’t want to miss this event, so mark your calendars now.  You’ll receive an email about a week in advance with a zoom meeting ID so you can join us.

Pianists wanted to perform in the 2021 Francis Kayalı Piano Project

I am seeking proposals from pianists who are interested in being hired to learn, perform, and make a video recording of one or more of the following piano solo works over the coming year.

– “Sonatine Spirit” • https://youtu.be/Tf-2H4BJh2E
– Suite for Piano, Movement 1 • https://youtu.be/n-NKcs076UI
– Suite for Piano, Movement 3 • https://youtu.be/CntmWYdOA9Y
– “Flow” • https://youtu.be/WZnG-AXTtLM
– “Flight” • https://youtu.be/1uhLIGILUn4 at 6:38

Requirements:
• pianists must either make the video themselves or must find someone to film and record their performance
• use an acoustic grand piano that is in tune and in excellent playing condition
• make a high quality audio recording
• video quality: good, but non-professional is acceptable (e.g., iphone with good lighting may yield acceptable results)
• use visually appealing venue/setting/location/backdrop
• the recording of a live performance (in front of an audience) is possible, as long as the performance is on par with a good studio take, the audio quality remains excellent (not overly distant or marred by noise), and the pianist’s facial expressions are easily visible
• camera angles: fixed camera angle is acceptable (in which case, face and hands must be visible), if multiple angles, then show hands during technical passagework
• the piece does not need to be memorized (you can read from the score in the video)
• before shooting the final video, the pianist must send a preliminary recording (audio) and incorporate feedback from the composer

Timeline:
• deadline for proposals: May 30, 2020
• follow-up for selected proposals will take place during June 2020
• project completion deadline: flexible/by agreement, preferably within 6-11 months of agreement

To submit a proposal, please fill out the form below.

For more information about the composer, visit http://www.franciskayali.com/
Please feel free to forward this page to pianists who may be interested.

Questions, comments, suggestions? E-mail franciskayali@gmail.com