April Mixtape: New Music for Voice and Ensemble

NEW FOR 2014! On the first of every month, Composers Circle will feature a compilation of ten works that were featured on the site in 2012 and 2013. This month, we’re celebrating new works for voice and ensemble!  Explore the sounds below, get to know the composers, and take a listen to some new music that you may have missed last year.

Brett BanducciBrett Banducci
Song IV from la luna ligada al mar for soprano and orchestra, after poems by Elise Suklje Martin
University of Southern California Thornton Symphony
Donald Crockett, condcutor; Sophie Wingland, soprano

David HertzbergDavid Hertzberg
Nympharum, a Cantata for High Soprano and Orchestra:  I. April
The Juilliard Orchestra, Jeffrey Milarsky, conductor; Jennifer Zetlan, soprano

Edmund HuntEdmund Hunt
Ginnungagap for mezzo-soprano and symphony orchestra
Philippa Thomas, mezzo soprano; orchestral musicians from Birmingham Conservatoire; Edwin Roxburgh, conductor

Alex MillerAlexander Elliott Miller
Brassica: A Song Cycle on Genetic Engineering
Tony Arnold, soprano with Definiens; Jim Cocola, text

Jake RunestadJake Runestad
As Rain to the Sea for Soprano and orchestra
Peabody Recital Orchestra; Lee Mills, conductor; Lisa Perry, soprano

Jamie Leigh SampsonJamie Leigh Sampson
The Body Electric for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra
Bowling Green State University Philharmonia; JJ Pearse, conductor; Amanda DeBoer Bartlett, soprano

Isaac SchanklerIsaac Schankler
With Such Teeth for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion
Alexandra Loutsion, soprano; University of Southern California Contemporary Music Ensemble, Donald Crockett, conductor; text by Jillian Burcar

Alex TempleAlex Temple
Liebeslied 
Jenna Lyle, voice; Alex Temple, electronics; Chicago Composers Orchestra; Matthew Kasper, conductor

Kirsten VolnessKirsten Volness
Precious Nothing for mezzo-soprano, mixed octet, and electronics
Hotel Elefant: Megan Schubert, mezzo- soprano; Domenica Fossati, flutes; Christa Van Alstine, clarinets; David Friends, piano; Bill Solomon, percussion; Andie Tanning Springer, violin; Gillian Gallagher, viola; Caroline Bean, violoncello; Shawn Lovato, contrabass; Meg Zervoulis, conductor + electronics

Jeremy WexlerJeremy Wexler
She Kicks A Star for Countertenor, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, two Percussion, and Piano
Cha Cha Ashraf, Countertenor; Nick Virzi, Electric Guitar; Devin Kumar, Bass Guitar; Raphael Lucas and Lusha Anthony, Percussion; Carl Ackley, piano

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