YSM guitarists launch record label, issue new releases

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In June, Elm City Records released new albums by Yale School of Music faculty member Benjamin Verdery and alumnus Solomon Silber ’14BA ’16MM. The record label was founded by the two guitarists as a platform for “giving the public so much more than a traditional CD,” Silber said. “That’s the new paradigm we’re trying to create.”

Four projects were released with the label’s launch: The Ben Verdery Guitar Project: On Vineyard Sound, which features music by Yale composers as well as a piece by Verdery himself; Silber’s latest release, Mano a Mano; a documentary film about Australian composer Nicole Murphy’s Stolen, a work written for Silber and chamber ensemble that was inspired by Richard James Allen’s poem A Scheme for Brightness; and a recording (with accompanying video) by Verdery’s students of Terry Riley’s Y Bolanzero. The label’s website also features audio clips, videos of Verdery and Silber performing music from their new albums, and extensive liner notes.

Two additional recordings by Silber, Diabolico and Waterfront Sessions, are also available through Elm City Records. MORE

Published July 27, 2016
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Guitar Chamber Music May 12 features a premiere by Max Lyman

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The Yale School of Music presents Guitar Chamber Music on ThursdayMay 12 at 7:30 pm. The recital will feature students in the guitar studio of Benjamin Verdery as they perform chamber works that feature the guitar in a variety of ensembles.

The first half of the program features three duos for guitar with other solo instruments. It begins with Manuel de Falla’s Siete Canciones Populares Españolas for cello and guitar, followed by Paul Lansky’s Partita for percussion and guitar.

Current YSM student and a guitarist Max Lyman will premiere his duo Elevenses, scored for double bass and guitar, followed by Steve Goss’s American Pastoral and Antonio Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D major.

The concert takes place at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven), and is free and open to the public. The event will also stream live online.

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Published May 10, 2016
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Benjamin Verdery celebrates 30 years at Yale with his own compositions Jan. 19

verdery_benThe Faculty Artist Series at the Yale School of Music presents guitarist Benjamin Verdery on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30 pm.

Celebrating Verdery’s 30 years on the YSM faculty, the recital will feature Verdery playing his own compositions in collaboration with guest artists. Featured guests include guitarist Simon Powis ’08 MM, ’10 MMA, ’14 DMA, a former student of Verdery’s.

Beatboxer and vocal percussionist Mark Martin will team up with Verdery on the premiere of a new work. The concert will conclude with another collaborative piece featuring hip-hop artist Billy Dean, with whom Verdery has collaborated extensively. VIDEO MORE

Published December 23, 2015
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Guitar Chamber Music December 15 features a premiere by Gulli Björnsson

yale-guitars-nyThe Yale School of Music presents Guitar Chamber Music on Tuesday, December 15 at 7:30 pm. The recital will feature students in the guitar studio of Benjamin Verdery as they perform chamber works that feature the guitar in a variety of ensembles.

The program opens with Jean Françaix‘s Sonata for flute and guitar, followed by the Duo Concertant für Horn und Gitarre, Op. 5, No. 1 by the obscure nineteenth-century composer A. Corret. The program winds its way into eastern Europe for Atanas Ourkouzounov‘s Sonatina Bulgarica, and then to Chile for Javier FariasRecinto de la Piedra for four guitars.

After intermission, the concert will continue with Niccolò Paganini‘s Sonata Concertata for violin and guitar. This will be followed by the world premiere of Gulli Björnsson‘s Somewhat purty for guitar quartet and electronics.

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Published December 9, 2015
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Guitar Chamber Music concert May 6 pairs guitar with winds and strings

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The Yale School of Music presents its semiannual Guitar Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The program, which features a variety of chamber ensembles that all incorporate classical guitar, takes place at 7:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The performers are graduate students in the Yale School of Music; the guitarists are students of Benjamin Verdery. The program includes music by composers from Giuliani and de Falla to contemporary voices such as Sergio Assad and Joan Tower.

Mauro Giuliani’s Grand Duo Concertant opens the program, performed by flutist Joanna Wu and guitarist An Tran. Next are two more contemporary pieces: Sergio Assad’s Circulo Mágico, performed by violinist Marie Oka and guitarist Ray Zhou, and Joan Tower’s Snow Dreams, featuring flutist Victor Wang and guitarist John Kossler. MORE

Published May 5, 2015
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Guitar Chamber Music returns December 9

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Students from Benjamin Verdery’s studio and colleagues will present their biannual performance of guitar chamber music, with a variety of works for ensembles that include the guitar. The recital takes place Tuesday, December 9 at 7:30 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The event will also stream live on the School’s website. WATCH LIVE

The concert opens with selections of Bartók’s  Romanian Folk Dances, performed by guitarist Hernan Leon and violinist Ruda Lee (Violin). Next, bassoonist Bogdan Dumitriu and guitarist Ian Tuski will play transcriptions of selections from Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe, Op. 48, as well as Rag-Time, a piece by YSM student composer Liliya Ugay. MORE

Published December 8, 2014
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Guitar chamber music at Yale May 7

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The Yale School of Music presents the semiannual Guitar Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The program, which features a variety of chamber ensembles that all incorporate classical guitar, takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The performers are graduate students in the Yale School of Music; the guitarists are students of Benjamin Verdery. The program includes music from familiar composers such as Bach and Brahms as well as some less familiar to audiences. There will be guitar duets by Brahms and Paulo Bellinati; duos for guitar and bassoon by Schumann and Astor  Piazzolla; and a piece for flute and guitar by Miroslav Tadich. A trio of flute, guitar, and violin will play a piece by Bach.

Admission to the performance is free, and no tickets are required. MORE

Published April 25, 2014
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New Music New Haven concert Mar. 6 features Theofanidis, Laderman, Marshall

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The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 8 pm. The concert features music by three faculty composers — Ezra Laderman, Ingram Marshall, and Christopher Theofanidis — alongside new works by graduate students in the school’s composition program.

Pianist Sean Chen ’14AD, the Crystal Medal winner in the 2013 Cliburn Competition, will play Birichino, commissioned for the Cliburn from YSM faculty composer Christopher Theofanidis.

Two other featured performers are YSM faculty: Benjamin Verdery will play Ingram Marshall’s Soe-Pa for amplified classical guitar with digital delays and electronics. Ezra Ladermans’s June 29th for solo flute, performed by Ransom Wilson, will close the concert. MORE

Published February 27, 2014
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Guitarist Benjamin Verdery plays music from Bach to today Jan. 25

Benjamin VerderyThe Yale School of Music presents a recital by classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery on Saturday, January 25 at 8 pm. Verdery, hailed as “one of the classical guitar world’s most foremost personalities” by Classical Guitar Magazine, will perform music from the Baroque to the present day.

The program includes selections by J.S. Bach, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, and the 20th-century Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Verdery will also play contemporary American selections, including two of his own compositions, Tread Lightly and Now and Ever, and pieces by two of his colleagues on the Yale faculty.  MORE

Published January 8, 2014
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Guitar Chamber Music features diverse ensembles Dec. 4

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The Yale School of Music will present a free Guitar Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 8 pm. Directed by faculty member Benjamin Verdery, the concert will showcase diverse chamber ensembles that include guitar.

The concert will feature collaborations with guitar and a variety of other instruments including the bassoon in Maximo Diego Pujol’s Suite Buenos Aires, and the violin in Jürg Kindle’s Quintessence. Jörg Widmann’s Duell  is a duet for electric guitar and trombone.

Two duets from the 17th and 18th centuries will be performed on the baroque guitar and the long-necked theorbo: Santiago de Murcia’s Marionas and Alessandro Piccinini’s Ciaccona. MORE

Published November 15, 2013
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