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New Music New Haven features Theofanidis and Vees March 10

Christopher Theofanidis Photo by Matt Fried

The New Music New Haven concert series at the Yale School of Music presents a concert on Thursday, March 10 at 7:30 pm. The concert will feature the music of Christopher Theofanidis and Jack Vees along with new works by graduate student composers.

The program will include selections from two of Theofanidis’ operas: “Juliet’s Aria” from Heart of a Soldier, written in 2011 for the San Francisco Opera, and “El Salvador” from The Refuge, which Theofanidis wrote for the Houston Grand Opera in 2007. Both arias will be sung by Jazimina MacNeil, mezzo-soprano, with pianist David Fung.

Jack Vees’ Piano Trio (Hulk Smash!), written for three performers on two pianos, will be played by composition alumni Benjamin Wallace, Paul Kerekes, and Fay Wang. Vees’ Ambulant Music, for brass sextet, earned its title “for the simple reason that the performers do walk (on and off) as part of the performance,” says the composer. MORE

Published February 25, 2016
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Electric Bassist Jack Vees performs his own music Feb. 12

Jack VeesThe Yale School of Music’s Faculty Artist Series presents composer and electric bassist Jack Vees in a concert of his own music on Wednesday, February 12.

Vees will be joined by Libby Van Cleve, English horn, as well as YSM students and alumni including cellist Ashley Bathgate of Bang on a Can and members of the Yale Percussion Group. The concert takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street. MORE

Published February 10, 2014
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Performance, Minimal Music and the Vogel Collection Nov. 17

On Sunday, November 17, the Yale University Art Gallery presents a concert by Yale School of Music performers. The concert is presented in conjunction with the student-curated exhibition “Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection at the Yale University Art Gallery.”

The new percussion ensemble arx duo will perform music by Steve Reich. The duo’s members are Mari Yoshinaga and Garrett Arney, both students of Robert van Sice at the Yale School of Music.

Oboist Libby Van Cleve (director of the Oral History of American Music project at Yale) will play music of YSM faculty composer Ingram Marshall. The program also includes composer and bassist Jack Vees, director of the Center for Studies in Music Technology at YSM, performing his own music.



Published November 11, 2013
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New Music New Haven presents new music by five Yale faculty composers Mar. 28

Featuring the works of Lang, Bresnick, Vees, Marshall and Lash

Martin Bresnick

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The concert features new music by five faculty composers: Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Hannah Lash, Ingram Marshall, and Jack Vees.

David Lang‘s “Orpheus Over and Under,” for two pianos, is an exploration of Minimalism informed by Lang’s rock, modernist, and conceptualist influences. Dedicated to Lang’s mother, the poignant piece is about the experience of loss.

Pianist Lisa Moore will peform Martin Bresnick‘s “Ishi’s Song,” written in 2012. The piece is based on “The Maidu Doctor’s Song,” a Native American melody transcribed from a recording of a man named Ishi. Ishi was the last surviving Yahi Indian of northern California, a group that perished in the late nineteenth century.

With his Piano Trio (“Hulk Smash!”), written for three pianists on two pianos, Jack Vees offers a musical exploration of irony. The piece begins with “smashing” chords but proceeds to construct both rhythmic drive and melodic themes from the raw materials of chaos.

Ingram Marshall’s “Baghdad Blues,” for oboe and electronics, was inspired by Indonesian musical scales. The piece, which will be performed by oboist Libby Van Cleve, incorporates a melody by Munir Bashir, an Iraqi virtuoso of the Arab lute.

The concert concludes with Hannah Lash’s “Violations: The Loading Dock Project,” a 35-minute piece for three singers, two pianists, percussion, and electronics. The inspiration for the piece came from the theft of Lash’s laptop, wallet, and iPod at a music festival in 2010. The libretto explores the complex relationship between thief and victim. Lash told Harvard Magazine that the piece is about “…recognizing the intense fallibility behind what we think of as evil.”

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.


Published March 7, 2013
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Chamber music concert May 2 features the guitar

Concert includes two pieces by Yale composers

The Yale School of Music presents a concert featuring Guitar Chamber Music: guitar ensembles as well as guitar alongside other instruments. Celebrated guitarist Benjamin Verdery, the chair of the guitar department at the School of Music, is the director of the concert.

The program takes place at 8 pm on Wednesday, May 2 at Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven).

Karl Pilss’s Sonatine for oboe and guitar will open the program; next is Louis Andriessen‘s Hout (written in 1991) for the colorful combination of tenor saxophone, electric guitar, piano, and marimba.

Also on the concert are two intercultural fusions: Ravi Shankar’s The Enchanted Dawn for flute and guitar, written on the Indian Raga “Todi,” and Benjamin Britten’s Songs from the Chinese, Op. 58, a set of six songs for tenor and guitar written in 1957 on translations of classic Chinese poems.

New music by Yale composers will round out the evening: Baby Boomers for four electric guitars, by Jack Vees, and the Duo for classical guitars by Daniel Schlosberg ’13MM.

Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

Published April 18, 2012
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Guitarist Benjamin Verdery plays music by Yale composers Nov. 29

The Yale School of Music presents classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery in a Faculty Artist Series concert on Tuesday, November 29. Verdery will perform his own music as well as that of other Yale composers: Martin Bresnick, Christopher Theofanidis, Ezra Laderman, David Lang, and Jack Vees.

The concert will feature multiple premieres, including the world premiere of Verdery’s arrangement of David Lang’s “Little Eye,” which the composer based on the passage of time playing the game “I spy with my little eye” on long car trips with children. Jack Vees will be a guest performer in “Little Eye.”

Verdery will also give the Yale premieres of his own piece “Now and Ever” and of “January Echoes” by Christopher Theofanidis.

Several composers have composed music for Verdery, including Daniel Asia, John Anthony Lennon, Ingram Marshall, Anthony Newman, and Roberto Sierra. On this concert are Ezra Laderman’s “On Vineyard Sound” and Martin Bresnick’s “Joaquin is Sleeping” (2008), both solo classical guitar pieces written for Verdery. The program will also include “National Anthem,” a piece by Jack Vees for electric guitar and tape based on a song by the band The National.


Published November 10, 2011
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New Music New Haven features an extended piano quartet by Aaron Jay Kernis

Program also presents the rescheduled US premiere of Jack Vees’s “Party Talk”

kernis_blogFEB. 5, 2010 | The New Music New Haven concert series presents a program of new music by Aaron Jay Kernis, Jack Vees, and other Yale composers on Thursday, March 4 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The program opens with Reena Esmail’s Feritas, a colorful virtuoso piece for six trumpets. Two other works on the program by graduate composers are Polina Nazaykinskaya’s Passacaglia Zero and an untitled piece by Richard Harrold.

Faculty composer Jack Vees is represented by his 1996 Party Talk, a piece written in 1996 for narrator and mixed chamber ensemble. The work – an explanation of how to fit into the American social experience – was to receive its U.S. premiere in November, but the performance was postponed. The March performance will feature conductor Thomas C. Duffy, director of the Yale Bands, and narrator Kelly Yamaguchi-Scanlon, whose voice is familiar to many from the Yale School of Music’s podcast introductions and concert halls (“Please turn off your cell phones…”).

The program concludes with Kernis’s Still Movement with Hymn, an elegiac quartet for piano and strings. The piece, writes Kernis, “is both a Kaddish and a Requiem for the dead… Hebraic music and Christian plainchant play an important role in it.” MORE

Published February 17, 2010
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Composer, CSMT director Jack Vees highlighted in Yale Alumni Magazine

vees_vThe January/February issue of the Yale Alumni Magazine featured an article on longtime faculty member Jack Vees. In addition to his work as a composer and bassist, Vees is the director of the Center for Studies in Music Technology at the Yale School of Music.

The article calls Vees “the backbone of a revolutionary and influential Yale music scene.”

Read the article HERE.

View Jack Vees’ video Healing HERE.

Published January 25, 2010
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New Music New Haven 11/19 features composer Jack Vees

Program includes Vees’s “Party Talk” and premieres by other Yale composers

Vees, Jack (action)The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert featuring composer Jack Vees on Thursday, November 19 at 8 pm in Sprague Hall. The highlight of the concert will be Vees’s Party Talk, a piece written in 1996 for narrator and mixed ensemble of winds, brass, percussion, piano, organ, strings, and electric bass. The concert will also premiere music by student composers, including excerpts from Chris Cerrone’s opera Invisible Cities, Jordan Kuspa’s Piano Trio, Adrian Knight’s Work for Sixteen Strings, and Feinan Wang’s Pisces Monodrama–Chapter VII. Christopher Theofanidis is the artistic director of the New Music New Haven concert series. MORE

Published October 29, 2009
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