Spiderweb Lead, by Adam Silverman

Video and Audio by Micah Barnes

// about the composer //

Composer Adam Silverman (born 1973 in Atlanta, GA) is best known for his works for percussion and winds, especially the percussion ensemble compositions “Quick Blood,” “Naked And On Fire” and “Sparklefrog,” along with his concerto for marimba and wind symphony “Carbon Paper and Nitrogen Ink.” Other notable compositions include the double concerto “The Hedgehog’s Dilemma” for violin, cello and orchestra, the opera “Korczak’s Orphans” and chamber compositions “Corrie Q’s Jigs and Reels” (String Quartet No. 3) and “Sturm” for piano trio. After study at The University of Miami, The Vienna Musikhochschule, Tanglewood, and Yale, Silverman began his career in the early '00s as a founder of the Minimum Security Composers Collective, collaborating with major ensembles such as Eighth Blackbird and Antares with performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and other prominent venues. Two full-CD recordings of Silverman's music are available: one of chamber compositions (2009, New Focus Recordings) and one of percussion music (2015, Calabaza Records). Individual compositions of his have also appeared on CDs by the Temple University Wind Symphony, Prism Saxophone Quartet, cellist Amy Sue Barston, Trio Kavak, The Florida State University Percussion Ensemble, and others, all of which are widely available online. Silverman teaches music composition, theory, and orchestration at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and is an amateur enthusiast of old-time American music, playing mandolin and banjo.

Postludes, by Elliot Cole

Video and Audio by Stephen Downing

// about the piece // 

Postludes is a book of eight pieces for a familiar instrument played in a new way. Four players, with eight double-bass bows, play interlocking lines on a single vibraphone. The interplay of bows and hands tapping, muting and touching harmonics, weaves an intimate and intricate counterpoint that is as beautiful to watch as it is to hear: fragile, tender and haunting.

// about the composer //

Elliot Cole (*1984) is a composer, singer, and programmer.  Postludes, his book of bowed vibraphone quartets, is a new staple of percussion repertoire, having been performed by over 140 ensembles all over the world, including all major American music schools, So Percussion, Blow Up Roma, Mobius Quartet, and Amadinda.  He has sung his Hanuman's Leap, a bardic epic for voices and drums, in 15 cities, and will perform it with the Grammy-winning group Roomful of Teeth at the Park Avenue Armory for two sold-out shows in the Spring of 2016.  His creative friendship (part band, part book club) with Brad and Doug Balliett has produced opera and hip hop collaborations with the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, Washington Square Winds, operacabal, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, and the Lucerne Festival Academy, where they were Spotlight Artists in 2011.  He lives in Jersey City and teaches at the Manhattan School of Music, The New School and Sing Sing correctional facility.

Omphalo Centric Lecture, by Nigel Westlake

Video and Audio by Stephen Downing

// about the piece //

The title comes from a painting by Paul Klee – the direct & centered simplicity of which was an inspiration to me during the writing of this piece. The piece also owes much to African Balofon (or xylophone) music, with its persistent ostinati, cross – rhythms & variations on simple melodic fragments. Like African music it seeks to celebrate life through rhythm, energy & movement. It was originally composed for the Sydney based percussion quartet Synergy.

// about the composer //

Nigel Westlake’s career in music has spanned more than 3 decades. He studied the clarinet with his father, Donald Westlake (a prominent Australian musician & principal clarinetist with the Sydney Symphony orchestra 1961-1979) & subsequently left school early to pursue a performance career in music. Nigel toured Australia & the world playing with ballet companies, a circus troupe, chamber music groups, fusion bands & orchestras to the cities of London, New York, Rome, Washington, Tokyo, Beijing, Paris, Amsterdam, Vancouver, Moscow, Hong Kong, Berlin, New Delhi & Singapore to name but a few. His interest in composition dates from the late 1970’s when he formed a classical/jazz-rock/world-music fusion band to play original music. During this time he started to receive offers to compose for radio & circus. Commissions for TV & film soon followed.

Shifty, by Dennis DeSantis

Video and Audio by Stephen Downing

Extremes, by Jason Treuting

Video and Audio by Stephen Downing