Between Islands premiered by Mark Sunderland at Orlando White House October 2

14492412_651075281721956_1210956791754853384_n“Form, Structure and Interactions” will be performed at the Timucua White House on Sunday, October 2, 2016 with free admission (donations accepted, refreshments encouraged). Trumpet player, Mark Sunderland, will perform six works by Central Florida Composers Thad Anderson, Charlie Griffin, Chan Ji Kim and Steve Kornicki. In addition, Mark will perform Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Aries from “Sirius.”

Mark Sunderland is a highly skilled, multi-instrumentalist with a true passion and gift for playing the trumpet. Equally at home with classical trumpet and jazz improvisation, his ability to create memorable phrasings and craft intricate, high- energy, improvisational solos is remarkable. Sunderland studied music education at Stetson University from 2002-2006 and worked as a public school music teacher from 2007-2010. He is music director at Calvary Chapel in Melbourne, FL.

Thad Anderson’s kaleidoscopic Re-Cite is from his series called Lines. It is a solo work intended for any single line instrument. The piece utilizes live processing and draws inspiration and structure from a 1951 minimalist painting by Ellsworth Kelly titled Cité. Sunderland will perform this piece on trumpet.

Charlie Griffin’s Between Islands – for trumpet and electronic score is an expression of the experience of separation from loved ones long gone. According to Griffin, “The experience of losing a truly loved person is profoundly sad at the beginning and for a long time. But the quality of that loss gradually transforms. It becomes part of who we are. And with that realization comes a sense of serenity because the people we loved and lost are clearly residing within us.”

Chan Ji Kim’s colorful and evocative work for trumpet and fixed media is entitled Go-sa-mok which means a withered elm tree in Korean. “The audio samples recorded for the piece included sounds of nature around Haeiknsa Temple in Korea, where I found this withered elm tree, a UNESCO World Heritage site,” says Kim.

There will be three works by Steve Kornicki: Instructions for Harmonic Permutations in Temporal Placements combines a collage of electronically altered trumpet sounds (recorded by Sunderland) with the solo trumpet; A Fanfare of Displaced Tones in Pulsing Groups of Sevens is an ensemble work for trumpet and pre-recorded instruments (three trumpets and flugelhorn by Sunderland and two Fender bass guitars by Kornicki); and Mixed Signals (Video Symphony) is a 15-minute audio-visual exploration in the deconstruction of sampled orchestral sounds and improvisational interaction with Sunderland on trumpet/flugelhorn and the composer on piano. This work will be accompanied by Kornicki’s video art created by filming images on an analog TV screen through textured and stained glass.

Karlheinz Stockhausen, one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music is known for his groundbreaking work in electronic music, aleatory (controlled chance) in serial composition, and musical spatialization. Sunderland will perform his Aries, a 15-minute tour de force for trumpet and electronic music from his extended work, “Sirius,” which has been described as “a modern mystery play, clothed as a science fiction story.” While not described by the composer as
an opera, it is nevertheless a musical drama, in which four emissaries from a planet orbiting the star Sirius bring a message to earth.

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CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

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