Shards I performed by Nicholas Horvath as part of Glassworlds in Orlando, September 6

horvathTen hours of piano music will be performed non-stop by Nicolas Horvath at the Timucua White House on September 6, 2015 starting at noon. Glassworlds will be an epic exploration into 21st century avant-garde music featuring the music of Philip Glass plus homages by American composers to the minimalist master. The audience is invited to immerse themselves in this sonic environment and can come and go quietly as they wish during the performance. Donations and refreshments will be welcomed at the door.
During this performance, Horvath will feature works by me and Central Florida composers Thad Anderson and Steve Kornicki. My contribution was a yet-to-be-completed set of solo piano pieces that take as a motive Steve Reich’s minimalist classic, Piano Phase as a source for variations inspired by Philip Glass and run through my own compositional filter. Anderson is Assistant Professor of Music at UCF, Kornicki has composed media production music heard around the world as well as contemporary classical with a recent performance by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, and Griffin hosts the radio program “Zero Crossings” at Rollins College WPRK.
Horvath will begin with the entire Philip Glass piano repertoire then take the audience through the Glass homages by renowned local and US composers, each visited one-by-one, like sound objects in a vast music ocean. Every composition has been written specially and exclusively for Horvath’s virtuosic expertise. The eclectic mix varies from up-and-coming composers born in the 90s to more seasoned composers, from post-minimal to post-complexity styles and a multitude of other avant-garde influences –Glassworlds offers something enjoyable for everyone.
“With incredible stamina and concentration (and with fleeting aid of eye drops every few hours and maybe a sip of red bull), Horvath undertakes the entirety of this repertoire from start to finish without a single break, playing for up to 10 hours. Echoing the informal New York School approach, the audience is free to get up, move around, lie down on a pillow and blanket and even have a quiet snack or a bar visit. Whether audience members come from beginning to end, leave for a bit and return or only stay for a few hours; being able to listen to this gargantuan musical process is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be fully taken advantage of! Don’t let it be missed!” ~ Nikolaii Westgarth
Besides the three local composers, there will be works by American Composers Kyle Gann, Paul A. Epstein, Carson P. Cooman, Alvin Curran, Michael Jon Fink, Jim Fox, Eric Moe, Gary Powel Nash, William Susman, Michael Vincent Waller, Bil Smith, and more.

Zero Crossings – January 12, 2015 – David Nielsen

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This show featured the music of and an interview with local composer David James Nielsen. David specializes in composing music for film and is on the faculty at Full Sail University. The music aired during the program included:

John Williams – Main Title / Rebel Blockade Runner, from Star Wars, London Symphony
John Williams – Imperial March – Darth’s Vaders Theme, from Star Wars, London Symphony
John Williams – Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Raiders March, from The Indiana Jones Trilogy: New Recordings from Classic Scores
Hans Zimmer – Time, from Inception
Hans Zimmer – Now We Are Free, from Gladiator
Howard Shore – The Ring Goes South, from Music from The Lord of the Rings: The Trilogy
Danny Elfman – The Batman Theme (Batman:1989)
James Newton Howard – Driftwood Hideaway, from Snow Falling on Cedars
Philip Glass – Escape!, from The Hours
Brad Fiedel – Main Title (Terminator 2 Theme), from Terminator 2: Judgement Day (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Silva Screen Records)
Yann Tiersen – La valse d’Amélie (Version piano) from Amélie (Original Soundtrack, Virgin France 2011)
Thomas Newman – American Beauty Main Theme
AR Rahman – Liquid Dance, from Slumdog Millionaire (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
David James Nielsen – Reunion, from Soundcloud
David James Nielsen – Who’s Ina?, from Haunting Villisca (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
David James Nielsen – Reclaiming the Blade (Main Title)
David James Nielsen – The Forces of Nature, from Tall Ships: The Privateer Lynx (Original Soundtrack Recording)
David James Nielsen – Tall Ships, from Soundcloud

Listen to the show here:

      Zero Crossings – January 12, 2015, with David James Nielsen

You can watch the short film “Man vs. Woman” discussed in the show here:

Zero Crossings – December 22, 2014 – Thad Anderson

THADThe show featured music by and conversation with local percussionist and composer Thad Anderson, Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida where he coordinates the Percussion Studies program, teaches courses in music composition and technology, and presides over the Collide Contemporary Music Series. The music aired during the program included:

Thad Anderson – Within
Philip Glass – Glassworks: Opening
Thad Anderson – Through-line (flute + string quartet + electronics)
Terry Riley – in C, Blindman Kwartet with Iktus
Thad Anderson – Standard Deviation – Part I, Beginning
John Cage – Third Construction, Donald Knaack Percussion Ensemble
Thad Anderson – Concertante
Paul Lansky – Threads: I. Prelude; II. Recitative; III. Chorus

Listen here:

      Zero Crossings – December 22, 2014, with Thad Anderson