Thad Anderson

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.

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 – 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

set fire to have light performed at the Orlando White House by principals of the Orlando Philharmonic

rimmaTop string players from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra come together to play my string quartet, set fire to have light, along with music by award-winning, local composers.

CF2 (Central Florida Composers Forum) is organizing a concert for string quartet and other local musicians, featuring the talents of Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra musicians Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, Alex Stevens, Mauricio Cespedes and David Bjella.

The concert will take place on May 12th, 2013 (7:30 PM) at the White House in Orlando.

The White House is the perfect venue for chamber music concerts, since it is in a private home. The Timucua Arts Foundation, led by Benoit Glazer (Conductor at La Nouba, Cirque du Soleil), has been serving the Central Florida community through FREE concerts at his home for over 12 years. The venue contains balcony-seating, modern art by local artists, and state of the art recording technology. It can comfortably accommodate 160 seated guests, but has hosted up to 220 people in a single concert.

Featured composers include Thad Anderson, Benoit Glazer, Eric Brook, Charles Griffin, Keith Lay, Danny McIntyre, Tim Stulman, and Karen Van Duyne.