New music for horn and percussion

2019 Call for Scores

Our Inaugural Call for Scores finished in August of 2019. We were surprised to receive over 40 excellent submissions from a dozen different countries around the world. We are excited to announce these four winning compositions! These pieces will be featured on upcoming performances and recorded:


  • Bracha Bdil, Recitativo
  • Anthony Green, Scintillation I
  • Tomas Friberg, The 15th Stone
  • Steven Snowden, Profiles


Honorable mentions:

  • Todd Harper, Sketches: Life is a Brush Pile and Running Amok
  • Masayoshi Matsui, Estoniocera


Check out the composer profiles below.

Composer Profiles

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Bracha Bdil

 

Bracha Bdil, composer, conductor and pianist, born in 1988, has a B.ed in Music Education from Levinsky College and a Master's degree in Music Education and Composition from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, led by Professor Andre Hajdu, o.b.m. and Professor Haim Permont.
Bracha studied classical voice training with Hadassah Ben-Haim, classical piano with Dina Orlov and Dr. Irena Berkowitz, jazz with Marina Lewinsky, and piano chamber music with Professor Alexander Tamir. Bracha won the first prize in the Wolf Durmashkin Composition Award, Germany (2018), and the first prize in the Yardena Alotin Composition Competition, Bar-Ilan University, Israel (2016).

Her repertoire includes orchestral music, chamber, vocal and electronic music, as well as music for dance and theater.
Her musical compositions and edited works have been performed around the world, including: The International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the frame of "Rossi Fest" - Belgrade, Serbia, RDU SAI - Smithfield, North Carolina (2019), "Festival Ecos Urbanos " - México, "Festival DME" - Lisbon, Portugal, WOCMAT - National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, ACL-Asian Composers League Conference and Festival - Taipei , Taiwan, SiMN–Simpósio Internacional de Música Nova - Universidade Estadual do Paraná, Brazil, "China International Choir Festival" - Beijing, "International Youth Art Festival", Tianjing, "Belt and Road World Choir Festival" - Hong Kong, BIMCC – Banaue, Philippines, "International Jewish-German Festival" – Bavaria, "mid-residency recital" - California, "6:30" Concert Series - UWGB MUSIC, University of Wisconsin (2018), "Bezanson Recital Hallon" - University of Massachusetts, Concert sponsored by the "Russian Musical Union" - Saint-Petersburg, "The Schnittke Festival" - Seratov-Russia, "UNK New Music Festival" - University of Nebraska, "Société de Concerts de Montréal" - Canada (2017), the concert series "Concrete Timbre" and "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" - New York, "Australian Percussion Gathering" - Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium, Melbourne, "One Minute Project" - Athens (2016).

With her composition "Yizkerem", for A-cappella choir, Bracha has been chosen as one of the composers in presenting Israel at the Asian Composers League Festival, Taiwan (2018). The same composition won a prize in the International Choral Writing Competition named after A.D Kastalsky – Moscow (2018).

In Israel her works are broadcast on the Israel Radio Voice of Music program and were performed at various events, including: Voice of music young artist competition, Israeli Music Festival, Zimriya Festival (2018), Israel Festival (2017), Piano Festival (2015), a series of Excellence - the future generation, Eden-Tamir Music Center, Ein Kerem, and a series of Singing with the Sinfonietta, Performing Arts Center, Be'er Sheva (2014).

Bracha Bdil is a member of the Israel Composers' League and her works are published by the Israel Music Institute. Bracha has been a lecturer at the Levinsky College of Music Education, the Jerusalem College and at the Ron Shulamit Conservatory where she still functions as a member of management.

Starting from season 2018-9 Bracha is the artistic director and chief conductor of the women's "Zmora" orchestra in Jerusalem."

Site and list of works: http://brachabdil.blogspot.com/p/list-of-compositions.html

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Anthony Green

 

The creative output of Anthony R. Green (composer, performer, social justice) includes musical and visual creations, interpretations of original, contemporary, and repertoire works, collaborations, educational outreach, and more. Behind all his artistic endeavors are the ideals of equality and freedom. His work has been presented in 20+ countries by Ashleigh Gordon, Dame Evelyn Glennie, counter)induction, One Ounce Opera, Ossia New Music Ensemble, and Alarm Will Sound, to name a few. His work has been presented at the ACA festival (New York), the Grachten Festival (Amsterdam), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht), and Omaha Under the Radar, amongst others. He has received support from numerous foundations and residencies in the US and Europe. As a performer, he has appeared at venues across the US, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Green’s most important social justice work has been with Castle of our Skins, celebrating Black artistry through music." www.anthonyrgreen.com

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Tomas Friberg

 

Tomas Friberg (b. 1962, Sweden): Private studies in composition with Eberhard Eyser 1983-1985, studies in composition at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm 1986-1990 primarily with Daniel Börtz. After that various summer courses and festivals with some composition lessons with, among others, Louis Andriessen, Tristan Murail, and Brian Ferneyhough.

Following a nervous breakdown he gave up music and stopped composing for ten years. During that time he educated himself as a librarian, and for the last fifteen years he has been working part time as a librarian at The Royal Library in Stockholm and part time as a composer. He now has got his shit together.

http://tomasfriberg.se/

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Steven Snowden

 

The music of Steven Snowden has been described as “Beguiling… combining force with clarity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “Wonderfully dynamic” (Interlude Hong Kong), “Rustic, red-blooded” (New Music Box), “Marvelously evocative”, (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and “The most wildly intriguing sight and sound I have experienced at a concert” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer). Writing music for dance, theater, multi-media installations, and the concert stage, his work often deals with concepts of memory, nostalgia, and the cyclic nature of historical events as they pertain to modern society. While his musical influences are deeply rooted in bluegrass, folk, and rock, he utilizes non-traditional techniques and processes to compose works that don’t squarely align with any single genre or style.

A native of the Ozarks countryside, he began studies in music composition in 2002 and received degrees from Missouri State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Texas at Austin. In 2012-2013 he was a Fulbright Scholar in Portugal, researching the implementation of motion tracking technology as a means to facilitate collaboration between music and dance. In 2013-2014, he was a visiting professor and composer in residence at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and is the co-founder/director of the Fast Forward Austin Music Festival.  He currently works as a freelance composer in Boston and is on an eternal quest to make the perfect breakfast taco.

 https://www.stevensnowden.com/ 

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Todd Harper

  

Todd Harper is a composer/performer/curator from St. Paul Minnesota. He writes for his own configurations as well as for other ensembles. Harper has written for Bill Banfield’s B-magic Jazz Orchestra, Zeitgeist, The Temporal Mechanics Union percussion ensemble, The Bigfork Players, The Minnesota Mandolin orchestra, Laura Jeffrey Academy string ensemble, Baritone Dr. Michael Jorgenson, and many others.

Besides composing, Harper participates in the Twin cities Music scene by organizing ensembles, concert series ( Keys Please… a yearly piano series that lasted 16 years), The Art of Sweat Music Festival, etc. Harper is also a member of “the New Ruckus”, a local composer’s collective which presents new works from any genre.

Harper has released 5 CD’s since 2015; since the first, Harper prints each cover by hand.

  1. 9th stream Music. Jazz trio and quartet works, 2016
  2. Metaphorsisis: Solo autumnal piano reflections. 2016
  3. Winter Survival. Piano trio to face the new political era 2017
  4. Before Dawn. First collaboration with flautist/ sax Jun Miyake 2018
  5. Trees. Music and oration with Jun Miyake & Musical ecology 2018

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Masayoshi Matsui

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1977. He began his musical studies with violin: lessons with Asako Yoshikawa, Prof. Chikashi Tanaka, Prof. Kazuki Sawa und Prof. Ruriko Tsukahara. At the University Mozarteum Salzburg he studied violin with Prof. Martin Mumelter, composition with Prof. Adriana Hölszky and music theory with Prof. Franz Zaunschirm. He learned improvisation with Prof. Alexander Müllenbach, electronic composition with Achim Bornhoeft. He completed his Master's degree in violin in composition with Auszeichnung.

In 2012 he was awarded the Bernhard Paumgartner Medaille of Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg. He is the finalist at the 80th music competition of Japan 2011.