Cutting edge, contemporary music to premiere at ‘Wet Ink’ |

Cutting edge, contemporary music to premiere at ‘Wet Ink’

Five composers from the Nevada County Composers Cooperative plus a guest composer are featuring their cutting edge music in a concert Tuesday titled “Wet Ink,” part of the Music in the Mountains Summer Fest lineup.

The idea of presenting premiere performances of contemporary music in the area began about 16 years ago, spearheaded by composer Howard Hersh and featuring music that ranged from avant garde to minimalism. Now with its present name of the Nevada County Composers Cooperative and headed by Mark Vance, the nonprofit has grown to include a board of directors and seven composers.

From the sound paintings of Mikail Graham to the eclectic blending of jazz and symphonic contemporary tonality of Jerry Grant and the range of elegant traditional, avant garde, postmodern, electro-acoustic and minimalism that is created by Mark Vance, Jay Sydeman, Howard Hersh, David Dvorin and Terry Riley, the cooperative brings a rich fabric of contemporary musical styles to our area.

NCCC loves to have company, so this year guest performers include composer Craig Palmer; members of the Festival Orchestra; pianist Ken Hardin; soprano Janis Martin; Menlo Macfarlane, who wrote the text for “Lying in the Wake” (of Katrina); and several artists from the University of Southern California.

The evening, which starts at 8, promises to be a mind-expanding experience and fun.


“Children of God”

Howard Hersh

Movements for the piece:

I – Rachel Corrie

II – The Game

III – Four Girls

Alexis Tantau – mezzo-soprano

Hiroyo Hatsuyama Ð piano

(Editor’s note: In collaboration with lyricist Francesca Soriano Hersh, Howard Hersh composed “Children of God” especially for Alexis Tantau’s unique mezzo-soprano voice. She and Hatsuyama premiered the work in fall 2005.)

“Homage to Brahms”

Jay Sydeman

Tina Guo, cello

Yoo-Kyung Oh, violin

Pauline Yang, piano

“Lying In the Wake”

Mikail Graham

a look at the 2005 Hurricane Katrina disaster

from several viewpoints

prepared sound collage and video

Menlo Macfarlane – narration

Mikail Graham – baritone guitar

“Daughters of Sandino”

Craig Palmer, guest composer

Rae Ann Goldberg – violin

Janet Witharm- cello

Ken Hardin – piano

“Dreamcatchers for Soprano, Cello and Piano”

Jerry Grant

Song cycle based on American Indian poems

Janis Martin – soprano

Janet Witharm – cello

Ken Hardin – piano

“Piano Trio no.1”

Mark Vance

Tina Guo, cello

Yoo-Kyung Oh, violin

Pauline Yang, piano

WHAT: “Wet Ink,” concert of new music

WHEN: Tuesday, 8 p.m.

WHERE: Amaral Center at the Fairgrounds

ADMISSION: $20 adult, $5 youth; tickets available at the Music in the Mountains box office, 265- 6124 or www.

INFORMATION: Additional information with biographies can be seen at

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