Musical compositions of sophomores Molly Crain and Joey Perkins and senior Nadia Smith have been selected for the international Vox Novus 60x60 CD project and concert series. Competition entries consisted primarily of professional composers.
“I’m really excited for these students,” said music professor Timothy Polashek. “They are sharing the concert stage with professional composers, including many who were discussed in our Introduction to Music Technology class textbook. It’s a real honor for them to be included in these projects.”
The 60x60 project is a one-hour show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces by 60 different composers, each piece a minute in length or shorter. Highlighting the work of various composers, 60x60 demonstrates the vibrancy of contemporary composition by presenting a diverse array of styles, aesthetics and techniques.
Perkins and Smith were two of the 60 composers whose compositions were chosen for the Vox Novus 2011 International Mix, which included 800 submissions from more than 30 countries. Smith’s piece, “Mike’s Morning Wake Up Warm Up,” and Perkins’s, “Just Lounging Around,” will debut May 22 in New York City with a 60x60 dance performance as part of Dance Parade’s Dance Fest at Tompkins Square Park. Additional performances will be on July 29 at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn, New York, and on October 3 at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis. The St. Louis performance will be broadcast on public television.
Crain’s 60-second electronic composition, “Clipping is Unacceptable,” was one of 60 works selected from 200 submissions across the globe for the 60x60 Athena Mix. The Athena Mix featured a cross section of electronic music, with works from legendary composers, sound artists and emerging composers, and premiered in March at the Athena Festival, a unique biennial event devoted to the performance of music composed by women. Crain’s work was performed earlier this month at Romania 60x60's Athena Mix at the Dinu Lipatti Concert Hall of the National University of Music Bucharest.
“All of these works started as class projects,” said Palashek. “And, I think this recognition is evidence of the great liberal arts tradition we have at Transylvania University. Students challenged to be creative in an introductory class can accomplish work at a very high level.”
Left to right: Molly Crain, Nadia Smith, music professor Timothy Polashek (seated), and Joey Perkins.