Friday, July 07, 2006

By Way of Introduction

Hello readers. My name is Heebie McJeebie, and I am the TANDY Professor of Electronic Music at the Hotel Cadillac in Rochester, NY.

In addition to being a composer and professor (not necessarily in that order), I am also the host of the podcast COMPOSERS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM.
Sadly I have been on hiatus from that project for many months now... unable to write, produce, and record new episodes due to insufficient funding. It seems potential funders have objected primarily to my hourly wage for uploading podcasts via my TANDY dial-up connection. As those of you with dial-up connections know, if you don't jiggle the phone chord just right, you risk the possibility of bandwidth corruption. So you really do need to sit and wait when uploading a large file. But the money-holders with their fancy-schmancy broadbands look down on the unsavory dial-uppers and refuse to pay us an hourly wage.

At any rate, I hope to continue with my podcast before too long. In fact, I am speaking with TANDY representatives at the local Radio Shack about upgrading their operating system to allow for dial-up webcam video so that my audio podcast can become a video podcast.
And we'll see how quickly those funders come a-knockin' once I've got video footage of composers notating their music in real time!

Meanwhile, please enjoy my new weblog, CLASSICAL PONTIFICATIONS WITH PROFESSOR HEEBIE MCJEEBIE.
Here we will discuss the trajectory of Contemporary Canonic Classical music (serious music) and occassionally trifle with the less-grounded trends of younger, vagabond composers.
I pledge to you that on this blog, there is a place for all composers and musicians, even the twelve nameless composers whom my esteemed colleague Bernard Holland recently didn't write about in the New York Times.

2 Comments:

Anonymous J.S. said...

Are you the guy I see all the time in Texas Hots? How's it going, man? Nice blog.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

AMERICAN COMPOSERS ALLIANCE
PRESENTS
AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL 2006
June 7 - 10
Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater
at Symphony Space
95th Street and Broadway
New York, NY 10025
Tickets $15/10
(Saturday at 2 and 3 PM FREE)
For reservations call 212 362 8900


Presenting five Concerts featuring American composers and performers

The American Composers Alliance Annual Festival of American Music celebrates the American composer in a showcase featuring more than 30 works by 28 composers, including 15 World and U.S. Premieres — solo works to chamber concerto and pocket opera, video and computer music, paying special tribute to Miriam Gideon, Lukas Foss, Robert Helps and Milton Babbitt.

Performed by: Ensemble Pi, The Sirius String Quartet, New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, TAKE Dance Company, Christopher Oldfather, Susan Narucki, David Del Tredici and many guest performers.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
OPENING NIGHT - MOSTLY PREMIERES


Frederick C. Tillis, Spiritual Fantasy Suite, premiere
Elizabeth Bell, Arecibo Sonata
Jan Gilbert, Shakuntala, premiere
Burton Beerman, A Still, Small Voice, premiere
Allan Blank, Music for Solo Viola
Hubert Howe, Chamber Concerto 3, premiere



Thursday, June 8, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
MIRIAM GIDEON CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAY BASH

Miriam Gideon, Bömischer Krystall
Miriam Gideon, Sonata for Cello and Piano
Lukas Foss, For Lenny
Elliott Schwartz (70), Vienna Dreams
Milton Babbitt (90), Ensembles for Synthesizer
Raoul Pleskow (75), Four Pieces for String Quartet
John Melby (65), Three Wordsworth Songs



Friday, June 9, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
THEATER MUSIC

Elliott Schwartz, Hall of Mirrors
Tom Johnson, Lecture with Recitation
Elizabeth Austin, Wie eine Blume, American premiere
John Eaton, Youth, a "Pocket Opera"



Saturday, June 10, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
ROBERT HELPS AND THE WINNERS OF THE
2005 ROBERT HELPS PIANO TRIO COMPETITION

Robert Helps, Piano Trio
David Del Tredici, Piano Trio
Nathan David Surgenor, Piano Trio



Saturday, June 10, 2006, 2:00 p.m.
SMALL CHAMBER WORKS


Gregory Hall, Polyline
Eugene Viola, Piano Trio
Brahim Kerkour, Cede
Mischa Zupko, "Trigger" from Shades of Gray


Saturday, June 10, 2006, 8:00 p.m.
SAX, LIES AND VIDEO

Lukas Foss, Sax Quartet
Eleanor Cory, Ehre
Elias Tanenbaum, Fallujah
Beth Wiemann, The Primary Tool is Soup
Richard Brooks, Four-Play
Joel Gressel From an Undisclosed Location
Margaret Fairlie-Kennedy, Undertow




Note: Listings are subject to change without notice.

5:42 PM  

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