Saturday, January 27, 2024 @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm (PST)
Ticket details

$20 at the door

Debra KayeParty Conversation, 2023
Gene PritskerDesert Lullaby
Joseph Martin WatersButterflies
Various — Selected works ("Robert C. Ford Suite"; works by various composers set to poetry of Robert C. Ford)
Aaron Alter — Selected works
Charles Coleman — Selected works
Dan Cooper — Selected works
Milica Paranosic — Selected works
Brian DuFord — Selected works

On January 27th at 7pm, Composers Concordance presents CompCord Ensemble at The NWEAMO Festival. The CompCord Ensemble – Ljiljana Winkler (soprano), Beth Holub (viola), Todd Rewoldt (alto saxophone), Gene Pritsker (electric guitar), Lesi Mei and Aaron Alter (piano), and Robert C. Ford and Roger Aplon (poetry/recitation) – performs a program of exciting new chamber music, including several premieres, at San Diego State University. Featured compositions include Debra Kaye's Party Conversation, 2023; Gene Pritsker's Desert Lullaby, on a poem of Roger Aplon; Joseph Martin Waters' Butterflies; and the "Robert C. Ford Suite" with three compositions on his poetry by various composers. Plus, music by Aaron Alter, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, and Milica Paranosic / Brian DuFord.

The concert will be livestreamed on Composers Concordance's Facebook page.

About Composers Concordance

Staying in rotation for 40 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past but also an ethic of keeping one's ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene.

Composers Concordance, founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening, strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, and Seth Boustead.

Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Peter Jarvis. Composers Concordance's overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.

About New West Evolving Art & Music Organism (NWEAMO)

Founded in 1998, the New West Evolving Art and Music Organization (NWEAMO) is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to dissolving cultural barriers and building inclusive communities of artists, scientists and children of all ages throughout the world.

We embrace all styles of music as well as visual, performance, and hybrid arts. With these goals in mind, each year NWEAMO organizes an international festival of music, often spilling into other arts. We are constantly seeking ways to evolve and adapt to a quickly changing world, and to be of service. This festival seeks to establish and showcase new modes of performance by focusing on works which play with the creative exploration of today's emerging ideas, experiments, hunches and dreams.

The NWEAMO festival has traveled to Portland, San Diego, New York, and Boulder in the U.S., and to Mexico City, Berlin, and Venice. Since its inception the festival has featured an eclectic mix of performances filling concert halls with beats, newly invented instruments, video, dance, and electronic music rooted on seemingly disparate concepts and aesthetics. High and low, street and laboratory – everything converges by design at a NWEAMO event.

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About Ljiljana Winkler, soprano

Ljiljana Winkler is an international vocal artist, music therapist and university lecturer for singing and vocal psychotherapy at the University Augsburg. She is founder and the artistic director of the festival "Klassik4Kids" in Germany. Ms. Winkler is founder and leader of the jazz and contemporary music Ensemble Solenne. She has received numerous prizes and music awards. Ms. Winkler's artistic range extends from early music to contemporary classical works and jazz. Her artistic focus is in the field of contemporary music, as well as projects that represent a synergy of psychodynamic theories and music. She is regularly engaged at the Opera, Concert, Church and Festival Stages in Germany. Saarländisches Staatstheater, Theatre National du Luxembourg, Theater Mechelen, Wiener Operettensommer Wienna, Opera Factory Freiburg, etc.

About Todd Rewoldt, alto saxophone

Saxophonist Todd Rewoldt has performed at major concert venues throughout Sweden, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, China, Ireland, Australia, and throughout the United States, including festival appearances at Calgary New Music, World Saxophone Congress, Veneto International Jazz, Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras, International Computer Music Conference, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music, Carlsbad Music Festival, and Tribeca New Music. He has recorded on the Nonesuch, Aleppo, Warner Bros., and Composer's Concordance labels. He has taught master classes at Juilliard, Yale, Beijing Central Conservatory, Sydney Conservatorium, North Texas, UCLA, Temple, and USC. Todd is a Selmer Artist and performs on Selmer saxophones exclusively.

About Gene Pritsker, electric guitar

Composer/musical polymath Gene Pritsker has written over nine hundred compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works, electro-acoustic music and songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles. His compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles, that are influenced by his studies of various musical cultures.

He is the founder and leader of Sound Liberation, an eclectic hip hop-chamber-jazz-rock-etc. ensemble. He also Co-Directs Composers Concordance. Gene's music is performed all over the world at internationally recognized festivals and by highly respected ensembles and performers.

He co-founded the Grammy-nominated Absolute Ensemble with Kristjan Jarvi and has been a composer in residence and guitarist since its creation in 1993. He worked closely with jazz fusion legend Joe Zawinul and has orchestrated major Hollywood movies, including Cloud Atlas, for which he wrote additional music and composed his Cloud Atlas Symphony. He is also the lead orchestrator for such TV series as Babylon Berlin, Jett, Netflix's Sense8, and Messiah. Gene is the lead orchestrator and has additional music in the 2021 film The Matrix Resurrections.

"My music is extremely eclectic, for me music has no bounds – I view the world of music as one big genre. My motto for my art is ending the segregation of sound vibration."

Gene is also a guitarist/rapper/Di.J./ and producer he incorporates each of these musical attributes to create music that is "not designed for easy listening or to melt into the background. It is insistent. It demands attention and curiosity." (New York Newsday) "Mischief-maker and cultural blender-in-chief, Pritsker is a serious artist, yet much of his work is witty and irreverent. Anyone can draw a mustache on the Mona Lisa, but few musicians draw it as artistically and creatively as Gene Pritsker." (Raymond Tuttle, Fanfare Magazine)