Voxnova Concert at CCRMA  

Monday, May 13th

3:30 Master Class
8:00p.m. Concert

The concert will include works for voice and computer processing, computer generated tape, and video.

Nicholas Isherwood

Bass baritone Nicholas Isherwood is one of the leading singers of early music and contemporary music in the world today. He has worked with conductors such as Joel Cohen, William Christie, Peter Eötvös, Paul McCreesh, Nicholas McGegan, Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta and Arturo Tamayo and composers Sylvano Bussotti, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Mauricio Kagel, György Kurtág, Olivier Messiaen, Giacinto Scelsi, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis in the most prestigious venues in Europe (La Scala, Covent Garden, the Théatre des Champs Elysées, Salzburg Festival, Venice Biennale, Concertgebouw, Deutsche Oper, Teatro dell'Opera di Roma....) as well as in China, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Russia and the United States.

He often performs with jazz legend Steve Lacy. Some highlights of his operatic career include the role of " Plutone " in Monteverdi's Il Ballo delle Ingrate at the Anger Opera, " Claudio " in Händel's Agrippina at the festivals in Göttingen and Halle and for Harmonia Mundi records, the role of " Satiro " in Luigi Rossi's Orfeo at the Châtelet and for a European tour and Harmonia Mundi records, " Frčre Léon " in Saint François d'Assise in the last composer supervised production, performed at the Queen Elisabeth Hall and live BBC television for the composer's 80th birthday, the title role in Pascal Dusapin's Roméo et Juliette at the Avignon Festival and for a European Tour, the title role in Toshio Hosokawa's Vision of Lear for the Munich Biennale and in Japan, the role of " Il Testimone " in the world premiere of Sylvano Bussotti's Tieste at the Rome Opera, and the role of Lucifer in the world premieres of Karlheinz Stockhausen's operas Montag, Dienstag, and Freitag from Licht at La Scala and the Leipzig Opera and in Donnerstag aus Licht at Covent Garden.

Nicholas Isherwood has just joined the Boston Camerata. He is the founder and artistic director of VOXNOVA, an ensemble for the contemporary vocal repertoire ranging from the solo to the sextet. He has recorded numerous cd's for labels such as Erato, Harmonia Mundi and Stockhausen Verlag. Isherwood often teaches master classes (Paris Conservatoire, Salzburg Mozarteum...) He is Assistant Professor of Singing at the University of Notre Dame and is based in Chicago and Paris.

Helix (2002)
for Bariton, real-time interaction and video
Seungyon-Seny Lee
Westbau from Der Dom
Diego Minchiachi
Spiritus Intus Alit (2002)
for Baritone and Live Processing Sounds
Ching-Wen Chao


mirroR facing Blackness (2002)
for voice and electronics
Christopher Wendell Jones
A cote de son cher corps endormi (2002)
for Bariton and 4-channels tape
Oded Ben-Tal
for Baritone and Live Electronics
Enrico Cocco
Voice Beyond the Edge
Nicola Sani


Seungyon-Seny Lee

Seungyon-Seny Lee (b. 1969)

Seungyon-Seny Lee was born in Seoul, Korea. She has studied composition with Richard Cornell at Boston University. In D.M.A Program at Stanford University, she studied with Jonathan Harvey and Chris Chafe. Her instrumental pieces and her collaborating multimedia projects which are animation, documentary film, dance, video and installation art have been performed in U.S., Europe, Korea and Cuba at festival such as Agora Festival, Internationale Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Misique (IRCAM), Colloquium on Musical Informatics (XIII CIM), Cantor Center of visual Arts at Stanford, Seoul International Computer Music Festival (SICMF), Primavera en La Havana, and Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival (FEAM). As a resident artist, she has been in Paris at Cite Internationale des Arts program, and in Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA.

Helix (2002) - for baritone, real-time interaction and video There are four basic layers to 'Helix'; a monologue on tape, tape sounds that utilize non-verbal voice and instrumental sounds (transformed via computer), voice and video. In January, February, and March of 2001, I kept a diary of thoughts on unanswerable questions and endless conundrums. The issues of reality and imagination and their relationship to the Self and Other appeared at times. The monologue part on the tape is drawn from my diary, and it incorporates these elements. The other tape sounds explore the world of explication, while the voice part is more implicit in substance. The video image is meant to enhance and redefine the experience of the sonic realm of 'Helix'. Many thanks to Cyrille Brissot who collaborates for video images.

Westbau from Der Dom

Diego Minchiachi

Diego Minciacchi (b. 1955)

Diego Minciacchi studied composition and piano in different Conservatories in Italy (L'Aquila, Perugia - musical degrees, and Milano) and had main formative contacts with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Giuseppe Giuliano, Hans Peter Haller, Luigi Nono, Emmanuel Nunes, Horatiu Radulescu, Nigel Osborne, and Curtis Roads.
He has been repeatedly invited to present his music at (excerpt): Electric Spring, Huddersfield, UK (2002); Cours d'été "Iannis Xenakis" - Festival Lucero, Paris (1993-2001); "...antasten... Internationales Pianoforum", Heilbronn (1995-2001); Internationales Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt (1990-2000); "Donaueschinger Musiktage", Donaueschingen, Germany (1997); International Society for Contemporary Music Festival: World Music Days of Mexico City (1993) and of Warsaw (1992); La Fenice, Venice; "Summer Meeting - Electroacoustic Music Studio of the Hungarian Radio", Sárvár (1999-1997) "International Dance Course for Choreographers and Composers", Guildford, Englandm (1988).
He teaches actually at the University of Florence for the Course of Motor Sciences. Publications (about 100) in the most diffused journals of neuroscience, and in several books; first editor of "Thalamic Networks for Relay and Modulation", 1993, Pergamon Press, Oxford; editor of "The Giorgio Macchi Textbook of Neurology", 2001, Piccin, Padova, Italy.

Spiritus Intus Alit

Ching-Wen Chao

Ching-Wen Chao (b. 1973)

Ching-Wen Chao, born in Taiwan in 1973, is currently a DMA candidate in composition in the music department at Stanford University, where she has studied with Chris Chafe, Brian Ferneyhough, and Jonathan Harvey. She also researches at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). She is currently a recipient of the Chiang-Ching Kuo FounationFellowship, and has recently awarded the first prize of the Young Composers Competition of the Asian Composers League. In recent years her works have been performed in several major US cities and countries that includes Canada, Indonesia, Taiwan, Korea, and China.

Spiritus Intus Alit (2002) - for Baritone and Live Processing Sounds The piece speaks to the depth of the spiritual and philosophical struggle between faith in the afterlife and the finality of death. Spiritus Intus Alit, meaning "the spirit drinks deep," serves as the postlude in my Requiem Moksa. The two textual fragments are drawn from The Aeneid of Virgil, depicting a dialogue between Aeneas and his deceased father. One is to underscore the faith in rebirth through the process of metapsychosis (reincarnation), while the the other reinforces the finality of death. This also results in two sets of musical materials which alternate throughout the piece. One of the most profound portions of Virgil's texts- "With full hands, give me lilies. Let me scatter these purple flowers, with these gifts, at least, be generous to my descendant's spirit, complete this service, althought it be useless"- deeply expresses the sorrow loss of the living and the inconsolable fact of death. Toward the end a distinctive diphonic technique of singing implies the separation of the two worlds.

mirroR facing Blackness

Christopher Wendell Jones

Christopher Wendell Jones (b. 1969)

Christopher Jones has presented his music in numerous places in North America. His works have been presented by New Works Calgary, (Calgary, Alberta) and L'Orchestre vent de l'Ecole Cure-Mercure (St. Jovite, Quebec). In 2001, Christopher worked with the Ictus Ensemble at the Ictus International Composition Seminar in Brussels, and has also participated in festivals such as Darmstadt Ferienkurse and Centre Acanthes. Currently, Christopher is pursuing a DMA in composition at Stanford University where he has studied with Jonathan Harvey, Brian Ferneyhough, Chris Chafe and Jonathan Berger. He has completed a Master of Music in composition at the University of Calgary, a Master of Music in piano at Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Music in piano at the New England Conservatory.

mirroR facing Blackness (2002) for voice and electronics
I think of mirroR facing Blankness a work of composed archaeology. It is obsessed with the process of continually stripping away elements of the original text in order to excavate an interpretation. Two cyclical readings are used to focus on and eliminate a shifting set of textual elements. Each reading prioritizes a different set of sounds and meanings, highlighting multiple facets of the poem. This piece is dedicated to the authors of the poetry, Jon Sakata and Jung-Mi Lee. I am deeply indebted to them for their wonderful writings, ideas and friendship. Many thanks also to Kris Falk and Nurit Jugend for recording the text for the electronics. -cwj

A cote de son cher corps endormi

Oded Ben-Tal

Oded Ben-Tal (b. 1969)

Oded Ben-Tal studied music (and physics) in Jerusalem, were his teachers include Mark Kopytman and Yinam Leef. Since 1997 he is a doctoral student at Stanford University, studying with Jonathan Harvey, Brian Ferneyhough, and Jonathan Berger, and working at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). In recent years his music was performed in the UK (Dartington International Summer Festival) The Netherlands (Apeldoorn young composers' meeting) as well as in France, Germany, Bulgaria, Israel and the US.

A cote de son cher corps endormi (2002)
A cote de son cher corps endormi, que d'heures des nuits j'ai veille, cherchant pourquoi il voulait tant s'evader de la realite. Jamais homme n'eut pareil vaeu. - Il a peu-etre des secrets pour changer la vie?
Arthur Rimbaud 
Beside his dear sleeping body, how many hours I have sat up at night, trying to discover why he wished to escape from reality. No man ever had a wish like it. - Perhaps he possesses secrets for transforming life? 
Translated by Oliver Bernard 


Enrico Cocco

Enrico Cocco (b. 1953)

Enrico Cocco is a composer, sound experimenter, teaching, engaged as artistic director of music festivals, author of I Visionari, a multimedia work that comes from, the homonymous collection of Oliver Clements' essays, a theologian and a philosopher, that has been staged for the festival Cantiere d'Arte di Montepulciano (1977); he was asked to participated at the Ferienkurse fur Neue Musik in Darmstadt, with the Poetico Notturno Silenzio work; author of the Il Sogno di Chuang Tzu ballet, based on the J.L. Borges' stories. He has been since 6 years the Artistic Director of the Festival di Musica Verticale, which is the one most important internationa lhistorical festival of present music. He founded the Musical Experiment- Music Theatre Ensemble of which he is the Artistic Director. Inside this new group take part all the actors and interpreters that dedicated themselves in researching and production of the musical theatre, with the help of electronics and multimedia technologies.

Il nome delle cose č tratto dell'opera di teatro musicale Enkidu. Č una pičce per baritono ed elettronica che conserva ed espande le caratteristiche dell'opera tutta, caratterizzata dallapresenza sulla scena di musicisti-attori e dalla loro forte interazione con l'elettronica. In particolare Il nome delle cose č il nucleo centrale di Enkidu, dove viene elaborata l'idea che il linguaggio dei suoni č un modo primario e ancestrale per conoscere e dare un nome alle cose. Enkidu, fratello e alter-ego di Gilgamesh, scopre il mondo dalla bocca della donna, genitrice di cose ed eventi, ed č metafora contemporanea dell'uomo diviso che che ha conosciuto la morte, che abbatte il tempo, che frammenta il suo pensiero : Enkidu č agli opposti antico e moderno : apprende tramite le immagini che gli si appalesano nel sogno. Il testo di Alfonso Cardamone, rielaborato per la musica da Enrico Cocco, si ispira direttamente al poema sumerico L'epopea di Gilgamesh che, sotto la metafora poetica, riassume lo scontro di potere tra i due personaggi principali Gilgamesh ed Enkidu, l'uno eroe ed immortale, l'altro anti-eroe o eroe in negativo. Un rigraziamento a Nicholas Isherwood eccelso interprete di entrambi le piecčs, cui quest'ultima č dedicata.

Voice Beyond the Edge

Nicola Sani

Nicola Sani (b. 1961)

Nicola Sani was born in Ferrara in 1961. Following his first musical experiences with Maura Cova, he studied composition with Domenico Guaccero and electronic music with Giorgio Nottoli. He attended the composition workshops by Karlheinz Stockhausen and the CSC computer music workshops organised by the University of Padova and the IMEB in Bourges. He is the author of numerous instrumental and electroacoustic compositions, musical theatre operas, dance operas and multimedia installations performed within the most important international seasons and festivals. He has received commissions and grants from numerous international institutions, among which Heinrich-Strobel-Foundation's Experimental Studio of SWR-Freiburg, WDR-Studio Akustische Kunst-Köln, Kölner Musik-Triennale, Konzerthaus Berlin, TU-Technische Universität-Berlin, Akademie der Künste-Berlin, SFB-Sender Freies Berlin, Deutschlandradio-Berlin, Musik der Jahrhundert-Stuttgart, Theater Trier, DIEM Aarhus (Denmark), INA GRM-Paris, IMEB-Bourges. In 1999 he was awarded the "Commande d'Etat" of the French Governement, for a new composition to be premiered at the Festival Synthése 2000 in Bourges.