Concerto for Horn & Chamber Orchestra - Sunday, October 28 @5:30 PM in Bates Recital Hall
Hi, and thanks for stopping by!
I'm delighted to announce that Density512 will be premiering my new Concerto for Horn & Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, October 28th at 5:30 pm in Bates Recital Hall. Dr. Michael Mikulka will be performing the extraordinarily difficult solo part, with Nick Perry Clark conducting.
The Story of the concerto:
A few years ago I was approached by a horn player who was founder and chairman of the board of a new music ensemble. He had heard my string quartet, and wanted something that blended avant garde extended techniques with neo-classical and vernacular musical styles. I agreed to write him a concerto, and set to work. When due to unforeseen circumstances the original ensemble became unable to perform the work, I turned to my friends in Austin to put together a premier right here.
The piece prominently features horn multiphonics, the technique of singing a note into the horn while playing normally as well. It's difficult, and has not been deeply explored in a concerto before. Furthermore, the orchestra will be taking a cue from the acoustical nature of the horn, and playing notes to which they are not accustomed - notes that are not on the piano - the "notes between the notes" - microtones.
In order to realize this ambitious project, we have partnered with local 501(c)(3) music non-profit BELTÁ, and invite you to contribute to the realization of this wild new piece.
All of this has been a great deal of wonderful, arduous work, and I'm looking forward to sharing this music with you.
Feel free to email me with questions.
Density512 is a music collective that blends Austin's vibrant live-music culture with imaginative programs for contemporary chamber orchestra. We provide a homegrown ATX classical music experience by performing in vital community spaces, supporting local artists, and giving context to contemporary music through its classical roots. In June 2017, Density512 entered the Austin music scene with a summer festival of four chamber orchestra performances featuring contemporary repertoire played by some of Austin's finest emerging musicians. Now its second full season, Density512 has performed at local hotspots such as Thinkery, Scholz Garten, The North Door, Laguna Gloria, Big Medium, CRAFT, and 4th Tap Brewing Co-op.
Dr. Michael Mikulka
Michael Mikulka is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at Southwestern University. He has written well over 100 pieces with varied styles, lengths, and instrumentations. His music has been performed throughout the United States and internationally, including by members of the New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, by performance faculty at several universities, by founding members of the Canadian Brass and the Kronos Quartet, and by acclaimed flutist Robert Dick. Michael has been named a winner or finalist 32 times in composition contests and calls for scores.
As a horn player (he plays on a Conn 28D), Michael most recently studied with Pat Hughes. He previously studied with Douglas Lundeen and Amy Larkey-Emelianoff. While pursuing his doctoral degree, Michael performed as a member of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Horn Choir (which won 1st place in the student division of the 2015 IHS Large Ensemble competition using Michael's "Sarabande and Retaliation" as the main piece). In addition, Michael frequently premieres solo and chamber compositions and has written a horn multiphonic method book.
Nicholas Perry Clark
Nicholas Perry Clark (b. 1993 in Portland, OR) is a conductor, composer, and bassoonist residing in Austin, TX. His works have been performed by NOW Ensemble, Zzyzx Quartet, Density512, members of the Oregon Symphony, as well as collegiate ensembles in Austin, TX. He is currently studying conducting with Peter Bay and has studied composition with Yevgeniy Sharlat, Donald Grantham, Evan Kuhlmann, Jonathan Newman, and Dan Welcher. He is the Executive Director/co-artistic director of Density512, a contemporary chamber orchestra and music collective in Austin, TX which he founded and conducts on a regular basis. He also conducts the Cockrell School of Engineering Chamber Orchestra and co-founded the Lab Orchestra at The University of Texas at Austin where he recently graduated with a Bachelor's of Music Composition.