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Birmingham New Music Festival

Birmingham's first new music festival, featuring a diverse mix of acoustic, electronic, improvisational, and interdisciplinary works.

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2016 Birmingham New Music Festival

Posted on September 1, 2016 by Birmingham Art Music Alliance

The 2016 Birmingham New Music Festival – our third annual festival! – runs Thursday, September 22, 2016 through Saturday, September 24, 2016. The 2016 BNMF will consist of three free concerts at universities in the Birmingham area. Please visit artmusic.org to learn more!

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post-festival report

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Birmingham Art Music Alliance

The inaugural Birmingham New Music Festival featured diverse and interesting music, excellent performances, and strong attendance at all six concerts.

Here is a review article.

Embedded is the Amion Quartet’s performance of Brian C. Moon’s String Quartet #2, closing the second day of activities on Friday, August 22nd.

Festival Program and Preview

Posted on August 18, 2014 by Birmingham Art Music Alliance

A web-friendly version of the complete Birmingham New Music Festival program may be viewed here.

Michael Huebner, Arts Reporter for the Birmingham News/Alabama Media Group, posted this preview article about the festival.

Embedded is a performance ofPatrick Greene’s abstractEXTRACTION, to be presented on day two of the festival (Friday, 8/22, 4PM).

Opening Night

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Birmingham Art Music Alliance

The Birmingham New Music Festival opens on August 21st at Moonlight on the Mountain (585 Shades Crest Rd, Birmingham, AL 35226).  The program begins with the 60X60 2012 International Mix – sixty one-minute electronic works presented continuously in an hour performance — accompanied by Butoh dancers Deborah Mauldin and Ashley Muth, and video by Jim Willett.

Following 60X60 will be two improvised sets, curated by LaDonna Smith:  one featuring movement and percussion by Susan Hefner and Michael Evans, and then a group performance by Smith (viola/voice), guitarist Davey Williams (electric guitar), Brad Davis (drums/percussion), and Si Reasoning (electric sax/wind synth).

BNMF Publicity/Poster

Posted on July 20, 2014 by Birmingham Art Music Alliance

One month before the first-ever Birmingham New Music Festival, and the publicity blitz is underway — via social media, e-mail, radio spots, ads, and this poster, soon to appear in public spaces throughout the B’ham metro area.

Change of venue for Friday/Guest composers/Web site

Posted on July 3, 2014 by Birmingham Art Music Alliance

The two Friday, August 22 concerts will be in Brock Recital Hall on the Samford University campus (rather than Hill Recital Hall as originally planned).

Joshua Marquez (Iowa City, IA) is the fifth guest composer on the Birmingham New Music Festival, joining Rusty Banks (Lancaster, PA), Robert G. Patterson (Memphis, TN); Sarah Horick (Washington DC) and Patrick Greene (Boston, MA).

The Birmingham New Music Festival web site is now up at http://fest.artmusic.org.

Overview

The Birmingham Art Music Alliance announces the first Birmingham New Music Festival, to take place on August 21-23, 2014.  Six diverse programs will offer exhilirating newly-composed music by Alabama-based composers, and four visiting composers selected from an international call:  Rusty Banks (Lancaster, PA), Robert G. Patterson (Memphis, TN); Sarah Horick (Washington DC) and Patrick Greene (Boston, MA).

The opening concert — at Moonlight on the Mountain, a community venuein a residential neighborhood — will include a 60X60 program (sixty one-minute fixed-media pieces) and a second set of improvisatory/live electronics works.  Two Friday concerts, at Hill Recital Hall on the Birmingham Southern College campus, will feature acoustic chamber music appropriate to the initimate space.  The final three programs on Saturday will take place at University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Hulsey Recital Hall, and include acoustic, electroacoustic, and interdisciplinary works.

All performances are by professional musicians (from the Alabama Symphony and area universities) who are dedicated to the highest standard of new music presentation.  BAMA will promote the festival enthusiastically to the Birmingham public and neighboring Alabama communities as a unique artistic experience.  We want to establish the Birmingham New Music Festival as an annual event, so it is important that the first year be a great success.

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In Pell City
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Features: Monroe Golden

The five musical pieces that form In Pell City are in collaboration with and response to Linda Frost’s The Pell City Poems. Having grown up just beyond police jurisdiction, the outsider’s point-of-view in Frost’s poems reminded me that the closest places can sometimes be the least familiar. The synthesizer employs three different timbres (in ABCBA form), and is detuned by 20 cents.

In Pell City will be performed by pianists Adam Bowles and Kathryn Fouse, and poet Linda Frost, on the Birmingham New Music Festival.

Fencepost
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Features: Holland Hopson

Original music for clawhammer style fretless banjo and live electronics using MaxMSP. I use two footpedals as a kind of pump organ to control the wind noises throughout which is why I’m “walking” throughout this piece.

Holland Hopson will present a new work — Sudden Swan (banjo, voice & live electronics) — at the Birmingham New Music Festival.

Enchanted Preludes
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Features: Craig Hultgren

Elliott Carter’s Enchanted Preludes performed by Luna Nova (www.lunanova.org) members John McMurtery, flute, and Craig Hultgren, cello, at Birmingham Southern College in August, 2006.

Craig Hultgren is directing the Birmingham New Music Festival, and will be performing on many of the festival programs.

Start and End Dates

08/21/201408/23/2014

Location

Birmingham, Alabama

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Birmingham, Alabama
The Birmingham Art Music Alliance is an autonomous nonprofit organization with the twofold mission of promoting music by Alabama composers and presenting concerts of recently created art music to communities in Birmingham and beyond. Members include local composers, professional performers, students, and enthusiasts who wish to preserve and maintain the long tradition of music as…

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Composer/Organizer
Birmingham, Alabama
Performer/Director
Decorah, Iowa
Composer/Performer
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Composer/Organizer
Pell City, Alabama
Visiting Composer
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Visiting Composer
Memphis, Tennessee

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