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The "Buy Local" phenomenon is sweeping Vermont and the country as a whole.
Help put "Buy Local" at the top of mind of performers and ensembles throughout Vermont ... every concert with at least one composition by an alive-and-well Vermont composer! If you see Bach and Beethoven and Debussy being played at a concert but not a Vermont composer, ask that ensemble to upgrade their programming! If your local classical radio station isn't playing Vermont composers, help them understand how important new music by Vermont composers is to you (and their advertisers and sponsors and contributors)!
Keep classical music vital, in Vermont! Buy local ... and that means local Vermont music by local Vermont composers!
Download and print the bumper sticker below, display it proudly, and bring copies to every classical concert so they know that you support locally composed music!.
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The Consortium of Vermont Composers was founded in 1988 to get new music out there from in here. Did you know that nearly 250 composers live and work in Vermont, with music ranging from the straightforward song to the electronic edge? Yes, they do! We're the most composer-friendly state in the U.S.! The Consortium occasionally publishes Consorting, a newsletter of musical ideas, jousts, reviews & announcements, and will have a new issue out in the spring of 2005. Becoming a member of the Consortium is inexpensive -- use this form to contact the Consortium. Large sums of money, artistic contributions, lip-slathering commissions and general bewilderment are also welcome. The Consortium of Vermont Composers can be reached for scores, recordings, and music samples.
Vermont Composer Derrik Jordan won first prize in the biennial Shakuhaci Chamber Music International Prize 2008 for his composition Sky Mirror, a work for shakuhachi, string quartet and electric guitar.
Living in southern Vermont and playing throughout the northeast, Derrik Jordan has sung national jingles, worked with many bands and has had his songs recorded by other artists, but what really excites him is writing, recording and performing his original music. “Creating live music is a sacred trust. That moment of ecstatic communion when performer and audience become one is one of life’s greatest experiences,” says Jordan.
As a recording artist, award-winning singer-songwriter and composer, producer, teacher and multi-instrumentalist (electric violin, percussion, guitar and piano), Jordan is used to wearing a lot of hats. Brazilliance – Everyone Loves Brazil, a 29 track double CD, showcases the best of his original sambas and bossa novas. It contains a new recording of his song “Share Your Love,” first released by Angela Bofill in 1978 on her debut album for Arista Records.
Expecting A Miracle, an acoustic-pop-soul album he co-produced with Tom “T-Bone” Wolk (Hall and Oates, Saturday Night Live Band) includes the song “Speak Through Me” which was awarded 1st place (Gospel-Inspirational) and 2nd place overall out of 32,000 songs in the 2004 USA Songwriting Competition, the world’s leading international song contest.
Touch The Earth, an environmentally themed concept album, was produced by Jordan and he sings and plays most of the instruments on it. The songs are recorded in a variety of world music styles (reggae, afro-pop, samba, salsa and funk). “Something’s Gonna Change” from the CD won top honors as 2002 Reggae Song of the Year from Just Plain Folks, the world’s largest songwriter organization.
He has released two CDs under the name SuperString Theory (including 2007’s SuperString Theory Goes To Senegal), showcasing his 5-string electric violin in a variety of world fusion settings (African, Middle Eastern and Asian) with exotic instruments like hoddu, balafon, kora, didgeridoo and sitar and featuring award-winning NYC free jazz singer Lisa Sokolov and Ethiopian vocalist Helen Kerlin-Smith.
In 1992, Jordan made his national recording debut on Right As Rain, a CD benefiting the Rainforest Action Network that featured Jerry Garcia and Paul Winter. He has studied percussion with master drummer Milford Graves and composition with Henry Brant. His musical journeys have taken him to Brazil, Senegal, Ghana and Trinidad. He has produced jazz, folk, spoken word, Native American and award-winning children’s independent recordings for other artists and works with many bands including Tony Vacca and the World Rhythms Ensemble, Zabap, Simba and Natural History.
The Vermont Composers met October 28, 2007, at the home of David Gunn in Barre. It was a "Future Directions" meeting, with ideas about possible upcoming events. It was attended by Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Lydia Busler-Blais, David Gunn, Peter Hamlin, Zeke Hecker, Brian Johnson, Derrick Jordan, Peggy Madden, and Don McLean. At some point, though not real soon now, a summary will be posted along with some pix.
Vermont Composers Brian Johnson, David Gunn, Dov Michael Schiller and Dennis Báthory-Kitsz join Michael Manion and Doug Perkins in an all-percussion concert called "The Long Roll," -- named after Michael Manion's feature composition -- and presenting music by Brian, David, Dov and Michael as well as Eric Lyon, Steve Gryc, Michael Gordon and Brady Kynans. $7 entry gets two hours of music including a final improvisation in which other musicians are invited to join in. Already composers Peggy Madden and Michael Arnowitt are signed up! For more info, contact us!
You can download a poster, print or send to friends! There's the one to the left, a slightly bigger one that's cool for letter size, and a jumbo 11x17 poster that prints up nice on any giant size.
Set aside the date & place: Sunday, August 12, Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7pm. Be there! Bring some percussion!
Yes, it's been years, but now it's time! The seventh Festival of New Music by Vermont Composers will take place on the weekend of June 25-26, 2005, in cooperation with Vermont Cultural Heritage Month.
Set aside the dates & places: Saturday, June 25, Trinity Church, Montpelier, 7pm and Sunday, June 26, Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7pm
Saturday's concert features the gorgeously warm wood-and-brick acoustic environment of the Trinity Church, with electronic/electroacoustic music by Peggy Madden, Margaret Meachem, and Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, and acoustic music by David Gunn played by members of the Vermont Youth Orchestra.
Sunday's concert in the popular venue at the Unitarian Church offers acoustic music by William Mayer and David Fuqua played by Michael Arnowitt, Laura Koplewitz and Lydia Busler-Blais played by Lydia Busler-Blais, Peggy Madden played by Bill Keck, Brian Johnson and Thomas L. Read played by the composers respectively, and a special improv session with John Levin and Charlie Schneeweis of Tweak, Eric Lyon, David Gunn, Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, Brian Johnson, Thomas L. Read, Peggy Madden, and Lydia Busler-Blais.
Trinity United Methodist Church, 7pm
Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7pm
Production and direction of the festival: Dennis Báthory-Kitsz and David Gunn, with assistance by intern Wally Gunn from Australia. For more information please contact us.
The Consortium of Vermont Composers is presently meeting online in the "Vermont Composers" section of the K&D bulletin board.