Modern Notebook for April 12: Special Marathon

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the livelihoods of musicians and other artists with event cancellations and more. This week on Modern Notebook, Tyler Kline presents a special edition of the show sharing 23 pieces by living composers and performers, with ways that you can support their work directly – as well as ways you can support artists in general – during this time.

 

General Artist Funds

The following is a list of ongoing artist relief funds accepting donations to distribute to composers and performers affected by the COVID-19 crisis:

  • New Music USA New Music Solidarity Fund. The New Music Solidarity Fund is designed to help new/creative/improvised music freelancers whose livelihood has been threatened as a result of performances which have been canceled during the COVID-19 crisis. The Fund was started by a group of musicians in the new music community who have raised over $130,000 in a week, primarily from fellow musicians, composers, and music professionals. This has now grown to $270,000 which will enable us to support up to 540 performers. Click here to read more and donate.
  • Artist Relief Tree. A relief fund for artists affected by cancellations due to COVID-19. Click here to read more and make a donation.
  • Artly World Nonprofit. “Imagine losing your main source of your income with no warning in one swift blow—left with bills to pay, a family to support, and inability to afford critical necessities, such as food, medicine, and utilities. With arts events, concerts, and productions being cancelled in cities across the nation, this is the reality that many artists, musicians, and performers are facing. Their livelihoods dependent on live events and face-to-face interactions, many have unexpectedly lost their main source of income and were not financially prepared for the repercussions of this unprecedented crisis.” Donate here.
  • The Soze Agency. “This fund, created by The Soze Foundation, TaskForce and Invisible Hand, supports artists + activists whose work has been impacted by COVID-19. We have received 6,148 applications and have distributed $150,000 in grants to over 500 artists + activists. We hope to support more applicants, but we need to raise more money.” Click here to donate.
  • Artist Relief Project. The recent global health crisis has had a huge impact on the arts industry. Artists, musicians, and performers dependent on live events and face-to-face interactions have lost their main source of income, and it is uncertain when (and if) they will be able to resume their livelihood as normal. Now is the time to give back to these artists, musicians, and performers, who contribute so much to the joy, vibrancy, and quality of our lives and culture. The Artist Relief Project is collecting donations from those with the means to help. Funds will support artists in any discipline, who have been directly impacted by event cancellations and venue closures due to COVID19-related health concerns. The funds raised will offer relief to artists in the immediate short term in the form of a one-time stipend and in the long term in the form of resources for alternative, sustainable economic opportunities. Click here to donate.

If you are aware of any artist relief initiatives accepting donations at this time, please let Tyler know via email.

 

April 12, 2020 program

Hour 1

  • Hommage a Hildegard of Bingen by Anthony Joseph Lanman performed by Holly Roadfeldt, piano.
  • FÔR Marimbas: Mvt. I Allegro con Vivo by Alex Ofaly (Performed by Heartland Marimba Quartet). Heartland Marimba Quartet’s newest album, Vision, is available on all streaming platforms and for purchase on their website www.heartlandmarimbaquartet.com.
  • Snow by Elena Langer performed by violinist Yolanda Bruno and pianist Isabelle David. You can purchase their Wild Swans album by visiting https://www.yolandabruno.com/the-wild-swans.

  • Doublespeak by Bethany Younge (Performed by Sputter Box). Find Sputter Box on social media: @sputterbox on Instagram/Facebook and @sputterboxtrio on Twitter. Right now they have an ongoing project called Sputter (SHRINKS THE) Box, which is designed so they can keep playing together, keep composers writing, and to share music with everyone in their homes.  You can watch the videos of these brand new works on Sputter Box’s social media channels, and you can support the project with a donation to their Venmo (@sputterbox), and proceeds are split with all composers involved.
  • Lisa Cella performs Ripples for alto flute by Adam Greene. For information and work samples, visit www.adamgreene.net.

  • The first movement of Fabio Massimo Capogrosso‘s Tre movimenti per corde e martelli performed by Strings & Hammers.
  • Hollowlight by Aidan Ramsay, performed by Katie Cox, flute; Alex LoRe, alto saxophone; Joseph Bergen, percussion; Andie Springer, violin; Charles Akert, cello). Sheet music, which can be requested through my email, aidancramsay@gmail.com.
  • The second movement, Rehabilitation, from Michael Standard‘s work Stamina, performed by horn soloist Eric Hawkins and the McCormick Percussion Group; Robert McCormick, conductor.

  • O Oriens by Melissa Dunphy, performed by The Singers; Matthew Culloton, conductor. In addition to composing, Melissa Dunphy co-hosts a podcast that has nothing to do with music called The Boghouse, which details my real-life archaeology adventures after she and her husband bought a magic theater and found thousands of artifacts from the 1700s underneath. You can support Dunphy by checking out The Boghouse wherever you get podcasts. Read more here.
  • Music by John Liberatore for saxophone and percussion, performed by the Bent Frequency Duo Project.

Hour 2

  • Music by Hilary Kleinig performed by the Zephyr Quartet. The ensemble’s new album, EPILOGUE, on Navona Records and all major platforms.

  • An excerpt from Tapestry by Bryan Michael Wysocki performed by Anthony DeMartinis, marimba.
  • The first movement from Three Sketches on Paintings by Regina Guerrero by Jonathan Howard Katz. Performed by Ellen Huntington, flute; Sunshine Simmons, clarinet; Austin Wulliman, violin; Jocelyn Butler, cello; Daniel Pesca, piano. Visit website jonathanhowardkatz.com for info about his works and links to purchase sheet music.
  • A work for microtonally-retuned piano by Isaac Schankler called Alien Warp Etude performed by Aron Kallay. Isaac Schankler has launched a project called “Songs to Wash Your Hands To,” in which they’ve compiled 56 twenty-second songs from various composers and artists with all proceeds going to the Medicare Rights Center, a nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. Listen and donate here.

  • Owl Flight by Chris Opperman performed by the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. Check out his back catalog of music on Spotify.
  • Interlude-Adagio, the second movement of Andrew Noseworthy’s Concerto for Korg Monotron performed by Louis Pino, Korg monotron soloist with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada; Gregory Oh, conductor. Visit https://www.anmusiccomposer.com/ for more information about the composer, and check out Noseworthy’s independent record label at https://peopleplacesrecords.bandcamp.com/.
  • Flutist Lindsay Goodman performs music by Jason Taurins. Her albums Returning to Heights Unseen and ETEREO, both on Navona Records and all major platforms.

  • Glistenality by Rasa Daukus, performed by Holly Roadfeldt, piano. Check out more of Holly Roadfeldt’s performances on her two CDs: the Preludes Project, a 2 CD solo album-music by Kirk O’Riordan and Chopin; and Autumn Winds, a new album of solo and chamber music by Kirk O’Riordan.
  • The third movement of Gloria Yehilevsky‘s Minister of Loneliness, called you’re not watching your figure are you. Performed by Aisling Reilly, double bass and Gloria Yehilevsky, percussion.
  • Violinist Patrick Yim performs the music of Michael-Thomas Foumai. Yim’s recent album, MEMORY on all major platforms and at navonarecords.com.

If you are a composer or performer who specializes in contemporary music and would like your music shared on the next Modern Notebook Marathon (estimated air date: Mid-May), please click here to go to the submission form.

Modern Notebook is hosted by WSMR’s Tyler Kline, and is a program that highlights music composed since the Mid-20th Century, with a special focus on the music of living composers.