Monday, December 16, 2013

Notations 21: Troy and Falcone

Here is the twenty-first installment of Notations! Inspired by Cage's 1969 bookNotations is a collection of graphic scores, hand drawn music calligraphy, computer code, compositional sketches, text scores, and other innovative forms of musical notation.

Every Monday we'll showcase notation by two different composers, primarily focusing on those local to Los Angeles. This week's composers are T.J. Troy and Madeline Falcone. All images are used with permission, and copyright is retained by each piece's respective creator. Click on the images to hear/see a larger view.

Great Western Railway by TJ Troy
T.J. Troy combines an eclectic knowledge of percussion from around the world with his innate musicality to create a distinct and powerful voice in the world of contemporary percussion. Be it as a member of many high caliber ensembles, a soloist or with the numerous artists he collaborates with, T.J. has established himself as one of the most multi-faceted and sought after percussion artists in Los Angeles. As a composer, T.J.’s writes for several different groups, including the Freshly Squeezed Music Ensemble (FSME), a chamber group whose repertoire draws from classical, contemporary, and world music traditions; February 2011 saw the release of “Roads 3,” the third volume of T.J.’s “Roads” series, cataloging his creative journey as a composer. T.J.’s latest project, Run Downhill, just recently saw the release of their debut EP, “Giants.” An active performer and composer for television and film, he was awarded the Gaia Award from the Moondance International Film Festival, for his score to Den Serras' film, "Seven Swans," co-written with composer Leon Rothenberg. His compositions have been performed by the University of Michigan Creative Arts Orchestra, the CalArts Percussion Ensemble, the Citrus College Percussion Ensemble, Condensation, OK Composer, and Freshly Squeezed.

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In the dreaming man's dream, the dreamed man awoke by Madeline Falcone

Madeline Falcone, violinist and violist, is a versatile performer with an interest in the promotion of contemporary music. She completed her undergraduate degree at Loyola University New Orleans, where she cultivated an interest in chamber music as a founding member of the New Orleans Chamber Ensembles and the Contemporary String Ensemble. Through these groups, Madeline initiated the premiere of new works by worldwide composers in unconventional venues throughout the city.  She continued her studies through the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music summer orchestras and California Institute of the Arts, where she received her MFA.  While at CalArts, Madeline appeared in solo roles including VLN & VLA at REDCAT and made her viola debut as soloist in the premiere of The House is Open by Alex Vassos. Primary teachers include Mark Menzies, Lorenz Gamma, Michel Za├»tzeff, and Amy Thiaville. As a Los Angeles chamber musician, Madeline is a founding member of The Isaura String Quartet and has performed with Classical Revolution L.A. and YMF’s Debut Orchestra and at venues including REDCAT, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and Gibson Ampitheater. Her musical interests extend to genres including Irish fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, and popular music; she played fiddle with Los Angeles Irish band The Ploughboys, performed at New Orleans Jazz Fest, and appeared as a regular guest with the 2011 Thelonius Monk Sextet.

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