Winners of Composer Call Announced!



Six works by five composers to be performed in 2018

December 15 (Berkeley, CA) – Today, Dr. Lynne Morrow, music director of the Grammy-nominated Pacific Edge Voices (PEV), announced the selection of six works by five composers that will be performed by PEV next year.

PEV issued a call for scores in spring 2017 and received over 300 submissions from composers across the globe. Dr. Morrow explains: “As a group long-committed to presenting new works, we are delighted to have received submissions from such a substantial and diverse array of musical voices.  We are excited to dive into this wonderful music and to share them with Bay Area audiences this season and next.”’

The selected works and composers are:

To be performed April 12 and 15, 2018:

Canto del Poeta (El Príncipe Monencauhtzin)  by Javier Martínez-Ramírez

Mr. Martinez-Ramirez is a Mexican composer, choral conductor and orthodox priest currently based in Guatemala. El Canto del Poeta took second prize Fourth National Contest of Choral Composition in Mexico in 2000 and was premiered by the Chamber Choir of the National Center of the Arts. The text is from poetry by Tecayehuatzin, Lord of Huexotzinco (15th century).

Cançao do Exilio by César Zumel Vaquero

A native of Burgos, Spain, Mr. Zumel has conducted the Coral de Cámara in San Esteban since 2010. His compositions have premiered in Spain, Brazil, and Chile, and he has won three composition awards. Cançao do exilio is a setting of a poem by Gonçalves Dias (Brasil 1823-1864). It talks about the sabiá, a native Brazilian bird that represents freedom. The composer has incorporated samba rhythms into this work to create a deep, mantra-like feeling, in contrast to traditional European music styles.

If Music Be the Food of Love by Dylan J. Tran
Mr. Tran is a composer, conductor and tenor, currently based in New Orleans. His influences range from DuFay to Ferneyhough, also employing elements from popular music, electronica, theatre, and his own Vietnamese heritage. In his three years of composing, he has workshopped and performed his pieces with numerous musicians in New Orleans, New York, and France. The most recent of these is “String Quartet No. 1 – On Vietnamese Themes”, which was commissioned through a fellowship with MUSAICA and will be premiered by musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in their next season.

To be performed in PEV’s Annual A Cappella Jazz and Pop concerts, June 2, 8 and 10, 2018:

Bird Song by John Milne

Born in the US to British immigrant parents, Mr. Milne John grew up in the Bay Area and has lived in Chicago for the past 25 years. After a long career writing, arranging and singing pop (The Toons, two-time Gold Cabaret Award winners and early MTV act), alt-country (Long Gone Lonesome Boys) and a cappella (with three-time Harmony Sweepstakes winners Chicago Voice Exchange), he has turned to composing more serious choral music in recent years, winning several national and international composition contests.

To be performed in December 2018

Come, Love We God by Christopher J. Hoh

Based in Virginia. Mr. Hoh primarily composes choral music, and has written for choral groups in the US, Germany, and Austria. This work is a carol for Epiphany or Christmas that draws from a 16th century text in English and Latin. The music is new but sounds both fresh and medieval, with rhythmic vigor.

Mass in E by Dylan J. Tran

See Mr. Tran’s biographical information above.

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Since 1980 Pacific Edge Voices has collaborated with numerous composers and artists such as John Adams, Dave Brubeck, David Lang, Bobby McFerrin, Meredith Monk, Sufjan Stevens, Sweet Honey in the Rock, American Bach Soloists, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Coro Nacional de Cuba, Napa Valley Symphony, The Oakland East Bay Symphony, and many others. Under the name Pacific Mozart Ensemble, the group was nominated for a “Best Choral Performance” Grammy® Award in 2006 for the Harmonia Mundi recording of Bernstein’s Mass with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin under the direction of Kent Nagano. Pacific Edge Voices has made four international tours and made its Carnegie Hall debut in November 2005, representing choral music for Meredith Monk’s 40th Anniversary Celebration; selections of those performances were broadcast on WNYC radio.

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