BNMI Presents Space/Time April 16 at Ryles Jazz Club

The Boston New Music Initiative concludes its 6th season with Space/Time on April 16, 2015, 8:00 pm at iconic Ryles Jazz Club, 212 Hampshire Street in Inman Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Under the baton of conductor and Artistic Director Patrick Valentino, the BNMI ensemble will perform seven chamber works by living composers. Program highlights include the world premiere of Labyrinth Song by Italian composer Nicola Straffelini, winner of BNMI’s 2013 Commissioning Competition; two works for live performers and electronics (Black Arrow by Sungji Hong and Timshel by João Pedro Oliveira); and Sextet by Boston-based composer Christopher LaRosa.

Mr. Valentino describes the concert program as “a musical journey on which we explore the intriguing parallels and paradoxes brought to light when music, an art form which must exist in time, comments on or reacts to that element of its existence. Likewise space, another musical parameter (be it physical or sonic space), interweaves with rhythm, duration, and varying conceptions of the passage of time to spin a sonic and temporal tapestry on which our program is presented.”

The compositions of Nicola Straffelini have won several honors and awards, including BNMI’s 2013 Commissioning Competition, the Director’s Award at the Boston Metro Opera Composition Competition for Desert Games, first prize in the Rassegna internazionale di composizione pianistica (Rome), the first international composition prize “Music Riva,” and the Premio Valentino Bucchi (Rome). Mr. Valentino states that Labyrinth Song “compresses and expands sonic space through use of contracting rhythmic events and sections... It also borrows from a piece from another time, Berio's Laborintus II, which itself deals with memory and the passage of mortal time.”

Also featured on the program are works by internationally acclaimed composers Sang Mi Ahn (i(dash)), Maurizio Azzan (Città della memoria), and Carl Schimmel (Roadshow for Otto).

The concert begins at 8 pm, with a pre-concert talk with attending composers scheduled for 7:30 pm. Tickets are available online in advance until the day of the show or at the door starting at 7 pm.

April 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Ryles Jazz Club
212 Hampshire St
Cambridge, MA

$15 general admission at door
$10 online in advance

Conductor: Patrick Valentino

Deirdre Viau, flute/piccolo
Yhasmin Valenzuela, clarinet/bass cl
Valerie Ross, piano
Matt Sharrock, percussion
Lilit Hartunian, violin
Christopher Homick, violoncello

Sang Mi Ahn – i(dash)
Maurizio Azzan – Città della memoria
Sungji Hong – Black Arrow
Christopher LaRosa – Sextet
João Pedro Oliveira – Timshel
Carl Schimmel – Roadshow for Otto
Nicola Straffelini – Labyrinth Song*

* World premiere, BNMI commission

Call for Scores

We sincerely thank all of you who have submitted to our calls for scores this year.  We received an overwhelming response to each of our calls, and look forward to making our selections in the coming months.  

Our third annual Commissioning Competition closed on October 15, 2014, and submissions have been forwarded to the judging panel for the second round of review. The judging panel for the call for works for up to eight performers, which closed on December 15, 2014, is currently in the first round of review for submissions, with the second round of review to begin in April 2015.  The first round of review for the most recent call ending March 2015, for ensembles of 4-14 players, is scheduled to begin in mid-April 2015.

The organization will also host its first annual Young Composer Competition between April 1 and May 15, 2015. Details for this competition will be announced shortly.


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