…With Urutora-man (2014), derivation in Japanese of Ultraman, Van Stiefel pays homage to Toru Takemitsu with a sort of sad and twilight blues, thus evoking what could be a spiritual affiliation adapted to the stylistic features of the West."
NEW on Mode Records!
"DREAM: AMERICAN MUSIC FOR ELECTRIC GUITAR"
SERGIO SORRENTINO, electric guitar
Works of Cage, Curran, Feldman, Lang, Polansky, Sharp, Stiefel, Vees, and Wolff
Ultraman by Van Stiefel, a composer and guitarist, is an homage to Toru Takemitsu and is based on the character of the super-hero Ultraman. Its effective fresco of resonances and harmonies enhance the intimate and evocative side of the electric guitar sound.
NYC folks, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) has a couple great free shows Abrons Arts Centerthis week as part of the #OpenICE series -- on 2.8 at 7:30pm we'll play a concert of largely contemplative music including music with guitar by Bernadette Speach Eva-Maria Houben Van Stiefel and #DannyClay and on 2.11 7:30pm the program explores threads of early music running through contemporary repertoire with music by #Carter, #RebeccaSaunders, Reiko Fueting, #EllenReid Karen Keyhani and a short work byJonathan Dawe for guitar and piano. come join us for some great rep!
XXX Festival de Musica Contemporanea de La Habana. Sergio Sorrentino, guitar with video projection.
Il Manifesto still values journalism that covers the arts! Guido Michelone is a big musical mind for cultural omnivores to follow. He acknowledges genre and style distinctions without hesitating to comment on anything that moves him.
Anyone from Atlanta old enough to remember The Silver Screen? When I was 16, I used to drive there and watch Italian movies -- Fellini and Pasolini mostly. "La Stampa" equalled "cool newspaper" to me. Here's an interview with Sergio and I in today's "La Stampa." When you get to be my age, it's these little 'circles' that matter. It's even "print only;" how cool is that?
The Workshop is interactive in the truest sense, focusing on the process of musical creation and collaboration from concept to concert. Each composer will write two short works (one for the complete ensemble and one for guitars only) and collaborate on the compositions with performers over the course of the Workshop. All compositions are performed and recorded.
ARTIST-FACULTY INCLUDES: Artists and faculty are subject to change.
Martin Bresnick, composer/Workshop Director
Julian Pellicano, conductor
Lisa Moore, piano
Van Stiefel, guitar/composer
Benjamin Verdery, guitar/composer
I'm a Fool to Care Lecture at Yale Guitar Extravaganza 2014: Composing for the Electric Guitar. Discussing hero Les Paul.
The eighth Yale Guitar Extravaganza will take place Saturday, February 22, 2014. This event, which is presented every 2–3 years at the Yale School of Music, offers a daylong immersion in all things guitar: concerts, workshops, demonstrations, and more.
This year’s concert artists include David Tanenbaum, René Izquierdo, Elina Chekan, and Van Stiefel. Panel discussions and workshops cover topics from education to composition, from early guitars to the electric guitar.
Van Stiefel, composer/guitarist
With Sergio Sorrentino, electric guitar
2–3 pm • Morse Recital Hall
Van Stiefel: Composing for Electric Guitar
3:15–4 pm • Sprague Hall, Room 305
Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Kerekes, Jack Vees, and Van Stiefel, panelists
Benjamin Verdery, moderator
4–5:15 pm • Sudler Recital Hall
March 13, 2014. afterland for piano and video projection composed in memory of John August Otte. Performed by Carl Cranmer the piece combines a video layer of piano performance with live performance.
(photo by John Otte)
Friend and collaborator plays from The Shape of Hands. December 18th, 2013
121 Ludlow St second floor Lower East Side New York 10002
Ben Verdery's amazing students at the Yale School of Music gave the "second" performance of Cinema Castaneda.
December 4th, 2013
The livestream site at YSM is an amazing resource for hearing new live performance online.
Katrin Endrikat, and Ray Zhou, guitars
Italian guitarist Sergio Sorentino lets me tell my story for dotGuitar.it
Sergio and I are collaborating on a new project for 2014!
New Focus Recording recently put wrung from The Shape of Hands on Youtube. The editorial choice made me hear the piece differently.
No matter how fixed we think a piece might be, there's always some variation of experience to be had that will change it altogether, forever. Listening to music changes it.
Sunday, July21, 2013
WTRI 90.1 broadcast of Smoke and Mirrors for electric guitar and violin from my CD Solaris.
Nurit Pacht, violin
Daniel Lippel, e-guitar
Image above by my friend Mark Sheinkman
(forgive me, Mark)
...its starting point from a collection of cowboy songs, the imagination of the composer wandering through frontier imagery, ballads and rancheros as well as a variety of contemporary and not-so contemporary pop influences. This description barely hints at the serious qualities in this piece, which takes us deeper into the sonic variety of the ensemble than any of the others, layering dynamics and playing with effects in ways which alter our perspectives and genuinely create a valuable and cinematic journey. The players are asked to sing as well at certain points, which is a further surprisingly effective additional nuance. There are ten movements, though the music runs continuously. This is the kind of piece which points out the vitality and character of genres and idioms rarely considered in serious musical contexts, and I’m an instant convert.
It seems a bit mean to cherry-pick, but if you are only downloading I would urge you to hear Van Stiefel’s Cinema Castaneda, and I shall certainly be looking out for more from the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet in future.
…the most conversational of the four composers, with luscious lines of melody complementing and re-enforcing the strums of the player before, and dissonant slanging matches erupting through stabs of buzzing nylon...
Composer, guitarist and associate professor at West Chester University, Van Stiefel spent time with Upland 8th & 9th grade music students this morning. He guided them in writing new compositions with laptop orchestras, inspired by well-known paintings. Mr. Stiefel shared with the students how he was inspired by three particular Andrew Wyeth paintings in writing his recent piece "Wyeth Songs." Thank you Mr. Stiefel!
Rehearsing Hourglass with Gary White and the principle strings of the Sinfonia. They sound great! Concert's tonight.
The last performance of Wyeth Songs (this season, anyway) took place 3/23 at the Brandywine River Museum--turned out to be a perfect space blending the young singers with the amazing Randall Scarlata.
Two terrific guitar quartet CDs at one time!
Stiefel’s Wyeth Songs redefines the idea of multimedia, snatching it back from modern technology and reclaiming it for the old school ideas of community, tradition, and love.