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David Carlton Adams - Horn Concerto Premiere

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About The Artist

David Carlton Adams and Collaborators

Based in Austin, David is a composer and teacher of vocal and instrumental music. Drawing on years of experience as a guitarist in rock and funk bands, as a violist in school orchestras, and as a physics enthusiast, he approaches music as an acoustic phenomenon, seeking to find strange consonances and dissonances outside the traditional gamut, yet accessible to broad audiences.

An Austinite since 2009, David earned a degree in composition with a certificate in vocal performance from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, studying composition with Yevgeniy Sharlat, Don Grantham, Bruce Pennycook, and Dan Welcher, and voice with David Small. Having written music performed by One Ounce Opera, the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, and the TC4 Quartet, he is currently...

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Hi, and thanks for stopping by!

I’m finishing up a horn concerto that will premier Sunday, October 28 at 5:30pm in Bates Recital Hall. I have the pleasure of announcing that Density512 will perform the work under the baton of Nicholas Perry Clark, featuring soloist Dr. Michael Mikulka performing the incredibly demanding solo part. (see more on these fine people below)

The piece prominently features horn multiphonics, the technique of singing a note into the horn while playing normally as well. It's difficult, and has not been deeply explored in a concerto before. Furthermore, the orchestra will be taking a cue from the acoustical nature of the horn, and playing notes from the overtone series to which they are not accustomed - notes that are not on the piano - the "notes between the notes" - microtones.

All of this has been a great deal of wonderful, arduous work, and I'm looking forward to sharing this music with you.


The Story of the Concerto:

A few years ago I was approached by a horn player who was co-founder and chairman of the board of a new music ensemble. He had heard my string quartet, and wanted something that blended avant garde extended techniques with neo-classical and vernacular musical styles. I agreed to write him a concerto, and set to work.

Unfortunately, the performance with the original ensemble has been postponed indefinitely due to unforeseen circumstances, leaving the organization of a concert to me. Fortunately, some of my friends here are new music enthusiasts, directors of ensembles, and even horn players, so we're putting together a premiere right here in Austin.


Conductor:

Nicholas Perry Clark (b. 1993 in Portland, OR) is a conductor, composer, and bassoonist residing in Austin, TX. His works have been performed by NOW Ensemble, Zzyzx Quartet, Density512, members of the Oregon Symphony, as well as collegiate ensembles in Austin, TX. He is currently studying conducting with Peter Bay and has studied composition with Yevgeniy Sharlat, Donald Grantham, Evan Kuhlmann, Jonathan Newman, and Dan Welcher. He is the Executive Director/co-artistic director of Density512, a contemporary chamber orchestra and music collective in Austin, TX which he founded and conducts on a regular basis. He also conducts the Cockrell School of Engineering Chamber Orchestra and co-founded the Lab Orchestra at The University of Texas at Austin where he recently graduated with a Bachelor's of Music Composition.

Soloist

Michael Mikulka is currently the Visiting Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at Southwestern University. He has written well over 100 pieces with varied styles, lengths, and instrumentations. His music has been performed throughout the United States and internationally, including by members of the New York Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, by performance faculty at several universities, by founding members of the Canadian Brass and the Kronos Quartet, and by acclaimed flutist Robert Dick. Michael has been named a winner or finalist 32 times in composition contests and calls for scores.

As a horn player (he plays on a Conn 28D), Michael most recently studied with Pat Hughes. He previously studied with Douglas Lundeen and Amy Larkey-Emelianoff. While pursuing his doctoral degree, Michael performed as a member of the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and Horn Choir (which won 1st place in the student division of the 2015 IHS Large Ensemble competition using Michael's "Sarabande and Retaliation" as the main piece). In addition, Michael frequently premieres solo and chamber compositions and has written a horn multiphonic method book.

Ensemble

Density512 is a music collective that blends Austin's vibrant live-music culture with imaginative programs for contemporary chamber orchestra. We provide a homegrown ATX classical music experience by performing in vital community spaces, supporting local artists, and giving context to contemporary music through its classical roots. In June 2017, Density512 entered the Austin music scene with a summer festival of four chamber orchestra performances featuring contemporary repertoire played by some of Austin's finest emerging musicians. Now its second full season, Density512 has performed at local hotspots such as Thinkery, Scholz Garten, The North Door, Laguna Gloria, Big Medium, CRAFT, and 4th Tap Brewing Co-op.

Composer

Based in Austin, David is a composer and teacher of vocal and instrumental music. Drawing on years of experience as a guitarist in rock and funk bands, as a violist in school orchestras, and as a physics enthusiast, he approaches music as an acoustic phenomenon, seeking to find strange consonances and dissonances outside the traditional gamut, yet accessible to broad audiences.

An Austinite since 2009, David earned a degree in composition with a certificate in vocal performance from the Butler School of Music at the University of Texas, studying composition with Yevgeniy Sharlat, Don Grantham, Bruce Pennycook, and Dan Welcher, and voice with David Small. Having written music performed by One Ounce Opera, the Austin Saxophone Ensemble, and the TC4 Quartet, he is currently finishing a Concerto for Horn and Chamber Orchestra to be premiered by Density512 in Fall, 2018. His days fly by as he writes and teaches, with students at times numbering in the dozens. He enjoys unwinding through exercise, the study of foreign languages, social dance, and pizza.