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About the Music
bird map for solo bass clarinet, with optional jazz drum set
Written the summer of 2019 originally for trombone, bird map explores the possibilities of mapping for solo instrument some of the algorithmic polyrhythmic processes developed while composing retrace (2018, percussion ensemble). The trombone’s wonderful flexibility and expressivity led the composer to think of suggesting bird calls, perhaps of some large, ancient species. In adapting a version for bass clarinet, another fascinating sonic large bird, the composer is indebted to Jacob Eichhorn for his fingering suggestions (included with the score).
Extended-range instrument required. Solo score: 7 pages, published loose-leaf to facilitate page turns.
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About the Composer
Ketty Nez joined the composition and theory department at the Boston University School of Music in 2005, after teaching for two years at the University of Iowa. Listen to a Wonder Never Heard Before!, her portrait CD as composer/pianist, was released in 2010 by Albany Records. Her folk opera, The Fiddler and the Old Woman of Rumelia, was premiered in a staged version in May 2012, by Juventas New Music Ensemble. Her piano concerto thresholds, performed by Ketty and the Boston University Wind Ensemble, was released in July 2013 by Ravello Records. BUWE also recorded four scenes for Juliet, released February 2019 by Summit Records. double images, a CD of folk-based chamber music, was released by Albany Records in May 2020. Current projects include collaborations with Aija Reke and Hyun-Ji Kwon. During the fall term of 2021, Ketty will guest teach at the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary, as a Fulbright scholar. In the summer of 2022, she will guest teach at the Aichi University of the Arts, in Nagoya, Japan.
Ketty completed, in 2002-3, a residence of several months at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Montbeliard, France, prior to the premiere of her chamber opera An Opera in Devolution: Drama in 540 Seconds, at the 2003 Seventh Festival A*Devantgarde in Munich. In 2001, she spent several months as visiting composer/scholar at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and in 1998 participated in the year-long computer music course at the Institute de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM). Before computer music studies, Ketty worked for two years with Louis Andriessen in Amsterdam, and co-founded the international contemporary music collective Concerten Tot and Met. She spent a year studying with composer Michio Mamiya in Tokyo before her graduate work, and her music has been performed in festivals in Europe, North America, and Asia. Ketty holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the Curtis Institute of Music, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bryn Mawr College." . . . her original music, full of personality and abundance . . ." Louis Andriessen
" . . . a musical voice that speaks several languages. . . ." American Record Guide
Duo Alea began performing music for bass clarinet and piano in 1996. As both performers searching for new repertoire and teachers working with students eager to develop as performers, it quickly became clear that there was a need for more repertoire featuring the bass clarinet. Filling this need became the mission of Alea Publishing & Recording.
Since our first publication in 1997, the Bach Suites, the Alea catalog now includes over 250 titles. As performing musicians ourselves, we pride ourselves on the accuracy and quality of our sheet music, as well as our ability to ship directly to customers around the world.
We are proud of the diversity of our catalog in terms of the inclusion of works by composers and arrangers from around the world. We are interested in continuing to expand this diversity, representing musical ideas from around the world.
In June 2020, we announced the creation of the Dolphy Prize for new works for bass clarinet by Black composers.
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