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Birmingham Art Music Alliance Presents Iron Giant Percussion

BIRMINGHAM ART MUSIC ALLIANCE PRESENTS IRON GIANT PERCUSSION

Percussion Powerhouse Performs Music by Local Composer
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham Art Music Alliance (BAMA) presents Iron Giant Percussion in a concert of music by regional composers.

Iron Giant Percussion

Birmingham Art Music Alliance presents
Iron Giant Percussion
Thursday April 28, 7:30 pm

Hoover Library Theatre
200 Municipal Drive
Hoover, AL 35216

Free Admission

http://bham.artmusic.org/event/iron-giant-percussion/

The concert will include music by Drew Pendergrass, Tom Reiner, Mark Lackey, Jody Landers, Monroe Golden and works by Iron Giant Percussion. In recognition of the 20th anniversary of BAMA, the group will revive Holland Hopson’s Quartet 60x88x120x208 for 4 metronomes. This piece was premiered during the first season of BAMA’s activity.

Iron Giant Percussion, or abbreviated in the most confusing manner possible, FeGP, is a contemporary ensemble based in Birmingham, consisting of Sam Herman, Brett Huffman, Seth Noble, and Justin Wallace. Established in 2011 to perform a collaborative piece with Sanspointe Dance Company, they subsequently presented four ambitious concerts in Alys Stephens Center’s Sirote Theater – each featuring some of the most influential and challenging percussion music from the 20th and 21st centuries. The group won the 2013 Clefworks Festival competition in Montgomery, where they performed with internationally acclaimed So Percussion group for the premiere of Jason Treuting and Josh Quillen’s Montgomery Double Music. FeGP’s acclaimed concert for the Birmingham Art Music Alliance’s 2012-2013 season featured an evening of world-premiere works by local and international composers.  In addition to formal concerts, Iron Giant regularly participates in community and outreach programs through organizations such as BAMA, The Dance Foundation, Alabama Public Library Service, and Metropolitan Youth Orchestra’s Scrollworks.  With each performance, Iron Giant aims to bring an answer to the most common question regarding percussion music:  “Is that actually a thing?”  That answer is a resounding, unequivocal “Yes it is!”

The Birmingham Art Music Alliance mission is to promote music by Alabama composers and present concerts of recently created art music to communities in Birmingham and beyond. Members include local composers, professional performers, students, and enthusiasts who wish to preserve and maintain the long tradition of music as a living art form.

Click here to download a printable poster for this event.


Sursum Corda

The Birmingham Art Music Alliance presents Sursum Corda conducted by Lester Seigel in a concert of choral music featuring music by regional composers. This is Sursum Corda’s second collaboration with BAMA and their first performance at Southside Baptist Church.

Sursum Corda promo photo

Birmingham Art Music Alliance presents
Sursum Corda
Thursday April 7, 7:30 pm
Southside Baptist Church
1016 19th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35205
Free Admission

Sursum Corda will perform pieces by Birmingham Art Music Alliance composers including

  • I Sing – Ed Robertson
  • Cantate Domino – Adriana Perera
  • Grant Us Peace – William Price
  • I am a little church – Timothy Banks
  • Remember – Joseph Landers

Other works on the program include

  • Missa Brevis in Honorem Beatae Mariae Virginis – Kristina Vaskiliautskaite
  • Song to the Moon (La Luna) – Z. Randall Stroope
  • Absalom, My Son – Robert Sieving
  • Open My Eyes, That I May See – Lester Seigel
  • Wayfaring Stranger – American folk song, arr. Daniel Seigel

 

Lester Seigel, Sursum Corda’s director, says “The work of BAMA in the Birmingham area is a sign of the robust health of new music in Alabama and support given to these skilled composers. The works that were chosen are largely sacred in nature, and, though Sursum Corda no longer restricts itself to its original mission of performing only sacred works, such pieces remain at the heart of our programming and goal as an ensemble.”  He continues, “…we are looking forward to our first performance in the beautiful atmosphere and acoustics of the Southside Baptist Church, which is becoming well-known for the diversity of its arts-oriented presentations.”

The Birmingham Art Music Alliance mission is to promote music by Alabama composers and present concerts of recently created art music to communities in Birmingham and beyond. Members include local composers, professional performers, students, and enthusiasts who wish to preserve and maintain the long tradition of music as a living art form.

Up next for The Birmingham Art Music Alliance

An Afternoon of Music for Wind Quintet and Piano
Sunday April 10,  2:30 pm
Brock Recital Hall
Samford University
800 Lakeshore Dr
Homewood AL 35209


Chamber Music at AEIVA

February 25, 2016
For Immediate Release

BIRMINGHAM ART MUSIC ALLIANCE PRESENTS CHAMBER MUSIC AT AEIVA
New music inspired by the art of Enrique Martínez Celaya

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB Department of Music and Abroms­-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts have partnered with the Birmingham Art Music Alliance (BAMA) to bring chamber works that connect music with the art in the Enrique Martínez Celaya: Small Paintings 1974­-2015 exhibit. The concert features UAB faculty and Alabama Symphony Orchestra members performing seven world premiere compositions by regional composers.

Painting

Image: Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Fourth Angel, 2010, Oil and wax on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, Private Collection, Ocean Ridge, FL

Birmingham Art Music Alliance presents Chamber Music @ AEIVA
March 10, 2016, 5:00 pm
UAB Abroms­-Engel Institute for Visual Arts
1221 10th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205

Free Admission
Free parking in the lot behind AEIVA

Members of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance have composed original pieces inspired by Enrique Martínez Celaya’s visual art. Each piece relates to a different work by Celaya.

The program includes original compositions by Holland Hopson, Kenneth Kuhn, Adriana Perera, Matthew Scott Phillips, Tom Reiner, Lawren Brianna Ware, and Ron Wray

The evening begins with a 5:00pm reception and art viewing, followed by the performances at 5:30pm by members of the UAB Department of Music and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, including Chris Steele, piano; Hillary Tidman, flute; Laura Usiskin, cello; Brad Whitfield, clarinet; and Pei­ Ju Wu, violin

Celaya’s artwork will be on view at the UAB Abroms-­Engel Institute for Visual Arts until March 19.

Special thanks to the Abroms­-Engel Institute for the Visual Arts, the Birmingham Art Music Alliance, the UAB Department of Music, the Music Performance Trust Fund, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for making this event possible.

The Birmingham Art Music Alliance mission is to promote music by Alabama composers and present concerts of recently created art music to communities in Birmingham and beyond. Members include local composers, professional performers, students, and enthusiasts who wish to preserve and maintain the long tradition of music as a living art form.

Image credit: Enrique Martínez Celaya, The Fourth Angel, 2010, Oil and wax on canvas, 30 x 24 inches, Private Collection, Ocean Ridge, FL