David T. Little's SOLDIER SONGS Gets Digital Release Today
Little landed on multiple end-of-year lists for his breakout opera with librettist Royce Vavrek, Dog Days (2012), featured as Best of 2012 in Opera Now magazine, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Star Ledger, Time Out New York, and noted in a WQXR Best of 2012 roundtable with Heidi Waleson (Wall Street Journal) and Steve Smith (Time Out New York). The Wall Street Journal called Dog Days, "one of the most exciting new operas of recent years," and The New York Times stated that the work "proved beyond any doubt that opera has both a relevant present and a bright future." John Rockwell, writing for Opera magazine (UK) said: "This is (Little's) first full-length opera; it will not be his last." Dog Days travels next to Fort Worth Opera in 2015. FWO has also commissioned Little and Vavrek to write a new opera for its 2016 season, based on John F. Kennedy's final morning in the city.
Other upcoming projects include new works for the London Sinfonietta, Kronos Quartet, and Maya Beiser. His chamber and orchestral music has been performed internationally, heard at the Tanglewood, Aspen, and Cabrillo Festivals, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. Advocates include eighth blackbird, the London Sinfonietta, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Alarm Will Sound, and Marin Alsop, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Little leads the contemporary ensemble Newspeak, recently received his doctorate from Princeton University, is on faculty at Shenandoah Conservatory, and is a member of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). His music is published by Project Schott New York. http://davidtlittle.com
DAVID ADAM MOORE, with over 50 principal roles to his credit, has become a highly sought-after baritone by major opera houses and orchestras worldwide, having appeared in leading roles at Milan's Teatro alla Scala, Carnegie Hall, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Tokyo's Bunkamura, Grand Théâtre de Genève, New Israeli Opera, New York City Opera, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Staatsoper Hannover, Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla, Orchestra of St. Luke's, and American Symphony Orchestra, among others. A noted interpreter of contemporary music, he has created roles for many of today's important living composers, and has garnered much critical acclaim for his interpretations of Mozart, Britten, Italian bel canto, and French Romantic repertoire. His performances have been broadcast on BBC, Arte television, NPR, Radio France, RAI, and Radio Netherlands. In 2013, he makes debuts with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, and with the LA Philharmonic as Prior Walter in Angels in America. http://www.davidadammoore.com
NEWSPEAK, named after the thought-limiting language in George Orwell's 1984, is an amplified powerhouse ensemble that became an early standout within New York's "indie-classical" scene. The current stellar line-up--Caleb Burhans (composer/violin), David T. Little (composer/drums), Mellissa Hughes (voice), Eileen Mack (clarinet), Taylor Levine (guitar), Brian Snow (cello), James Johnston (piano), and Peter Wise (percussion)--began performing together in 2008, and released their first CD with New Amsterdam Records in November 2010, to critical acclaim. NEWSPEAK has been featured as part of the Tune-In Festival with eighth blackbird at the Park Avenue Armory, the Ecstatic Music Festival in NYC, on New Sounds Live, and at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas. They have headlined on the MATA Festival, shared bills with The Fiery Furnaces as part of Wordless Music, and performed as part of John Zorn's Full Force festival. Actively committed to the music of its time Newspeak has commissioned and premiered work by David T. Little, Caleb Burhans, Corey Dargel, Oscar Bettison, TEd Hearne, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli and many others. "You could call this punk classical," Lucid Culture wrote, "fearlessly aware...(and) resolutely defiant." New Sounds host John Schaefer called them "important players on the new music scene here in New York."
Todd Reynolds, conductor, violinist, composer, educator and technologist is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls 'present music'. The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet known as Ethel, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation. Reynolds' music has been called "a charming, multi-mood extravaganza, playful like Milhaud, but hard-edged like Hendrix" (Strings magazine), and his countless premieres and performances of everything from classical music to jazz to rock'n'roll seem to redefine the concert hall and underground club as undeniably and unavoidably intertwined. Amazon rated his 2011 release, Outerborough Best of Classical. It's an Innova Recordings double CD featuring InSide, a collection of his own music, paired with OutSide, music written by a veritable who's who of contemporary composers. http://www.toddreynolds.com
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