The 2016 Birmingham New Music Festival will occur
Thursday, September 22, 2016 through Saturday, September 24, 2016.

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The Birmingham Art Music Alliance is an autonomous nonprofit organization with the twofold mission of promoting music by Alabama composers and presenting concerts of recently created art music to communities in Birmingham and beyond.

Click here to learn more about the Birmingham Art Music Alliance.

This year's BNMF will consist of three free concerts at universities in the Birmingham area.

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The Birmingham Art Music Alliance (BAMA) presents the 2016 Birmingham New Music Festival Thursday, September 22 through Saturday, September 24, 2016. The three concerts of the 2016 Birmingham New Music Festival feature music by regional composers.

All events are free and open to the public!

Thursday’s concert at UAB highlights electronic music and pieces combining acoustic instruments with electronics. Composers include Birmingham Art Music Alliance founding members Monroe Golden and Holland Hopson. Also featured is area-newcomer Geni Skendo along with Timothy Gibbons and Matthew Phillips.

Friday’s concert at Samford features chamber music composed by Joel Davis, Joseph Landers, Brian C. Moon, Williams Price and Brianna Ware. Performers include pianist Anthony Pattin and saxophonists Brian Utley and John S. Moore.

Saturday’s concert at Birmingham-Southern College continues the chamber music theme with compositions by Lori Ardovino, Edward Forstman, Kenneth Kuhn, Matthew Phillips, Tom Reiner, Ron Wray.

  • Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:30 pm – Click here for details
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Hulsey Recital Hall
    950 13th Street South
    Birmingham, AL 35294
  • Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:30 pm – Click here for details
    Samford University
    Brock Recital Hall
    800 Lakeshore Drive
    Birmingham, AL 35209
  • Saturday, September 24, 2016, time TBD – Click here for details
    Birmingham-Southern College
    Hill Recital Hall
    900 Arkadelphia Road
    Birmingham, AL 35254

All festival events are free and open to the public.

The Birmingham New Music Festival is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts,
and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The second Birmingham New Music Festival, to be held on October 8-11 of 2015, will also herald the 20th anniversary season of presenting organization Birmingham Art Music Alliance (BAMA). As part of the celebration, six concerts will feature music by Alabama-based composers, and by all of the founding members of BAMA who have since moved to other parts of the country. Additionally, five guest composers were selected through collaboration with New York City new music organizations Vox Novus and Composers Concordance (Melissa Grey, Jessica Meyer, David Morneau, Gene Pritsker, and Robert Voisey).

Featured performers include Lori Ardovino (clarinet), Adam Bowles (piano), Sarah Nordlund Dennis (violin), Timothy Feeney (percussion), Michael Fernandez (viola), Kathryn Fouse (piano), Denise Gainey (clarinet), Alan Goldspiel (guitar), Craig Hultgren (cello), Jacob Mason (piano), Laurie Middaugh (piano), Seth Noble (percussion), Anthony Pattin (piano), Wendy Richman (viola), Christopher Steele (piano), Hillary Tidman (flute), Laura Usiskin (cello), Pei-Ju Wu (violin), and Jim Zingara (trumpet).  All festival events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 8, 2015
7:30PM @ Samford University, Brock Recital Hall

Friday, October 9, 2015
7:30PM @ The Dance Foundation (1715 27th Ct S, Homewood, AL 35209)

Saturday, October 10, 2015
1PM @ Alabama Piano Gallery (1425 Montgomery Hwy #151, Birmingham, AL 35216)
4PM @ Birmingham Public Library (2100 Park Pl, Birmingham, AL 35203), Richard Arrington Jr. Auditorium
7:30PM @ UAB Hulsey Recital Hall

Sunday, October 11, 2015
3PM @ Birmingham Southern College, Hill Recital Hall


 All festival events are free and open to the public.

The Birmingham New Music Festival is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts,
and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 Adam Bowles (piano) and  Dewin Tibbs (baritone), performing Selections from The Edith Poems by Bryan Page.  Photo by Brian C. Moon


Adam Bowles (piano) and Dewin Tibbs (baritone), performing “Selections from The Edith Poems” by Bryan Page. Photo by Brian C. Moon

“The kaleidoscope of modern music was amply evident in the first three concerts of the Birmingham New Music Festival Thursday and Friday. The organizers and presenters at Birmingham Art Music Alliance are putting on a thought-provoking array of works, drawing from their own composers and performers as well as guest artists around the nation. ” – Michael Huebner, AL.com

Read the full review here.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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The Birmingham Art Music Alliance announces the inaugural Birmingham New Music Festival, to take place on August 21, 22, and 23 of 2014. Six diverse programs will offer exhilarating newly-composed music by Alabama-based composers, and five visiting composers selected from an international call – including Rusty Banks (Lancaster, PA), Patrick Greene (Boston, MA), Sarah Horick (Washington DC), Joshua Marquez (Iowa City, IA), and Robert G. Patterson (Memphis, TN). Featured performers include Amion String Quartet, Lori Ardovino (clarinet), Adam Bowles (piano), Kathryn Fouse (piano), Alan Goldspiel (guitar), Craig Hultgren (cello), and Laura Usiskin (cello).

The opening event at Moonlight on the Mountain begins with the 60X60 2012 International Mix – sixty one-minute electronic works presented continuously in an hour performance – followed by a set of improvisatory works facilitated by LaDonna Smith. Two Friday concerts at Brock Recital Hall on the campus of Samford University will feature acoustic chamber music appropriate to the intimate space. The final three programs on Saturday will take place at University of Alabama at Birmingham‘s Hulsey Recital Hall, and include acoustic, electroacoustic, and interdisciplinary works.

All festival events are free and open to the public. The Birmingham New Music Festival is made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and New Music USA.

Thursday, August 21 (Moonlight on the Mountain)

Friday, August 22 (Brock Recital Hall, Samford University)

  • 4PM: Music by Aurelia Lavette Gooden, Matthew Scott Phillips, Kenneth Kuhn, Alan Goldspiel, Ron Wray, Lori Ardovino, and Patrick Greene
  • 7:30PM: Music by James A. Jensen, Bryan Page, Joseph Landers, and Brian C. Moon

Saturday, August 23 (Hulsey Recital Hall, University of Alabama at Birmingham)

  • 1PM: Music by Ed Robertson, Aubrey Mills, Michael Coleman, Kaija Saariaho, and Sarah Horick
  • 4PM: Music by Cynthia Miller, Wesley Johnson, Raphael Crystal, Mark Lackey, Joshua Marquez, Rusty Banks, and Joel Scott Davis
  • 7:30PM: Music by Robert Patterson, William Price, Philip Schuessler, Holland Hopson, and Monroe Golden