In a recital of 20th and 21st century music
for solo violin and fixed media
 

Guests: violinist Davis Brooks and composer Frank Felice

 

Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 7:30p in the Concert Hall

 

 Program

Otherworldly Shimmer (2016)
Tyler ENTELISANO (b. 1994)
for violin and electronic sounds
 
Gargoyles (1937)
Otto LUENING (1900-1996)
for violin and synthesized sound on tape
 
The Reflections of My Introverted Sneakers (2016)
Thomas L. WILSON (b. 1992)
for violin and electronic sounds
 
Brace Yourself Like A Man (2001)
Frank FELICE (b. 1961)
for violin and electronic sounds
 
Strung Out (1967)
Philip GLASS (b. 1937)
for amplified violin
 
intermission
 
Fantasy (1991)
James AIKMAN (b. 1959)
for violin and electronic sounds
 
Shadow Steps (2001)
Patrick LONG (b. 1959)
for violin and tape
 
Nosotros (2004)
Hugh LEVICK (b. 1943)
for violin and pre-recorded sounds
 
Quatre Regards dans la Belle Jarre (2017)
Frank FELICE (b. 1961)
for electric violin and Logic sounds
 
Inquietude (2017)
Filipe LEITAO (b. 1984)
for violin and electronic sounds
 
Music by Entelisano, Wilson, Felice, and Leitao are commissioned works written for Davis Brooks. Quatre Regards dans la Belle Jarre and Inquietude are world premieres on this tour.

 

 Performers

Davis Brooks comes from a diverse musical background as a soloist, pedagogue, orchestral musician, studio musician, concertmaster on Broadway, conductor, and chamber musician. His teaching experiences have included faculty appointments at Baylor University, Wayne State University, University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, and Bucknell University. Brooks was associate concertmaster of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra and performed with the Mostly Mozart Orchestra at Lincoln Center for ten years. In addition he also was a member of the New York Chamber Symphony for nineteen years; an organization that produced over twenty critically acclaimed recordings during his tenure. He has been concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New England, the Harrisburg Symphony (Pa.), and the Waco Symphony (Tex.). He is Professor of Violin Emeritus at Butler University in Indianapolis, and was the 2015-2016 University of Alabama School of Music Endowed Chair in Music Composition.  Recording for the progressive rock band The Psychedelic Ensemble and David the Goliath have been most pleasurable diversions, as has performing with the Indianapolis band Progressive Lenses.  In November 2016, Early Musings, his latest recording of new music, was released which featured solo music written for him by ten Alabama composers. 

Frank Felice is an eclectic composer who writes with a postmodern mischievousness: each piece speaks in its own language, and they can be by turns comedic/ironic, simple/complex, subtle/startling or humble/reverent. Recent projects of Felice's have taken a turn towards the sweeter side, exploring a consonant adiatonicism. Felice currently teaches as an associate professor of composition, theory and electronic music in the School of Music, Jordan College of Arts at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. In recent years he has been in demand as an electric and upright bassist, playing in various rock/funk/prog rock/big bands in the greater Indianapolis area.