This summer, I will begin composing the score for an 8-minute art film called "How To Make It Rain" by artist Edgar Endress. Edgar filmed scenes for the film while in Bolivia; I am excited to say that percussionist Scott Deal will be performing (with the film) for a live premiere of the score during our upcoming Fuse Ensemble season.
I am very excited to be collaborating with poet Colette Inez on a new work to be premiered in 2018. Details to come soon!
Nightingale, a new piece of mine for SATB, flute, violin, cello, bass, premiered at Highland United Methodist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 2, 2017. I've just posted the recording of the premiere on my Music page, so please check it out!
Just a quick note to say Happy New Year! 2017 promises to be fun, when Poetry Stalled -- the newest film I scored with Matching Sweaters Productions -- will be shown at the Richmond International Film Festival in March; and a premiere of my new choral work Nightingale will be held on April 2, 2017 at the lovely Highland United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC.
This summer, I've been working with Matching Sweaters Productions on the score for our latest short film Poetry Stalled, written by Legrand McMullen, Directed by Steven Biver. We will be submitting it this fall to film festivals and I'll keep you posted on how it does! You can also check out our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MatchingSweatersProductions/?fref=ts
We had an awesome time performing at the 2016 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival in June! Ina Mirtcheva (piano) and Pam Clem (cello) performed my piece The Cellar Door for piano, cello and 4-channel audio. Watch it on the Music page!
Hoping to see lots of New York friends and new music fans at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn on Sunday, June 5th at 5 p.m. Fuse Ensemble will be premiering my piece for marimba and triggered audio "We Meet Ourselves" (performed by the brilliant Scott Deal), plus works by Eve Beglarian, Linda Dusman and Steve Antosca. Come on over!! www.thefirehousespace.org
Jeez, it's been a long time since I posted! Sorry about that. Finally have a moment here at the end of my artist retreat at the VCCA. Here's some news:
I've had an amazing week at my residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. I've completed a new piece for SATB choir and flute, violin, cello, contrabass. It's called Nightingale. I hope to have it premiered in the fall, but will make a recording of it very soon. More details will come on that in May.
So Fuse Ensemble has been trying hard to book more gigs for our current season. Funding for this season has been spotty at best, but I am still pushing forward. For now, here's what we've got:
Fuse Ensemble will be performing SKETCH, Musical Explorations of Identity, Image, and the Art of Becoming, at The Firehouse Space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Sunday June 5th at 5:00 p.m. Its a great place to hang, watch a performance and have some wine or beer! What could be better than that? Percussionist Scott Deal will join us again, this time to premiere my new composition “We Meet Ourselves” for marimba and triggered audio, and will be performing works by Eve Beglarian, Linda Dusman, Steve Antosca and Gina Biver. Come on out!! Check out the Firehouse Space here. www.thefirehousespace.org
The second week of June will see Fuse Ensemble pianist Ina Mirtcheva and cellist Pam Clem perform Gina Biver’s The Cellar Door (2011) for piano, cello and 4-channel audio, at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival on Thursday June 16th at the Abrons Arts Center Playhouse in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Check out the festival at www.nycemf.org and the venue at www.abronsartscenter.org
After that, I'll be teaching at the Levine School of Music's summer program in Washington, DC. Looking forward to that!
I've launched a kickstarted to help fund Fuse Ensemble's recording of five new compositions of mine. We will be working at Cue Studios in Falls Church, VA and will be working with Parma Recordings production and engineering team. What an awesome opportunity! Come and get involved -- there are lots of fun rewards! Here's the link -- have a look!
So here we are on the last day of 2014. Some highlights of the year were: a springtime artist retreat at the wonderful Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) where I composed Girl, Walking, for electric guitar, contrabass, flute and found percussion; having won the 2014 Strauss Individual Artist Grant which enabled me to get a new iMac, upgrade to LPX and PT11, and other equipment I use to compose and perform (SO grateful!); working all summer on a score for a Chambers Group video (lots of fun); rehearsing with Fuse Ensemble for the AtlasPAC gig in November (always amazing to work with angela/martha/ina/pam/greg/ethan/jenny!); creating the score for Edgar Endress's video piece Media Vomit, for audio, video, live percussion and live opera singer (!) and getting to spend time with Scott Deal, the brilliant percussionist and awesome guy who came in to perform with Fuse at the Atlas and spend a couple days with the fam. December performances by my middle school student performing groups at Browne Academy were loads of fun too! 2015 promises to be a year of some big changes, growth, collaborations and excitement! Stay tuned...
I'm happy to announce that the feature film BIRD CALL, Directed by Steven Biver, Written by LeGrand McMullen, scored by Gina Biver, has been selected by these two film festivals:
BIRD CALL has been selected for the 2014 Big Easy International Film Festival in New Orleans, LA http://www.bigeasyinternationalfilmandmusicfestival.com
BIRD CALL has also been selected by the High Desert International Film Festival for their 2014 competition! May 22 - 25. http://highdesertiff.com/
Here’s a cool indie feature on TWITCH FILM. BIRD CALL and Seed & Spark! Check it out. http://twitchfilm.com/2013/09/indie-beat.html
I'm so grateful to have been honored with the Arts Council of Fairfax 2014 Strauss Individual Artist Grant! It's an amazing feeling to be supported by the county where I have lived, raised a family, worked, and made music in for 25 years. I will use the $5,000 in funds for a new computer, two new versions of Logic and Pro Tools, more sound samples, my artist retreat at the VCCA, etc. and want to spread the word to other artists in the County! The next due date for applying is January 2015, and artists (visual, musical, and others) may apply every four years.
Well, we didn't start our recording this past summer, but there have been some exciting developments. I'm currently negotiating a recording contract, and Fuse Ensemble's next recording session (of my newest work plus that of the other composers we've been working with recently) will be on a whole new level! Stay tuned for details!
Come and see Fuse Ensemble perform at UMBC's Livewire Festival on October 25th at 8:00 p.m. This will be our final DC-area performance of Voices of the Depths, Musings on CG Jung's Red Book, as well as our final performance with videoist Adam Kendall. Music by Eve Beglarian, Patrick Burke, Steve Antosca, Adam Kendall and yours truly. Hope to see you there!!
Check here for more information and tickets:
Putting together this new website made me realize I have quite a few new compositions that need to be recorded! So Fuse will start work on that as soon as our teaching schedules lighten up, say, end of May? It would be great to finally record No Matter Where, 2009 (prepared piano, violin, recorded audio), The Cellar Door, 2011 (piano, cello, 4-channel audio), Mirror, 2012 (spoken word, piano, violin), and the newest (not yet premiered) We Meet Ourselves, 2013, for marimba and triggered audio.
I'll be going to the Atlas Performing Arts Center to see Dante - Light in the Darkness and the Death of the Marquis de Sade on Friday, May 31st at 8:00. Come check it out!
Fuse was invited back to Indianapolis for Indiana University IUPUI Intermedia Festival Spring 2014 by percussionist and director of the fest, Scott Deal. Details soon!
Fuse was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on January 3, 2013. They performed Voices of the Depths; Musings on CG Jung’s Red Book, with works by Patrick Burke, Eve Beglarian, poet Collette Inez, composer/videoist Adam Kendall, and Gina Biver. A great way to start the year!! Click to watch! Fuse live at Kennedy Center