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NEW RECORDING - WASCHKA PERFORMER

Ravello Records has released a new CD featuring a performance by Waschka. The disc is comprised of works by composer Jeff Morris and is called Hearing Voices: Human Sounds, Digital Ears

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The CD, released in May 2020 by the New Hampshire based company, includes Morris's piece A Tuesday With Rodney that features Waschka performing as the vocalist in the three-movement, twenty-minute work.  


PREMIERE AND PERFORMANCES OF A PORTRAIT OF BESSIE COLEMAN, HARRIET QUIMBY, RAYMONDE DE LAROCHE, AND MARY, LADY HEATH

The premiere performance of Waschka's  A Portrait of Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Raymonde De Laroche, and Mary, Lady Heath took place at Lewis University in the Chicago area on December 6, 2019. Subsequently, the work was performed at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana on February 9, 2020. The work is meditation on the lives of these pioneering women pilots.


RECORDING OF CONSIDERING JUPITER RELEASED

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A compact disc recording of Waschka's piece, Considering Jupiter, has been released on Blue Griffin Records of the United States. The piece, scored for piano, tape, and realtime computer graphics by Emil Poljak was recorded by pianist Olga Kleiankina, who commissioned the work especially for her project, "...Our Passage to the Stars...". The piece was inspired, in part, by recent NASA investigations of the planet Jupiter. Read about the project here. The disc is available here


WORLD PREMIERE OF A PORTRAIT OF LARRY AUSTIN 

Waschka's piece, A Portrait of Larry Austin, received its world premiere performance at the joint 2019 International Computer Music Conference and New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival in New York. Hosted by New York University, the Conference/Festival featured composers and performers from around the world. Waschka's piece celebrates the life of composer Larry Austin (1930-2018) and was composed before Austin's death in December of 2018. Waschka was interviewed about the piece by WGXC Radio just before the concert.


KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Waschka gave the keynote address at the International Music Metacreation conference, part of the 10th International Conference on Computational Creativity. Waschka spoke about endings in music metacreation.


RECORDING OF FILM NOIR TRAILER RELEASED

A recording of Waschka's piece, Film Noir Trailer, has been released on Phasma Records of Poland. The piece, scored for two flutes was recorded by Iwona Glinka. The piece was inspired by old advertisments (trailers) for film noir movies. The CDs are available here.


RECORDING OF AU REVOIR, SVETOZAR RELEASED

A recording of Waschka's piece, Au Revoir, Svetozar, has been released on Ablaze Records of Australia. The piece, scored for string quartet and zheng was premiered by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble and recorded in Prague. The work was composed using a compositional algorithm based on the Henon Map. 


PREMIERE OF STRING QUARTET NO. 4

The Aizuri Quartet gave the premiere performance of Waschka's String Quartet No. 4 on February 16, 2017 in Thompson Hall. The work was composed using a compositional algorithm based on the Duffing Map.


PREMIERE OF RALEIGH OVERTURE

The Raleigh Civic Chamber Symphony under the direction of Peter Askim presented the world premiere of Waschka's Raleigh Overture on April 24, 2016 in Stewart Theatre.  Read all about it here



PREMIERE AND PREVIEW OF TWO PORTRAITS

Waschka's music portraits of two North Carolina State Universty faculty members were given premiere or preview performances in February of 2016.

 On February 19, 2016 the premiere performance of A Portrait of Stephanie Spenser was given at the Southeastern Composers League festival at Campbell University. The electronic music piece uses sounds such as a recording of a horse walking and one stone hitting another along with a sonic mapping of the cover of one of Dr. Spenser's books and a photo of Dr. Spenser and her horse Clancy to develop a musical portrait of Prof. Spenser, who teaches at North Carolina State University. 

On February 7, 2016 a special preview performance of another musical portrait -- that of Dr. Jonathan C. Kramer was presented at North Carolina State University. A Portrait of Jonathan C. Kramer features manipulated recordings of Prof. Kramer playing the cello, references to his work as an ethnomusicologist, as well as a mapping of a photograph of Dr. Kramer. Kramer presented the piece, which exists as an acousmatic or "tape" work and as a piece that can be performed by a cellist together with the "tape" part was presented in Stewart Theatre in Raleigh as part of concert that included the other works by Schubert and Brahms. Besides Kramer, performers in the concert were Olga Kleiankina and Peter Askim of NC State, Scott Rawls of UNCG, and Sarah Johnson of Converse College. 


AT LEAST 21…PERFORMED IN MARK TWAIN’S GARAGE

On October 16, 2015 the Hartford New Music Festival presented a performance of Rodney Waschka's piece, At Least 21 Governments And/Or Corporations, Using Cameras On The Roads With License Plate Recognition Software and Cameras In Buildings With Face Recognition Software And Various Other Electronic Eavesdropping Devices, Are Currently Attempting To Track Your Movements, Keep A List Of What You Buy, Document How Much Money You Have And Where You Spend It, Archive What You Read At Home And At The Library, Record What You Eat And With Whom You Meet, As Well As Catalog What You Look At On The Internet, (2014) for unspecified sextet. 

The performance took place in the Mark Twain's Carriage House, now renovated and functioning as The Carriage House Theater

The Hartford New Music Festival is an exhilarating concert series aiming “to present a mixture of local composers, performers, ensembles and more internationally recognized composers…to present newer work in a historical context.” This festival is a catalyst for music lovers, who are looking for more adventurous music that details fresh thinking and defies conventional ideas and music processes, while transforming the audiences musical experience through rigorous art. 

At Least 21... received its world premiere in Bristol, England given by the Contemporary Music for All group in November of 2014 and the US premiere of the work was given by the Central Michigan University New Music Ensemble in December of 2014. 


AT LEAST 21… PREMIERES IN ENGLAND AND THE US 

Contemporary Music for All -- Bristol gave the world premiere performance of the sextet, At Least 21 Governments And/Or Corporations, Using Cameras On The Roads With License Plate Recognition Software and Cameras In Buildings With Face Recognition Software And Various Other Electronic Eavesdropping Devices, Are Currently Attempting To Track Your Movements, Keep A List Of What You Buy, Document How Much Money You Have And Where You Spend It, Archive What You Read At Home And At The Library, Record What You Eat And With Whom You Meet, As Well As Catalog What You Look At On The Internet (2014) on November 26, 2014 at the Bristol Music Club in Bristol, England. The work is scored for six undesignated instruments, with four parts notated with treble clefs and two parts notated in the bass clef.  The CoMA Bristol Players include: Isabel Jones, Emily Harmer (flutes); Diana Van Loock, Yvonna Magda (violins); Bennet Jones (clarinet); Mark Langford (bass clarinet); Heather Gibbard (cello); Julian Dale (double bass); Vyv Hope-Scott, Ann Claxton (piano/percussion); Katherine Martin (percussion). Mark Lawrence conducted.

Less than two weeks later, the Central Michigan University New Music Ensemble gave the United States premiere of At Least 21..., on Sunday, December 7, 2014 in the Staples Family Concert Hall. The New Music Ensemble is directed by Nathan Brown. A copy of the program appears below.

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