May 2013 Newsletter
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Featured this month: C4 at Galapagos!

C4 joins with MATA and Contemporaneous for a special concert presented by the Galapagos Art Space.

Please join us on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 8:00pm (doors open at 7:00pm) for a great evening of new choral music, contemporary performance, and cocktails in a unique atmosphere.

Come to the Galapagos Art Space and enjoy C4 & Friends in LIVE performance while seated on your own island above a 1,600 square foot lake.

Yes, we said LAKE. 

This unique DUMBO performance space is an Obie Award-winning venue and is about to become NYC's first LEED-certified performance space.   Galapagos also offers mezzanine-style seating for those of you who like to take in all the sights and sounds.

We're going to be making some fantastic sounds with MATA and Contemporaneous on this concert!  C4 will open the program with a set featuring music by Brent Michael Davids (The Un-Covered Wagon), Toby Twining (Hee-oo-oom-ha), and Hayes Biggs (The Caged Skylark) and some of the best new choral writing by members of C4.   Then Contemporaneous will take the stage with works including Bryce Dessner's O Shut Your Eyes Against the Wind and Ryan Brown's Big Dig before joining forces with C4 for Tim Brown's Torch Song.  We'll round out the evening with more new music from C4's own members.

This will be a concert experience like no other – so don't miss it!

C4 & Friends at GALAPAGOS on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 8:00pm. For tickets, click here.

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Composer Profile:
Brent Michael Davids

When American composers are described as “native,” the definition is not usually as accurate as when applied to Brent Michael Davids, an American Indian and enrolled citizen of the Mohican Nation. He has consciously and deliberately focused on his indigenous heritage, honoring its unique qualities in a contemporary setting. He blends Eurocentric techniques of classical music with Native musical traditions in a way that is never glib or facile, but rich in resonance.
Born on June 4, 1959, in Madison, WI, Davids is currently operating Blue Butterfly Group, a music company he founded. A noted American Indian Music Expert, Davids holds an M.M. in Music Composition from ASU, Tempe, AZ (1992), and a B.M. in Music Composition from NIU in DeKalb IL (1981).  Davids’ career as a composer spans 37 years, during which he has won awards from ASCAP, NEA, the Rockefeller Foundation, In-Vision, Meet-The-Composer, the Bush Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and a Silver Medal for “Excellence in Original Scoring” from Park City Film Music Festival for his feature film score to “Valor’s Kids” (2011).

In 2006, the National Endowment for the Arts named Davids among the nation’s most celebrated choral composers in its project “American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius” in all 50 states.  As one of only 29 composers listed by the NEA, Davids was named with Leonard Bernstein, Harry T. Burleigh, and Stephen Foster. 

C4 will be performing Davids’ The Un-Covered Wagon on this week’s program at Galapagos.  Here’s what Davids himself says about the piece:
"The Un-Covered Wagon is an attempt to lay open an alternate view -- that America was never empty nor free for the taking.  This land has always been filled with others, people, stories and history, and has been known as intimately as a familiar footpath shared daily by humans and animals alike.  The entire continent has been loved in familiar Indian ways as a cherished relative.  The Un-Covered Wagon,  as music and message, urges us to reconsider the seasoned and intelligent tradition of keeping good familial relationships with the earth -- that may in fact suit us better -- and to finally strip that outdated chuck wagon called progress.  Life is for sharing, not controlling."

Don’t miss our performance of The Un-Covered Wagon at the Galapagos Art Space on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 8:00pm

To learn more about Brent Michael Davids, go to: &

Composer Profile:
Hayes Biggs

Born in Huntsville, Alabama and raised in Helena, Arkansas, Hayes Biggs has taught at Manhattan School of Music since 1992. His music has been performed in the United States and Europe. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a residency at Copland House and a Fromm Foundation Commission. During the 2011-2012 season his Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs (composed for soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Christopher Oldfather), Three Hymn Tune Preludes,(commissioned by organist Gail Archer), and The Caged Skylark (composed for C4, received their first performances. Hayes is currently at work on a piece for solo tenor saxophone and a quartet for piano and strings. His "String Quartet: O Sapientia/Steal Away," recorded by the Avalon String Quartet, is available on Albany Records.

C4 – in which Hayes sings as a member of the bass section -- recently recorded The Caged Skylark for our upcoming CD release.  With another C4 performance of The Caged Skylark coming up this week, we asked Hayes why he performs with and composes for C4.  Here's what he told us:
"C4 is one of the very few groups in this country with the skills and venturesome spirit necessary to perform my music. Such musicality, curiosity, dedication, and ability to meet the challenges of the genuinely new are in increasingly short supply in the present-day choral world, and C4's possession of all of these attributes is a great boon to composers who would work in this medium. I of course enjoy keeping my hand in when it comes to performing as well as the camaraderie; it has been good getting to know all of these new colleagues. I also learn a tremendous amount from my fellow composers in the group from singing their works. I had all but given up on writing choral music, but C4 has given me numerous reasons to continue to do so, for which I am extremely grateful."

We’ll be performing The Caged Skylark on our concert at the Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, Brooklyn on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 8:00pm
Don’t miss it!


Coming up in June:
C4's First CD!

The anticipated release of C4's first studio album!

Presented by Saint Peter's Church Classical Music Series.

The concert will feature the album music as well as other tunes like
Brent Michael David's The Un-Covered Wagon, My Kiss is a Journey...
by Christian Carey and works by C4 composers and others.

A party will follow and everyone in attendance will receive a free CD.


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