Soundspells Quarterly

The Newsletter of Composer Meyer Kupferman,
Soundspells Productions and Phantom Press


Volume I Number IWinter 2002

Welcome to the Winter 2002 edition of the Soundspells Productions and Phantom Press newsletter, where we keep you informed about the recent and upcoming activities of composer Meyer Kupferman.

Kupferman Festival in Oregon
June 8, 2003 is the date set for a spectacular festival of the music of Meyer Kupferman at the University of Oregon School of Music at Eugene.

Presented in cooperation with the Charles Dowd, the School of Music ensembles and faculty and student soloists, this will be a great celebration of Mr. Kupferman and his music's unique place in American life.

For more information about the festival, visit Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at http://www.jamesarts.com or the School of Music website at http://www.music.uoregon.edu.

Kupferman Music in New York City Library Music Collection
In a signal honor, Meyer Kupferman's place in American music has been recognized by the New York City Public Library with the creation of a special archive at the Lincoln Center branch of the library. This will house the composer's manuscripts, correspondence and many other personal and musical documents from across his distinguished career.

New and Recent Soundspells CDs
Early 2003 will bring another spectacular 2-CD set to the Soundspells Productions catalog, celebrating the music of Meyer Kupferman, the man that Fanfare magazine called, "One of our native music's most flamboyantly individualistic creators."

CD 134 will include the following Kupferman masterworks:

Violin Concerto "The Voyager", performed by Gregory Fulkerson with Maestro Paul Freeman and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra; Piano Concerto No. 3., "Foxfire", performed by Kupferman specialist, pianist Christopher Vassiliades, Paul Freeman and the CNSO; Quantum Symphony, performed by Paul Freeman and the CNSO; New Space — Trio for oboe, violin and guitar, performed by members of the Cygnus Ensemble, featuring another Kupferman specialist, guitarist William Anderson and Sonata Occulta for solo piano, performed by Chris Vassiliades.

Another upcoming release for 2003 will feature Mr. Kupferman's Percussion Symphony, performed by the University of Oregon School of Music Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Charles Dowd.

The biggest CD release from Soundspells Productions in 2002 was a very special 2-CD set (CD 133). This superb release featured five of Kupferman's masterworks, ranging from 1955 through 2000 and from symphonic works to a brass quintet, in performances by a fabulous array of international star soloists and ensembles. The program for this special set was:

Elegy for the Vanished for guitar and orchestra (1999), performed by Roberto Limón, guitar and the composer conducting the Czech National Symphony Orchestra; Icon Symphony (2000) with Paul Freeman conducting the CNSO; Double Concerto for two clarinets and orchestra (1991, rev. 2000) in a spectacular performance with clarinetists Stanley and Naomi Drucker, and Maestro Freeman conducting the Czech National; Brass Quintet (1970) performed by the American Brass Quintet; Chamber Concerto in one movement (1955), performed by the all-star lineup of the late Samuel Baron, flute, Gilbert Kalish, piano, Isidore Cohen, violin, Jeanne Benjamin, violin, Harry Zaratzian, viola and Michael Rudiakov, cello.

These CDs, along with the entire Soundspells catalog, are available at Amazon.com, http://www.ClassicalCDs.net, http://www.arkivmusic.com, from their distributor Albany Music at 518-436-8814 or directly from Soundspells Productions at 914-876-6295 - phone & fax.

Kupferman Catalog on the Web
Meyer Kupferman's catalog of works is now available online at http://www.jamesarts.com/mk_catalog.html. It contains a tremendous collection of Kupferman's works from across his career and includes works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, solo instruments, vocal works and many, many other things. The collection has compositions for standard ensembles as well many unusual instrumental combinations, for those seeking something out of the ordinary.

Please have a look at the catalog and see which works would be of interest to you.

For more information, please contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@worldnet.att.net.

On the Web
For more information about Meyer Kupferman, visit him online at http://www.jamesarts.com. You can find a composer bio, the catalog of works, articles about his recent CDs, links to other important sites and many other things of interest.

A recent Electronic Dialogues interview with Mr. Kupferman can be seen in the archive of Sequenza 21 Classical Music Magazine at http://www.sequenza21.com/.

On the Phone
For any other information about the music of Meyer Kupferman, Soundspells Productions or Phantom Press, please contact Jeffrey James Arts consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@worldnet.att.net. You can also reach Soundspells Productions at 914-876-6295 - phone & fax.

In the Mail
You can also contact Soundspells Productions and Phantom Press by mail at 86 Livingston Street, Rhinebeck NY 12572.
Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
Jeffrey James,   President
45 Grant Ave.
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tel & Fax: 516-586-3433   E-mail: jamesarts@worldnet.att.net

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