We Tear Down Our Coliseums

We Tear Down Our Coliseums is a nine-movement multimedia creation by two brothers inspired by the historical, architectural, and – sadly – disposable aspects of baseball stadiums. Each movement is written as an homage to a demolished stadium, with music written by John Dorhauer (director and composer for Heisenberg Uncertainty Players) and visual art by Adam Dorhauer (a writer and visual artist from Cleveland who writes for The Hardball Times). Though the music was written for jazz big band and uses elements of jazz, it transcends genre boundaries, sharing more in common with a symphonic tone poem than a traditional work for big band. And while the paintings often do portray the given stadiums, they offer unique and insightful commentary on each stadium’s place in history. Coliseums is a vital artistic creation because it presents unique perspectives on a culturally vibrant and relevant topic, it unites art and sport in a way that will appeal to fans of both, it challenges conventions of what a big band can do, and it allows two adventurous artists to pursue their crafts and take creative risks related to a strong passion of theirs. The premiere for Coliseums will take place on Saturday, April more »

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new short film score! We spend our lives looking for something that escapes us, but fortunately sometimes we stumble upon someone’s eyes. Shot and edited by Leonardo Fallucca Cast: Brianne Duncan-Fiore, Cecilia Fiore Eyes: DR Edwards, George Ellzey, Antonino Fiore, Kathleen Sullivan Music by: John Dorhauer Special thanks to: Jane Davidson, Kent Kosack Mirrors – Gratical Eye Film Competition from Leonardo Fallucca on Vimeo.

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360áµ’ Jazz Initiative & NewChamberMusic.org

Many thanks to 360ᵒ Jazz Initiative for mention of Scandals & Animals 360ᵒ Jazz Initiative is a new music initiative that seeks to promote compositional activity that demonstrates an awareness of the rich history of jazz, while at the same time exhibiting creativity that looks towards the future of the art form. The initiative is multifaceted—involving the 360ᵒ JI Ensemble, which records and gives concerts featuring new music by the members of the ensemble. But the initiative also invites composers of any nationality, gender, race, or age to submit works to be performed and/or recorded and published by the ensemble in an annual call for new charts, of which, up to eight new works will be selected to be performed each year at the fall concert at UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Thanks also to NewChamberMusic.org for including Zagreb/zagreb and Isurus to its new & expanding database NewChamberMusic.org is devoted to two main objectives: to provide performers with an easy way to find and acquire high-quality new music to provide self-published composers with a free way to have their music promoted

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HUP/KID Collaboration

Heisenberg Uncertainty Players (HUP) is collaborating with hip-hop/R&B artist KID.  KID has written lyrics over my music written for big band, nimbly straddling hip-hop, jazz, and R&B.   In preparation, HUP & KID will record a live video as part of Chicago Artists Month at The Foxhole Chicago. Come join us!  We look forward to presenting this music at more venues over the coming months. Details: Saturday, November 14, 2015 2 – 6pm The Foxhole Chicago 2444 W Montrose Chicago, IL Phone: (773) 754-7105 Read more about KID and the HMK Family

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“You & I” for voice and harp

Alexandra Olsavsky, soprano Jennifer Ruggieri, harp Text from Rumi’s A Moment of Happiness April 26, 2015 Lasallian Lounge, Chicago, IL   A moment of happiness, you and I sitting on the verandah, apparently two, but one in soul, you and I. We feel the flowing water of life here, you and I, with the garden’s beauty and the birds singing. The stars will be watching us, and we will show them what it is to be a thin crescent moon. You and I unselfed, will be together, indifferent to idle speculation, you and I. The parrots of heaven will be cracking sugar as we laugh together, you and I. In one form upon this earth, and in another form in a timeless sweet land. Tweet

I Am Trying To Break Your Heart

John’s arrangement of Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” will be performed by the Elmhurst College Percussion Ensemble, featuring John on vocals and Wilco’s very own Glenn Kotche on drums! They will also be playing several of Glenn’s original compositions. Thursday, April 16, 2015 8pm Elmhurst College, Hammerschmidt Chapel $10 Admission

Atomic Typewriter performed at 60×60

Atomic Typewriter for saxophone was selected to be performed at 60×60 Louisiana Mix on April 10th & 11th. 60×60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces of music by 60 different composers. Each piece a minute in length or shorter. 60×60 has been presented in many performance formats including TV shows, radio shows, multimedia and multidisciplinary events, as well as published several albums of works. Since 2003, 60×60 has received thousands of submissions from over 30 countries. Highlighting the work of a great many artists and composers, 60×60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by presenting a diverse array of styles, aesthetics, and techniques being used today.   www.60×60.com

Burn off the clouds

  Premiere performance of Burn off the clouds with Kelley Dorhauer on alto saxophone and Jennifer Ruggieri on harp. The performance took place on January 24, 2015 at Northern Illinois University, as part of North American Saxophone Alliance’s Region 5 Conference. SHOW MORE