Release Date: June 1, 2013
Catalog #: NV5917
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
Solo Instrumental


Phillip Schroeder composer
Vera Ivanova composer
Mark Engebretson composer
Chan Ji Kim composer
Leonard Mark Lewis composer
Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn composer
Piotr Szewczyk composer
Alan Chan composer

Phillip Schroeder narrator and fretless electric bass
Marty Walker clarinet
Daniela Mineva piano
Due East
The Bartok Trio | Emil Sein director
Matthew Manwarren piano
Eric Palmquist alto saxophone
Emily Sternfeld-Dunn piano
Yuna Lee violin
Michael Gordon flute
Robert Woolfrey clarinet
Aaron Merritt cello
Seth Ruse percussion
University of Souther California Thornton Symphony Orchestra | Donald Crockett conductor
Courtney Huffman soprano

Navona Records is proud to present NOVA, the 27th edition of the acclaimed Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series and the third SCI release on Navona. This entry in the series features chamber works by eight SCI composers: Phillip Schroeder’s Metaphors, a musical adaptation of the nonlinear poetry of Marck L. Beggs; Vera Ivanova’s Aftertouch, an exploration of the sensitivity of piano keys under different pressures; Mark Engebretson’s Two Duos, a study combining traditional and modern means of working with harmony; Chan Ji Kim’s 9 Years, an homage to mentorship and musical development; Leonard Mark Lewis’ Three Etudes for Piano, a study of timbre and pianistic technique; Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn’s Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano, a “pure music” piece blending traditional and modern melodic language; Piotr Szewczyk’s Apparitions, a musical portrait of ghostly apparitions floating through a forest; and Alan Chan’s Daughter’s Lullaby, a musical setting of Nicky Schildkraut’s story of a girl’s journey as a Korean child adopted by Western parents.


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Artist Information

Phillip Schroeder


The music of Phillip Schroeder (b. 1956, Rancho Cordova CA) for soloists, chamber ensembles, live electronics, orchestra, band, and choir has been described by critics as "wonderfully evocative," "ethereal," "rich in subtle detail," and "full of elegant nuance." He has appeared as a guest composer, lecturer, and performer at venues throughout the United States and Europe and has been very active and dedicated New Music advocate as performer, producer, and festival/conference host.

Vera Ivanova


Vera Ivanova (b. 1977, Moscow, Russia) graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (Honours Diploma), Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (M.M. with distinction), and the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D. in Composition). Her works have been performed in Russia, Europe and the United States. Her teaching positions include Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the Setnor School of Music of Syracuse University, Assistant Professor of Music in the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University (current).

Mark Engebretson


Mark Engebretson (b 1964, Modesto CA), is Associate Professor of Composition and Electronic Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Chan Ji Kim


Chan Ji Kim (b. 1974, Dae-gu, South Korea) composes for dance, chamber ensembles, orchestra, multimedia performances and electroacoustic music. Most recently, her music was performed by the internationally known Bartók Trio ensemble in Malaga, Spain.

Leonard Mark Lewis


Leonard Mark Lewis (b. 1973, Great Yarmouth, England) holds a D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Texas, an M.M. in Composition from the University of Houston. He is also a conductor and pianist specializing in new music. Lewis, a member of BMI, is the recipient of awards from ASCAP (Morton Gould Young Composer Award), BMI, Columbia University (Bearns Prize), Voices of Change (Russell Horn Young Composers Award), and MACRO.

Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn


Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn (b. 1980, Vallejo CA) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, was educated on both coasts and now finds himself in the middle of the country. His music combines a frenetic rhythmic language, lean textures and lyrical sensitivity. His music has been recorded and performed throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and Asia by ensembles and organizations including the Kiev Philharmonic, The Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Huntsville Alabama Army Band, Composers Inc, Conundrum, The Yale Brass Trio, Scott/Garrison Duo, and Vox Novus.

Piotr Szewczyk


Polish-born violinist Piotr Szewczyk has been hailed for his “stellar technique and constantly ringing tone” (Charleston Post and Courier) and has been a member of the Jacksonville Symphony’s first violin section since 2007. He is also an active composer, whose work has been called “magical” (Gramophone Magazine).

Alan Chan


Alan Chan (b. 1978, Hong Kong, China) is a multi-faceted composer in both classical and jazz genres whose music has been recognized by ArtEZ (Netherlands), ASCAP, American Composers Forum, Los Angeles County Arts Commission and Percussive Arts Society, among others.

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