Navona Records presents ONYX, the 29th edition of the acclaimed Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series and the fifth SCI release on the label. Founded in 1965, SCI celebrates their 50 year anniversary with the release of this album, marking their continued dedication to the promotion, performance, understanding, and dissemination of new and contemporary music.


This offering in the series features works by ten SCI composers: Christopher Biggs’ Greed offers a musical reflection on the depravity of the same name; Federico Bonacossa’s Rivir for solo viola was written for violist Vivian Torres, using letters from her name to form a palindrome; Kai-Young Chan’s Ignis Fatuus is a musical portrait of the elusive and flickering phenomena of a pale, green light commonly seen in marshes or around graveyards; Kyong Mee Choi and Timothy Ernest Johnson’s Tensile Strength focuses on the intersection of the harsh and the harmonious; Shawn Crouch’s Adolescent Psychology is an impressionistic scene of youth; Ferdinando DeSena’s Between Logic and Rhetoric presents the distinction between logical and rhetorical arguments; Chi-hin Leung’s Utmost Attack captures the fleeting moment of shooting an arrow; Anne Neikirk’s Gangrel offers a musical narrative illustrating the onset of a terrifying thunderstorm; Andrián Pertout’s Echoes from the Past presents a study on extended flute techniques, such as multiphonics, progressive vibrati, and broken sounds; and Mark Zanter’s Persistence of Memory, commissioned by WVSO Principal Flautist Lindsey Goodman, explores how a piece of music might attempt to form memories of itself.


This compilation reflects the diversity and originality of techniques coming from some of today's most talented composers.


Album web-application includes liner notes, study scores, and multimedia content: www.navonarecords.com/onyx



Founded in 1965, Society of Composers, Inc. celebrates their 50 year anniversary in 2015


Mark Zanter is an active performer and composer who received special distinction in the 2014 ASCAP Rudolph Nissim Prize competition for his work lament and dream for string orchestra, piano, and percussion.


Andrián Pertout’s music has been performed in over forty countries by orchestras that include the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony orchestras, The Louisville Orchestra (USA), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Orquestra Petrobrás Sinfônica (Brazil), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México (Mexico), Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam), La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai (Belgium) and Oare String Orchestra (UK)


Shawn Crouch has received awards and accolades from such prestigious institutions as the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, BMI, Yale University, Society of Composers Inc., Meet the Composer, and Percussive Arts Society. He is the inaugural recipient of the Dale Warland Singers Commissioning Award given by Chorus America and the American Composers Forum


Federico Bonacossa is the company composer for Dance NOW Miami as well as a performing member of the Miami Guitar Trio


Composer Christopher Biggs’ has several performances across the United States featuring his work: www.christopherbiggsmusic.com/cb/concerts/concert_dates.html#







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Release Date: January 8, 2016

Catalog #: NV6020







1 Adolescent Psychology

  Shawn Crouch


 2  Persistence of Memory

  Mark Zanter


 3 Gangrel

  Anne Neikirk


 4 Greed

  Christopher Biggs


 5 Between Logic and Rhetoric

  Ferdinando DeSena


 6 Rivir

  Federico Bonacossa


 7 Utmost Attack

   Chi-hin Leung


 8 Tensile Strength

   Kyong Mee Choi & Timothy Ernest Johnson


 9 Ignis Fatuus

  Kai-Young Chan


 10 Echoes from the Past

  Andrián Pertout





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