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Now Musique 5 Concerts – A Reflection

In August of this year, I kicked off a series of five concert for Now Musique: two concerts in August followed by one each month through November. Begun in 2019, Now Musique focuses on programming new and neglected music in settings in and out of the concert hall.

Thanks to a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture in June 2022, I was able to program these five concerts and multiple children’s events in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester.

Four of the five programs showcased new music from the New Lullaby Project, works for electronics and guitar, solos from Spain, my Bach arrangements, and solos from honey cadence. One concert featured chamber music for harpsichord and guitar with the wonderful Frederick Jodry.

The “formal” concerts were held at 5:30pm on Thursdays at the Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library, were free for the public to attend, and included a Milk & Cookie reception.

I will be posting video and audio in the near future.

Let me know your thoughts and leave a comment below.

Aaron

PHOTO GALLERY:

Composers:
Lynn Job, Stanley Hoffman, John McDonald, Frank Warren, Charles Turner,, Ronald Pearl, Tom Nazziola, John Johnstone, Brian Schober, Scott Wheeler, Dean Rosenthal, Lainie Fefferman, Tom Flaherty, Ian Wiese, Gregory Biss, Stefanie Lubkowski, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Laurie Spiegel, Anthony R. Green, Jim Dalton, Michael Veloso, Curtis Hughes, Francine Trester, Vineet Shende, Larget-Caplan, J.S. Bach, Luigi Boccherini, Domenico Scarlatti, Esteban Sanlucar, and Pascual Marquina

Positives:

  • Neighborhood Cultural Events – Rare to have classical music events in the neighborhood.
  • 25 living composers featured with many in attendance!
  • Families in attendance – the earlier time and relaxed vibe invited families to attend.
  • Milk & Cookies – quite the success!
  • Press – Feature in the Dorchester Reporter

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Responses From Attendees:

What a pleasure it was to attend the “Now Musique” concerts at the Upham’s Corner BPL! Aaron’s varied selection of contemporary guitar pieces is an inspired concept for a library, introducing music that entrances and intrigues, while also respecting the equilibrium of the space. – Doria Hughes

This year, I had enormous pleasure attending 3 sequels of Aaron Larget-Caplan’s “Now Musique” concert series presented in the Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library. I found these short concerts entertaining, full of musical energy, perfectly covering large spectrum of guitar music. Aaron’s introduction to presented pieces included well balanced description of music as well as snippets of music creation stories coming directly from contemporary and frequently local composers.  It was a treasure chest of fun and social interaction.
– Marek Kloczewiak

Going to a concert is a “luxury” that a new (single) mom can hardly afford. And I don’t just mean in the financial sense. It’s a time commitment and it involves lots of planning, including figuring out if your kid is ready to seat through a concert without disturbing the others. Mine still can’t seat still for more than 15 minutes. But… I keep trying to get him acquainted with arts and, in small doses at the time, it’s starting to work.
Thanks to Aaron Larget-Caplan, Dacian and I were able to enjoy a beautiful evening of music, right up the street from home. I lured my little one with the promise to stop at the playground on our way back, if he behaves during the concert. Fortunately, the short program was in a cozy space, with limited audience and Aaron was great at keeping us (even my short attention span 5 year old) entertained alternating sleepy lullabies with lively Spanish flamenco. I loved the innovative concept of actually inviting some of the composers to be in the room and introduce their pieces.
Always going above and beyond, Aaron! Even when offering your talent in a free to the public, library serenade. I’m truly impressed and grateful you choose to remain so involved in our community. – Denisa Dobrin

I had the privilege of attending Aaron’s recent concert at the Uphams Corner Library during which he performed my “Winter Lullaby”. It was a wonderful experience to hear Aaron’s exceptional and sensitive performance of this piece as well as the others on the program, speak with audience members and meet the other composers. The ambiance and reception of those in attendance were memorable.  – Brian Schober, composer

Another wonderful concert by Aaron Larget-Caplan. Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library. He enchanted us with lullabies written by local composers and Bach, including in an Indian version (quite an interesting take on “Ave Maria”). – Denisa Dobrin

Negatives:

  • Traffic – Though aimed for people in the neighborhood, those coming into Boston during rush hour were presented quite the challenge. Greatly appreciated!
  • Public Transportation – close to a commuter rail and ample bus lines, but Boston is not consistent so people were hesitant to depend on it.
  • Publicity – How to reach potential audiences when attention is spread over multiple digital platforms, major newspaper are cutting back, and postering has a limited scope?
  • Concert reviews – none 😢

For Next Time:

  • Spread out the concerts over 8-10 months
  • Include more performers
  • Invite local schools to be involved
  • Bring in local businesses
  • Add venues in various parts of Boston and beyond

Concert Posters:

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Grant Award – Concerts in Dorchester

I’m very excited to announce that I was awarded an Opportunity Fund Grant from the Mayor’s of Office of Arts & Culture to produce a series of 5 concerts in my Dorchester neighborhood of Upham’s Corner through my series Now Musique.

Read about the awards from the City of Boston HERE.

These Now Musique concerts are free to the public, the concerts will take place at the Upham’s Corner Library with one at the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. I will also introduce contemporary music from the New Lullaby Project in a couple of young person community events at the UC Library.

Each concert will feature lullabies written for the New Lullaby Project, a solo by Larget-Caplan, a couple of standards, and other works. The exact program will be announced prior via this website and on social media.
Composers are encouraged to attend.

These are the first concerts of Now Musique since Covid-19, so we hope you will come and celebrate life through music!

CONCERT SCHEDULE 

CONCERT 1: Nights Songs & Dances
Thursday August 11 • 5:30pm • Concert • Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Music by Lynn Job, Stanley Hoffman, John McDonald, Frank Warren, Charles Turner, Larget-Caplan and Spanish Composers.

CONCERT 2: Frets & Hammers w/ guest harpsichordist Frederick Jodry
Saturday August 20
• 7pm • Concert • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
Music by Bach, Boccherini and Larget-Caplan
Repeated 8/21 in Newport, RI & 8/28 in Provincetown, MA w/slight variation

CONCERT 3: Lullings
Thursday September 15
• 5:30pm • Concert • Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Music by Ronald Pearl, Tom Nazziola, Curtis Hughes, Brian Schober, Scott Wheeler, Dean Rosenthal, Larget-Caplan.

CONCERT 4: Electric Hush 
Thursday October 13
• 5:30pm • Concert • Uphams Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Music by Lainie Fefferman, Tom Flaherty, Ian Wiese, Gregory Biss, Stefanie Lubkowski, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, and Larget-Caplan. Includes two works for electronics and guitar!

CONCERT 5: Catching Dreams
Thursday November 17
• 5:30pm • Upham’s Corner Branch of the Boston Public Library
Music by Laurie Spiegel, Anthony Green, Jim Dalton, Michael Veloso, John Johnstone, and Francine Trester.

*Please visit Aaron’s Calendar and FB page for program announcements 

Now Musique is a 501c3 under Fractured Atlas. Learn about you can support Now Musique HERE

2021 – Year in Review

2021 was many things, boring wasn’t one of them!

I’m not great at reflecting on the year, so I made a little list of some accomplishments as this year felt extra special:

  • 13 premieres
  • 2 albums issued
  • 2 anthologies published
  • 12 radio and podcast appearances
  • 6 concerts
  • 4 festivals
  • 3 awards
  • 1 article
  • 450K+ streams!

Not bad for barely leaving home 🙂

May 2022 be all that you wish for and need. I’m preparing for some recordings, concerts (fingers crossed), and a surprise or two.

Thank you for being safe and sharing in my music.


Aaron Larget-Caplan

Year In Review

Premieres

Lainie Fefferman – Carousel – guitar + electronics
Tom Flaherty – Steps and Leaps – guitar + electronics
Alejandro Rutty – Down with those guitars
David Warrin Solomons – Passacaglia
UNC Greensboro Students: Joshua Weitz, Noah Marney, A.J. Lyon – 3 Pieces

New Lullaby Project Premieres

Curtis Hughes – lullibule
John Johnstone – Blue Lullaby
Tom Nazziola – Lull-a-by-the-sea
Ronald Pearl – Berceuse Inquiète
Štěpán Rak – Lullaby
Brian Schober – A Winter Lullaby


L->R top: Johnston, Pearl, Schober
L->R bottom: Nazziola, Rak, Hughes

RECORDINGS ISSUED

A Guitar Holiday – Tiger Turn Records (450K streams!)
Drifting, Volume 3 of the New Lullaby Project – Stone Records
Passacaglia by David Warin Solomons, digital single
Discography of 6 Albums from 2006-2021 issued online by Stone Records

PUBLICATIONS

Nights Transfigured, Volume 1 of the New Lullaby Project, Pub. American Composers Alliance
Hushed, Volume 2 of the New Lullaby Project, Pub. American Composers Alliance 

RADIO & PODCASTS (click–>Podcast)

All Things Cage with Laura Kuhn (3x!)
Café Classicale with Felice Coral
Conducting Conversations with Mike Maino
Exploring Music with Tigran Arakelyan
Classical Guitar Around the World with Kevin Collins (2x)
Guitaromanie! with Karl Wohlwend
All Things Six Strings with Rick Cox
Is That Really Legal with Eric Ruben
Jay Talking with Bradley Jay

FESTIVALS

New Music Gathering, Portland, Oregon
21st Century Guitar Festival – Portugal
Guitar Foundation of America – Denver, Colorado
‘Institute for Effective Training International Conference’ – Russia

AWARDS

Three Revere Awards from the Music Publishers Associations – Nights Transfigured
Grant Southbridge Cultural Council
Small Business Association Grants

CONCERTS

Tew Recital Hall, UNC Greensboro, North Carolina
First Congregation Church Camden, Maine
Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Zalon, Philadelphia, PA
Jacob Edwards Library, Southbridge, MA
Windhover, Rockport, MA w/ amazing Dancers: Michael Trusnovec, Xin Ying, Annmaria Mazzini,, Thryn Saxon

ARTICLES (click–>articles)

Dorchester Reporter – Larget-Caplan’s new album explores Christmas classics

 

 

Publishing Awards for Nights Transfigured

So proud to announce the Music Publishers Association of the United States Revere Awards for 2020-21! It is not every day that one can say their project topped anything by guitar god Steve Vai, but that is exactly what has happened today, and without a whammy bar.

I am over the moon to learn that Volume 1 of the New Lullaby Project Anthology ‘Nights Transfigured’ has won two 2020-2021 Revere Awards for Guitar Music and Book Design.

We placed in two categories of graphic excellence, and I could not be more proud of this work that we have been doing through the pandemic months. A very big shout out to Simon Henry Berry and Will Rowe absolutely bringing their best to our little publishing enterprise at American Composers Alliance.

Nights Transfigured, various composers – curated by Aaron Larget-Caplan won 1st prize for Guitar Music as well as book design and cover art.

Featuring 15 compositions by composers from three countries and off two albums, ‘Nights Transfigured’ is a collaboration between the American Composers Alliance and ALC Music Publishing. It was assembled by the outstanding team of Gina Genova, Simon Henry Berry, and me. A shout out to Alex Fedorov for assisting in the original New Lullaby Project artwork that inspired the cover art. Gratitude to the composers for entrusting me with their music. CHAMPAGNE FOR ALL!!

Award link: https://www.mpa.org/2020-2021-revere-award-winners/?fbclid=IwAR1JcpXCrEzPxXC8ak_MbPQWwao4nzOx0lI5FX_PlmLXOAsZF_vInLfhlqc

You can order ‘Nights Transfigured’ through your local music dealer. PDFs and institutional discounts are at the ACA website: https://composers.com/composers/various-collections-and-anthologies/nights-transfigured

It is also available through Bandcamp: https://alcguitar.bandcamp.com/merch/nights-transfigured-scores-of-the-new-lullaby-project-vol-1 (discount code: 10offalc for 10% off)

Aaron’s Fall Concert Schedule

See Aaron’s Fall Newsletter!

http://createsend.com/t/y-B9ACD42E1FA6369B

French Award, ARTS–SCIENCES–LETTRES

I am very excited to announce that I have been awarded the Médaille D’Etain (Pewter Medal) from the Socièté Académique Arts-Sciences-Lettres de France.

This is an award with over 100 years of history given to those who have demonstrated success in the Arts at the highest of quality. Not being a French citizen, as of yet, this is quite an honor. I was selected last fall by French painter Dominique Boutaud, who is a USA Representative of the Arts-Sciences-Lettres, and in February I submitted a portfolio about my musical life. It was an immense project taking most of January to prepare and weighing in at 7lbs!

The process of collecting and reflecting on the last 15+ years of my musical life was extremely rewarding. I was reminded of so many wonderful collaborations, travels, and exciting people in my life because of music. Also, I have done a lot! It is easy to get caught only looking forward in an art that is, for the most part, ephemeral. This was a gift I did not expect, but needed.

I am extremely grateful to the many composers who have entrusted me with their creations. Your encouragement and artistic honesty continues to inspire me daily.

There is an awards ceremony in Paris on June 22nd hosted by the ARTS-SCIENCES-LETTRES society at the Hotel Inter Continental, during which the diplomas and awards are given to the recipients. Diplomas of Medal of Platinum, Gold, Vermeil, Silver, Pewter and Bronze, awarded by the Superior Commission of the Rewards.

A lovely side note. I learned recently that Monaco artist Claude Gauthier has won multiple medals from ASL. You may recognize his work as the cover art on my first CD: Tracing a wheel on water.

Other US winners include:
Intermedia artist C. M. Judge
Chreogorapher & Dancer Amanda Whitworth

If you would like to learn more about ASL please visit: https://www.arts-sciences-lettres.fr/

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ABOUT THE ARTIST & ARRANGER

Guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan is an international touring and recording artist. A sought after soloist and chamber musician with performances in Russia, Europe, and across the USA. He has premiered 78 compositions with many written for him, and he regularly performs his own arrangements of Bach, Scarlatti, Cage, Reynaldo Hahn, and Spanish composers. Aaron, the founder of the New Lullaby Project, and the Spanish dance and music group ¡Con Fuego!, can be heard on Albany, Navona and Stone Records (UK). On faculty at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and formerly at the Boston Conservatory, he loves espresso and searching out hot springs.

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ACME Honoree from Mu Phi Epsilon

It is a great honor to be a Mu Phi Epsilon ACME Honoree!

I look forward to continuing my musical adventure with the wonderful musicians and music lovers of Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity. Go Beta Chapter!!acmee-mpe-fall-2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read about the fraternity and other ACME Honorees at: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.muphiepsilon.org/resource/resmgr/triangle_issues/vol110issue3Fall2016.pdf