Abyss for tuba and fixed electronic media was written for Mary MacKinnon during a Dec 2010/Jan 2011 residency at Goldwell Open Air Museum at Rhyolite, NV. The barn in which this work was composed is located at the site of the ghost town of Bullfrog, about one mile from the ghost town of Rhyolite. The electronic part consists of synthesizers reproducing the sounds of low tuba pitches. The sounds were created by analyzing the spectral content of live tuba samples and then re-synthesizing them using the software program MetaSynth. The live tuba swims through the crevasses between the frequencies in the electronics part. Only occasionally do higher frequencies emerge from the abyss.
Nolan Stolz is a musician living in his hometown of Las Vegas, NV. His compositional voice is clearly influenced by his performance background in jazz and progressive rock, yet firmly rooted in the contemporary classical tradition. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and across Europe, including festivals such as the 52nd Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice (FRANCE), Suolahti International Summer Music Festival (FINLAND), North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference, National Flute Association Convention, University of Alabama-Huntsville New Music Festival, Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, Electroacoustic Juke Joint, eXtensible Electric Guitar Festival, Las Vegas International New Music Festival, Las Vegas Music Festival, Music Today Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, and several College Music Society conferences. He has been commissioned by the Alturas Duo, CCSU Chamber Players, Synchronix, LVA Jazz Ensemble, Las Vegas Music Festival Orchestra, SUNY-Stony Brook, and several solo artists. He has won several awards, including the Max DiJulio Composition Prize. His "Lullaby for Sam" appears on guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan’s CD New Lullaby, and his "Catharsis II" (piano quartet no. 2) is on Millennial Masters Volume 3 from Ablaze Records. Stolz has a doctorate in composition from The Hartt School, and he has been on the faculties of University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of South Dakota, Three Rivers Community College (CT) and Naugatuck Valley Community College (CT). Stolz will be an artist-in-residence at Prairie Center of the Arts in Peoria, IL (July/Aug 2012), Osage Arts Community near Belle, MO (Aug/Sep), Goldwell Open Air Museum in Rhyolite, NV (October), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts near Amherst (November), and at Sitka Center for Arts and Ecology in Otis, OR (Jan-May 2013).
Mary MacKinnon Bio:
Mary MacKinnon, a native of Okinawa, Japan, currently serves as the principal tubist of the Michigan Philharmonic. In addition, Mary has performed with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, National Philharmonic of the Dominican Republic, Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, and the Garden State Philharmonic. As an active soloist and chamber musician, she has been featured at the International Tuba Euphonium Conference, Midwest Regional Tuba Euphonium Conference, and Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings. As an advocate of contemporary music, she has commissioned works by numerous composers including Eric Guinivan, Brian Kehlenbach, Laura Kramer, Jonathan Sokol, Asha Srinivasan, and Nolan Stolz.
Mary earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Hartt School of Music and Master of Music degree from Indiana University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music from Bowling Green State University. Her principal instructors include David Saltzman, Daniel Perantoni, Toby Hank, Roger Bobo, and Joanna Hersey.