Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Carman Moore, African American Composer, Commissioned by Musica de Camara

Musica de Camara of New York City:
El Barrio’s own Musica de Camara, celebrating its 28th year presenting Puerto Rican and Hispanic composers in 2008, presents pianist Anthony Newton playing works by contemporary African-American composers, including Howard Swanson, R. Nathaniel Dett, and George T. Walker. The performance will feature a world premiere presentation of Piano Sonata II by Carman Moore, commissioned by Musica de Camara. [Robert Nathaniel Dett and George Walker are profiled at]

Carman Moore
Carman Moore is an African American composer whose website is
He is the cousin and frequent collaborator of Charles Oyamo Gordon, Associate Professor of Theatre (Playwriting) at the University of Michigan. AfriClassical contacted Carman Moore, who provided this update on his many compositional activities:

Early in 2007 I had 3 music theatre works performed---The Sorcerer's Apprentice (libretto by Oyamo with my help) at the Seattle Children's Theatre; Club Paradise (a "take" on Milton's Paradise Lost set in a dance hall---book also by Oyamo with my contributions) at Manhattanville College; and a choral and instrumental score to Seamus Heaney's The Burial At Thebes at La MaMa Theatre in New York. In August I conducted my group The Skymusic Ensemble at Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival, in a concert dedicated to the memory of departed members Leroy Jenkins and Mark Heinemann. Honoring them I composed a work called Ruminations. In October a string trio of Sanford Allen, Violn; Jesse Levine, Viola; and Astrid Schween, Cello premiered my 3-movement Blue...Red...Green (beautifully, I might add). On February 24th of this year the Syracuse, New York Society for New Music will perform my The Mystery Of Tao which was originally commissioned and premiered in 2000 by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
As you can see, I've been busy. But I'm delighted to know that you and Ms. Black are chronicling the activities of black classical music makers. Keep up the good work.

Carman Moore"

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