Dr. José Beviá, associate professor of music at County College of Morris (CCM), has been chosen as one of seven composers to have one of his compositions featured by the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) in its 2013 new music performances in New York City.
The event is hosted by the American Composers Orchestra (ACO), and will be held at Columbia University’s Miller Theater at 2960 Broadway. Open rehearsals take place Monday, June 3, at 10 a.m. and run-through performances on Tuesday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m.
Both events are free and open to the public. Reservations can be made through the ACO’s website at www.americancomposers.org/rel2013060304.html
Beviá’s original composition, Noit-Alimissa, will be conducted by Gil Rose.
An internationally recognized musician and composer, Beviá has had his compositions and arrangements performed by a variety of orchestras and musical artists, including the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the BMI/ New York Jazz Orchestra, the Millennium Jazz Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the Marcus Roberts Trio. In 2010, he was presented with the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition from the National Academy of Music and the Municipal Conservatories of Neapolis and Sykies in Greece. He received that award for Three Enigmas, a contemporary classical composition he wrote for the piano duo Ferdiko of New York City.
Other participating composers in the JCOI new music performances include: Jennifer Bellor, winner of the Howard Hanson Orchestra prize in 2012; Courtney Bryan, a pianist and jazz composer pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts in composition at Columbia University; Ingrid Laubrock, a German native and graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London; Andy Milne, contemporary jazz composer and artist; Richard Sussman, a pianist, composer, music technologist and professor of jazz composition at Manhattan School of Music in New York City; and Sumi Tonooka, a jazz composer based in New York.
A native of Spain, Beviá graduated from the Valencia Conservatory of Music in Valencia, Spain. He then attended Berklee College of Music where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and Florida State University where he earned dual master’s degrees in music composition and jazz performance and his doctorate in music theory and composition.
At CCM, Beviá teaches Music Theory, Electronic Music and Piano, among other courses. He also is director of the CCM Chamber Ensemble.
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