NODUS Ensemble

Initiated by faculty composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia, NODUS is the contemporary chamber music ensemble in residence at Florida International University’s School of Music. Specializing in the cutting edge Art music of our time, the makeup of the ensemble varies for each concert depending on the works being presented. The ensemble’s repertoire includes recent music by composers from around the world as well as works written specifically for the ensemble.

NODUS debut at the FIU Festival of the Arts in November 1998 and shortly thereafter was featured at the January 1999 New Music Miami Festival. Subsequent performances have included the 1999, 2000, and 2001 FIU Music Festival, the 2001 Music of the Americas Festival, the 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 New Music Miami ISCM Festival, the 2004 International Computer Music Conference, and numerous other concerts held at a variety of South Florida venues over the past several seasons. The ensemble has been featured at the Norton Museum, Wertheim Performing Arts Center, the Wolfsonian, Spanish Cultural Center, Miami Art Central, Miami Art Museum, among other performing spaces in the region. The musicians in NODUS include internationally acclaimed performers, flutist Elissa Lakofsky, clarinetists Paul Green, Julian Santacoloma, saxophonist Roby George, pianists Jose Lopez and Jennifer Snyder, percussionists Michael Launius, Mark Schubert, violinists Mari-Liis Pakk, Saul Bitran, Luis Fernandez, violist Michael Klotz, Laura Wilcox, cellist Phil Lakofsky, contrabassist Luis Gomez Imbert, sopranos Michelle Cohen, Karen Neal, Kathleen Wilson, tenor Robert Dundas, among others.

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Selected Concerts (not including New Music Miami Festival)

November 2009
International Contemporary Classical Music Festival in Lima, Peru. More

Fall 2008 – Spring 2009 all performances part of the New Music Miami ISCM Festival Series (Select Miami ISCM from the menu on the left)

June 2008
Miami Art Museum
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March 2008
f(x) Marathon
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March 2008
Miami Art Museum
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March 2007
Miami Art Central
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October 2006
Miami Art Central
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May 2006
IAWM Conference
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April 2006
Miami Art Central
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February 2006
SubTropics Music Festival
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November 2005
Spanish Cultural Center
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October 2005
Wolfsonian
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November 2004
FIU Music Festival Wertheim PAC
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November 2004
ICMC performances UM (overview)
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July 2004
Miami Art Central
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January 2004
FIU Wertheim PAC
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November 2002
FIU Festival of the Arts – Wolfsonian
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May 2001
Norton Gallery
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November 2000
FIU Festival of the Arts – FIU North Campus
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November 1999
FIU Festival of the Arts – Wertheim PAC
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November 1998
FIU Festival of the Arts – Wertheim PAC
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New Music Miami ISCM Festival

THE NEW MUSIC MIAMI ISCM FESTIVAL AN OVERVIEW

The New Music Miami Festival began in 1993 as the May in Miami Music Festival, an annual, week-long festival occurring every May founded by composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia in collaboration with Florida International University and the New World Symphony Orchestra. The festival featured nightly concerts with performances by performers from the New World Symphony and FIU faculty of renowned, emerging, and student composers. In 1997, the festival expanded its scope and became the New Music Miami Festival. At this point the festival was no longer just for young composers and master artists and instead the repertoire was opened to include works from all composers internationally many of whom attend the festival and present their work for FIU and other students and the South Florida community at large.

This followed another change in format in 2002 when the festival became the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, reflecting FIU’s status as an associated chapter of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM) which afforded the festival even wider recognition. The Miami Chapter established at Florida International University champions music from the US and helps represent the country at the ISCM’s Annual World Music Days.

The New Music Miami festival has continued to expand and in 2009 changed from a 1 – 2-week event to a 12-concert festival spread out over a 3-month period of time, often featuring new concerts for acoustic and electro-acoustic instrumentations as well as video both in concert settings such as the Wertheim Performing Arts Center and unique venues such as out-of-doors concerts at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Art Museum and most recently the Miami Beach Urban Studios located on Miami Beach. Throughout this, New Music Miami has developed numerous partnerships with presenting institutions, such as the Forum for New Music from Latin America, the Cervantino Festival, Music of the Americas Festival and a host of local institutions.

In addition to championing music from the US, the festival has enabled composers and performers to participate and present their work from countries such as Canada, Cuba, Spain, Mexico, Italy, Germany, England, and France. Special guest performers have included Joan La Barbara, Evan Ziporyn, Margaret Lancaster, Todd Reynolds, Kathleen Supové, Cristina Valdes, Jennifer Choi, Mari Kimura, Luis Gomez Imbert, Madeline Shapiro, Jaime Marquez, Saul Bitran, Daniella Strasfogel, Laura Wilcox, the NODUS Ensemble, and the FIU Symphony Orchestra and FIU Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Distinguished, featured composers include (but are not limited to) Earle Brown, Morton Subotnick, Jonathan Kramer, Tania Leon, Donald Martino, Pauline Oliveros, Bernard Rands, George Crumb, Olly Wilson, Tomas Marco, Lukas Foss, Mario Lavista, Don Erb, Chinary Ung, Mario Lavista, Judith Shatin, Javier Alvarez, Todd Reynolds, Evan Ziporyn, Matthew Burtner, Elizabeth Hoffman, and Fredrick Kaufman among others. In its 21st year, the festival continues to be directed by composer Orlando Jacinto Garcia http://www.orlandojacintogarcia.com with co-directors, composers Jacob Sudol http://www.jacobsudol.com and Paula Matthusen http://www.paulamatthusen.com

The festival’s web page can be found at http://www.newmusicmiami.org/ and the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/New-Music-Miami-131533493531749/

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Miami ISCM

The Florida International University (FIU) School of Music houses the Miami Section of the International Society for Contemporary Music. This Associated Chapter formed in 2001 has further represent the goals of the ISCM in the US, namely the advocacy and presentation of Contemporary Music and related events.

Numerous ISCM affiliated activities have been realized and are being planned for the future including the annual New Music Miami ISCM festival, NODUS Ensemble concerts, and other new music related events (please visit the New Music Miami and NODUS sections of this site for more information.

In addition the chapter continues to make an official submission of up to 6 works by selected US based composers to the ISCM World Music Days Festival each year. These works will be considered for possible presentation at this event by the host country’s festival directors. The World Music Days Festival is one of the most important international new music events in the world. More

The directors for the Miami Section are Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Jacob Sudol, and Paula Matthusen. For more information regarding the chapter please feel free to contact Orlando Jacinto Garcia garciao@fiu.edu

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