Piano painted by Jack Gaffney

A Colorful History in Music

Jan. 30, 2017

If you’ve ever stopped to enjoy the music drifting from a painted piano near the Pearl Street Cheesecake Factory, then you’ve been exposed to the many talents of first-year composition student Jack Gaffney . Gaffney not only writes the tunes he taps out but also covers the piano in his...

"the distance of the moon" by Michael Ippolito

Jan. 27, 2017

the distance of the moon (2015) Duration: 7:00 minutes Instrumentation: solo piano Premiere: Texas State International Piano Festival (June 1-4, 2015) by finalists Inyoung Kim, Nathan Ryland, Soyeon An, Sung-Soo Cho, Hyeinn Jun, and Jeremy Hassell Click to Listen To purchase the score, click here Notes: This piece was inspired...

John Clay Allen's Light Pillars

Jan. 27, 2017

When the atmosphere around a light source contains a haze of ice particles, the reflected light can cause an optical phenomenon where tall luminous bands project up into the sky. These bands, known as light pillars , rise out of the textures created in a new work by composer John...

Comp Dept News 1/25/2017

Jan. 25, 2017

Faculty Dan Kellogg presents a world premiere this weekend with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic . Faculty Carter Pann presents a new brass work next week in Delaware. UROP undergrad project grants deadline is 2/17. Local Artists Feature - Our Pendulum poster artwork features art and photography of people within our...

"Sonata for Winds and Strings" by Bill Elliot

Nov. 28, 2016

Bill Elliott, CoM advisory board member and former theory professor, will premiere his chamber ensemble work this Wednesday, with Carter Pann conducting an all-star faculty and student ensemble. Bill shares some thoughts... "Sonata for Winds and Strings, for flute, clarinet, Fr. horn, bassoon, and string quartet, was written as my...

The Logical Conclusion by Egemen Kesikli

Nov. 23, 2016

The other day I sat down with composer Egemen Kesikli to ask him about his piece The Logical Conclusion , which is being performed on the November 30 th Pendulum concert. The piece, for solo violin, begins with brash chords contrasted by ghostly sliding wisps. Occasionally, ferocious rhythmic passages drive...

October 28th, 2016 Pendulum Concert

Oct. 27, 2016

Before tonight's Pendulum concert, there was a buzz in the air. New music was about to happen. The concert opened with the intriguingly titled “For the Eastern Elk,” an elegy to a subspecies of elk that diseappeared in 1877 in Pennsylvania. “It's a meditation on extinction; a commentary on the...

Two young fans helping us perform "In C."

Pendulum Reaches Out at the Library  (10/16/16)

Oct. 20, 2016

Last Sunday, at the kid-friendly hour of 2pm, Pendulum took over the Boulder Public Library and presented music ranging from recorded sounds at the TANK to Riley's historic "In C" to our P-rade through the entire building. Where else can you find composers Jack and Egemen marching side by side,...

Mandra by Egemen Kesikli

Sept. 14, 2016

Ten musicians take to the stage. The air in the room begins to vibrate: sounds, unmoored from a beat, swirl out of instruments and mingle like colorful smoke above the audience. A thick purple cloud of consonance is emerging from a piano; an oud deliciously bends an emerald-colored wisp; a...

Thumbnail of Anasi by Kevin Michael Olson

Pendulum Presents Scores on CU Scholar

Aug. 10, 2016

Pendulum New Music is proud to announce that select scores of student works will be included at CU Scholar. Our first work is Anasi by Kevin Michael Olson . This score combines traditional notation with graphic notation and uses color to suggest timres and shapes to the performers.