Mirror Age: Poppet with Nebula Ensemble

When: Thursday, 11/30/17,  7:30 PM
Where: Massif Studios, 2191 South Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80210
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On November 30th, Nebula Ensemble is joining Poppet – the alter-ego of California raised musician Molly Raney – for an unusual collaborative concert featuring musical works, installations, and film.

Here’s what you can expect to experience, in Poppet’s words:

A music video premiere. A record drop. A mysterious figure laden with birds. Artificial landscapes. Live video editing. Virtual Reality. Sincerity. A reflection through an age of mirrors. A caged human mind, exposed.

A multi-verse performance featuring the musical works of Poppet, Jasper Schmich Kinney, and Stephen Bailey, with installations by Mark Fitzsimmons, Drew Austin, and Marianna Crespin and film by Daniel Sharkey.

Limited tickets available via Brown Paper Tickets online starting 11/10 @$15/ticket. Online sales end 11/26. Tickets will be available at the door @$20/ticket. Reserve now! You will only gain entry with a ticket. All proceeds go to artists and performers.

For more information about Poppet, visit http://www.poppet.us


Verse//Chorus//Nova: Photo Gallery

Our October 28th concert was one of our most exciting and well-attended yet! We performed an eclectic batch of pop-influenced works by composers Edmund Scott Miller, Stephen Bailey, Sarah Perske, and Jasper Schmich Kinney.

Photos by Marilyn Brock

Jackson Polcaro, Calvin Green, Olympia “19” Vida, and Ryan Spencer perform Edmund Scott Miller’s “At that point again.” Click here to watch the composer talk about the piece.

Kyle Hughes, Sarah Perske, and Zachary Larson perform selections from Perske’s forthcoming album “Ancient Dreams and Visions.” Click here to hear rehearsal clips and the composer’s thoughts on the piece.

Calvin Green, Stephen Bailey, and Emily Gradowski performing Bailey’s “Rain Bell.” Click here to learn more about Bailey’s piece.

Jackson Polcaro, Calvin Green, Olympia “19” Vida, Ryan Spencer, and Zachary Larson prepare to perform Jasper Schmich Kinney’s “TRUMP THE FUNK OUT.” Click here to watch  a clip from the accompanying film.

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Don’t miss our next concert, Renaissance Time Lords, on February 24th, 2017!


Make Music Great Again

We’ve never performed anything quite like this new piece by Jasper Schmich Kinney (aka THE LIVELY ROBOT), but we’re confident that our performance will be the greatest thing ever. Come hear it on our October 28th concert, VERSE//CHORUS//NOVA!

Here’s what the composer has to say about the work:

“Ladies and gentlemen, the president of the United States of America, most distinguished master president, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Donald Trump. Get ready to make America great again: we are about to get down to some bumpin’ Trump Funk, a new genre of popular concert music pioneered by the lively robot. TRUMP THE FUNK OUT is a set of seven funk, hip-hop, and pop tunes, with our commander in chief as the lead vocalist. Now, Trump may not be as sexy as Adam Levine or Katy Perry, but for what he lacks, he makes up in charisma, stamima, and vocal agility. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but please remember to tweet out #music2MAGA.”


鐘の雨 (Rain Bell)

Rain BellStephen Bailey’s new piece 鐘の雨 (Rain Bell) will be performed on our October 28th concert, VERSE//CHORUS//NOVA. Here’s what the composer has to say about the work:

Rain Bell takes its inspiration and text from a haiku by the 18th century poet Kobayashi Issa…The text essentially talks about the clanging of a temple bell in the mountains which, as it decays, is soon swallowed up in the sound of a spring rain…The goal of Rain Bell is to treat this haiku in much the same way that the haiku treats its own subject matter: by stretching the aesthetic environment of the work out over time to allow the listener to experience, exist in, and contemplate a single emotional space (however complex) for a longer period of time than usual…READ MORE

Text and Translation
山の鐘も一ッ ッッッ春の雨
(yama no kane mo hitotsu hibike haru no ame)
clang once more
mountain temple bell!
spring rain
Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828)
translation by David G. Lanoue


At that point (again)

At that point (again)Edmund Scott Miller’s new piece At that point (again) will be performed on our October 28th concert, VERSE//CHORUS//NOVA. Here’s what the composer has to say about the work:

At that point (again) is a quartet for the unusual instrumentation of tenor saxophone, trumpet, viola, and cello. Much of the material was drawn from “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars…The harmony follows the song’s chord progression, but is manipulated to create complex sonorities based on overtones and microtonal inversions…” READ MORE


Excerpt from the score of Miller’s At that point (again)


VERSE//CHORUS//NOVA on October 28th!

Saturday, 10/28/17, 7:30 PM                                 Hamilton Recital Hall, Lamont School of Music                                         FREE ADMISSION

Nebula Ensemble is blurring the lines between classical music and pop in this fun-filled evening of concert music inspired by Billboard Hot 100 hits. C’mon and get down to an eclectic batch of toe-tapping, zeitgeist-y numbers that will tickle your brain and put a smile back on your face!

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Colorado Landscapes Photo Contest Winners!

We are pleased to announce our Colorado Landscapes Photo Contest Winners! The winning photos will be featured on our April 29th concert Colorado Landscapes.

Photo Contest Winners (in alphabetical order by last name):

William James BrobstonGreat Sand Dunes National Park, June 2015
Linda L JohnsonBlack Canyon National Park, between Gunnison and Montrose Colorado. On the South Rim, August 2014
K. Alex Lanier“Flower on the Bells,” Maroon Bells, July 2016
Sarah Phippen, “Skywater,”  along Co Rd 27, just north of Rand, CO, June 2016
Greg Emilio Quintana, Colorado State Highway 270 Oil Refinery near Commerce City, July 2014
Ethan Smith, the foothills of Sedalia, February 2017
Joshua Riley Smith Madge Gulch Road, Sedalia,  February 2017
Kaitlin Smith, near Sedalia, CO, June 2016
Bob Somrak, at the top of Red Mountain Pass near Ouray, Colorado, fall 2016

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Upcoming Concert: Colorado Landscapes, April 29th

Concert date: 4/29/17, 7:30 PM
Location: Hamilton Recital Hall, Lamont School of Music
Tickets: Free admission
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Join us for a concert that explores the diverse terrain, history, and people of Colorado, set against a backdrop of Colorado photography submitted by our fans! Experience the solitude of a trek through Colorado’s high country, meet Denver hero and survivor of slavery Julia Greeley, and celebrate the ancient Pueblo culture through an evening of new works by young composers from Colorado and Brazil.

Submit your own Colorado landscape photo for possible inclusion in our concert by emailing your photo to nebulaensemble@gmail.com. To be considered, submissions must be received by April 1st 2017 and include your full name, the month and year the photo was taken, the location where the photo was taken, and (optionally), a short (100 words or less) paragraph telling the story behind the photo or why this Colorado landscape is meaningful to you. The photo must be your own original work. The winners will have their work featured on our April 29th concert and on our website and Facebook. For complete information about the contest please visit Colorado Landscapes Photo Contest.