Universe Symphony Musicians

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David Fedele (flute/piccolo/wooden flute), originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, performed his acclaimed New York debut as winner of Young Concert Artists. He has performed as soloist and recitalist throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia.  Mr Fedele concertizes with his own trio, Trio Fedele, and in duos with harp. He performs and records with numerous ensembles including The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Ensemble 21, with Festival appearances for Spoleto USA.  A graduate of the Curtis Institute and The Juilliard School, having studied with flutist Julius Baker, Mr Fedele is now Professor of Flute at the University of Kansas.

Gerard Reuter (oboe) is a founding member of An Die Musik, of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Chelsea Chamber Ensemble, as well as a member of the Dorian Wind Quintet.  His guest appearances at music festivals in the United States include Caramoor, Marlboro.  LaJolla, Round Top, and the Chamber Music Festival of the Library of Congress; in Europe, the Flanders and Dartington Festivals, as well as the International Musicians' Seminar at Prussia Cove.  He has recorded in concert for Sony, New World, Summit, Telarc, Columbia, Musical Heritage Society and the Voice of America. Mr Reuter serves on the faculty of New York University.

Michiyo Suzuki (clarinet/bass clarinet) has performed extensively throughout the world a recitalist and chamber musician.  She made her New York debut in Carnegie Recital Hall as an award winner from Artists International and has been heard with increasing frequency in New York.  She is a member of the AFMM Ensemble, the ST-X Xenakis Ensemble USA, and Absolute Ensemble, and can be heard on Xenakis Live In New York and Iannisimmo on Vandenburg Records, and Absolute Ensemble and Absolute Mix on CCn'C Records.  Ms Suzuki received her DMA at SUNY Purchase, after studies with Charles Neidich.

Johnny Reinhard (bassoon/contrabassoon/bass drum/pail/maracas/tamtam) is the director and founder of the American Festival of Microtonal Music (1981), as well as a composer, conductor, and a concertizing bassoonist, recorder soloist, and Partch vocalist.  Of particular interest is the finishing of important works of other composers in exemplary performance, including Charles Ives’s Universe Symphony, Lou Harrison’s Symfony in Free Style, Terry Riley’s In C in Just Intonation, Mordecai Sandberg’s Psalm #51, Percey Grainger’s Free Music #1 for four Theramin, and the Parisian premiere of Edgard Varese’s Graphs and Time at the Pompidou Center.  His original compositions can be heard on the album Raven.  Mr Reinhard is Professor of Bassoon at New York University.

Tom Chiu (violin) has worked closely with distinguished composers such as Virko Baley, Oliver Lake, Alvin Lucier, and free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman.  His discography includes recordings for the BMG, Koch, Mode, Sombient, and Tzadik labels, and his original works as a composer have been performed in America, Australia, and Mongolia. With the FLUX Quartet, which he founded in 1996, Mr Chiu has appeared in international music festivals at Ojai, Oslo, Summergarden, and Carnegie Hall’s thematic “When Morty Met John.”  He earned degrees in music and chemistry from both The Juilliard and Yale, respectively.

Anastasia Solberg (viola) completed graduate studies in viola performance at the Hochschule der Kunste in Berlin with Prof Bruno Giuranna.  She is founder and director of Ensemble Solange, which has played concerts and radio recordings in Europe for over 12 years. Ensemble Solange was formed in order to expose the public to pieces rarely performed but that fully deserve recognition, with a core ensemble of soprano, clarinet, viola and piano.  She has been the violist for the AFMM Ensemble since 1996, following her return to the United States.  She devotes herself to securing innumerable world premieres.

Mat Fieldes (contrabass) from New Zealand, moved to New York in 1994, to attend The Juilliard School, where he studied with New York Philharmonic Principal Bassist Eugene Levinson.  While regularly playing Principal with the Juilliard Orchestra, he plays with the Absolute Ensemble, Joel Sach's New Juilliard Ensemble, the AFMM Ensemble, and Continuum.  As a recording artist, Mr Fieldes has appeared on Joe Jackson's Grammy winning Symphony album, and on all Absolute Ensemble albums, including the latest 'Fix', for which he contributed as an Associate Producer.

John Charles Thomas (trumpet), originally from Springfield, Ohio, is principal trumpet with the Ridgefield Symphony (Connecticut), associate principal trumpet of the Queens Symphony (NYC), and a member of both the Modern Brass Quintet and the Grammy Award winning Chestnut Brass Company.  He performs regularly with the New York Philharmonic and Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and has performed in the past with the American Symphony, Solisti New York, Trier Bach Soloists (Germany), Vienna Symphony, L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the San Francisco Symphony, Dave Brubeck, James Taylor, Natalie Merchant, Nancy Wilson, and The Temptations. Dr. Thomas teaches trumpet at Bard College.

Greg Evans (horn) is an active freelancer and orchestra member of several orchestras in the New York metropolitan area.  He has performed throughout the world, and has participated in numerous recordings.  With his primary passion for the solo and chamber repertoire, and his interest in new music, Mr Evans found himself at the start of STX Ensemble Xenakis USA, Manhattan Brass Quintet, Vanguard Chamber Players, and the Crosstown Ensemble. His work has resulted in numerous commissions and solo premieres for horn, including Johnny Reinhard’s solo, Ultra.

Julie Josephson (trombone) is one of the few brass musicians to receive the prestigious Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory of Music.  She has won several concerto solo competitions and given solo appearances throughout the United States.  A freelance artist in the New York area, Julie has performs on Broadway, at Lincoln Center, and in Carnegie Hall.  She is a regular guest artist at Boston University, Eastman School of music, and various others on Long Island and in New Jersey.  Ms Josephson is a solo artist and clinician for the Bach/Selmer company.

Trombonist Chris Washburne graciously recorded measures 197-201 in Ms Josephson’s absence.

David Grego (tuba) recently played Broadway's Chicago, while a regular with Nickelodeon's Blues Clues.  He was a member of the last aggregate of the Spike Jones Band.  He has performed for USO Tours Europe, as Lead Tuba with Howard Johnson's Gravity, Leon Redbone, Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra, Burton Greene's Klezmokim, Perry Robinson, A&E's Biography of Groucho Marks, The Nelson Riddle Orchestra, AFMM Ensemble (for which he had a tuba modified to play the parts).  Numerous performances with André DeShields, Theodore Bickel, Mercedes Ellington, Sandy Duncan, Joel Grey, LaMonte Young.

Nina Kellman (harp) has a varied career as a freelancing harpist, including performances with The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, The American Composers' Orchestra, The New York City Ballet Orchestra, The Group for Contemporary Music, and The S.E.M. Ensemble.  She has performed, toured and recorded with Newband, playing the original instruments of Harry Partch. She recorded the music to Matthew Barney's film, Cremaster 3, with music by Jonathan Bepler, at the Guggenheim Museum in 2003.  In 2004, Ms Kellman performed Wagner's Ring Cycle with the Metropolitan Opera, conducted by James Levine.

Joshua Pierce (piano) and AFMM Ensemble and Board member, has performed with The Royal Philharmonic, The London Philharmonia, the Luxembourg Radio Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Utah Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, Berlin Radio Symphony, RAI Orchestra of Rome, Czech National Orchestra, Moscow State Philharmonic, and the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia.  He is a leading performer of the music of John Cage and has played Cage’s works in numerous venues worldwide and on many recordings. He was the 1991 recipient of Germany’s Prieses der Deutschen SchalplattenKritik Award, has had numerous Grammy™ award nominations, and has recorded over 40 different CDs.

Jon Catler (just intonation machine) is one of the world’s leading innovators on guitar.  A transplanted New Yorker from Boston, founded and directed as solo guitarist a number of different rock bands, all featuring alternative tunings.  He has devised his own system of tuning based on Just Intonation or the pure intervals of the Harmonic Series.  Mr Catler can be heard as featured soloist on the Gramavision double-CD La Monte Young and the Forever Bad Blues Band, on The Microtones' recording Cowpeople on the M-Tone label, on the Just Intonation CD Steel Blue on the Koch International label.  He directs FreeNote Records.

Tom Goldstein (percussion) is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  A freelance percussionist for over twenty years in New York, Mr Goldstein performed extensively with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.  Especially active in contemporary music, he has premiered dozens of solo and chamber works, many written expressly for him.  From 1980-1990 he served as Artistic Director of the new-music group Gageego.  Mr Goldstein currently performs and records with the Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo and the new music ensemble Rukus, and has recorded on Neuma, Vanguard, Polydor, Opus 1, O.O. Discs, CD Tech, Capstone and CRI.

Don Conreaux (low gong) started his career in 1952 by appearing on a public stage as an actor in an East Indian Mystery Drama in Hollywood, California. He continued to obtain Theater Arts degrees from Los Angeles City College and Arizona State University.  In 1969 he produced and directed the first of his many “Concerts For Humanity.”  Deeply impressed theatrically by Gratowsky and musically by Dane Rudhyar and Alexander Scriabin, Don Conreaux founded the Mysterious Tremendum Ensemble in 1991.  Recent gonging tours  include Poland, Australia, and Great Britain.

Skip La Plante (low bell/high gongs/marble slab) invents, builds, composes for, performs on and teaches with musical instruments normally made from trash. Trained as a bass violinist and composer at Princeton University, he now performs on combinations of up to 300 instruments he has created, most often as part of the ensemble he founded, Music For Homemade Instruments, or with various dance or theater companies.  He plays York with Gamelan Kusuma Laras, having previously lived in Indonesia to studying gamelan building and performance, and is a member of the AFMM Ensemble.

Ives Primer 1: His Life
Ives Primer 2: His Significance
Ives Primer 3: His Universe Symphony
Ives: Short Biography
Ives Downloads and Resources

Symphonic Tradition And The Universe Symphony, by Johnny Reinhard
Of Pitch And Time: Delivering The Universe Symphony, by Johnny Reinhard
Interview (2005) with Johnny Reinhard about the Universe Symphony

Performers of the Universe Symphony
Recording the Universe Symphony: the producer's note
Recording the Universe Symphony: the sound engineer's note

Thumbnail links to selected Ives site illustrations

Premiere Previews and Reviews:
New York Times June 2 1996
(Richard Taruskin)
New York Times June 8 1996
(Alex Ross)
Village Voice April 5 1995 (Kyle Gann)
Village Voice June 4 1996
(Kyle Gann)
Village Voice June 25 1996
(Kyle Gann)

Johnny Reinhard: A Short Biography 2005
To Johnny Reinhard's home at the Stereo Society