The ever-excellent janus trio (flute/viola/harp) was created with a mandate to expand the chamber music repertoire, and towards this end has already added commissioned and premiered more than thirty new works.

During the coming seasons, they will add at least 15 more new works to the repertoire, as a participating artist in the Vox Novus ”Fifteen Minutes of Fame” initiative.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame offers a call (deadline June 11, 2014) to composers around the world to write one-minute-long works for participating artists — in this case, for janus’ unique voices .  janus will select fifteen works from the entries, and will offer them in a world premiere performance in January 2015.

janus flutist Amanda Baker recently offered her thoughts on the project, saying “We are so truly excited to participate in this initiative, and to have the chance to help bring so many new works into the repertoire.  We’re hoping that the compact, one-minute length really frees composers to take chances — to write something really bold or moving, and not too ‘pretty’ for these instruments that are so often associated with only pretty sounds.”

Upcoming janus dates include selections from janus’“Theory of Colours” program (with works by Ravel, Debussy, Kaija Saariaho and others) in Baltimore and Charleston.  If you’re wanting some janus before then, watch this video interview/performance ”hang” from I Care if You Listen.

Also, don’t forget to check out the latest installation of the janus blog, “mouth-piece,” in which they feature composer guest bloggers.  This month, read thoughts from composer Gregory Wanamaker.

Read more janus trio news.

Posted on September 26th, 2013 by Emily Motherwell

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