LiveOak is thrilled to announce the completion of Trois Melodies by Atanas Ourkouzounov commissioned by and dedicated to Nancy Knowles and Frank Wallace. Based on Bulgarion folk melodies, Atanas has created a fabulous contrast of rhythm and exotic harmonies. The songs will be part of Duo LiveOak's program in the 2013-14 season.
In the works are songs for 10-string guitar and mezzo by Javier Hernandez of Toluca, Mexico, a young composer/guitarist of great promise who teaches at the Toluca Conservatory. Songs on Nancy's poetry are being written by Herman Weiss of Boston. Herman was the founder/director of Composers in Red Sneakers in Boston, head of the Longy theory department and was recently honored by the composition department of New England Conservatory in a concert of his works at Jordan Hall.