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About Sabrina Pena Young

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    Young is the foremost expert on virtual opera production and online collaboration with the debut of her machinima opera Libertaria: The Virtual Opera. Libertaria includes a live international cast and film crew, virtual choirs, sound synthesis, machinima, and contemporary choral writing, produced entirely online using crowdsourcing, social networking, and the Internet. Libertaria premiered October 5th, 2013 in Lake Worth, Florida, with additional screenings at the Buffalo Women and Arts Festival, the UK-site Moviestorm, the Holland Animation Film Festival, and other venues.

    Current projects include Circuit Bridges, Latin 60x60 with Vox Novus, TEDx Buffalo talk on Virtual Opera Production, and a commission for Malletkat and Multimedia for percussionist Kurt Gartner.

    Works performed internationally at the Beijing Conservatory, the International Computer Music Conference, Miramax's Project Greenlight, the Athena Festival, the New York International Independent Film Festival, Art Basil Miami, Turkey's Cinema for Peace, Art Miami, and Pulsefield International Exhibition of Sound Art, the Holland Animation Film Festival, Australasian Computer Music Confetence, Buffalo's Women and Arts Festival, and countless venues worldwide.

    Young is a sought-after lecturer and writer on music technology, social media, online collaboration, marketing, and contemporary music.

    "The music of Libertaria is an eclectic, accessible mix of styles, some of it more or less traditionally operatic, other parts closer to pop and Broadway. Fittingly for its subject matter, it has a rather dark tonal quality, though even the most somber moments of the score have prominent rhythms that propel the music forward." - Music Critic Greg Stepanich from the Palm Beach Arts Paper

    Not limited to contemporary classical music and new media, Young enjoys writing commercial work like the upcoming third album for the Unravelling Music Series where she delves into everything from Lady Gaga to her original catchy folk tune "Pink Slips and Morning Joe," sung by Nashville veteran and member of the Buffalo-based The Carolina Gentlemen singer/songwriter Wes Walters.
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    Buffalo, NY
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    Drums, World music, Electronic music, film, multimedia, animation, science fiction, reading, writing
  • Favorite Composers
    John Cage, Stravinsky, Wagner, Debussy, Whitacre, Laurie Anderson, Pauline Oliveros, Bernstein
  • My Compositional Styles
    Classical Music, Electroacoustic, Opera, Choral, Percussion Ensemble, Instrumental, Contemporary, Avant-Garde, Experimental
  • Notation Software/Sequencers
    Finale, Logic
  • Instruments Played
    Percussion/Mallets/Timpani, Piano, Voice
  1. Ah, composing takes time, time that I gladly give. However, there are so many other obstacles to completing a composition, and some, of course, are more important than the next great symphony. Completing my first opera last year, Libertaria:The Virtual Opera, after three years of hard work cost me hundreds of hours of work, countless lost hours of sleep, and time with my family. I am glad to be finished with the work, although I already have several other projects in the works, but none so consuming as an opera. So time, sleep. But what does it give me? Composition brings me joy, it allows me to travel through the deepest levels of my subconscious and bask in the most mysterious corners of my mind. When I am at the piano or Malletkat (a MIDI mallet controller), I lose myself, quite literally, in creation. What it gives me directly relates to what I can give back. Some works are simple self-indulgences, others are truly meant for the audience members to experience something innovative and exciting. And of course, there is the appreciation of others who experience your work and have learned something new. (Great question!)
  2. Call for Latin American Music: 60x60 Latin Music Mix (SPANISH/PORTUGUESE TRANSLATIONS BELOW) 60x60 Latin Mix (No entry fee) (SUBMIT http://www.musicavatar.org/)PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE CALL WITH COLLEAGUES, STUDENTS, SOCIAL MEDIA Opportunity Type: 60x60 Entry Fee: NoneOpen To: All Composers living in Latin America, Composers of Latin American heritage, and/or works that are clearly inspired by Latin American culture/music.Deadline: Nov 1, 2014 Receipt Type: Digital Submission: Must be completed online by deadline 60x60 Latin MixOpportunity Type: 60x60 Entry Fee: 0.00 Open To: The call is open to all Composers living in Latin America, Composers of Latin American heritage, and/or works that are clearly inspired by Latin American culture/music. Deadline: 11-01-14 Receipt Type: Digital Submission: Must be completed online by deadline Vox Novus's 60x60 is calling for one-minute recorded works with durations of 60 seconds or less. Curator/Macrocomposer Sabrina Pena Young will select and organize 60 compositions to be played continuously in a one-hour live concert. About the 60x60 Latin Mix: The 60x60 Latin mix will show recent works of Composers living in Latin America, Composers of Latin American heritage, and/or works that are clearly inspired by Latin American culture/music. 60x60 is a project of "signature works" and short works created specifically for the 60x60 project. Excerpts of larger works are strongly discouraged. Works generated from procedures (i.e. mathematical matrices, organizational systems, or computer programs) remixed works, or themes and motives recomposed from other of the composer's own work are acceptable. In addition to the 60x60 Latin Mix, Vox Novus is calling for submissions for several other themed mixes including: the International mix, the Wave Farm mix, Death Mix and others. Details for other mix submissions can be found at: http://www.60x60.com/submission The call is open to all Composers living in Latin America, Composers of Latin American heritage, and/or works that are clearly inspired by Latin American culture/music. There is no admission fee. Submission deadline for all 60x60 opportunities is 11-01-14. All submissions must be uploaded online at: http://www.60x60.com/submission Audio submissions must be in either AIFF or WAV file format. Special conditions for the 60x60 Latin Mix All works submitted to 60x60 mixes will be considered for this year's 60x60 International Mix. The composer needs to write a brief sentence about why the piece should be a part of the Latin mix. Questions about 60x60 can be sent to support@voxnovus.com Works selected for the 2014 60x60 project will be announced on the Vox Novus newsletter NM421: www.NM421.com in January 2015 60x60 is a one-hour-long show made by sequencing 60 pre-recorded pieces by 60 different artists, each piece a minute in length or shorter. 60x60 has been presented in many performance formats including TV shows, radio shows, multimedia and multidisciplinary events, as well as published several albums of works. Since 2003, 60x60 has received thousands of submissions from over 30 countries. Highlighting the work of a great many artists and composers, 60x60 testifies to the vibrancy of contemporary composition by presenting a diverse array of styles, aesthetics, and techniques being used today http://www.60x60.com. -------- PORTUGUESE TRANSLATION 60x60 Latin Mix Oportunidade 60X60 Preço de inscrição: 0.00 Para quem: a convocatória esta oberta a todos os compositores que vivem na América Latina, possuem origem latino-americana, ou que sejam inspirados pela cultura e música latino-americana. Envio: envio digital pela Internet (online). Vox Novus's 60x60 consiste em obras até um minuto de duração. A Curadora (diretora, organizadora)/compositora Sabrina Pena Young fará uma seleção de 60 obras a serem tocadas de forma contínua num concerto ao vivo com a duração de uma hora. Sobre o 60x60 Latin Mix: A 60x60 Latin mix mostrará novas obras de compositores que vivem na America latina, ou que possuem origem latino-americana, e também obras da cultura/musica de inspiração latino-americana. 60x60 é um projeto de "signature works" (projetos personalizados), obras curtas, criadas especificamente para o projeto 60X60. Nao é recomendável extrair fragmentos de obras longas realizadas previamente. Obras de longa duração não serão admitidas. São permitidos trabalhos criados a partir de processos generativos (ex. Matrizes matemáticas, sistemas ou programas de computação), remixes, e temas inspirados por outros compositores. O 60x60 Latin Mix, Vox Novus oferece ainda a oportunidade de inscrição em outras temáticas (themed mixes) que incluem: the International mix, the Wave Farm mix, Death Mix e outros. Detalhes se podem encontrar na: http://www.60x60.com/submission A data limite e: nov-01-2014 Todos os projetos têm que fazer o upload online na: http://www.60x60.com/submission A submissão Audio tem que ser no formato .AIFF ou .WAV Condições especiais do 60x60 Latin Mix: - As obras enviadas ao 60x60 serão consideradas no 60x60 International Mix deste ano. O compositor tem que descrever com uma pequena frase a razão para a sua peça ser incluída na Latin mix. Perguntas acerca do 60x60 podem ser enviadas para: support@voxnovus.com As obras seleccionadas paro o projeto 60x60 2014 serão publicadas na Vox Novus newsletter NM421: www.NM421.com em Janeiro 2015. 60x60 é um concerto de uma hora de duraçâo com 60 peças de artistas diferentes, pre-gravadas e tocadas sequencialmente. 60X60 tem sido apresentado em formatos diferentes de performance: em TV shows, na radio, eventos multimedia e multidisciplinares. Também ainda realizado publicações das obras em albums. Desde 2003, 60X60 tem recebido milhares de inscrições vindas de 30 países. 60X60 é uma referência na vitalidade da composição contemporânea apresentado uma diversidade de estilos, estéticas e técnicas utilizadas por muitos artistas e compositores actuais. http://www.60x60.com ---------- SPANISH TRANSLATION 60x60 Mezcla latina Tipo de oportunidad: 60x60 Cuota de admisión: 0.00 Abierto a: El llamado está abierto a compositores que vivan en América latina, compositores de ascendencia latina y/o trabajos inspirados en la cultura/música latina. Plazo de entrega: nov-01-2014 Tipo de recibo: Presentación digital: Debe ser completada en línea. Vox Novus 60x60 está pididendo obras grabadas de un minuto o menos de duración. La curadora/macro-compositora Sabrina Pena Young seleccionará y organizará 60 composiciones que serán ejecutadas continuamente en un concierto de una hora de duración. Sobre la Mezcla Latina 60x60: La Mezcla Latina 60x60 mostrará trabajos recientes de compositores que vivan en América latina, compositores de ascendencia latina y/o trabajos inspirados en la cultura/música latina. 60x60 es un proyecto de "obras de autor" y obras cortas creadas específicamente para el proyecto 60x60. No se recomienda extraer fragmentos de obras largas realizadas previamente. Son aceptables obras generadas a partir de procedimientos (matrices matemáticas, sistemas organizacionales o programas informáticos), las obras remezcladas, o los temas y motivos recompuestos a partir de otros trabajos propios del compositor. Además de la Mezcla Latina 60x60, Vox Novus está convocando para varias otras mezclas temáticas: la Mezcla Internacional, la Mezcla Wave farm, La Mezcla Muerte y otras. Los detalles para otras convocatorias puede ser encontrados en: http://www.60x60.com/submission La convocatoria está abierta a compositores que vivan en América latina, compositores de ascendencia latina y/o trabajos inspirados en la cultura/música latina, de cualquier edad o etapa de su carrera. El plazo para presentar obras de 60 segundos (o menos) de duración es nov-01-2014. No hay cuota de admisión. Todas las obras deben ser cargadas en línea en: http://www.voxnovus.com/60x60/submission (el proceso de registro está en inglés) Las obras deben estar en formato AIFF o WAV. Condiciones especiales para la Mezcla Latina 60x60 Todos los trabajos enviados a las Mezclas 60x60 serán consideradas para la Mezcla Internacional 60x60. Los compositores deben escribi una breve nota que explique porque su obra debería estar en la Mezcla Latina. Preguntas sobre 60x60 pueden ser enviadas a jackysch@gmail.com Los trabajos seleccionados serán anunciados en la hoja informativa de Vox Novus NM421: www.NM421.com en Enero 2015. 60x60 es un concierto de una hora de duración conformado por la secuencia de 60 piezas grabadas por 60 compositores diferentes, cada obra de una duración máxima de 60 segundos o menos. 60x60 ha sido presentado en muchos formatos incluyendoTV, radio y eventos multimedia y multidisciplinarios, también ha publicado CD's con las obras seleccionadas. Desde 2003, 60x60 ha recibido miles de obras de mas de 30 paises. Destacando el trabajo de un gran número de artistas y compositores, 60x60 da testimonio de la vitalidad de la composición contemporánea, presentando una gran variedad de estilos, estéticas y técnicas que se utilizan actualmente. http://www.60x60.com.
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