Fifteen Minutes of Fame Featuring Stas Venglevski
Vox Novus is calling for one-minute pieces composed for solo bayan (free-bass accordion).
Selected works will be premiered in June of 2023 on Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame featuring bayanist Stas Venglevski. This performance will be presented as a live streaming online concert online via Streamyard broadcast to multiple streaming platforms such as YouTube and Facebook.
Only works one-minute in length for bayan will be considered.
For this Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame, we are looking for solo bayan works (no electronics) specifically written for Stas Venglevski.
About the Bayan:
The Bayan is an accordion that was developed in Russia in the very late nineteenth century. It features a button arrangement for the both hands (instead of the keyboard and buttons arrangement on most Western accordions), offering a wider range. It shines its best in the classic repertoire, often giving a sound akin to a large pipe organ.
Stas’ bayan includes a bass converter for either 120-bass Stradella arrangement (the bass-and-chords arrangement associated with accordion) or 55 free bass arrangement, allowing several octaves of individual pitches. The notated range of the right hand is from the G (bottom line of the bass clef) to the c# five ledger lines above the treble staff. The range of the left hand is from E (bottom sounding note of a string bass) to the a# one ledger line above the treble staff.
Stas’ bayan has four banks of reeds, in the form of a bassoon (sounding an octave lower), two clarinets (sounding at pitch) and a piccolo (sounding an octave higher). Each of these sets of reeds can be used individually or combined with any other set or sets of reeds. For more information on the notation of registers/switches on accordion, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accordion_reed_ranks_and_switches
For an example of Stas putting his instrument through its paces: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uu7PeMabRFU
- Deadline for works is December 31st, 2022
- Works are for bayan solo only. (no electronics)
- No works over one minute (60 seconds) will be reviewed.
- Works should be composed specifically for this call and performer.
- All pieces must be premieres.
- Multiple submissions are not accepted. Send your best work!
- Works need to be submitted online at www.MusicAvatar.org
- You will need to register with Music Avatar for free to submit your work online.
- After logging in to Music Avatar, select the opportunity named “Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame featuring Stas Venglevski” and press the “submit” button to start the submission process.
- You will need to provide a maximum 50 word biography and 50 word program note.
- You will be able to upload a score as a PDF file (You are also encouraged to upload an audio realization of the work)
- Must include the dedication to Stas Venglevski on the score.
- Performance notes should be included in the score.
- Selected works will be broadcasted online to multiple video streaming platforms including Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo. No performance royalties will be paid. Selected composers will be asked to sign a consent form.
Results will be announced via the Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame website.
More can be found be found at: https://www.VoxNovus.com/fifteen-minutes-of-fame
About Stas Venglevski
His artistry, dazzling technical command, and sensitivity have brought Stanislav, “Stas,” Venglevski, a native of the Republic of Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union, increasing acclaim as a virtuoso of the Bayan. A two-time first prize winner of Bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova, Stas is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his Masters Degree in Music under the tutelage of the famed Russian Bayanist, Friedrich Lips. In 1992 he immigrated to the United States.
Stas is an Accordionist, a Musician, an Arranger, an Entertainer and a Teacher. Stas’ repertoire includes his original compositions, a broad range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music. He has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States, including numerous performances with Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen and with Garrison Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion Show. Additionally, he has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the United States. He performed the world premiere of Concerto No. 2 by Anthony Galla-Rini and also the world premiere of Bayan and Beyond, composed for Stas by Dan Lawitts.
He is a regular participant the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s Arts in Community Education Program (ACE); has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra; has done television commercials and performed in theater productions; produced 15 acclaimed albums including a transcription of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite for Bayan as well as one of original compositions. He has published several books of original compositions.
Stas founded Accordion XXI Century Series in 2010 so that the Midwest audiences can experience the amazing range of the Accordion and Bayan by bringing gifted artists from all over the world. In a concert setting, these gifted musicians share their skills and cultures to provide the audience with a unique musical experience. The performances feature the Accordion or Bayan in solo presentation and, when possible, in concert with other instruments.
The brilliant artistry and musical virtuosity of Stas afford an expanded dimension in music and an innovative musical adventure to the audience. Beyond his artistry he is a consummate entertainer capable of engaging any audience.
Fifteen-Minutes-of-Fame is a Vox Novus project.