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mee-3Welcome to SOUNDARTUS.  Explore and listen.  Here you will find serious classical music, powerful works defending our natural environment, works for family audiences and works of imaginative fantasy.  Each project page (found in the sidebar menu) is designed to give you a quick 30 second impression of each work and provide the opportunity to delve deeper into its nature and history.  Thank you for being here… enjoy perusing my life’s work, Christopher Kaufman

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SAVE_THE_DATE – CHIRON FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS AND ENVIRONMENT!

Hello Everyone!

THE CHIRON FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS AND ENVIRONMENT!
Sunday – December 10th, 2017 – starting at 4PM! – The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn!
World-class musicians, Multimedia Art Works, Environmental Speakers!

Join us and see/hear opera star Jennifer Roderer, world-renowned flutist/composer Robert Dick, concert pianist Daniel Rieppel, hornist/composer Jeffrey Weeks Harrison, young artists Sofia Rose Kaufman and Elias Peretz,  and the work of creative director, Christopher Kaufman!

MORE HERE! CHIRON FESTIVAL 2017         TICKETS HERE!

The event is in two parts.  4pm – The Phantastic Theater – presents a program designed for families!  6PM – Christopher Kaufman’s long running series CHIRON Performing Arts continues with exciting performances by world class artists in a creative setting!  Environmental speakers will address the audience and give action steps!

Ticketing:
$15 for one person, one part.  $25 for both parts.  $5 for additional family members (one or both parts = potential free part for them).  Buy tickets now! Here!  Press LOGO.
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Save-The-Date! CHIRON FESTIVAL

Hello Everyone!

THE CHIRON FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS AND ENVIRONMENT!
Sunday – December 10th – starting at 4PM! – The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn!
World-class musicians, Multimedia Art Works, Environmental Speakers!

Join us and see/hear opera star Jennifer Roderer, world-renowned flutist/composer Robert Dick, concert pianist Daniel Rieppel, hornist/composer Jeffrey Weeks Harrison, young artists Sofia Rose Kaufman and Elias Peretz,  and the work of creative director, Christopher Kaufman!

MORE HERE! CHIRON FESTIVAL 2018!            TICKETS HERE!

The event is in two parts.  4pm – The Phantastic Theater – presents a program designed for families!  6PM – Christopher Kaufman’s long running series CHIRON Performing Arts continues with exciting performances by world class artists in a creative setting!  Environmental speakers will address the audience and give action steps!

Ticketing:
$15 for one person, one part.  $25 for both parts.  $5 for additional family members (one or both parts = potential free part for them).  Buy tickets now! Here!  Press LOGO.
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Review of The Phantastic Zoo!

A new review of my work, The Phantastic Zoo, (the book form) is in from Kirkus reviews!
“Kaufman gives children a fantastical experience with his collection of magical creatures… The author presents it all in heightened language that helps build a sense of awe… The siblings’ affection for each other is sweetly depicted, as well… illustrations have the colorful, flat feeling of pale Matisse paintings, emphasizing the narrative’s air of strange adventure.
A warmhearted, encouraging book about the wonders of imagination.” (Kirkus Reviews)

The Phantastic Zoo (with audio album)

This new work by Christopher Kaufman features enthralling story, colorful illustrative art, 57 minutes of cinematographic symphonic music and the voice talents of Stephanie Erb and Robert Dick. Follow as Mary and Tim meet the Wizard Zitthoona, who performs music on his magic flute and ushers them into The Phantastic Zoo! Experience the stories the children hear from Fabulous Beasts, The Phoenix, The Mermaid and The Dragon! The combination of story, art, symphonic music and voice is immersive, moving and unique.

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Summer Project Complete!

It took a few extra weeks than originally planned, but the massive project is complete. String Quartet #1 – which addresses our political condition, offers homage to my mother, actress Anna Filameno and two of my mentor/teachers, composers Karel Husa and Donald Erb and ends in an emphatic rendition of our national anthem… is in the books!  Thanks to the amazing Amernet Quartet who will be premiering it soon!

Now to my next project… most of the book of which I wrote while vacationing in Oregon in July… titled ‘Dancing Night Hawk’, this new interdisciplinary work is an amalgam of Native American myths wrought into an original new story… Music, Live Performance, Lots of Visuals and Stage Craft!  Better get to work, the premier is set of October 29th!  See you there!

String Quartet! Music is Wow.

amernetThis piece has been an incredible amount of work… my ‘Freedom Quartet’ for the Amernet Quartet… I’ve written through tons of material to get to that golden place… got feedback from one of my favorite ex-teachers in the midst of it… helped a lot!… Now it is getting to the completion of the first movement… the second is done… the rest is clear..!… On to the Anthem!… Wow… can’t wait for the performances…!

Artist Statements:

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“The science is in! Humans perceive color… physiologically, emotionally, psychologically… therefore…  All music is tonal! It is merely a matter of the range of a composer’s palette, and the techniques which get you there…”

“Personally, I experience the term ‘atonal’ as something similar to an ethnic slur”… why would anyone accept a negative term as self definition..?.. it is born of a critics insult… and I would hope that one’s  definition of tonal was a bit larger than merely the diatonic variation… the classical originators thought of music in terms of tetrachords and different ones were called ‘shades’ and ‘echoes’… Classical music is about the relationship between architecture and powerful emotion… and in my concertmusic, like my new String Quartet which celebrates ‘Freedom’, I consider it a goal to create the most powerful musical impression I possibly can in order to cut through the ‘aural static’ which surrounds us on an every day basis…”

QUICK NEWS:

TEACHING!: Student Concerts in Three Weeks!

COMPOSING!: Fully immersed in writing String Quartet! For Amernet: to be premiered next season!  Jason Calloway will perform new solo cello music!

THE PHANTASTIC THEATER!:  This summer I will create a new multi platform work ‘Dancing Night Hawk!’ to be premiered October 29th at the Jalopy Theater! We will perform ‘The Musical Forest’ with the Southwest Minnesota Symphony November 21st and a new version of ‘The Phantastic Zoo’ December 10th!

See you in the Fall!