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Honorable Mention at Classic Pure Vienna International Composition Competition 2019


Cluck Old Hen Variations, for solo violin, by David A. Jaffe was awarded Honorable Mention at the Classic Pure Vienna International Composition Contest for 2019. The certificate is being presented on July 7, 2019 at the Mozarthaus in Vienna, Austria.

Classic Pure Vienna is a competition organization based in Vienna, which aims to support new composers and young musicians of our time from all over the world.

Latest Events

Sunday, July 7, 2019, Certificate ceremony for "Honourable Mention" in the Classic Pure Vienna International Composition Competition, for "Cluck Old Hen Variations," at Mozarthaus, Vienna-Bösendorfersaal, Domgasse 5, A-1010 Vienna, Austria.

Saturday, June 8, 2019 June Days & Folk Music Society of Northern New Jersey 50th Anniversary Concert, Bloomingdale, NJ, 4-9 PM. Reunion of Bottle Hill bluegrass band, including David A. Jaffe, fiddle.

Sunday, December 30, 2018 Festival Sinergiarte, Plaza del Sol, San Francisco, Nayarit, Mexico, 7 PM. "Impossible Animals" and other works, performed by Karen Bentley Pollick.

Saturday, October 13, 2018, Newberry Library, 60 W Walton St, Chicago, Illinois, 1 PM-4 PM. World premiere of new work, commissioned by Access Contemporary Music for Open House Chicago. Work will be played througout the afternoon, with ten minute breaks between performances. Free of charge.

Thursday, September 6, 2018, Chapel of Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Seattle, WA. Wayward Music Series presents an array of electro-acoustic music for violin and electronics by Karen Bentley Polick, including Impossible Animals.

Friday, July 6, 2018, Bucharest, Romania. Music Hall of the Cantacuzino Palace, The George Enescu National Museum - Violin recital and international interpretation workshop, Karen Bentley Pollick. Includes "Cluck Old Hen Variations."

Tuesday, July 3, 2018, Bucharest, Romania. The International Center for Research and Education in Innovative Creative Technolgies – CINETic - presents a concert of electronic music with violin (also performed recently at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Reseach in Music and Acousics.) Includes "Impossible Animals," performed by Karen Bentley Pollick.

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 2:00 PM, Mother's Day Fiddle Concert at Salvation Cafe, Newport, Rhode Island. EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks performs Cluck Old Hen Variations" along with other fiddle trio works billed as "a Mother’s Day Brunch and toe-tapping tunes on the special day." Info here.

Saturday, April 8, 2018, Concert at the home of Harry Bernstein, Berkeley, California, including performances by David A. Jaffe, mandolin; Karen Bentley Pollick, violin; Jonathan Salzedo, harpsichord. Includes premiere of violin/harpsichord version of "Three Musicians (after the Picasso paintings)". See contact page for info on tickets.

Saturcday, April 7, 2018, Cañada College Main Theatre, 4200 Farm Hill Blvd, Redwood City, California. Redwood Symphony performs "How Did It Get So Late So Soon," with Karen Bently Pollick, violin. Tickets here.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018, invited speaker at Cañada College STEM lecture series. Presenting a talk entitled "Silicon Valley Breakdown - composing a life with music and machines."

Saturcday, February 3, 2018, 7 PM; Music Mansion 88 Meeting Street, Providence, Rhode Island. Verdant Vibes Benefit Concert, featuring "Cluck Old Hen Variations," performed by EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks violinist/fiddler. Info here.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Garden of Memory, a columbarium walk-through event at the Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland, California. 5-9 PM. I will be performing "Cluck Old Hen Variations," "Ellis Island Sonata," "Improvisation for Violin and Voice (one player)," and other works.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Hillside Concerts presents the "preview" of a piano/violin version of "How Did It Get So Late So Soon?" (movements 2 and 3) with Karen Bentley Pollick and pianist Marja Mutru. Also "Cluck Old Hen Variations" with film by Fred Kolouch, and other works. Berkeley, California

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Karen Bentley Pollick performs Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity 2016, includes "Cluck Old Hen Variations" with film by Fred Kolouch, and other works. Seattle, Washington, Chapel of Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue North, 4th Floor, corner of 50th Street in Wallingford, Seattle.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, University of Colorado Composer Seminar lecture, Boulder, Colorado

Saturday, November 12 & Sunday, November 13, 2016 - Boulder & Broomfield, Colorado. US Premiere of violin concerto "How Did It Get So Late So Soon? - an homage to Dr. Seuss" (2016), Karen Bentley Pollick, Violin, Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Bahman Saless, conductor.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm - Permainu Muzika/Music of Changes Festival, Klaipėdos koncertų salė, Šaulių g. 36, Klaipeda, Lithuania. Karen Bentley Pollick performs Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity 2016, includes "Cluck Old Hen Variations" with film by Fred Kolouch, and other works.

Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 8:00 pm - Tytuvenai Festival, Lithuania.
World Premiere of Violin Concerto "How Did It Get So Late So Soon?"(2016), Karen Bentley Pollick, Violin; Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre Orchestra, Robertas Šervenikas, conductor.

May 28, 2016, Bruce Beasley's Sculpture Studio. U.S. Premiere of "Congregations," for eight cellos, by Celloscape Collective.

Fricay, March 5th, 2016, 7:30 PM. Chapel Performance Space, at the Historic Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., 4th Floor, Seattle, WA. "Music in the Space Between Us," for eight strings and Radiodrum controlled Trimpin percussion, featuring Andrew Schloss, the Lafayette String Quartet and others; "Impossible Animals," for two voices, with Karen Bentley Pollick and David A. Jaffe, voices; "Cluck Old Hen Variations," for violin, with Ann Elliott-Goldschmid.

— Events in 2015: Yi David Yang and Jack Van Geem perform "Library of Babel," S.F. Conservatory of Music (Feb. 22); Lecture/concert at CCRMA, Stanford University (March 4); New Music Works performs "Dybbuk" (Oct. 24); Lecture/concert on Mills College's Songlines series (Nov. 23), including performance of "Cluck Old Hen Variations."

— Events in 2014: US premiere of "Fox Hollow," in Lafayette, Danville and Berkeley, California (Feb 21-24); "Cluck Old Hen Variations" performances: Vilnius, Lithuania (June 16), SPECTRUM in New York, with premiere of film by Fred Kolouch (Oct 5), Detroit Institute of Arts (Oct 10), CCRMA, Stanford (Nov 20); World premiere of "Eight O's in Woolloomooloo" for baroque strings and voice, S. F. Early Music Society, Berkeley, California (Dec 4).

— Events in 2013: Lectures at U.C. Berkeley (March) and Sonoma State (April); premiere of "NotomotoN Unstrung", for mandolin and computer-controlled percussion, at U.C. Irvine (April); World premiere of "The Library of Babel," at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Arcata, California (July); University of Victoria Orion Fellow for 2013, with World premiere of "Fox Hollow" for string quartet and Canadian premiere of "The Space Between Us," "May All Your Children Be Acrobats," and 8 other works (November), Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Commission for Newberry Library - Open House Chicago

I am honored to have been awarded a commission to write a site-specific work for the famous Newberry Library ( as part of Open House Chicago (, funded by Access Contemporary Music My piece focuses on the front lobby and stairwell, with the instruments separated spatially. Event is Saturday, October 13, 2018. The work is played continuously (with short breaks) throughout the afternoon.

Three Generations of Mandolinists

Found these three photos of, respectively, my grandfather (Abraham Jaffe) my father (Sol Jaffe) and me (David Jaffe), all playing the the Gibson A4 mandolin. The first two photos are from approximately 1936 (my father was age 16.) The last is from a concert of Santa Cruz New Music Works. Note that I am the only one who is using a strap to hold the instrument. What is the younger generation coming to?


Garden of Memory

On June 21, 2017, I performed as part of the unique Garden of Memory event, a columbarium walk-through event held every June 21st from 5pm to 9pm to celebrate the solstice at The Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, California.  Along with some forty other Bay Area new music performers, ranging from Kitka to Sarah Cahill, from the Rova Saxophone Quartet to Amy X Newburg, i will be positioned in one of the hidden nooks in the labrynthine Chapel of the Chimes, performing solo works for violin and mandolin, including "Cluck Old Hen Variations," "Ellis Island Sonata," and assorted improvisations on fretless banjo and other instruments. Note that tickets are available at the door throughout the event. 

Here are some video excerpts: