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Composers Festival Spotlight: Andrew Davis

Andrew Davis

Continuing with our series on the resident composers for the 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival, today let’s get acquainted with Andrew Davis.

Though he shares a name with a famous British conductor, this Andrew Davis is a composer and electric guitarist from Columbia, MD by way of Texas. He earned a B.A. in music from Yale University in 2009, and then in 2012 completed his M.M. in composition at the University of Texas at Austin.

Davis’ early experiences in music included playing trombone in concert bands and guitar in rock bands, which have led him to explore a variety of different genres and musical aesthetics.

He has written both acoustic and electroacoustic music for a variety of media, and his works have been performed by groups including the JACK Quartet, the Argento Ensemble, counter)induction, the Boston New Music Initiative, the University of Texas Wind Ensemble, the Yale Concert Band, the Florida State Wind Ensemble, and the University of Texas New Music Ensemble.

Davis’ music has been heard at a variety of festivals including the Festival of New Music at FSU, the Manchester New Music Mini-Festival, New Music on the Point, and SEAMUS, and he has received honors from ASCAP, Vox Novus, and ISCM-Texas,

You can hear samples of Andrew Davis’ music in the embedded video window and audio player below.

Davis’ “Open Airs” is a short work for string quartet commissioned in 2012 by the New Music on the Point Festival. It is performed here by the Skyros Quartet, the graduate string quartet-in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Mizzou New Music Initiative’s summer event gets a new name:
Mizzou International Composers Festival

With applicants coming from dozens of countries on five different continents, the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival already has attracted significant international attention in its first three years.

The composers from abroad who have been selected to participate clearly have influenced the Festival’s musical direction. They also have helped to spread the word about the event much farther and faster than originally anticipated. In a nod to these welcome developments, the event now will be known as the Mizzou International Composers Festival, effective immediately.

Though the name has changed, the format will remain essentially the same. The 2013 Mizzou International Composers Festival will take place from Monday, July 22 through Saturday, July 27. It will be a week of activities and concerts, ending with a grand finale featuring world premieres of new works written by eight resident composers.

The new name simply reflects the experiences of the event’s first three years, said William Lackey, managing director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative. “The international composers who have visited Columbia over the past three years have made exciting and substantive contributions to the event. We are increasing our efforts to attract even more resident composer applicants from outside the US,’ he said.

“Calling it a ‘composers festival’ places further emphasis on the vision of the New Music Initiative and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation: to spotlight the work of the eight emerging resident composers and celebrate the careers of two veteran guest composers,” Lackey added. “This is one of our signature events in the ongoing effort to make Columbia a center for composers, and we wanted the new name to make that clear.”

“Conversations with Composers” podcast – Episode 103

Here’s the third installment in our series of “Conversations With Composers” podcasts recorded at this year’s Mizzou New Music Summer Festival. Episode 103 is the second and final part of a conversation including guest composer Donnacha Dennehy and resident composers Stephanie Berg, Brian Ciach, Charlie Piper and Asha Srinivasan. Give it a listen using the embedded player below:

“Conversations with Composers” podcast – Episode 102

Here’s another installment in our series of “Conversations With Composers” podcasts. Recorded during the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, episode 102 is the first part of a conversation among guest composer Donnacha Dennehy and resident composers Stephanie Berg, Brian Ciach, Charlie Piper and Asha Srinivasan. You can hear it in the embedded player below:

“Conversations with Composers” podcast – Episode 101

The Mizzou New Music Initiative’s “Conversations With Composers” podcasts offer an inside perspective from the composers who took part in the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, featuring candid discussions of their work, backgrounds, influences and processes; their experiences during the Festival; and much more.

Episode 101 features guest composer Steven Stucky talking with resident composers Stylianos Dimou, Ted Goldman and Patrick Harlin. Check it out in the embedded player below:

More Mizzou New Music Summer Festival press coverage

As the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival has progressed this week, we’ve seen some more coverage of the Festival in the press and online:

* The Kansas City Star had a feature story about resident composer Stephanie Berg, who grew up in the KC suburb of Parkville.

* The Columbia Daily Tribune‘s Art Axis blog published interviews that reporter Aarik Danielsen conducted with guest composers Donnacha Dennehy and Steven Stucky.

* Violist Nadio Sirota, who’s a substitute player this week with the Festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound, has written about her experience for the website of NYC’s classical music radio station WQXR.

* Nonesuch Records, which has released recordings by both Alarm Will Sound and Donna Dennehy, mentioned the MNMSF in the weekly news wrap-up on their website. (Scroll down to see.)

Meanwhile, resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound has posted on their Facebook page some photo sets offering a behind-the-scenes look at the first three days of the Festival:
Alarm Will Sound at the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival – Day 1
Alarm Will Sound at the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival – Day 2
Alarm Will Sound at the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival – Day 3

Behind the scenes with Alarm Will Sound

Before the start of the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound spent a week rehearsing at the Sinquefield Reserve in mid-Missouri.

While they did have time to pose for a photographic homage to George Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grand Jatte” (pictured), there was a lot of hard work, too, as you can see in these photo sets posted to AWS’ Facebook page: .

Alarm Will Sound rehearsals, Day 1
Alarm Will Sound rehearsals, Day 2
Alarm Will Sound rehearsals, Day 3
Alarm Will Sound rehearsals, Day 4
Alarm Will Sound rehearsals, Day 5

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

As the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival progresses this week, you can keep up with everything that’s going on by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Missouri New Music Facebook page has behind-the-scenes photos, links to media coverage of the Festival, and much more. To get updates from the page in your Facebook news feed, go to http://www.facebook.com/moNEWmusic and click the “Like” button near the top.

Meanwhile, we’re also posting frequent updates, schedule information, and relevant links to the Festival’s Twitter account. You can receive all the latest updates by following us at http://twitter.com/mizzounewmusic.