Archive for July, 2012

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.

Mizzou New Music in the News

If you’ve missed some of the recent coverage of the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival in the news media, here’s your chance to catch up.

* On Sunday, the Columbia Daily Tribune published a thoughtful and comprehensive preview story about the Festival by Aarik Danielsen.

* The St. Louis Beacon last week had a nice feature story about the Festival, written by Neel Thakkar.

* Stephanie Berg, who recently earned her master’s degree at Mizzou and is one of the resident composers for this year’s Festival, was featured in last week’s issue of Columbia’s VOX magazine.

* Mizzou’s Stefan Freund was on KBIA’s “Radio Friends with Paul Pepper” last week to talk about the Festival. You can listen to streaming audio of the program, or watch in the embedded video window below.

And while we’re on the subject of media coverage, composer and Mizzou graduate Patrick David Clark‘s recent trip to Iraq also got some notice from the press in his hometown of St. Louis.

Before Clark left to go teach high school students at American Voices‘ YES Academy in northern Iraq, he was interviewed by KSDK’s Art Holliday for the 4:00 p.m. newscast on the NBC affiliate. You can watch a clip of that interview here.

Clark also was interviewed before his departure by Nate Birt of Nate Birt of Clayton/Richmond Heights Patch.com.

When Clark returned to the USA last week, he did a follow-up interview with Holliday, which can be seen online here.

Summer Festival Spotlight: Charlie Piper

Completing the international contingent at this year’s Mizzou New Music Summer Festival is resident composer Charlie Piper, who’s from London, England. Born in 1982, Piper (pictured) completed his master’s degree with distinction at the Royal College of Music and currently is doing doctoral research at the Royal Academy of Music.

His awards include the 2006 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize and the 2007 prize at the 13th International Young Composers Meeting in Apeldoorn. Piper also was a New Music Associate at Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge from 2008 to 2010.

Piper’s music has been has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and performed at the Cheltenham, Huddersfield, Gaudeamus, Bang-On-A-Can and Aix-en-Provence Festivals, the Barbican Hall, the South Bank Centre, the Roundhouse, The Wigmore Hall, King’s Place and Le Grand Théâtre de Provence. Performers have included the London Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the London Sinfonietta, Sentieri Selvaggi, The Esbjerg Ensemble, the Orkest ‘de ereprijs’, CHROMA, the English National Ballet and individuals such as Rolf Hind, Brindley Sherratt, Xian Zhang, Laurence Cummings, François-Xavier Roth, Martyn Brabbins, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Pierre-André Valade.

His recent work has included premieres in New York and Milan; a short residency in Gotland, Sweden; three performances of The Twittering Machine by L’orchestre des jeunes de la Méditerranée; and the premieres of Insomniac, commissioned by the London Sinfonietta, and Borderland, commissioned by Britten Sinfonia and taken on tour to Brighton, Cambridge, Norwich and The Wigmore Hall.

Earlier this year, Piper was appointed associate composer for Music in the Round in Sheffield, for which he will work closely with the organization’s resident musicians Ensemble 360, composing at least one 12-15 minute piece per year, plus additional short works. Piper’s first composition for Music in the Round will premiere this fall, and as he continues with the organization, he also will give talks, participate in question and answer sessions, and run workshops and open rehearsals.

You can read a short interview with Charlie Piper about his recent work Insomniac here, and hear the piece in the embedded audio player below. Also, there are more samples of Piper’s music on his website.

Charlie Piper’s Insomniac, performed by the London Sinfonietta with conductor Martyn Brabbins

Summer Festival Spotlight: Stylianos Dimou

A native of Greece, resident composer Stylianos Dimou is helping to bring a bit of international perspective to the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival.

Dimou (pictured) has been studying music in the USA since last year, working toward an MA in composition with Professor Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He also was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year.

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Dimou started his music studies at the Municipal Conservatory of Thessaloniki, where he earned degrees in music harmony in May, 2005 and counterpoint in May, 2008, plus a diploma in accordion in June, 2010. He began studying composition in 2006 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki’s department of music studies, and graduated in 2011 with a Master of Music degree in composition.

Most of his works to date have been presented in workshops and competitions in Greece and elsewhere abroad. He has collaborated with Greek musical organizations such as the dissonArt ensemble, the Greek Ensemble of Contemporary Music, Idee Fixe, and Orpheus Soloists (GR), as well as with ALEA III here in the USA, and others.

In April, Dimou’s piece Réflexions de nuages was performed by the Jenaer Philharmonic Orchestra and flute player Carin Levine at the Weimarer Spring Festival for Contemporary Music in Germany. Earlier this year, he also was one of the co-creators of “Room For Five,” a joint work devised with three other Eastman composers and visual artist Anna Schuleit for the 2012 Benson Forum on Creativity.

Dimou will have company from some fellow Eastmanites at the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, as resident composer David Crowell, MU’s Stefan Freund, and many of the members of resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound are Eastman alums, and resident composer Ted Goldman is an assistant professor there. It will also give him a chance to renew his acquaintance with guest composer Steven Stucky, with whom he took a master class in composition last year.

You can hear samples of Stylianos Dimou’s music in the embedded player below.



Summer Festival Spotlight: Ted Goldman

Ted Goldman

Coming from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, Ted Goldman should see at least a few familiar faces when he arrives in Columbia to serve as one of the resident composers for the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival. That’s because a number of participants in this year’s Festival have connections to Eastman, starting with MU’s Stefan Freund and most of the other members of Alarm Will Sound, who originally met while studying music at the famed conservatory in upstate New York.

Goldman (pictured), who’s an assistant professor of music theory at Eastman, also shares the conservatory connection with two of his fellow resident composers this year. David Crowell, profiled last week on this blog, is a graduate of Eastman, and Stylianos Dimou, who will be featured in this space tomorrow, currently is studying there for his master’s degree in composition.

Goldman’s compositions have received national and international recognition, including two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards; the Society for New Music’s Brian M. Israel Prize; the Hanson Young Composers Award, and many other awards. In addition to writing a new piece for Alarm Will Sound to perform at this year’s MNMSF, Goldman has been commissioned by the Banff Centre in Canada, The Norfolk New Music Festival, the Contrasts Quartet, and twice by the New Juilliard Ensemble.

In 2011, he traveled to Hong Kong for an event called “The Intimacy of Creativity – The Bright Sheng Partnership: Composers Meet Performers in Hong Kong,” where he was one of a group of participating composers that also included 2010 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival resident composer
Moon Young Ha.

A New York native, Goldman began his undergraduate studies in physics, and graduated summa cum laude with honors in music from Columbia University. Goldman then earned his MM and DMA in composition from The Juilliard School. For five years he was a radio host at WKCR-FM NY, and he also is active in the Music and Medicine Initiative, a collaboration between Juilliard and Cornell University. As a pianist, Goldman has performed at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, The Mannes International Keyboard Institute, and the Mannes Beethoven Institute. In addition to teaching at Eastman, Goldman has held positions as an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College and as a teaching fellow at Juilliard.

You can read a brief interview with Ted Goldman from 2011 here, and read more about him and his thoughts on music in his blog. In the embedded video windows below, you can see a presentation that Goldman gave about one of his scholarly interests, the music of Conlon Nancarrow. The third segment includes one of Goldman’s original compositions, written in Nancarrow’s style.

Ted Goldman on Conlon Nancarrow, part 1 – writing for player piano, and using ancient techniques (isorhythm) in modern music

Ted Goldman on Conlon Nancarrow, part 2 – More speed, more notes!, and recreating Nancarrow’s pianos, virtually

Ted Goldman on Conlon Nancarrow, part 3 – What Nancarrow would do if he had a sequencer, and an original composition in the style of Nancarrow

Summer Festival Spotlight: Asha Srinivasan

Born in Utah and brought up in India and the USA, Asha Srinivasan creates music that combines elements from two different cultures. An assistant professor of music at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, Srinivasan (pictured) is one of eight resident composers for the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival.

She is part of an musical extended family – her mother Lalitha is a professional singer of Indian film songs – and began taking voice lessons at age 6, learning the classical music of Southern India. As a adult composer blending Indian Carnatic ragas with Western concepts of form and progression, Srinivasan has earned numerous honors and awards for her music, including winning the BMI Foundation’s first Annual Women’s New Music Commission Competition in 2006.

She has had electronic pieces performed at ICMC, June in Buffalo, SEAMUS, Spark, Electroacoustic Juke Joint, Electronic Music Midwest, and The Women in New Music Festival, and won commissions from the Flute/Cello Commissioning Circle, Sequoia Chamber Players, clarinetist E. Michael Richards and others. Her original electro-acoustic opera, The Fallen Nutcracker, was premiered by Landless Theatre Company in Washington, D.C for a run of sixteen performances in 2003.

More recently, Srinivasan’s 2007 composition “By the River Savathi” was selected for a performance at the prestigious Orchestra of St. Lukes’ “Notable Women Festival – a Celebration of Women Composers”. In 2011, her Carnatic-influenced “Dviraag,” an eight-minute work for flute and cello, was selected by a jury of four composers from China, Thailand and the United States to be performed and recorded at the 2011 Thailand International Composition Festival.

Srinivasan got her B.A. in music from Goucher College, and M.Mus. in computer music composition and M.Mus. in music theory pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory. She then earned her D.M.A. in composition from University of Maryland, College Park. You can read more about (and by) her at Lawrence University’s composition blog, and hear two of her award-winning compositions in the embedded players below.

Asha Srinivasan’s Dviraag, as performed during the Thailand International Composition Festival 2011

Srinivasan’s Alone, Dancing, featuring flutist Laura Heinrichs, recorded March 2009 in Cambridge, MA. This composition won second prize in the Peabody Conservatory’s Prix d’Ete Competition in 2005.