Archive for July 19th, 2012

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.