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Composers Festival spotlight: ANTiCX

Founded in 2021, ANTiCX is an artist collective of composers and makers. The group’s name is an acronym of the first letters of the first names of its members. They are (pictured clockwise from upper left):

Annika Socolofsky is a composer and avant-folk vocalist who is assistant professor of composition and artistic director of Pendulum New Music at the University of Colorado Boulder

Nina Shekhar currently is pursuing her PhD in composition at Princeton University. She is a composer teaching artist fellow for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and is on faculty at Idyllwild Arts Academy and Brightwork newmusic‘s Project Beacon initiative.

Tanner Porter is a composer-performer and songwriter. She earned her BM in composition from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance, and an MM in composition from the Yale School of Music.

inti figgis-vizueta is a composer who maintains a private studio in New York City, with regular guest composition workshops and presentations of her practice at music programs around the country.

Carolina Heredia is a composer of acoustic and electronic music, intermedia producer, violinist, and educator. She currently is assistant professor of music composition at the University of Missouri, and the assistant director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Xuan is a new media artist, filmmaker, and pianist working at the intersection of music, visual art, and technology. She currently teaches experimental filmmaking as an adjunct professor of humanities at Eastman School of Music and works as a freelance video artist.

ANTiCX will debut at the 2021 Mizzou International Composers Festival with “Entry Points of Empathy,” an online multimedia performance on Friday, July 30. The program will feature individual and collaborative works, including a live “sound sculpture,” with live performances by Mizzou faculty member Wesley Warnhoff (clarinet), Mizzou student Eve Werger (piano), and guest artists Leigh Muñoz (bassoon) and Ellen Sommer (piano).

It also will include a video art premiere by guest artist Katina Bitsicas, assistant professor in Mizzou’s School of Visual Studies, in collaboration with MU alumni Wilson Minshall.

The works to be performed are:
Nina Shekhar – “[redact]”
Tanner Porter – “Two movements for clarinet” (world premiere)
Carolina Heredia – “Tango Americano”
Xuan – “Interludes 1 and 2” (world premiere)
Annika Socolofsky – “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: the meantime”
inti figgis-vizueta – “a bridge between starshine and clay”
Katina Bitsicas and Wilson Minshall – “Eye Thorn Forrest” (world premiere)
ANTiCX – “Entry Points of Empathy” (world premiere)

The title work “Entry Points of Empathy” is “a piece for fixed media, live improvisation and sound sculpture that explores communication through both personal and technological lenses,” said Carolina Heredia. “The visuals draw from the sounds directly with some being generated in real-time and others interpreted through pre-made animations. Each composer’s sound is connected to a distinct visual aesthetic and then pieced together like a mosaic on the Olga 3D screens structure.”

You can hear samples of music composed by the members of ANTiCX at their individual websites, linked above, and in the embedded players below.

“Rise” by Annika Socolofsky, recorded in October 2018 at Princeton University by Jonathan Hulting-Cohen (alto sax) and Nicholas Shaneyfelt (piano) .

“if these walls” by Nina Shakhar, recorded in May 2021 by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble .

“Propellers in the Sun” by Tanner Porter, performed by the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Kiesler.

“Openwork, knotted object”/”Trellis in bloom”/”lightning ache” by inti figgis-vizueta, recorded in June 2019 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY by the National Sawdust Ensemble, featuring Allison Loggins-Hull (flute), Oran Etkin (clarinet), Sugar Vendil (piano), Ian Rosenbaum (percussion), Miranda Cuckson (violin), Jeffrey Zeigler (cello), and Charles Hagaman (technician), conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya.

“Ausencias” by Carolina Heredia, recorded in 2016 by JACK Quartet.

“Reactions” is an experimental animation created in 2016 by Xuan in collaboration with composer Tomek Arnold.

Mizzou International Composers Festival to return
July 26-31 with nine world premieres and more

After a year in which the COVID-19 pandemic forced last-minute changes in programming, the Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) is back in 2021 in a more familiar form.

Presented Monday, July 26 through Saturday, July 31 by the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) and the University of Missouri School of Music, the twelfth annual MICF will showcase the world premieres of new works from nine resident composers and more, with all four concerts streamed online for free. The schedule of performances is:

Tuesday, July 27: “World Premieres I,” featuring resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound performing new works by three of the festival’s resident composers, plus the premiere of an excerpt from distinguished guest composer David T. Little’s monodrama “What Belongs to You,” featuring singer Karim Sulayman.

Wednesday, July 28: “Mizzou New Music,” featuring the Mizzou New Music Ensemble playing music by David Little and Chen Yi, and Khemia Ensemble premiering new works by Stefan Freund, Phillip Sink, and Nina Shekhar.

Friday, July 30: “Entry Points of Empathy,” a world premiere multi-media event with music composed by inti figgis-vizueta, Carolina Heredia, Tanner Porter, Annika Socolofsky, and Nina Shekhar, performed by Mizzou faculty and guests, plus video interludes and live graphics by Xuan Zhang.

Saturday, July 31: “World Premieres II,” featuring Alarm Will Sound performing new works from six resident composers, plus the American premiere of Stefan Freund’s arrangement of “Sparkle” by distinguished guest composer Chen Yi.

All concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time, and can be viewed on the Mizzou New Music Facebook page and on the University of Missouri School of Music YouTube channel.

The concerts on Tuesday and Saturday will feature world premieres of new works written by each of the festival’s nine resident composers. Listed with their current places of residence, they are:

(Four of the composers – Alcocer, Fitzpatrick, Mortilla and Shekar – were newly selected this year to participate in the 2021 MICF; the other five originally were chosen for the 2020 MICF, but their works could not be premiered when COVID-related restrictions forced the festival to be reconfigured. Three more composers chosen in 2020 were unable to participate this year, but will be invited to be part of a future festival.)

The MICF’s distinguished guest composers for 2021 are Chen Yi and David T. Little. Chen is a distinguished professor of composition at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. A finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Music for her composition “Si Ji” (“Four Seasons”), she was born and raised in Guangzhou, China and is known as a prolific composer who blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries.

Little currently chairs the composition program at Mannes – The New School in New York City. He previously served as Executive Director of MATA and on the board of directors at Chamber Music America, and from 2014–2017 was composer-in-residence with Opera Philadelphia and Music-Theatre Group.

During the festival, the resident composers will receive composition lessons from Chen and Little and take part via Zoom in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound. The resident composers also will give public presentations online about their music, and after the premiere performances, will receive professional live recordings of their new works.

For more information on the 2021 Mizzou International Composers Festival, including a complete schedule of events, times, and dates, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

Mizzou New Music Initiative to present Duo Cortona
in a free online concert on Friday, February 5

The Mizzou New Music Initiative will present Duo Cortona in a free online concert at 7:00 p.m. Friday, February 5.

The concert will be available to view on the University of Missouri School of Music’s YouTube channel and the Mizzou New Music Facebook page. It was recorded in conjunction with a “virtual residency” in November 2020 by the duo that also included reading and recording new works by Mizzou student composers and making a presentation to composition students.

The program will include music by Mizzou assistant professor Carolina Heredia; Evan Chambers, who also had a “virtual residency” with MNMI last fall; Robert Morris, a guest composer at the 2018 Mizzou International Composers Festival; and Annika Socolofsky, who visited Mizzou for a residency in 2019; as well as works by composers Hilda Paredes and John Liberatore.

Duo Cortona, the husband and wife team of violinist Ari Streisfeld and mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway, is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of new works for their unique instrumentation. Both Streisfeld and Calloway are faculty members at the University of South Carolina School of Music.

Founded at and named for the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy, Duo Cortona (pictured) has done performances and residencies across the USA, including at the Resonant Bodies Festival; the SONiC Festival and The Stone, both in New York City; Contemporary Undercurrents of Song Project in Princeton, NJ; New Music on the Point in Vermont; the Southern Exposure Series for New Music; East Carolina New Music Initiative; University of Wisconsin; College of Charleston; and more.

Duo Cortona, Evan Chambers doing virtual residencies for Mizzou

While the current pandemic-related restrictions may be limiting some in-person interactions, Mizzou students still are getting opportunities to work with and learn from composers and performers from throughout the world of new music.

For example, this month new music ensemble Duo Cortona and composer Evan Chambers both will take part in virtual residencies for MNMI.

Chambers (pictured, top left) is a professor of composition at the University of Michigan whose works have been performed by the Cincinnati, Kansas City, Memphis, New Hampshire, and Albany Symphonies, among others. Recordings of his music have been released by labels such as Albany Records, the Foundation Russolo-Pratella, Cambria, Clarinet Classics, Equilibrium, and Centaur.

During his residency, Chambers will give private lessons to composition students; make a presentation to this semester’s composition seminar; and coach the Mizzou New Music Ensemble in the performance of his work “longing for peace in the garden of lost children.,” which they’ll perform as part of the School of Music’s online “Monday Mashup” concert on Monday, November 16.

Duo Cortona, the husband and wife team of violinist Ari Streisfeld and mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway (pictured, bottom left), is a contemporary music ensemble dedicated to the creation of new works for their unique instrumentation. Both Streisfeld and Calloway are faculty members at the University of South Carolina School of Music.

Founded at and named for the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy, Duo Cortona has done performances and residencies across the USA, including at the Resonant Bodies Festival; the SONiC Festival and The Stone, both in New York City; Contemporary Undercurrents of Song Project in Princeton, NJ; New Music on the Point in Vermont; the Southern Exposure Series for New Music; East Carolina New Music Initiative; University of Wisconsin; College of Charleston; and more.

During their residency for Mizzou, the duo will read and record new works from student composers Isabelle Borchardt, Ben Rouder, and Sam Whitty, with other composition students also observing the session. In addition, they’ll make a presentation to composition students on Friday, November 13, and record a concert on video that will be available for viewing online at a later date.

The concert will feature works by Evan Chambers and Mizzou professor Carolina Heredia, as well as pieces by Amadeus Regucera, who was a resident composer at the 2017 Mizzou International Composers Festival; Robert Morris, a guest composer at the 2018 MICF; and Annika Socolofsky, who visited Mizzou for a residency in 2019.

Carolina Heredia wins commission from Barlow Endowment

Mizzou assistant professor Carolina Heredia has won a commission for 2020 from the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition.

Heredia was one of 15 composers selected from among 286 applications this year to the Endowment’s General and LDS commissioning programs, which will award grants totaling $83,000 to the winners.

The Barlow Endowment was established in September 1983 through a gift from Milton A. and Gloria Barlow to Brigham Young University for the purpose of “engendering and supporting excellence in musical composition through the university and the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications.”

The Endowment hosts an international composition competition every year, receiving applications from across the globe. The application are reviewed by a panel of musicians, who select the winners that will be commissioned to compose new works during the next year.

Heredia will use her grant to write a new work for Duo Axis, featuring flutist Zach Sheets and pianist Wei-Han Wu.

Several other composers with Mizzou connections also won commissions this year from the Barlow Endowment, notably composition alumnus Robert Strobel, who earned his master’s degree at MU in 2014 and will write a piece for Playground Ensemble. Other 2020 winners included Peter Shin, a resident composer at the 2019 Mizzou International Composers Festival; Carl Schimmel, who was a special guest at the 2015 MICF; and Annika Socolofsky, who visited Mizzou for a residency last year.

The judging panel included Chen Yi, Neil Thornock, Dorothy Chang, Ben Sabey, and Benjamin Taylor of the Endowment’s Board of Advisors, plus guest judges Stephen Jones, Miguel Chuaqui, Dan Lippel, and Steve Roens.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble to perform works by Socolofsky, Kirsten, Dennehy, Christensen and Forte on Sunday, February 24 at Whitmore Recital Hall

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble will perform works by three visiting composers plus two world premieres by Mizzou students in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 24 at Whitmore Recital Hall, 135 Fine Arts Building on the Mizzou campus. Admission is free and open to the public.

The program will feature “Don’t say a word,” a “feminist rager-lullaby” by Annika Socolofsky from 2017 that “invokes the fragility and fury of the female voice.” Socolofsky, a composer and singer who is a doctoral candidate and fellow in composition at Princeton University, will be visiting Mizzou for a residency that week, and will coach and perform with the Ensemble.

Also included on the program will be “World Under Glass No. 2,” composed in 2011 by Amy Beth Kirsten. The piece is inspired by the Distillation series of New York visual artist Thomas Doyle, who creates dark, disturbing miniature scenes displayed in vessels resembling over-sized snow globes. Kirsten will be one of the two distinguished guest composers at this summer’s Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF).

Donnacha Dennehy, who will be the other distinguished guest composer at the 2019 MICF, will be represented by “The Blotting.” a work commissioned in 2004 by the Bath International Music Festival that’s described by the composer as being “quite rhythmically virtuosic in places, making use of manically interlocking hockets.”

Two new works by Mizzou students will complete the concert. “Ozymandias” by Ethan Forte, a junior composition major at Mizzou, “attempts to capture the vivid literary work by Percy Bysshe Shelley,” while “The Dream is More Than Process” by second-year master’s student Mikkel Christensen takes inspiration and its title from a lyric by rapper Kendrick Lamar.

The seven-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri graduate students under the direction of Stefan Freund, a cellist, composer, conductor, professor of composition, and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

The Ensemble’s members for the 2018-19 season are Hannah Hutchins, percussion; Ann Mozina, flutes; Pedro Ramiro, violin; Elisabeth Roberts, piano; Brianna Trainor, percussion; Cameron Tubbs, cello; and Austin Wright, clarinets. They will be augmented for this performance by guest musicians Mitchell Goodman, euphonium; Tyler Hannsz, viola; Kassandra Ormsby, bassoon; and Aubrey Smith, soprano.

Post-doctoral fellow Yoshiaki Onishi is the Ensemble’s assistant conductor, and will conduct the performances of “World Under Glass no. 2” and “The Blotting.”

Annika Socolofsky visiting Mizzou for concert, residency

Composer and singer Annika Socolofsky is coming to Mizzou later this month for a residency and concert.

During her visit, she will coach the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, make a presentation on her music to composition students, and give private lessons to selected composition majors. Socolofsky will conclude her residency by performing with the Ensemble when they present her work “Don’t say a word” at their concert on Sunday, February 24 at Whitmore Recital Hall.

Currently a doctoral candidate and fellow in composition at Princeton University. Socolofsky previously earned an MFA in composition from Princeton, an MA in composition the University of Michigan, and a BFA in composition from Carnegie Mellon University.

Drawing on both classical and folk traditions, her works are based in “the inflections, gesture, and resonance of the human voice” and range from orchestral compositions to unaccompanied folk ballads. As a researcher, she is focused on physiology in contemporary vocal music, using the music of Dolly Parton to create a pedagogical approach to composition that is inclusive of many vocal styles and techniques.

Her works, projects, and related research have been presented at Carnegie Hall, The Italian Society of Contemporary Music, American Music Festival, Northwestern New Music Institute, Strange Beautiful Music Detroit, and more.

Socolovsky’s current composition projects include new works for the Albany Symphony, So Percussion, Contemporaneous, Carnegie Mellon Contemporary Ensemble, Girlnoise, and Shepherdess. She also is a 2019 Stone Composer Fellow for the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, for which she will be writing a new work for the Callisto Quartet. Her previous collaborations include the Rochester Philharmonic, Albany Symphony, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Dogs of Desire, eighth blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, Latitude 49, and numerous others.

As a vocalist, she has performed as soloist with the Albany Symphony, Dogs of Desire, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Tulsa Camerata, eighth blackbird, and composer-vocalist Anna Pidgorna.

Socolofsky’s honors as a composer include a Fromm Foundation Commission, Cortona Prize, and BMI Student Composer Award, as well as fellowships to the Blackbird Creative Lab, Banff Centre for the Arts, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, Cultivate at Copland House, and the Brevard Music Center. You can hear some of her music on her SoundCloud page.