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Composers Festival spotlight: Karim Sulayman

The Mizzou New Music Initiative will welcome tenor Karim Sulayman as a guest performer for the 2021 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

Sulayman (pictured) will appear with resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound when they premiere the first part of distinguished guest composer David T. Little’s monodrama “What Belongs to You” as part of the “World Premieres I” online concert on Tuesday, July 27.

The winner of the 2019 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Classical Solo Vocal,” Sulayman has earned international acclaim for his programming and recording projects, while regularly performing around the world in opera, orchestral concerts, recital and chamber music.

A native of Chicago, Sulayman studied violin as a child and teenager, and also sang with the Chicago Children’s Choir, which led to him being hand selected by Sir Georg Solti and Leonard Slatkin to be a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Symphony. He went on to graduate from the Eastman School of Music and later earned a Masters degree from Rice University.

Sulayman has released two solo albums on the AVIE label. The first, “Songs of Orpheus,” earned international acclaim and won the 2019 GRAMMY® Award for Best Classical Solo Vocal Album. His second solo album “Where Only Stars Can Hear Us” was released in March 2020 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart.

Described as “a dedicated chamber musician,” Sulayman has been a frequent participant at the Marlboro Music Festival and has been presented by many of the world’s leading chamber music festivals. His concerts and recordings have been broadcast nationally and internationally on NPR, American Public Media, BBC Radio 3, and WDR 3.

Sulayman has appeared with New York City Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, and Chicago Opera Theater, as well as with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, and National Symphony Orchestras. He has performed at Elbphilharmonie, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Ravinia Festival, International Bach Festival and many other prestigious festivals and venues, collaborating with conductors including Harry Bicket, Marin Alsop, Osmo Vänskä, Helmuth Rilling, Jane Glover, Yves Abel and Robert Spano.

Recent projects include performing chamber music by Hahn and Vaughan Williams with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective in June 2021 with Britten-Pears Arts at Snape Maltings in the UK; and reprising his performances of Frank London’s “Ghetto Songs” on tour this month in Germany. He’ll continue the 2021-22 season with with a role in a new multimedia production of Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” in Miami, and performing Handel’s “Messiah” and Haydn’s “Creation” with the Winston-Salem Symphony. In May 2022, Sulayman will make his Carnegie Hall solo recital debut in an original program of Schubert songs, “Where Only Stars Can Hear Us.”

For more about Karim Sulayman, listen to his extended interview from January of this year on the “Unequal Temperament” podcast. You can see samples of his performances on his YouTube channel and in the embedded video windows below.

“Li Beirut” by- Fairuz, arranged by Matthew Duvall and Lisa Kaplan and performed by Karim Sulayman, Matthew Duvall (marimba) and Lisa Kaplan (glockenspiel) on October 20, 2020 for Chicago Artists Workshop (CAW) by Eighth Blackbird.

“L’énamourée” by Reynaldo Hahn in an arrangement by Tom Poster for the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, recorded live in November 2020 at the Wiltshire Music Centre in the UK.

“Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon” by Francis Poulenc, performed by Karim Sulayman, Matthew Duvall (marimba) and Lisa Kaplan (glockenspiel) on October 20, 2020 for Chicago Artists Workshop (CAW) by Eighth Blackbird.

Summer Festival Spotlight: Anne-Carolyn Bird

The guest artist at this year’s Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will be the talented soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird. Bird (pictured) will perform with Alarm Will Sound as part of the concert on Thursday, July 26, helping to bring to life the first part of Donnacha Dennehy’s new work-in-progress, The Hunger.

Known primarily as an operatic singer, Bird got her undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia, then earned a Masters Degree cum laude from New England Conservatory, where she was a student of acclaimed mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato. She has been a recipient of grants and awards from many organizations, and has twice been a Young Artist with the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program for Singers and twice a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Bird first made her Metropolitan Opera debut in the 2006-2007 Season, singing two roles in a new production of Il Trittico, and has since returned as Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Najade in Ariadne auf Naxos, in Boris Godunov, and Don Carlo, among other productions. This year, she has appeared in Kepler and Pierrot Lunaire at the famed Spoleto Festival USA, and in the fall, she will return to the Met to sing Giannetta in the opening night gala production of Bartlett Sher’s new L’elisir d’amore.

Bird also is known in classical music circles for her blog The Concert, which for several years regularly chronicled her efforts to build her musical career. For more about Anne-Carolyn Bird, read this interview she did last year for the NYC Opera’s website. You also can learn more about her and hear some audio samples at her page on the site of her management firm.

In the embedded video window below, you can hear Bird singing an excerpt from Prima Donna, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright’s recent venture in opera.

Spotlight on Kirk Trevor

The Mizzou New Music Summer Festival is fortunate to have Maestro Kirk Trevor as one of our guest artists in 2010.

Trevor (pictured) will conduct the Festival’s “Composers That Rock” concert featuring pianist Lisa Moore on Thursday, July 15, but audiences in Columbia have known him since the year 2000 as the conductor and music director of the Missouri Symphony.

He also was music director of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 1985 to 2003, and continues as conductor and music director of the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, a post he’s held since 1988.

Born and educated in England, Trevor trained at London’s Guildhall School of Music, graduating in cello performance and conducting. He has guest conducted more than forty orchestras in twelve countries. His début with the London Symphony Orchestra was in January 2003 and Carnegie Hall debut in 2007. Trevor is one of the most recorded conductors of the past decade, with more than 50 recordings of new American music with the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava, and 20 recordings with other orchestras for the EMI, Koch, Albany, Fatra, Crystal and Carlton Classics labels.

Like all the guest artists in the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, Trevor has a particular interest in music education, and he specifically is becoming widely recognized as one of the leading conducting teachers in the world.

Trevor has been a master teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League and the Conductor’s Guild, and in 1991 co-founded and has been Artistic Director of the International Workshop for Conductors. (Held in the Czech Republic for a month every summer,  IWC is the world’s largest conducting school, each year training more than 80 conductors from 20 countries.)  Trevor also is a frequent guest teacher at Northwestern University and in Switzerland, annually giving a week of master classes at the Zurich and Basel Conservatories.

In the first embedded video, you can see and hear Maestro Trevor conducting the chamber orchestra and choir of the 32º International Festival in Brasilia, Brazil in a performance of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.” In the second, you can see and a brief interview with Trevor, in which he discusses preparing a performance of film music with the ICO.

Spotlight on Lisa Moore

The Mizzou New Music Summer Festival is delighted to have pianist Lisa Moore (pictured) as a guest performer.

Born in Canberra and raised in Australia and London before moving to the USA in 1980, Moore is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Eastman School of Music and SUNY Stonybrook. She now lives in New York City, where she collaborates with a large and diverse range of musicians and artists. The New York Times says “her energy is illuminating” and the New Yorker magazine called her “visionary” and “New York’s queen of avant-garde piano.”

A founding member of the NYC downtown new-music group Bang on a Can All-Stars, Moore has released five solo CD on the Cantaloupe and Tall Poppies labels, and appears as a collaborator on more than 30 other discs.  Her most recent solo recording for Cantaloupe, Seven, features music by Don Byron; two more solo Cantaloupe EPs are scheduled for release in 2010, featuring original music by composers Annie Gosfield and Donnacha Dennehy. You can hear sample tracks from many of Moore’s recordings on her website.

Moore is “passionately dedicated” to the music of our time and has collaborated with composers from many musical genres, including Elliott Carter, Iannis Xenakis, Meredith Monk, Philip Glass, Thurston Moore, Ornette Coleman, and many more.

She has played at concert halls and festivals around the world, and has performed with organizations ranging from ballet companies and symphony orchestras to chamber music groups and new music ensembles. As a concerto soloist she has appeared with the London Sinfonietta, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Albany, Sydney, Tasmania, Thai and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Philharmonia Virtuosi and the Queensland Philharmonic, under the baton of conductors Brad Lubman, Reinbert de Leeuw, Pierre Boulez, Jorge Mester and Edo de Waart.

As an artistic curator she produced Australia’s Canberra International Music Festival “Sounds Alive ‘08” series, importing musicians from around the world for 10 days of music making at the Street Theatre. Moore teaches at the Yale-Norfolk New Music Workshop Summer Festival and at Wesleyan University as well as making guest teaching appearances at conservatories around the world.

You can hear an interview Lisa Moore did in 2008 with public radio station WNYC by clicking on the embedded audio player below:

In the first video window, you can see and hear an excerpt from Moore’s performance of “For the Sexes:The Gates of Paradise,” composed by Martin Bresnick, who, as fate would have it, is one of the guest composers/instructors at the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival. Below that is a clip of Moore playing Frederic Rzewski’s “Piano Piece No. 4 (1979)” in 2008 at the Keys to the Future Festival