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Alarm Will Sound, Mary Kouyoumdjian receive major grant for “Paper Pianos”

Alarm Will Sound, the resident ensemble for the Mizzou International Composers Festival, and Mary Kouyoumdjian, one of the eight resident composers at last year’s MICF, have received a major grant from The MAP Fund to underwrite production next year of an evening-long version of her work “Paper Pianos.”

Kouyoumdjian (pictured), who lives in New York City, first composed a short version of “Paper Pianos” for Alarm Will Sound to perform at the 2016 MICF. She then used the recording from the festival as part of her successful proposal for a grant to fund the expanded version.

The full concert version of the work will “explore the refugee experience through the life of pianist Milad Yousufi, who was forced to flee Afghanistan to avoid persecution. Incorporating recorded dialogue from interviews with Mr. Yousufi, as well as photographic and animated images, ‘Paper Pianos’ will dramatize the emotional plight of displacement and resettlement experienced by refugees throughout the world.”

The MAP Fund grant of $38,346 includes $31,450 to support the production of “Paper Pianos” and $6,896 in general operating support for Alarm Will Sound.

Based in New York City, The MAP Fund was established in 1988 to support innovation and cross-cultural exploration in new works of live performance. MAP awards $1 million annually to up to 40 projects in the range of $10,000 – $45,000 per grant to artists and organizations across the US. Since 1989, the program has disbursed more than $27 million to fund more than 1000 projects in playwriting, choreography, music composition, and ensemble, site-specific, and community-based performance.

You can hear the recording of the MICF version of “Paper Pianos” in the embedded player below.

A look back at the 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival…

Composers Festival spotlight: Mary Kouyoumdjian

Although composer Mary Kouyoumdjian was born in the USA, her music definitely is informed by perspectives from beyond its’ borders.

As a first generation Armenian-American from a family directly affected by the Lebanese civil war and Armenian genocide, Kouyoumdjian uses a sonic palette that, in her words, “draws on her heritage, interest in music as documentary, and background in experimental composition to progressively blend the old with the new.”

Based in Brooklyn, New York, Kouyoumdjian (pictured) is one of the eight resident composers for the 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival, for which she’s written a new work called “Paper Pianos” that will be premiered as part of the festival’s grand finale concert on Saturday, July 30 at the Missouri Theatre.

She currently is working on a doctoral degree in composition as a Dean’s Fellow at Columbia University, and previously earned her master’s in scoring for film and multimedia from New York University and a degree in composition from the University of California, San Diego.

Kouyoumdjian’s musical projects range from concert works to multimedia collaborations and film scores, and she has received commissions from the Kronos Quartet, Carnegie Hall, the American Composers Forum/JFund, and numerous others. As a composer, orchestrator, and music editor for film, she has worked on soundtracks for motion pictures including The Place Beyond the Pines (Focus Features) and Demonic (Dimension Films).

An organizer as well as a composer, Kouyoumdjian is a co-founder and executive director of the ensemble Hotel Elefant, and a co-founder of the annual new music conference New Music Gathering.

This spring, her work was presented by the 2016 New York Philharmonic Biennial, and she previously has had artist residencies with Roulette/The Jerome Foundation, Montalvo Arts Center, and Exploring the Metropolis.

You can hear Mary Kouyoumdjian’s music on her SoundCloud page, and listen to an interview she did recently on KMUC’s “Mizzou Music” program here. You also can see performances of three of her works in the embedded video windows below.

“Bombs Of Beirut” was performed by the Kronos Quartet as part of the celebration of their 40th anniversary at The Greene Space in NYC.

“Children of Conflict ‘Samar’s Song'” performed by Hotel Elefant, featuring Andie Tanning Springer (violin), Nick Gleason (percussion), Josh Perry (percussion), and Mary Kouyoumdjian (electronics).

“This Should Feel Like Home” performed by Hotel Elefant, featuring Katie Cox (flute), Domenica Fossati (alto flute), Isabel Kim (clarinet), Christa Van Alstine (bass clarinet), David Friend (piano), Hannis Brown (electric guitar), Josh Perry (percussion), Kirsten Volness (percussion), Caroline Bean (cello), Shawn Lovato (bass), and Peter Bussigel (electronics), conducted by Meg Zervoulis.

2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival
schedule of events and ticket information

Here’s the complete schedule of events and information on how to get tickets for the 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival.

The 2016 MICF begins on Monday, July 25 and continues through Saturday, July 30.

Festival events will be held at the Fine Arts Building and Loeb Hall on the University of Missouri campus and at the Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia, including:

Monday, July 25

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Matthew Browne, Resident Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145 on the MU campus
Open to the Public

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Takuma Itoh, Resident Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145
Open to the Public

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Wang Lu, Resident Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145
Open to the Public

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Ryan Lindveit, Resident Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145
Open to the Public

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Trey Makler, Resident Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145
Open to the Public

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Wang A Mao, Resident Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145
Open to the Public

Tuesday, July 26

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Alarm Will Sound Open Rehearsal
Missouri Theatre, 203 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201
Open to the Public

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Daniel Silliman, Resident Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145
Open to the Public

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Mary Kouyoumdjian, Resident Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145
Open to the Public

7:00 p.m.
Oscar Bettison, Distinguished Guest Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145
Open to the Public

8:15 p.m.
Julia Bentley with Erin Gee, Guest Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145
Open to the Public

Wednesday, July 27

2:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Alarm Will Sound Open Rehearsal
Missouri Theatre
Open to the Public

7:00 p.m.
Erin Gee, Distinguished Guest Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145
Open to the Public

8:30 p.m.
Stefan Freund, Mizzou Faculty Composer Presentation
Fine Arts Building Room 145
Open to the Public

Thursday, July 28

7:30 p.m.
Alarm Will Sound
Missouri Theatre, 203 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201
Tickets are $18 adults, $10 students

This concert features the festival’s resident ensemble Alarm Will Sound playing music by 2016 MICF distinguished guest composers Oscar Bettison and Erin Gee. AWS also will perform works by Mizzou student and former MICF resident composer José Martínez, and by AWS cellist and co-founder Stefan Freund, who is associate professor of composition at Mizzou and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Friday, July 29

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Alarm Will Sound Open Rehearsal
Loeb Hall 201 on the MU campus
Open to the Public

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Alarm Will Sound Open Rehearsal
Loeb Hall 201
Open to the Public

7:30 p.m.
Mizzou New Music
Missouri Theatre, 203 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201
$18 adults/ $10 students

This concert features the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, the flagship group of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, plus guest performing artists Missouri Saxophone Quartet, violinist Julie Rosenfeld and pianist Peter Miyamoto.

Saturday, July 30

7:30 p.m.
Eight World Premieres
performed by Alarm Will Sound

Missouri Theatre, 203 South 9th Street, Columbia, MO 65201
$18 adults/ $10 students

More than 220 composers from around the world submitted their portfolios to the festival, and eight were selected. The grand finale concert features the world premieres of eight works composed specifically for the acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound by the MICF’s resident composers:

* Matthew Browne, Ann Arbor, MI
* Takuma Itoh, Honolulu, HI
* Mary Kouyoumdjian, Brooklyn, NY
* Ryan Lindveit, Los Angeles, CA
* Trey Makler, Columbia, MO
* Daniel Silliman, Princeton, NJ
* Wang A Mao, Kansas City, MO
* Wang Lu, Providence, RI

Tickets

Festival passes good for admission to all three concerts are on sale for $80 for the VIP package, which includes reserved premium seating and other benefits; $40 for adults; and $20 for students.

Single tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $10 for students. Tickets can be charged by phone using Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling 1-573-882-3781. To buy tickets online, go to http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

Box Office Hours and Location

Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St, Columbia, MO, 65211
Regular business hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Hours during Mizzou International Composers Festival concert days:
Thursday, July 28: 9:00 AM – Performance Intermission (approx. 8:30 PM)
Friday, July 29: 9:00 AM – Performance Intermission (approx. 8:30 PM)
Saturday, July 30: 5:00 PM – Performance Intermission (approx. 8:30 PM)

Tickets for 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival go on sale Friday, June 3

Alarm Will Sound

Tickets for the 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF) will go on sale at 10:00 a.m. CDT on Friday, June 3.

Hailed as “a vibrant inferno of creative energy” by the internationally syndicated radio program “Relevant Tones,” and praised for offering “kinetic excitement” by the hometown Columbia Daily Tribune, the MICF will take place this year from Monday, July 25 through Saturday, July 30 in Columbia, and will include three public concerts of new music by living composers.

Returning for the seventh year as the festival’s resident ensemble, Alarm Will Sound will begin the weekend of shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28 at the Missouri Theatre, 203 S. Ninth St. in downtown Columbia.

They’ll perform music from the 2016 MICF’s distinguished guest composers, Oscar Bettison and Erin Gee, and a work by Stefan Freund, who is an associate professor at Mizzou, artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, and cellist for Alarm Will Sound.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble

Next, the “Mizzou New Music” concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 29 at the Missouri Theatre will feature performances by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble and guest artists Missouri Saxophone Quartet, violinist Julie Rosenfeld, and pianist Peter Miyamoto. The concert will feature music from Bettison, Gee, Freund, Mizzou student composer Jose Martinez, and more.

The grand finale of the week will showcase the world premieres of eight new works, written by the festival’s resident composers and performed by Alarm Will Sound at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, July 30 at the Missouri Theatre.

Festival VIP packages are $80, and include reserved premium seating at all three concerts; two drink tickets good at the Thursday and Friday performances; and admission to a VIP reception prior to the Saturday evening performance, featuring champagne and hors d’oeuvres with members of Alarm Will Sound and the composers.

Festival passes for all three concerts are $40 for an adult general admission pass, and $20 for a student general admission pass.

Single tickets are priced at $18 for adults, $10 for students, and are all general admission. Tickets can be charged by phone using Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling 1-573-882-3781. To buy tickets online, visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.

In addition to these three concerts, the MICF also will feature several free events, including open rehearsals and presentations by the participating composers. A complete schedule of those events will be released at a later date.

The eight resident composers were chosen from among more than 220 applicants from across the USA and around the world to participate in the festival and create a new work for Alarm Will Sound. They are:

* Matthew Browne, Ann Arbor, MI
* Takuma Itoh, Honolulu, HI
* Mary Kouyoumdjian, Brooklyn, NY
* Ryan Lindveit, Los Angeles, CA
* Trey Makler, Columbia, MO
* Daniel Silliman, Princeton, NJ
* Wang A Mao, Kansas City, MO
* Wang Lu, Providence, RI

During the festival, the resident composers will receive composition lessons from distinguished guest composers Oscar Bettison, a British/American composer who has served on the composition faculty of Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute since 2009; and Erin Gee, an assistant professor of music at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who is known for her works using non-traditional vocal techniques.

The resident composers also will take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; give presentations on their music; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of their work.

Mizzou International Composers Festival announces resident composers for 2016

The Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) has selected eight resident composers to participate in the 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival (MICF).

Presented annually since 2010 by MNMI and the University of Missouri School of Music, the MICF in just six years has become the Midwest’s top summer showcase for intriguing new music by composers from around the world.

The seventh edition of the festival, scheduled for Monday, July 25 through Saturday, July 30 in Columbia, will feature world premieres of eight new works written by this year’s selected composers. Listed with their current places of residence, they are:

* Matthew Browne, Ann Arbor, MI
* Takuma Itoh, Honolulu, HI
* Mary Kouyoumdjian, Brooklyn, NY
* Ryan Lindveit, Los Angeles, CA
* Trey Makler, Columbia, MO
* Daniel Silliman, Princeton, NJ
* Wang A Mao, Kansas City, MO
* Wang Lu, Providence, RI

The eight resident composers are chosen through a portfolio application process that this year attracted 229 entries from 18 different countries, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The resident composers bringing international perspectives to Mizzou this year will include Takuma Itoh, who’s originally from Japan, grew up in California, and now is assistant professor of music at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

The 2016 group also includes two natives of China now living in the US: Wang Lu, who did her graduate studies at Columbia University and now is an assistant professor of music at Brown University in Rhode Island; and Wang A Mao, who earned her master’s degree and currently is working on a doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance.

Trey Makler, a native of Farmington, MO now in his senior year of work toward a bachelor’s degree in composition at Mizzou, will represent the University of Missouri. Makler was the winner of the 2015 Sinquefield Composition Prize, the university’s highest honor for a student composer, and also has served as a production coordinator for the past two years of the MICF.

The 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival will include a series of public concerts featuring music from the resident composers and other contemporary creators, as well as workshops, master classes, and other events.

The Festival’s distinguished guest composers for 2016 will be Oscar Bettison, a British/American composer who has served on the composition faculty of Johns Hopkins University’s Peabody Institute since 2009; and Erin Gee, an assistant professor of music at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who is known for her compositions using non-traditional vocal techniques.

The acclaimed new music group Alarm Will Sound, conducted by artistic director Alan Pierson, once again will serve as resident ensemble, as they have since the MICF began in 2010.

During the festival, the eight resident composers will receive composition lessons from Bettison and Gee; take part in rehearsals with Alarm Will Sound; give public presentations on their music; and receive a premiere performance and professional live recording of a new work created specifically for the MICF and Alarm Will Sound.

A complete schedule of events, times, dates and venues for the 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit http://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.