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Mizzou New Music Ensemble opens 2021-22 season with live performance at Sinquefield Music Center on October 10, 2021

Members of the 2021-22 Mizzou New Music Ensemble with Artistic Director Yoshiaki Onishi (third from front) and Stefan Freund, Artistic Directoe of MNMI (fifth from front)

For the first time since March, 2020, the Mizzou New Music Ensemble will perform in front of a live audience! The concert is scheduled for 7:30 pm on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, and will take place on the University of Missouri Campus at the Sinquefield Music Center (SMC 132). The concert is free and open to the public. For those unable to attend in person, the concert will be livestreamed on the MNMI Facebook Page and the University of Missouri School of Music YouTube channel.

For their first concert of 2021-22 season, the Ensemble (pictured) will open the program with a performance of The Quarry by Robyne Sieh, a second-year undergraduate composer from St. Louis studying at the University of Missouri. The Ensemble will also play Ngelemen by Fernando Zappino Vidal and Matutino/vespertino by fellow Argentinian Ernesto Bojanich Zahnd — both composers at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, hometown of Carolina Heredia, Assistant Professor of Music Composition at the University of Missouri, and the Assistant Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI).

These works are part of a collaborative program between Universidad Nacional de Córdoba and the MNMI that will continue with performances of additional works by Cordoba-based composers at the December 5th concert by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble. The first movement of Come Round by prominent American composer Jacob Druckman, will conclude the performance.

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble is made up of University of Missouri School of Music graduate students under the direction of Mizzou New Music Initiative Postdoctoral Fellow Yoshiaki Onishi, who was recently appointed as the Ensemble’s Artistic Director.

The members of the 2021-22 Mizzou New Music Ensemble are: Valentina Arango Sánchez, flute; Andrew Wiele, clarinet; Johanny Veiga Barbosa, violin; Andy Lewis, violoncello; Jordan Nielsen, percussion; Stephen Landy, percussion; Eve Werger, piano and Daniel Fitzpatrick, piano.

PLEASE NOTE: Temporary mask requirements on campus have been extended through Oct. 15. All students, faculty, staff and visitors — regardless of vaccination status — are required to wear masks in classrooms, while entering and exiting classrooms, as well as other meeting spaces where social distancing is not possible.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble featured on new recording

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble is featured on Black Pierrot, a new album by Mizzou’s University Singers that is being released this week on the Centaur Records label.

The album (pictured) is described as “a program of great choral works, including one work from the 1500s, works from the 20th Century,” plus the title track, which is performed by the Singers and the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, directed by Stefan Freund.

It’s the world premiere recording of this new work, which was commissioned from composer William Averitt by R. Paul Crabb, director of choral activities at Mizzou, with funding from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation.

Averitt’s “Black Pierrot” is based on seven poems by Langston Hughes, each incorporated into a movement of the work. It was premiered by the University Singers and the Mizzou New Music Ensemble in a concert in March 2017 at First Baptist Church in Columbia.

The Ensemble’s members for that year were Victoria Hargrove, clarinet; Daniel Keeler, cello; Kelariz Keshavarz, flute; Renan Leme, violin; Rebecca McDaniel, percussion; Gyumi Rha, piano; and Panagiotis Skyftas, saxophone.

Founded in 1976, Centaur is one of the oldest and largest independent classical labels in the U.S. Their recordings are available as physical CDs in major markets throughout the world and from select online retailers. Digital downloads are available through iTunes and many other download sites, and streams are available through Spotify, YouTube, and other streaming services.

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/.

New documentary with score by Mizzou students to get
free screening Monday, May 3 at Missouri Theatre

A new documentary film produced at Mizzou and featuring a musical score composed and performed by students from the School of Music will get a free screening at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 3 at the Missouri Theatre.

“Keep the Cameras Rolling: The Pedro Zamora Way” tells the story of one of the early stars of the MTV reality show “The Real World” who became a noted advocate for people with AIDS before dying in 1994 at age 22.

The film was co-directed by MU professors William Horner and Stacey Woelfel, who first approached the School of Music’s director Julia Gaines for help in finding a Mizzou composer to score the film. Gaines enlisted the help of the composition faculty, who in turn selected master’s student Daniel Vega to write the music.

Vega’s score was performed by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble, who debuted a portion of it in a concert back in November 2019.

The film includes appearances from “Real World” alums as well as former President Bill Clinton, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and actor Taye Diggs, and also features contributions from MU faculty and students in the school’s Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism, which is named after MU alum and “Real World” creator, and the Harry S. Truman School of Government and Public Affairs.

Mizzou New Music Ensemble to perform
works by Onishi, Berko in a free online concert
on Wednesday, February 17

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble will perform recent works by Yoshiaki Onishi and Alex Berko in a free online concert at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 17.

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.

“Antefenas-Studies” was written in 2018 by Onishi, who is a postdoctoral fellow in composition at the University of Missouri School of Music and serves as the Ensemble’s assistant conductor. Using both live instrumentation and prerecorded electronics, the piece explores “the kinetics of one sound responding to another, eventually forming the perception of a dialogue.”

Berko’s “Living in Color” (2019) was inspired in part by an image by Boston-based artist Melanie Long, and uses variations on an R&B-flavored three-chord progression to develop “a theme of connectedness and tangling of worlds.”

Both works will be performed live by the Ensemble during the stream, which also will include a prerecorded interview with Berko and Stefan Freund.

Freund, a cellist, composer, conductor, professor of composition, and artistic director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, is the director of the Mizzou New Music Ensemble.

The seven-member Mizzou New Music Ensemble (pictured) is made up of University of Missouri graduate students, and serves as the repertory group for the Mizzou New Music Initiative. In that capacity, they work with faculty, students, and visiting composers, and give public performances on campus and in the community.

The Ensemble’s members for the 2020-21 season are Johanny Veiga Barbosa, violin; Tâmila Freitas, flute; Stephen Landy, percussion; Jordan Nielsen, percussion; Andy Lewis, cello; Andrew Weile, clarinet; and Evie Werger, piano.

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.

A look back at the 2020 Mizzou International Composers Festival online

Mizzou International Composers Festival going online for 2020,
will take place Monday, July 27 – Saturday, August 1

Clockwise from top: Alarm Will Sound, Khemia Ensemble, Mizzou New Music Ensemble

Responding to the restrictions on live events imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mizzou International Composers Festival is going online for 2020.

The 11th annual edition of the MICF is set for Monday, July 27 through Saturday, August 1, with events streamed online from the Facebook pages of the Mizzou New Music Initiative and resident ensembles Alarm Will Sound and Khemia Ensemble, and from the YouTube channels of the University of Missouri School of Music, Alarm Will Sound, and Khemia Ensemble.

At 9:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, July 31, the MICF will present “Under Twilight,” a multimedia event curated by Mizzou professor Carolina Heredia that will take place both online and for an in-person, “drive-in” audience.

For the “drive-in” audience in the parking lot of the Sinquefield Music Center on the Mizzou campus, videos will be projected on an array of special outdoor 3D screens, while accompanying music is simulcast on radio station KMUC (90.5 FM). At the same time, the online audience will be able to see the program via Facebook and YouTube.

“Under Twilight” will include music and video by Maria Chavez and Flying Lotus, with soundtracks recorded by the composers; and a work by Joel Thompson, with music recorded by Sphinx Symphony Orchestra and the University of Michigan Men’s Glee Choir, conducted by Eugene Rogers.

The evening also will include pieces by former MICF distinguished guest composer Donnacha Dennehy and former resident composer Charlie Piper, as recorded by Alarm Will Sound; a work by Melissa Dunphy, recorded by Khemia Ensemble; and compositions from Carolina Heredia and Mizzou senior Ben Dawson, recorded by the composers and Mizzou students.

Then at 8:00 p.m. CDT Saturday, August 1, the festival’s finale will feature members of Alarm Will Sound, Khemia Ensemble, and the Mizzou New Music Ensemble performing a concert program including works by famed composers Meredith Monk and Pauline Oliveros, plus new music from Mizzou student Daniel Fitzpatrick and 2020 master’s graduate Niko Schroeder.

Alarm Will Sound will perform Monk’s “Anthem,” which also is the first work in their new series VIDEO CHAT VARIATIONS, showcasing remotely performed new works that respond to the quirks of video chat platforms.

Also on Saturday, the Mizzou New Music Ensemble will present Fitzpatrick’s “Ancient Echoes,” a concertino for banjo and ensemble that features the composer as banjo soloist; and the Khemia Ensemble, led by MU faculty composer Carolina Heredia, will present the world premiere of Schroeder’s “Moves” for ensemble and video.

The final piece on the program will feature members of all three groups coming together to perform Oliveros’ “Buffalo Jam,” which is scored with text instructions for any number and instrumentation of performers. The musicians, who were dispersed across the country, rehearsed and recorded the performance using the Jamulus platform, which enables transmission of audio with virtually no latency.

Along with the performances, Saturday’s event also will include interviews with the composers and a post-concert discussion open to audience members. The discussion will be led by Mizzou professor and MNMI and MICF artistic director Stefan Freund, Alarm Will Sound artistic director and conductor Alan Pierson, and Mizzou professor and Khemia Ensemble executive director Carolina Heredia.

Both Friday and Saturday night’s events are free and open to the public, but audience members are asked to register in advance using Eventbrite. To register for Friday’s event, either to view the event online or to “drive in” in person, go to https://micf2020undertwilight.eventbrite.com.To register for Saturday, go to https://micf2020finaleconcert.eventbrite.com.

In addition to the two weekend events, the festival also will include public online presentations from the eight resident composers and two distinguished guest composers who had been announced previously as participants in the 2020 MICF. All of the composer presentations will be available for public viewing online via the Mizzou New Music Initiative Facebook page.

Resident composers Pascal Le Boeuf, DM R (Diana M. Rodriguez), Niko Schroeder, and Celka Ojakangas will make individual presentations on their music starting at 6:00 p.m. CDT Monday, July 27, with Felipe Tovar-Henao, Shuying Li, Andrew Tholl, and Yu Kuwabara presenting at 6:00 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 28.

Distinguished guest composers David T. Little and Chen Yi will be the final presenters, starting at 6:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 29.

A complete schedule of events, times and dates for the 2020 Mizzou International Composers Festival will be available on the MICF website at https://composersfestival.missouri.edu/.