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The 2012 Commissioning Project Results!
Results are in! 383 submissions later, we’re delighted to announce that we’re commissioning the following composers for new pieces:
Leaha Maria Villareal
Nina C. Young
Born in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1988. He studied in the Department of Music of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and he received his undergraduate degree in composition. His principal teacher was Prof. Christos Samaras. Since fall 2011 he has been living in Boston, where he is studying with Joshua Fineberg in a master’s degree in composition in Boston University.
He is a recipient of many international and national awards and distinctions and he has been selected in numerous festivals of new music.
Per Bloland is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music whose works have been described as having an “incandescent effect” with “dangerous and luscious textures.” The New York Times recently praised him for his “ear-opening electronic innovations.” His compositions range from short, intimate solo pieces to works for large orchestra, and incorporate video, dance, and custom built electronics. He has received awards and recognition from national and international organizations, including SEAMUS/ASCAP, Digital Art Awards of Tokyo, ISCM, and SCI/ASCAP. Performers of his work include the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the ICE Ensemble, Bent Frequency, Insomnio, the Callithumpian Consort, Linea Ensemble, ECCE, and Inauthentica, among others. His music can be heard on the TauKay (Italy), Capstone, Spektral, and SEAMUS labels, and through the MIT Press. The first album dedicated to his compositions, featuring performances by the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, will be released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label in the fall of 2013.
Bloland is also the co-creator of the Electromagnetically-Prepared Piano, about which he has given numerous lecture/demonstrations and published a paper. He is an Assistant Professor of Technology and Music Theory at Miami University, Ohio, and is currently in residence at IRCAM in Paris for the spring semester of 2013 for a Musical Research Residency. He received his D.M.A. in composition from Stanford University and his M.M. from the University of Texas at Austin.
Composer Eliza Brown (b. 1985) writes music that explores the interaction between natural acoustic properties of sound, the physical construction of instruments, and culturally defined elements of musical meaning and syntax. Eliza’s music, described as “delicate, haunting, [and] introspective” by Symphony Magazine, has been performed and/or commissioned by Ensemble Dal Niente, Network for New Music, Spektral Quartet, Wet Ink Ensemble, members of the PRISM and Anubis saxophone quartets, and others. Eliza’s current projects include the Barely cycle, an extractable cycle of solo works and chamber miniatures that seeks to render in sound the interior psychological processes of identity formation and attempted communication, and a new opera with librettist Royce Vavrek inspired by Bronzino’s 1539 portrait of Cosimo I di Medici as Orpheus. A native of Philadelphia, Eliza is currently a doctoral student and lecturer at Northwestern University.
joshua michael carro (b.1982) is a sound artist based in Los Angeles, California. starting at the age of 5 years old, carro pursued a life in the arts by drawing and the making of objects. at the age of 9, josh became obsessed with jazz and quickly began to play and specialize in jazz drumset. this would later lead him to a scholarship to Arizona State University where he then was able to study classical percussion and new music composition. carro is now pursuing a master’s degree in performance and composition from CalArts where he studies with Ulrich Krieger, Wolfgang Von Schweinitz, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri, Susan Allen, and Randy Gloss. carro has released over 10 electro-acoustic albums on a series of net labels including: H.L.M. (France), Somehow Recordings (London), with reviews by Silent Ballet, Kultur Industrialna (Poland), Norman Records, and Linus Records (Japan).
Baltimore-based musician Ruby Fulton (b.1981) writes music which invites listeners to explore non-musical ideas through sound. Her musical portfolio includes explorations into mental illness, buddhism, philosophy, psychedelic drugs, addiction, and chess strategy; and profiles of iconic popular figures Syd Barrett, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Ringo Starr. She holds degrees from Boston University, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Conservatory, and she teaches composition at the Shenandoah Conservatory.
Blending literature and visual art with experimental composition, Leaha Maria Villareal brings a contemporary focus to classical music. Her sonic explorations often stem from themes of home, loss, and memory.
With works written for dance, opera, and the concert hall, Villarreal’s output includes the electro-acoustic solo The Warmth of Other Suns for violinist Andie Tanning Springer, The Bell for Waking/The Bell for Sleep premiered by the JACK Quartet, and A Window to a Door commissioned by Experiments in Opera. She has worked with organizations and ensembles such as W4, the Composers’ Voice concert series, the Boston New Music Initiative, BODYART, and the PUBLIQuartet. Past composition teachers include Pulitzer-prize winner Roger Reynolds, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, Chinary Ung, and Tania Leon. Villarreal holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego and is pursuing her M.M. at New York University with Julia Wolfe and Michael Gordon.
In addition to her work as a composer, Villarreal is an avid supporter of the performing arts. She has lent her services to such preeminent institutions as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Wordless Music Series, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, MATA, the Unsound Festival, and the FIGMENT Arts Festival on Governor’s Island. She is a co-founder and the artistic director of the New York-based contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant. (www.hotelelefant.org)
Originally from Los Angeles, Leaha lives and works in New York City.
Lee Weisert is a composer of instrumental and electronic music. His recent work draws inspiration from a wide variety of scientific disciplines and reinterprets their respective principles into an artistic context. His instrumental music has been played by nationally recognized performers and ensembles, including Steve Schick and the red fish blue fish percussion ensemble, the Callithumpian Consort, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and the JACK string quartet. His pieces have been performed at several music festivals including the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP 2009, 2011), June in Buffalo (2008), and New Interfaces In Musical Expression (NIME 2009, 2012).
His electronic music, composed primarily in cSound and MAX/MSP, deals with algorithmic and chaotic structures in 4- and 8-channel spatialization. Along with composer Jonathon Kirk, he is a member of the Portable Acoustic Modification Laboratory (PAML), a collaborative sound installation team. PAML’s most recent project, Cryoacoustic Orb, uses hydrophones frozen inside several large spheres of ice to create a dense and naturally-evolving soundscape. Lee has degrees in music composition from the University of Colorado (BM), California Institute of the Arts (MM), and Northwestern University (DM). His primary composition instructors have been James Tenney, Michael Pisaro, Jay Alan Yim, and Chris Mercer. He is currently an assistant professor at UNC Chapel Hill.
Nina C. Young (b.1984) is a New York-based composer who writes instrumental and electronic music. Her pieces incorporate her research on blending amplification and live electronics into instrumental ensembles, always with a view toward creating a natural and cohesive sound world.
Nina’s music has been performed internationally by ensembles including the Orkest de ereprijs, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, JACK Quartet, Sixtrum, Yarn/Wire, the Chameleon Arts Ensemble, and artists affiliated with the Live@CIRMMT Concert Series. The American Composers Orchestra recently read her orchestral work “Remnants” as part of the Underwood New Music Readings. Nina has received honors from BMI, IAWM, SEAMUS, and SCI and has participated in festivals and conferences including the 17th International Young Composers Meeting, SEAMUS, N SEME, Domaine Forget’s New Music Session, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, the European American Musical Alliance, and the US State Department’s Fusion Arts Exchange. Nina has held fellowship residencies at the Atlantic Music Festival and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference; and will participate as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center in 2013.
Nina is currently pursuing doctoral studies in composition at Columbia University under the tutelage of Fred Lerdahl, George Lewis, Richard Carrick, and Brad Garton. She is an active participant at the Columbia Computer Music Center where she is teaching electronic music. Nina received a Master’s degree from McGill University, studying with Sean Ferguson. While in Montreal she worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT) and as a studio and teaching assistant at the McGill Digital Composition Studios. Nina completed her undergraduate studies at MIT receiving degrees in ocean engineering and music (working with Keeril Makan) alongside holding a research assistantship at the MIT Media Lab.
In addition to concert music Nina composes music for theatre, dance, and film. She also works as a concert organizer and promoter of new music; Nina currently serves as General Manager for the publisher APNM (Association for the Promotion of New Music) and as a board member of Columbia Composers.
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