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Current Grantees
Season 2016 / 2017

IRCAM

Title of the project:
Research and Artistic Residency for Keith Moore with the IRCAM Instrumental Acoustics Team producing a hybrid saxophone and Spiraling Stories (for hybrid saxophone solo, five hybrid instruments, and live electronics with machine improvisation).

Description of the project:
16-month research/artist residency for Keith Moore with the IRCAM Instrumental Acoustics Team creating knowledge in musical acoustics, music theory, and computer science regards multiphonic sounds, and a new work for Taimur Sullivan and Ensemble Intercontemporain interfacing this research with ongoing IRCAM investigations into hybrid instruments, physical modeling, and artificial intelligence.

Name(s) of the artist(s):
1) Keith Moore, Artist-in-Residence, ZKM (Karlsruhe)
2) Adrien Mamou-Mani (SPONSOR), Head Researcher, Instrumental Acoustics Team, IRCAM
3) Taimur Sullivan, Northwestern University
4) Ensemble Intercontemporain, resident at the Philharmonie de Paris
5) PRISM Quartet, New York City and Philadelphia

Project categories:
Commission of a new work - Residency: composer, musician

Project dates:
09/01/2016—12/31/2017

 

MONDAY EVENING CONCERTS

Title of the project:
Happy End

Description of the project:
On April 24, 2017 in the acoustically pristine Zipper Hall, Monday Evening Concerts will produce the first major West Coast presentation of Georges Aperghis’ music. Though regarded as one of the most innovative living French composers, Aperghis’ music is virtually unknown to the majority of the American public. Historically one of the most preeminent presenters of contemporary music in the western half of the United States, Monday Evening Concerts will present Aperghis’ evening-length animated music-theatre work with electronics, Happy End (2007). This presentation will bring Aperghis’ music to completely new audiences. The work also introduces rising young French electronic composer, Sebastien Roux, and Belgian video artist Hans Op de Beeck to American audiences. Commissioned by Opera de Lille, this work tells the tale of Charles Perrault’s Little Thumb. Monday Evening Concerts is pleased to welcome the esteemed Talea Ensemble from New York as guest performers.

Name(s) of the artist(s):
Georges Aperghis, composer
Sebastien Roux, composer
Hans Op de Beeck, video artist
Talea Ensemble, ensemble
James Baker, conductor

Project categories:
Production of a concert

Project dates:
April 23, 2017: Aperghis Film Screening, Storm Beneath a Skull
April 24, 2017: Happy End Performance, Zipper Hall at Colburn School

 

EYEDRUM

Title of the project:
Chamber Cartel & the soloists of Ensemble FA

Description of the project:
In November 2017, Patrice Bocquillon and Dominique Vidal, soloists of Ensemble Fa, ensemble based in Paris, France, will meet the musicians of Chamber Cartel, ensemble based in Atlanta, GA, to perform a joined concert during which they will premiere a new piece commissioned to French composer, Philippe Hurel.
In parallel to the concert, the musicians and Philippe Hurel will offer a public rehearsal followed by a Q&A session, and a short and pedagogical performance designed to introduce a young audience to the sounds and aesthetics of contemporary music.
The musicians will also offer a master class at Georgia State University | College of Music, and at the University of Florida.
The program will feature works by P. Hurel, J. Fineberg, N. Demos and S.Sciarrino.

Name(s) of the artist(s):
Philippe Hurel
Patrice Bocquillon
Dominique Vidal
Joshua Fineberg
Matthieu Clavé
Caleb Herron

Project categories:
Production of a concert - Commission of a new work - Tour

Project dates:
11/13/2017-11/19/2017

 

BOSTON UNIVERSITY, CENTER FOR NEW MUSIC

Title of the project:
Spectral Music @ 70

Description of the project:
The 2016-2017 season marks the 70th Birthday Season of Tristan Murail and what would have been the 70th Birthday season of Gérard Grisey. The BU Center for New Music, in collaboration with the ICA/Boston, Sound Icon and the Talea Ensemble would like to use this occasion to reflect on the impact this uniquely French movement has had on the world of contemporary music. We propose to combine Tristan Murail’s residency at the BU CNM with at least two large-scale concerts and one smaller-scale concert, public conferences and workshops at Boston University and the ICA Boston. These concerts will focus on the music of Grisey and Murail, but also include works of other composers associated with the movement.
Murail’s residency in Boston for these events (his first visit to the US since leaving Columbia University) offers the potential to turn this into a major event. One of the large-scale concerts will be hosted at the ICA/Boston and will feature a US premiere by Murail.

Name(s) of the artist(s):
Tristan Murail
Gérard Grisey
Joshua Fineberg
Philippe Leroux
Sound Icon Ensemble
Talea Ensemble

Project categories:
Production of a concert - Residency: composer, musician

Project dates:
04/04/2017 - 04/14/2017

 

MONA BISMARCK AMERICAN CENTER

Title of the project:
HEAR NOW Paris, New American Chamber Music Festival

Description of the project:
The Mona Bismarck America Center is launching a New American Chamber Music Festival, which will annually present for Parisian audiences works by American composers. The inaugural Festival will take place in December 2016 and will feature a series of compositions by Los Angeles composers in three evening concerts. Some of the composers are well known in France—Arnold Schoenberg, Igor Stravinsky, Esa-Pekka Salonen, John Adams—but how often has the French music community had the opportunity to hear compositions by Eric Whitaker, Ted Hearne, Julia Adolphe, Andrew Norman, Veronika Krausas, Sean Friar, Isaac Schankler, Jeffrey Holmes, and Adam Schoenberg? Concerts will be performed in the 19th-century music salon of the Mona Bismarck American Center. The Festival will be programmed by Hugh Levick, composer and Artistic Director of Los Angeles’ HEAR NOW Music Festival. Works will be performed by celebrated DIOTIMA Quartet along with the most talented French, European and American musicians.

Name(s) of the artist(s):
Hugh Levick
DIOTIMA Quartet
Mark Robson

Project categories:
Production of a concert - Commission of a new work - Residency: composer, musician

Project dates:
12/02/2016 through 12/04/2016

 

ECCE ENSEMBLE and LE LABORATOIRE CAMBRIDGE

Title of the project:
Ecce Ensemble and Le Laboratoire: Technology, The Interdisciplinary and the Political in the French / American Musical Exchange.

Description of the project:
Le Laboratoire, Cambridge's innovative contemporary art space, has partnered with the Ecce Ensemble for a second season to create a residency of exciting programming centered around a French and American music exchange. Both Le Laboratoire and the Ecce Ensemble share the pursuit of French / American cultural innovation, with Le Lab’s Paris gallery and Ecce’s annual Etchings Festival near Toulouse. Their partnership in Cambridge will continue to be a nexus for French / American exchange in the coming season.
During the 2016-17 season, Le Laboratoire and Ecce ensemble will partner for three one-week residencies where they will lead open rehearsals, discussions and performances of works by composers who exemplify the French / US cultural exchange central to the missions of both organizations. Each residency will focus on different aspects of the cultural exchange: Week 1: Music and Technology. Week 2: Music in Interdisciplinary Settings. Week 3: Music, society and politics.

Name(s) of the artist(s):
Ecce Ensemble.
Jean-Baptiste Barrière.
Franck Bedrossian.
Philippe Hurel.
Jean-Philippe Wurtz.

Project categories:
Production of a concert - Residency: composer, musician

Project dates:
Week 1, Featuring Jean-Baptiste Barrière. August 25th – 30th, 2016.
Week 2. Featuring Franck Bedrossian. January 14th – 21st, 2017.
Week 3. Featuring Philippe Hurel. March 11th – 17th, 2017.
All projects will be conducted and co-organized by conductor Jean-Philippe Wurtz, conductor of Ecce Ensemble, Ensemble Linea and Director of the New Voices Academy at the Abbey Royaumont.

 

FONDATION ROYAUMONT

Title of the project:
2016 Royaumont Composition Session.

Description of the project:
The Talea ensemble will participate to the 2016 Royaumont composition session held from August 21st to September 9th, 2016. For this redefined Academy Voix Nouvelles, The Royaumont Foundation has invited for their first appearance in France the Talea ensemble with the perspective to enhance the quality and international aspects of the training proposed.
The composition session in 2016 will focus on a new axis that is the creative process.
This program will be made of:
• a composition courses for 14 composers trainees from August 21st to September 4th, 2016
• a contemporary music program for interpreters and instrumentalists (8 singers or instrumentalists trainees) from August 28th to September 9th, 2016
Interpreters trainees will be accompanied by members of the Talea ensemble in an "artistic mentoring": discovery directories, technical, gaming intentions.
• 3 supervisors composers: James Dillon (UK), Raphaël Cendo (FR), Pierluigi Billone (IT)
• 2 guests ensembles: Talea, Exaudi.

Name(s) of the artist(s):
Talea ensemble.
4 American composers among the selection of composition trainees: Edo Frenkel, Amadeus Regucera, Jason Thorpe Buchanan, Nina C. Young.

Project categories:
Residency: composer, musician

Project dates:
08/21/2016-09/09/2016

 

ENSEMBLE MISE-EN

Title of the project:
Yan Maresz Portrait Concert.

Description of the project:
Of the many annual projects ensemble mise-en presents, our “Portrait Series” seeks to celebrate the landmark works of distinguished composers of contemporary music. We continue our series this year with a concert profiling the work of award-winning French composer, Yan Maresz.
Our presentation of Yan Maresz’s music will bring further and increased visibility to contemporary French music and how it has effected the realm of composition today. It will benefit the community by educating the public about current styles and trends of French music, as well as providing a forum for cultural discourse and appreciation of French music and heritage.
This concert aims to reach a wide spectrum of listeners who are engaged in or curious about contemporary art music from around the globe, as well as the contemporary music of France. The audience will include music students and educators, new music enthusiasts, New Yorkers and visitors.

Name(s) of the artist(s):
Yan Maresz,
Ensemble Mise-En.

Project categories:
Production of a concert - Residency: composer, musician.

Project dates:
11/15/2016 (tentative) at DiMenna Center for Classical Music (New York).

 

CALLITHUMPIAN PRODUCTIONS FOUNDATION

Title of the project:
Vinko Globokar Commission & Premiere.

Description of the project:
Vinko Globokar will create a new work for the Callithumpian Consort, to be premiered in Boston in October 2017. Globokar will be in Boston this summer (2016) to work with the players of the Callithumpian Consort, getting to know their strengths and abilities, their appetite for risk, for taking chances, and for responding to a composer’s demands.
The new piece will be for 12 players and approximately 20 minutes in duration, and will be in response to his work with the players of the Consort. The premiere will take place during commemorations of the 150th anniversary of the founding of New England Conservatory, where the Consort is based.
The entire evening will feature exclusively music written for or premiered by the Callithumpian Consort, or by composers who have a particularly close association with and history of working with the Consort.
Proposed program:
Alvin Lucier: Braid
Rand Steiger: Template 2
Lee Hyla: Migración
Tristan Murail: Lachrymae
Vinko Globokar: new work

Name(s) of the artist(s):
Vinko Globokar, composer;
Callithumpian Consort, ensemble.

Project categories:
Production of a concert - Commission of a new work.

Project dates:
Performance date of Globokar commission: 10/19/2017

 

MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK, INC.

Title of the project:
Le Noir de L'Etoile, at Make Music New York.

Description of the project:
More than twenty years after the discovery of pulsars, and fascinated by the sounds they emit, acclaimed French composer Gérard Grisey wrote Le Noir de l’Etoile, an hour-long work for six percussionists placed around the audience, accompanied by the electronic radio sounds of pulsars themselves.
On June 21, 2017, in a performance led by percussionist Doug Perkins, Make Music New York will present Le Noir de l’Etoile at 9:00pm, under the stars on the summer solstice, on the Arthur Ross Terrace outside the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium. The Museum will bring in an astrophysicist to lecture on pulsars before the concert. The performance will be the culminating event to a full day of more than 1,200 free outdoor concerts throughout the five boroughs.

Name(s) of the artist(s):
Gerard Grisey (composer, deceased);
Douglas Perkins and five other percussionist performers TBA.

Project categories: Production of a concert.

Project dates: 06/21/2017.

LINE UPON LINE PERCUSSION

Title of the project:
Commission: Trois mondes, myriades d’âmes (Three worlds, myriad of souls) by Laurent Durupt.

Description of the project:
Trois mondes, myriades d’âmes is a 40-minute cycle of pieces for percussion trio and electronics inspired by various Japanese steles commemorating tsunami victims. The work considers what the steles represent, their social function and religious ritual, those commemorated by the steles and the still-living relations of those commemorated. Electronics
play a significant role by evoking nature in its quietude or its violence, or human society with sounds reminiscent of daily life, whether frenetic or peaceful.
As in my Sonate en triOhm, the score will be composed for varying combinations of a minimal instrumentation and electronics. The title, (translated as "three worlds, myriad of souls") refers to the mysterious ritual, sankai banrei ?? ? ?, which is written on many of the commemorative steles. Beyond the mystery and poetry that come from this ritual, this title seems ideal for conveying a constellation of interrelated elements and giving reality to many faces.

Name(s) of the artist(s):
Laurent Durupt
line upon line percussion.

Project categories:
Production of a concert - Commission of a new work.

Project dates:
Final work delivered on 10/01/2017
Work premiered at Big Medium (Austin, TX) on December 1-3, 2017

 

AMERICAS SOCIETY, INC.

Title of the project:
Americas Society commissions Tatiana Catanzaro.

Description of the project:
Americas Society (AS)’s Music Program will commission Tatiana Catanzaro to compose a piece inspired by Conlon Nancarrow. In late 2017, AS will present 2 concerts in New York City that will feature Nancarrow’s music for player piano and 5 commissioned works for Disklavier and instruments. The new pieces will combine automatic and human-powered instruments. Besides Catanzaro, the other composers commissioned for this project are Jaime E. Oliver La Rosa, Carlos Sandoval, Kyle Gann, and Sabrina Schroeder.
A modern descendant of the player piano, the Yamaha Disklavier is the common thread connecting all the pieces. The practice of transcribing Nancarrow’s music for newer automatic instruments and live instrumentalists started decades ago. The rich space of interaction between live performers and the automatic piano (an instrument that performs without a live musician but that retains the physicality of a piano) constitutes the focus of this project.

Name(s) of the artist(s):
Tatiana Catanzaro,
Conlon Nancarrow.

Project categories:
Production of a concert - Commission of a new work.

Project dates:
Commissioning: summer 2016
Concerts at Americas Society: fall 2017

 

PHOTO: HAPPY END (LE PETIT POUCET)
GEORGES APERGHIS / HANS OP DE BEECK
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