New Commission/Consortium Projects (Summer/Fall of 2018)
This coming fall I have had the privilege to be a part of consortium's by international marimba soloist Keiko Abe for her new solo marimba piece The Song of Trees (2017) and legendary contemporary composer James Wood with his new duo/quartet Kalavinka (2017). It gives me great pleasure to announce my upcoming commission projects for 2018 with Yale composer Nate May,and Princeton composers Andrea Mazzanario and Dave Molk, to commission new works for percussion solo and duo.
Nate May is a Cincinnati-based composer whose music draws on research and imagination, often treating contemporary issues of place, migration, environment, and identity with textural intricacy, rhythmic drive, and a taste for repurposed sounds. His chamber and electronic works have been commissioned, performed, and/or recorded by Adam Sliwinski (Sō Percussion/New York), Quartetto Indaco (string quartet/Milan), Patchwork Duo (saxophone and drum set/Cleveland), Brianna Matzke and Hajnal Pivnick (piano and violin/New York/Cincinnati), and Thea Rossen (percussion/Melbourne). His work has received support from the Telluride Association, ArtsWave, People’s Liberty, and the Berea College Appalachian Sound Fellowship.
Currently pursuing a D.M.A. in composition at Yale, he holds degrees from Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (M.M., Composition) and the University of Michigan (B.F.A., Jazz and Contemplative Studies), and has studied with Christopher Theofanidis, Geri Allen, Ellen Rowe, Stephen Rush, Miguel Roig-Francolí, and Michael Fiday.
Andrea Mazzariello is a composer, performer, writer, and teacher. His music thinks through the physiology of performance in terms of instrumental technique, often extended through technological intervention, and pays special attention to the treatment and setting of his own original text, spoken and sung.
He’s active as a solo performer of his own work, for a novel and evolving instrumental setup, and has presented in such diverse venues as the Knitting Factory, Cakeshop, the Queens New Music Festival, and the Wassaic Festival. Sō Percussion, Mobius Percussion, NOW Ensemble, Newspeak, the Berkshire Symphony, and many others have performed his concert music. Recordings of his work appear on New Amsterdam Records and SEAMUS.
In 2011, he completed his Ph.D. in music composition at Princeton University, writing on the vinyl resurgence and its connection to our ideas of physicality and abstraction in music analysis. He holds an M.M. from the University of Michigan and graduated from Williams College with degrees in music and english.
Coming from a rock guitar background, Dave Molk embarked on jazz performance until problems with tendonitis lifted his compositional focus to the forefront. Many of Dave's works are for small ensembles and solo instruments, although recent efforts include orchestra, black box theater, and live-remixing/DJing. He writes mainly for pitched and non-pitched percussion, combining sinuous chromaticism with an energized rhythmic propulsion, expressive timbres, and a healthy dose of glitch. Dave earned composition degrees from Middlebury, Berklee, Tufts, and Princeton Universities, and now teaches as composition staff at Georgetown University.
Many of his works can be seen performed by Sō Percussion, Duomo, Sandbox Percussion, and other percussion chamber groups with videos on Vic Firth's youtube channel.
Unlikely Collaborations (Winter of 2017/Spring 2018)
A modern artist with an impassioned eye toward the unification of contemporary art and sound, American saxophonist Nick Zoulek’s focus on collaboration, improvisation, and commissioning new works has led to a diverse portfolio of distinctive performances and artistic ventures. Working with a unique array of musicians and performers, including Wildspace Dance Company, multimedia musicians Netmoiré, and saxophonist Tommy Davis as part of Duo d’Entre-Deux, Nick’s craft has been lauded as “a delight”, and with the capacity to “[take] you to other worlds” (Milwaukee Magazine). Uniquely skilled as a bass saxophonist, the prowess and versatility Nick displays on the instrument has been praised as “[b]eautiful harmonies [singing] in contrast to mysterious knockings and hums, and finally to ungodly, soul-shattering blasts” (Shepherd Express).
We will be joining forces to work on a new video series for Brook Frederickson's newest percussion solo Museum of Patterns (2017), Nate May's duo for saxophone and percussion Fun with Teeth (2015), and work on recordings for Vic Firth's Marimba Literature Library.
Four/Ten Media and GLOBAL PREMIÈRE (Winter 2017)
It is with great excitement to work with Evan Chapman of Four/Ten Media in collaboration with GLOBAL PREMIÈRE to record Keiko Abe's The Song of Trees.
Four/Ten Media is a partnership between filmmakers/percussionists Kevin Eikenberg and Evan Chapman. Kevin and Evan's unique background as classically trained percussionists has allowed the duo to create fresh and musically authentic representations of pieces in the contemporary classical and pop worlds.
Four/Ten's client list includes internationally acclaimed artists such as The Bang on a Can All-Stars, So Percussion, David Lang, Chris Cerrone, Michael Burritt, Andy Akiho, Tristan Perich, Robert Honstein, Julia Wolfe, Contemporaneous, Third Coast Percussion, LA Percussion Quartet, Shara Nova (of My Brightest Diamond), Bryce Dessner (of The National), Pig Iron Theatre Company, Molly Joyce, and many more.
Their work has been featured by major press outlets including Alternative Press, NPR, Vic Firth, Evans Drumheads, Mental Floss, Paste Magazine, Q2 Music, and I Care if You Listen.