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March 2021 Newsletter
|Louis Goldford (MM ’14) Pandemic Presentations and Future Plans
Louis Goldford (MM 2014) presented Assisted Orchestration, Spatialization, and Workflow in Two Recent Compositions to the IRCAM Forum Workshops Hors les Murs in Montreal, where he also served on a panel discussion of recent and developing compositional techniques alongside fellow composers Pierre Michaud, Christopher Trapani, Christopher Chandler, and Taylor Brook. In February, Louis also gave a virtual composition colloquium as a guest of the Harvard Group for New Music, which included Chaya Czernowin, Hans Tutschku, Vijay Iyer, and the composers of the graduate program at Harvard University. Recently Louis also served as an adjudicator for the Follow My Score #fms20 campaign, having joined the Score Follower team. Louis also joined the ACTOR Project (Analysis, Creation, and Teaching of Orchestration). His work Giffen Good (2014) was released on David Whitwell’s latest album OK Trombone. This spring and summer, Louis will premiere new works for Wet Ink and Ensemble Linea, with plans to return to the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD) and the Voix Nouvelles Academy at Royaumont Abbey. Louis’ music is now published by BabelScores and available online.
|Ryn Jorgensen (BM ’20) Scores New Film Aired on HBO
Black Boy Joy, a short film scored by Ryn Jorgensen, aired on HBO on February 2nd and is now available to stream on HBO Max. The short film was produced as part of Project Involve, a collaboration between Indiana University composers and Film Independent. In the film team’s own words, the film tells the story of ‘three generations of Black men struggling to juggle the demands of raising a young son with autism while adapting to their new normal after the death of a loved one’.
|Chicago Premiere of Matt Recio’s (DM ’19, MM ’16) “Puppy Episode” and New Residency with West Edge Opera
Chicago Opera Theater will be presenting the concert version of Matthew Recio’s and pulitzer-prize winning librettist, Royce Vavrek’s new opera “The Puppy Episode” sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon foundation conducted by Kedrick Armstrong , directed by Jerre Dye, and dramaturgy by IU alum and resident dramaturg with Houston Grand Opera, Jeremy Johnson. This will take place on Saturday, March 20th at 7:30pm with 24 hour streaming, tickets for the opera can be purchased at this link. Recio was also picked as a resident artist for West Edge opera’sAperture program with librettist Stephanie Fleischmann for their new opera “L’autre Moi”. Supporters can tune in for weekly digital magazines for an in-depth look on the opera development process and a look into Matthew and Stephanie’s work.
|Two Premieres for KiMani Bridges’s in February
KiMani Bridges, a freshman BM student in composition, has had two of her works premiered this past February. The Flower, a quartet for flute, violin, viola, and percussion, was premiered by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra on February 11th as part of a concert series premiering the works of the Luna Composition Lab 2019-20 fellows. The Flower, is a four movement piece telling the story of the life of a flower, starting with the seed being planted into the ground, the seed beginning to grow, a storm, and ending with the bloom and death of the flower. The piece has also been awarded the 2020 G. Schirmer Prize. Performance of The Flower can be found on the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s YouTube page and the Kaufman Music Center’s website.MidNight, a solo clarinet piece, was premiered by clarinetist Michelle Hromin on February 15th as part of Musaics of the Bay’s Stay-at-Home Symposium. MidNight was inspired by Susana Aldanodo’s painting entitled Special; the piece is designed to be a complement to Aldanodo’s painting, moving you through the painting as you are looking at the painting. Performance of MidNight can be found on Musaics of the Bays’s website and YouTube page.
|Hippocrates Cheng to Premiere Episode 2, “Detune,” of his Virtual Pandemic Opera In The Midst of 《在……之中》
Hippocrates Cheng, a second year doctoral student in music composition, will direct, compose for and produce episode 2 of his virtual pandemic opera “In The Midst Of…” 《在……之中》in March. Coined by Hippocrates Cheng, pandemic opera is a new format of opera due to the pandemic that began in 2019 which will be presented online without geographical and time constraints. It is a multimedia work that takes inspirations from different poems written by outstanding poets from Hong Kong and worldwide. The theme and artistic presentation of the opera are related to masks, the pandemic and future possibilities. The opera will be premiered in episodes. Each episode will be presented in a different visual-aesthetic. The music is written for voices (Western opera, Cantonese opera, overtone singing and more), chamber ensemble (Western instruments, Chinese instruments, and more), and electronics (poets’ voice). The opera is in Cantonese, Mandarin and English. Watch Episode 1: “Calling…” here.
|Daniel Cueto’s Solo Flute Piece named “Required Work” in Colorado Competition
DM student Daniel Cueto’s solo flute piece, Tuhuayo, has been named the “required work” for all participants in the “Pre-Collegiate” (most advanced) category of the Colorado Flute Association´s Annual K-12 Honors Flute Competition, which will take place in May of this year.
|Ben Rieke Wins First Prize in the Tribeca New Music 2021 Young Composer Competition, Division 2
Ben Rieke has won the Tribeca New Music 2021 Young Composer Competition, Division 2, for ages 21 and under with his piece, S Is for string quartet. As the First Prize recipient of the 2021 Young Composer Competition, Division 2, Ben will receive a $1,000 award, and his string quartet will be performed on the Tribeca New Music 2021 Festival in NYC, date TBA.In addition, IU undergraduates Daniel Nieberg, Ari Schwartz, and Alex Tedrow received Emerging Composer Awards, and Doctoral student Ben Yee-Paulson and alum Leigha Amick also received Merit Awards in the Division I contest.
(* Starred events are REQUIRED for IU composition students)
* Student Composition Recital
Tuesday, March 9 | 7PM EST | Recital Hall [Livestream]
* Student Composition Recital
Tuesday, March 23 | 8PM EST | Auer Hall [Livestream]
* SENIOR RECITAL – Chase Fox
Wednesday, March 31 | 5PM EST | Recital Hall [Livestream]
* Composers Forum – Tyshawn Sorey
Wednesday, March 31 | 4:55PM EST | Zoom