Post-Cortona Premieres Recital and Tour
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As Kathryn, Claire, and Magnus worked together in Italy at the 2018 Cortona Sessions for New Music, they discussed collaborating together and with the composers they had met. Rather than leaving their plans in Italy, they started planning this project the week they returned to the states. In addition to commissioning some of the composition fellows they had met at the Cortona Sessions, they wanted to connect with some past fellows. They designed the Post-Cortona Premieres project as a way to connect and collaborate closely with fellows, aid young composers through commissions, performances, and recordings, and continue to grow the contemporary music repertoire for their instrumentation.
Oasi is currently working with 5 composers to commission 6 new works. Just like the members of Oasi, the composers are alumni of the Cortona Sessions for New Music. These pieces will be trios, duos, and solos for any combination of clarinet, violin, and piano. The Premieres Recital will take place in New York City on September 7, 2019.
The composers are Will Healy, Clark Hubbard, Paul Hwang, Chelsea Komschlies, and Diana M Rodriguez. Scroll down to learn more about them!
Following the Premieres Recital in New York City, Oasi will take the program on the road. They will visit Chicago, Ann Arbor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Houston, Austin, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. Check out the events page for more details.
Who are the composers?
Chelsea Komschlies (b. 1991, Appleton, WI), whose music has been said to possess an “ingratiating allure” (San Diego Story), recently completed a post-graduate Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was awarded The Alfredo Casella Award for composition. At Curtis she studied with Richard Danielpour and David Ludwig. Chelsea received her Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studied with Daniel Kellogg and Carter Pann and received the Thurston Manning Composition Award and Cecil Effinger Fellowship in Composition. Chelsea, who grew up creating and loving all sorts of visual art, often uses real or imagined images as inspiration for her works, and listeners frequently say her music has strong visual qualities. One of her goals is that listeners make deep, instinctual associations with her music, be they emotional, visual, or otherwise abstract.
Clark Hubbard is an American percussionist, composer, and artist whose work draws from his backgrounds in classical, contemporary, jazz, minimalist, rock, and art-pop music.
A frequent collaborator and advocate for new music, Clark has been involved in over a dozen premieres of new works by other composers and has performed across the globe from Colombia to Denmark.
In 2018, Clark was a composition fellow at the Cortona Sessions for New Music where he won the Iron Composer competition with his pieces “Love” and “No Wine For You,” and won the Duo Cortona composition competition with his piece “Run.” Clark has released recordings for several of his works for chamber groups and soloists as well as a handful of electronic music albums.
Diana M Rodriguez
Diana M Rodriguez is a Colombian composer based in New York City. Erik Drescher, ICE, Berrow Duo, the Ludovico Ensemble, the Ecce Ensemble, Duo Opicaté, and Boston Musica Viva have played her music on the East Coast of the US and Europe. She holds a BM in Composition from New World School of the Arts, and MM in Composition from the Boston Conservatory. Her primary teachers include Susan Epstein-Garcia, Marti Epstein, Dalit Warshaw, and Curtis K. Hughes, with additional studies under David Rakowski, Melinda Wagner, Philippe Leroux, Stefano Gervasoni, Liza Lim, Sabrina Schroeder, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, George Lewis, and Franck Bedrossian. Currently, she is working toward a DMA in Composition at Columbia University.
Paul Hwang (b. 1993) is a Los Angeles-based composer whose recent work has been influenced by an interest in process and memory and a love of early music. He is a recent graduate of Cornell University where he was awarded the Ellen Gussman Adelson Prize for musical excellence. He has also studied with Conrad Cummings through the Juilliard School's Evening Division, where he served as an assistant to Derek Bermel.
As a composer, he has studied with Amit Gilutz, Steven Stucky, Kevin Ernste, and Roberto Sierra, and has participated in masterclasses with teachers such as Christopher Theofanidis and Walter Zimmermann. He has attended the highSCORE Festival (Italy) and the composition program at the European American Musical Alliance (France), and has had his work performed and read internationally by artists such as the Attacca Quartet, Ne(x)tworks, guitarist Flavio Virzì, Quartetto Indaco and percussionists Michael Compitello and Eric Beach. In 2013, he was a finalist for the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.
Will Healy is a composer and pianist based in New York. Noted for his "lushly bluesy" sound and "adroitly blended... textures" (New York Times), he is the artistic director of ShoutHouse, a collective of hip-hop, jazz, and classical musicians. After his time playing trumpet in an Afrobeat band, he grew interested in collaborating with performers from many corners of the New York music scene. He is also an accomplished pianist specializing in Bach, with a repertoire that includes the complete Goldberg Variations. Recent awards include a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, a 2017 JFund commission, and prizes in the Juilliard and Kaleidoscope Orchestra Composition Competitions. Healy was the recipient of the Richard Rodgers Scholarship at The Juilliard School, where he studied with John Corigliano, Steven Stucky, and Samuel Adler.
How can I help?
Oasi is currently running a crowdfunding campaign through May 31, 2019. Donations will directly support the composers’ commissioning fees and tour performance costs.
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