Composition News

James Budinich

JACK Quartet recording of James Budinich's "Lines, Breaks, and White Spaces"

Monday, June 24, 2019
James writes, "The last two years I've been working on a new string quartet, Lines, Breaks, and White Spaces, with the JACK Quartet -- they've been amazing collaborators, it's been such a pleasure seeing them bring my piece to life. The recording's up now on Soundcloud, thanks to the... Read More »
"Each flows into the other"

Bryan Christian's (Ph.D. composition, 2015) new CD, "Each flows into the other," released by Irritable Hedgehog Music

Monday, June 24, 2019
Commissioned and recorded with the support of New Music USA, "Each flows into the other" is available digitally or as a 2 CD album. From the album's liner notes by ethnomusicologist Rebecca Lentjes: "Dual sound worlds flowing into and out of each other, converging and then... Read More »
Brian Ferneyhough and Eren Gümrükçüoğlu

Graduate composer Eren Gümrükçüoğlu participates in June in Buffalo conference

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Presented by the Department of Music and The Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, June in Buffalo, a festival and conference dedicated to composers, took place June 3-9 2019 at the University at Buffalo. An invited composer, Eren's Bozkir was performed by Mivos Quartet... Read More »
Dayton Kinney

Graduate composer Dayton Kinney is an invited finalist for the 15th Thailand International Composers Competition “Rapee Sagarik Composition Prize”

Monday, May 6, 2019
Kinney's piece "Hand Carved Names and Railroad Tracks" will be premiered by the Grey Matter Ensemble on August 9, 2019 at MACM hall. One winner will be awarded an honorarium of $1,500 at the conclusion of the festival and competition.  The Thailand International Composition Festival (... Read More »
Light Dances

New digital release of Stephen Jaffe's Light Dances: Chamber Concerto No. 2

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
This performance of Light Dances by the Da Capo Chamber Players (Bridge Records) gives equal measure to the composition's poetry and electrifying energy. Jaffe writes: "I love to work on chamber music intensively, I love to rethink ensembles, and I love to seek new musical ground,... Read More »
James Budinich

Graduate composer James Budinich collaborates with Pigeonwing Dance for CUNY Dance Initiative

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Known for her elegant and playful choreography, Gabrielle Lamb is the recipient of a Princess Grace Award for Choreography and recently participated in ABT’s inaugural Choreographic Incubator. In this world premiere collaboration with composer James Budinich, Lamb adapts the tensile intricacy of... Read More »
Scott Lee

Scott Lee (Ph.D. composition, 2018) appointed Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Florida (UF)

Friday, March 1, 2019
In addition to preparing for his new faculty position, Lee is currently working on a commission from the Tanglewood Music Festival for brass ensemble, to be premiered this summer at the Festival. He has also been commissioned by the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) for an... Read More »
"Small Works" and "Shifting Colors" CD covers

Graduate composers Brooks Frederickson and Amin Sharifi release new CDs

Thursday, December 20, 2018
Composer Brooks Frederickson’s debut album Small Works (New Amsterdam Records) is a snapshot of the community of collaborators Brooks lived and worked with in Brooklyn. The community includes some of the leading contemporary music interpreters of today: Ashley Bathgate (Bang on a Can All Stars... Read More »
Beauty of the Night flyer

Eren Gümrükçüoğlu's "Bozkır" for string quartet premieres at Boston New Music Initiative concert

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
"Bozkır," composed in 2016, was one of the selections of the call for scores announced by the Boston New Music Initiative (BNMI) for the 2018-19 season. The Oct. 12 program on which it premieres also features pieces by composers Caroline Shaw and Osvaldo Golijov,... Read More »
JACK Quartet by Robert Zimmerman

Mary Duke Biddle Foundation Funds Ambitious, 3-year Arts Initiative at Duke

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
"The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation and the Jenny Lillian Semans Koortbojian Trust have awarded Duke Arts with a $500,000, 3-year grant to redefine arts education in film, music, and dance." "With the support of this gift, Duke students will learn from, and collaborate with, accomplished visiting... Read More »

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