Hi Everyone! Two months have flown by since my last newsletter and I have so much to share with you!
A world premiere this Saturday 4/13, my return to New Music Delaware as a guest artist, a sold-out Pierrot concert (in the pouring rain!), Polaris Piano Trio performances, and the first WoCo (women composers) festival in DC!
This Saturday April 13 at 8pm is the world premiere of Armando Bayolo’s Los Caprichos performed by Great Noise Ensemble. This chamber work is based on a set of prints by Francisco Goya published in 1799 that criticized, commented on and often poked fun of the “civilized” 18th-century Spanish society. Armando’s piece has a little bit of everything, including some very unconventional instruments, and a few familiar tunes.
I’m thrilled to be returning as a guest artist to New Music Delaware next month! This concert celebrates the music of composer Daniel Dorff. I will be performing The Seven Chakras with saxophonist Todd Groves on Sunday, May 5th at 8pm.
It was a whirlwind two months learning and rehearsing Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the great musicians from Balance Campaign, plus guests conductor William Kenlon and soprano Hilary Park. We played to a full house at Baltimore’s beautiful and historic Peabody Library for their In the Stacks series.
Polaris Piano Trio recently performed at the Arts Club of Washington! We’re having a blast learning David Baker’s "Dance in Congo Square" with its infectious Calypso tune. Hear it live during our April and May concerts in a variety of venues near DC!
I attended the WoCo Launch Festival in March. This amazing festival brought together women performers and composers and featured fantastic panel discussions, concerts, and a chance to meet new music performers, composers and fans. I also ran into my friend and colleague, soprano Shari Feldman.
I wish you all a wonderful springtime season, and hope to catch up with you at one of my upcoming concerts or just out and about!
NEW MUSIC, NEW WEBSITE, & MORE!
Lots of exciting things have been happening and I'm thrilled to share them with you!
I totally redesigned my website, and I'd love for you to check it out! The new website focuses on what's important to me as a musician - live performance, playing music I love and that inspires me, and playing and commissioning new music.
I just joined the Polaris Piano Trio with violinist Laura Kobayashi and cellist Kenneth Law, and our first concert is this Friday February 15th at the Arts Club of Washington! This is my first time being a member of a small ensemble, and it's awesome. Polaris is committed to performing works by women and composers of African descent, so chances are, if you come to one of our concerts, you're going to hear something you haven't heard before!
February 16th I'm back with Great Noise Ensemble for the 2nd in their 4-part series Four Freedoms. The theme is Freedom to Worship, and the concert features music by Armando Bayolo, Carlos Carrillo, David Lang, and Peri Mauer. GNE is in a new residency at Westmoreland Congregational UCC in Bethesda, MD.
March 21st I'm performing Pierrot Lunaire Op.21 by Arnold Schoenberg as a guest artist with Balance Campaign, the current ensemble-in-residence with the DC New Music Coalition. If you've ever taken a 20th-century music history course, or just like listening to weird German atonal music from 100 years ago, you've probably heard this piece before. This concert is part of the Peabody "In the Stacks" series in Baltimore, MD.
So what is "new music" anyway? New music is a term being used now to describe music written by today's composers, often schooled in the classical tradition yet not bound by conventional limitations of style, genre or expectations. It can resemble more traditional classical music, or can be a wild mix of different sounds and unorthodox instruments combined in ways you haven't heard before. It's flexible.
I hope this letter finds you well, and that I can catch up with you at one of my upcoming concerts or just out and about! You can read about these concerts and more on my website!
Thanks and Happy February!