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Composer Ryan Vigil presents two extended works in January 21 recital

January 13, 2010

vigil_ryan2The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring the composer Ryan Vigil on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The recital will focus on two extended chamber works: one untitled piece for alto flute and percussion, and an untitled work for violin and piano. The performers include three graduates of the Yale School of Music: violinist Lauren Basney (familiar to audiences from her performances with the Alianza String Quartet), flutist Kelli Kathman, and pianist David Hyun-su Kim. They will be joined by Hartford-based percussionist Bill Solomon.

In the first piece, which occupies the first half of the concert, the flute and percussion parts operate independently. Vigil writes that this reflects the “situation in which we find ourselves most of the time: proceeding according to our own sense of time, and not actively coordinating with those around us.” The piece uses rhythmic flexibility to allow the sound – tone quality, dynamics, articulation ­­– to come to the forefront.

The work for violin and piano is new, completed this fall; Vigil wrote it specifically for these performers, Lauren Basney and David Hyun-su Kim. Vigil writes that the idea of repetition “runs throughout the composition.” Contrasts of repetition and rhythmic independence create “an environment in which the listener is given fresh opportunities to hear the same sounds in new ways.”

Admission to the recital is free. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the composer

Active as a composer, conductor, pianist, theorist, and teacher, Ryan Vigil has been a visible presence in new music communities throughout the Northeast for well over a decade. Ryan has been credited with creating a “sound world all his own.” He has been composing since he was six years old and holds degrees from Yale University, Tufts University, and the Manhattan School of Music. His music, ranging from solo compositions to orchestral works, has been performed on three continents and has been recorded by the Millenium Symphony, Colby College Chorale, and John McDonald, amongst others. Commissions have come from guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan, organist Kendall Crilly, and Paul Machlin and the Colby College Chorale. Ryan’s music has been performed in venues such as Jordan Hall, Merkin Hall, MassMoCA, and the Zeitgeist Gallery, and at numerous festivals including the Oregon Bach Festival, Music05 (Cincinnati), and June in Buffalo. Concerts devoted exclusively to his work have been presented on numerous campuses, including the University of Hartford, University of New Hampshire, Tufts, Yale, Colby, and Connecticut College. As a pianist, Ryan has given numerous solo and collaborative recitals. He has also worked extensively as a choral accompanist and assistant conductor with numerous choirs throughout the region. Ryan’s work as a scholar centers on American experimental music, with a special emphasis on the music of John Cage and Morton Feldman. His research has led to recent publications in Perspectives of New Music and American Music. Having recently completed a two-year engagement as the Faculty Fellow in Music at Colby College, Ryan is currently a Lecturer in Music at Connecticut College.

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