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New Music New Haven presents new music by five Yale faculty composers Mar. 28

March 7, 2013

Featuring the works of Lang, Bresnick, Vees, Marshall and Lash

Martin Bresnick

The Yale School of Music presents a New Music New Haven concert on Thursday, March 28, 2013. The concert features new music by five faculty composers: Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Hannah Lash, Ingram Marshall, and Jack Vees.

David Lang‘s “Orpheus Over and Under,” for two pianos, is an exploration of Minimalism informed by Lang’s rock, modernist, and conceptualist influences. Dedicated to Lang’s mother, the poignant piece is about the experience of loss.

Pianist Lisa Moore will peform Martin Bresnick‘s “Ishi’s Song,” written in 2012. The piece is based on “The Maidu Doctor’s Song,” a Native American melody transcribed from a recording of a man named Ishi. Ishi was the last surviving Yahi Indian of northern California, a group that perished in the late nineteenth century.

With his Piano Trio (“Hulk Smash!”), written for three pianists on two pianos, Jack Vees offers a musical exploration of irony. The piece begins with “smashing” chords but proceeds to construct both rhythmic drive and melodic themes from the raw materials of chaos.

Ingram Marshall’s “Baghdad Blues,” for oboe and electronics, was inspired by Indonesian musical scales. The piece, which will be performed by oboist Libby Van Cleve, incorporates a melody by Munir Bashir, an Iraqi virtuoso of the Arab lute.

The concert concludes with Hannah Lash’s “Violations: The Loading Dock Project,” a 35-minute piece for three singers, two pianists, percussion, and electronics. The inspiration for the piece came from the theft of Lash’s laptop, wallet, and iPod at a music festival in 2010. The libretto explores the complex relationship between thief and victim. Lash told Harvard Magazine that the piece is about “…recognizing the intense fallibility behind what we think of as evil.”

The concert begins at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Admission is free, and no tickets are required. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

About the Featured Composers

Martin Bresnick, Charles T. Wilson Professor in the Practice of Composition, has been acclaimed for compositions in virtually every medium from chamber and symphonic music to film and computer music. He has won numerous honors including the Rome Prize, the Stoeger Prize for Chamber Music from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the first Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Aaron Copland Award for teaching from ASCAP, a Berlin Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was recently elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he has had commissions from the Kousevitzky and Fromm foundations, Chamber Music America, Meet the Composer, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He joined the Yale faculty in 1981 and is currently the coordinator of the composition department.

David Lang, Professor (adjunct) of composition, is co-founder and co-artistic director of New York’s legendary music festival Bang on a Can. His music has been performed by major musical, dance, and theatrical organizations throughout the world, including the Santa Fe Opera, the New York Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet, The Nederlands Dans Theater, and the Royal Ballet. In 2008, Lang was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for The Little Match Girl Passion, commissioned by Carnegie Hall for Paul Hillier’s vocal ensemble, Theater of Voices. He has also has been honored with the Rome Prize, the BMW Music-Theater Prize (Munich), a Kennedy Center/Friedheim Award, the Revson Fellowship with the New York Philharmonic, and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work is recorded on the Sony Classical, Teldec, BMG, Point, Chandos, Argo/Decca, Caprice, Koch, Albany, CRI and Cantaloupe labels. Born in Los Angeles in 1957, David Lang holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of Iowa, and received the D.M.A. from the Yale School of Music in 1989. He has studied with Jacob Druckman, Hans Werner Henze, and Martin Bresnick. His music is published by Red Poppy (ASCAP) and is distributed worldwide by G. Schirmer, Inc. David Lang joined the Yale faculty in 2008.

Hannah Lash, prize-winning composer, has emerged as a leading voice of her generation. In addition to numerous academic awards, she has received the ASCAP-Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a fellowship from Yaddo Artist Colony, the Naumburg Prize, the Bernard Rogers Prize, and the Bernard and Rose Sernoffsky Prize. She has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the Naumburg Foundation, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, the Orpheus Duo, the Howard Hanson Foundation, Case Western Reserve’s University Circle Wind Ensemble, MAYA, Great Noise Ensemble, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. He music has been performed at Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, the Chelsea Art Museum, Harvard University, Tanglewood Music Center, the Times Center and the Chicago Art Institute. Ms. Lash earned a bachelor’s degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, her Ph.D. from Harvard University, a performance degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music. Her primary teachers include Martin Bresnick, Bernard Rands, Julian Anderson, and Robert Morris.

Ingram Marshall, composer, studied at Columbia University and California Institute of the Arts, where he received an M.F.A., and has been a student of Indonesian gamelan music, the influence of which may be heard in the slowed-down sense of time and use of melodic repetition found in many of his pieces. In recent years he has concentrated on music combining tape and electronic processing with ensembles and soloists. His music has been performed by ensembles and orchestras such as the Theater of Voices, Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, and American Composers Orchestra. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Jack Vees, composer and electric bassist, is operations director of the Center for Studies in Music Technology. He received his M.F.A. in composition from the California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with Louis Andriessen, Vinko Globokar, and Morton Subotnik. He is active in the international arena as both a performer and a composer, having works played at sites from CBGB’s of the downtown New York scene to such festivals as the Berlin Biennale and New Music America. Many contemporary music groups like Ensemble Modern, Zeitgeist, and the California Ear Unit have commissioned pieces from him. A collection of his works entitled Surf Music Again is available on the CRI/ Emergency Music label. His opera Feynman, for solo voice and percussion, was premiered in June 2005 at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and later performed at the Knitting Factory in New York City. He is also the author of The Book on Bass Harmonics, which has become a standard reference for bassists since its publication in 1979. Mr. Vees joined Yale in 1988.

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