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New Music New Haven series features Paul Lansky Nov. 19

Series continues with works by Paul Lansky and four YSM student composers
October 28, 2015

Paul LanskyThe New Music New Haven series at the Yale School of Music continues on Thursday, November 19 at 7:30 pm, featuring the music of guest composer Paul Lansky alongside works by YSM composition students.

A pioneer in the field of computer music, Paul Lansky has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. His music has been widely performed and recorded. He has been the subject of the documentary My Cinema for the Ears,  directed by Uli Aumüller, and in 2002 was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Society for Electroacoustic Music. He serves on the faculty of Princeton University.

The student works on the program include Michael Gilbertson‘s Low Hanging Fruit, Dylan Mattingly‘s Seasickness and Being, Krists Auznieks‘s Abide, and a new work for clarinet and electronics by Liliya Ugay.

The concert takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). Admission is free.

About Paul Lansky

Born in New York City in 1944, Paul Lansky’s early musical studies were at the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan. He subsequently attended Queens College, where he studied composition with George Perle and Hugo Weisgall, and Princeton University, where he worked with Milton Babbitt, Earl Kim, and others. Originally intending to pursue a career as a French horn player, he played with the Dorian Wind Quintet in 1966-67 before going on to Princeton University for graduate studies. He has been on the faculty at Princeton since 1969, where he is now William Shubael Conant Professor of Music.

Until the mid-1990s, the bulk of Lansky’s work was in computer music, and he has long been recognized as one of the pioneers in the field. In 2002 he was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from SEAMUS (the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States) and in 2000 he was the subject of a documentary made for European Television’s ARTE network, My Cinema for the Ears. His music is well represented on recording and is played and broadcast widely. Numerous dance companies have used his music, including the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, the Eliot Feld Ballet, and the New York City Ballet. He has received awards and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim, Koussevitsky and Fromm Foundations, Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest, ASCAP and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others.

During the mid-1990s he began to turn more intensively toward the writing of instrumental music. His Three Moves for Marimba has been gaining wide recognition as one of the most challenging and rewarding pieces for this instrument. A recent percussion quartet, Threads, written for the So Percussion ensemble, has been widely performed . His trio for horn, violin and piano, Etudes and Parodies, written for William Purvis, was the winner of the 2005 International Horn Society Competition. In 2007, Bridge Records released the 11th all-Lansky CD, Etudes and Parodies (his first solo instrumental CD) that includes a recording of the horn trio with Bill Purvis, Mihae Lee ,and Curtis Macomber, as well as Semi-Suite, for solo guitar, played by David Starobin, and a string quartet, Ricercare Plus, performed by the Brentano Quartet.

Lansky’s recent instrumental music eschews attempts to break new ground, relying instead on a fresh approach toward tonality and harmony that references musical traditions of various kinds, from Machaut to Stravinsky. Having scratched the itch to be innovative for thirty years with his computer music, Lansky is now primarily focused on giving live performers rewarding experiences with his instrumental music. WEBSITE