The Argus Quartet, the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence, has welcomed a new member, violist Dana Kelley, to the ensemble. “Dana is a truly dynamic performer with an inquisitive spirit, and we are deeply impressed by her musicianship and her personality,” the quartet said in a statement. “We are growing to admire her more and more every day, and it’s already clear that she’s going to put a major imprint on our quartet’s artistic voice and vision. We look forward to many years of working together, and we can’t wait to share her music-making with audiences at Yale and beyond.” Kelley joins violinists Clara Kim and Jason Issokson and cellist Joann Whang ’09MM in the quartet. MORE
[ in the press ]
The New York Times | By Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
The cellist Ashley Bathgate took her bow at Le Poisson Rouge last Tuesday after the premiere of “Ash,” an evening-long work inspired by Bach’s six suites for solo cello. Then she squinted into the dimmed nightclub and made the usual hand motion of a performer beckoning the composer to share in the applause.
But Ms. Bathgate’s gesture did not just bring out a composer: It sparked a procession of dark-clothed men in their 30s who ascended the stage and lined up, smiling, behind her like a genial security detail. The men belonged to Sleeping Giant, the composers’ collective that produced “Ash” and comprises six members: Timo Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein and Andrew Norman.
The men met as students at Yale University and dispersed to different corners of the country, each making an individual mark on the new-music scene. But for works like “Ash,” which Ms. Bathgate commissioned under the working title “Bach Unwound,” the composers come together, in gargantuan email chains and in Google Hangout sessions lasting hours, to collaborate on multi-movement pieces that seek to preserve their own voices within a common dramatic arc. MORE
[ in the press ]
The boundaries between composer and performer crumble with each passing year. Or maybe they were fictional all along.
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, eighth blackbird, one of the world’s premier new-music ensembles, performs “Hand Eye,” a six-movement work by Brooklyn-based composer collective Sleeping Giant. The concert takes place at Yale University’s Morse Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. (All six members of Sleeping Giant — Timo Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein, Andrew Norman — have ties to the Yale School of Music.)
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The Yale School of Music is honored to welcome the Grammy Award-winning chamber ensemble eighth blackbird on October 19 and 20 for a concert as well as a talk and master class.
The first event, combining a master class and talk, takes place Monday, Oct. 19 and is free and open to the public. This precedes the sextet’s performance on Tuesday, Oct. 20, which features music by the Yale alumni composer collective Sleeping Giant. Both events take place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.
Master Class & Talk
On Monday, Oct. 19, eighth blackbird will coach YSM students in two classic pieces of the chamber repertoire, Igor Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat and Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire. The master class will focus on theatrical elements such as movement, choreography, stage presence, visual communication, and other elements. MORE
[ students + alumni ]
The American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival, focusing on composers ages 40 or younger, returns to New York City this month from Oct. 15–23. The second edition of the festival includes music by Yale faculty member Hannah Lash, current YSM composition students Michael Gilbertson and Molly Joyce, and YSM graduates Andy Akiho, Christopher Cerrone, Reena Esmail, Judd Greenstein, Ted Hearne, Missy Mazzoli, and Brendon Randall-Myers.
[ concerts ]
The Oneppo Chamber Music Series at the Yale School of Music presents the new-music ensemble eighth blackbird on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:30 pm. The acclaimed eighth blackbird will perform Hand Eye, and evening-length work by composition collective Sleeping Giant.
The six pieces that comprise Hand Eye are each written by a single member of the collective: Checkered Shade by Timo Andres, South Catalina by Chris Cerrone, Conduit by Robert Honstein, Mine, Mime, Meme by Andrew Norman, By-By Huey by Ted Hearne, and Cast by Jacob Cooper.
Sleeping Giant is “rapidly gaining notice for their daring innovations, stylistic range and acute attention to instrumental nuance” (WQXR). All six members are graduates of the Yale School of Music; the collective was formed in New Haven and named for the eponymous park in Hamden. The pieces of Hand Eye were inspired by works of art in the private collection of Maxine and Stuart Frankel. MORE
[ alumni ]
Composition alumnus Christopher Cerrone has been named the winner of the Samuel Barber Rome Prize for 2015–2016. The awards were announced recently by the American Academy in Rome. The annual Rome Prize Fellowship supports advanced independent work in the arts and humanities in a unique residential community in Rome.
Cerrone, a composer, will use his time in Rome to compose new works inspired by Italian architecture, art, and acoustics. In 2014 Cerrone was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his opera Invisible Cities, which the Pulitzer jury called “A captivating opera based on a novel by Italo Calvino in which Marco Polo regales Kublai Khan with tales of fantastical cities, adapted into an imaginary sonic landscape.” MORE
[ students + alumni ]
Composer Christopher Cerrone, who was a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Music, received the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award. Leonard Bernstein’s daughter Jamie Bernstein presented the award to Cerrone at the ASCAP Foundation’s 19th Annual Awards Ceremony, which was held on December 10 in New York City. MORE
[ alumni ]
New Music USA has just awarded $311,000 to 57 projects in its second round of project grants. The recipients are “an eclectic mix of creative, provocative, and immensely talented artists [that] captures just a glimpse of the impressive efforts of artists working across the country today.
[ alumni ]
Composition graduate Christopher Cerrone ’10MMA was recently named as a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in music. John Luther Adams won the prize for his composition Become Ocean; the other finalist was John Adams, for The Gospel According to the Other Mary.
Cerrone was recognized as a finalist for his opera Invisible Cities. The citation read, “A captivating opera based on a novel by Italo Calvino in which Marco Polo regales Kublai Khan with tales of fantastical cities, adapted into an imaginary sonic landscape.” MORE