Argus Quartet welcomes new member

The Argus Quartet, left to right: Joann Whang, Dana Kelley, Jason Issokson, and Clara Kim

The Argus Quartet, left to right: Joann Whang, Dana Kelley, Jason Issokson, and Clara Kim

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

Published January 19, 2017
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NYT: Composers’ collectives offer creativity and challenges

Composition Collective Sleeping Giant

Composition Collective Sleeping Giant

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

Published January 17, 2016
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New Music Ensemble eighth blackbird Collaborates With Collective Sleeping Giant

Hartford Courant | Michael Hamadeighthblackbird

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.)


Published October 16, 2015
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eighth blackbird visits Yale for master class Oct. 19, concert Oct. 20


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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

Published October 14, 2015
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eighth blackbird performs music from Sleeping Giant Oct. 20

eighth-blackbirdThe 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

Published October 8, 2015
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Cellist Jaques Lee Wood to give DMA recital November 6

Jaques Lee Wood, cello

Jaques Lee Wood, cello

The presents a recital by cellist Jacques Lee Wood on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Mr. Wood’s recital is the culmination of his studies toward the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree. Esther Park will accompany on piano. LIVESTREAM

The program will begin with Beethoven‘s Seven Variations on “Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Next will be a 2010 composition by contemporary American composer  Jacob Cooper ’14DMA entitled Arches. Cooper has been lauded by The New Yorker as “a maverick electronic song composer.” The first half of the concert will end with Bach‘s Sonata in G major, BWV 1027. MORE

Published October 27, 2014
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YSM alumni among New Music USA grant recipients

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.

As in the first round of grants, the recipients include numerous alumni and faculty of the Yale School of Music, such as cellist Ashley Bathgate, composers Timo Andres and Andrew Norman. MORE

Published July 9, 2014
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A Resurgence Of Electronic Classical Music: alum Jacob Cooper on WBUR

Here & Now (WBUR)
By Qainat Khan

Electronic sounds created by machines like vocoders, synthesizers and laptops have become pretty standard in popular music, but electronic music is also having a resurgence in new works by classical composers.

Classical composers have worked with electronics since the end of World War II, but the new technologies and people’s growing familiarity with electronically-produced sounds has led to new and interesting works in the classical world.

Composers working with electronic music use a range of devices, from computers — like their pop music counterparts use — to electronic hardware like microchips, in order to produce sound.

Jacob Cooper, a Brooklyn-based composer who makes electronic music, joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to share compositions by his peers who work with electronics. MORE

Published January 2, 2014
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Music by Jacob Cooper featured in Nov. 7 recital

cooper_jacob3The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring music by Jacob Cooper on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8 pm. Lauded by The New Yorker as “a maverick electronic song composer,” Mr. Cooper’s bold compositions and multimedia works have garnered attention at renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s and Wild Up’s Brooklyn Festival. MORE

Published October 22, 2013
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Sleeping Giant Composers Collective receives Music Alive residency

The Sleeping Giant Composers Collective, which formed at the Yale School of Music, was selected to participate in the Music Alive program. The members of the collective, all YSM alumni, are Timothy Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein, and Andrew Norman. Their residency with the Albany Sympony

Five orchestras in five states were selected to participate in the 2013–14 Music Alive program, including the Albany Symphony. The residency will bring in the Sleeping Giant Collective, which consists of six YSM alumni composers: Timothy Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein, and Andrew Norman. MORE

Published June 14, 2013
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