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YSM composers highlighted in Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival

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Aaron Jay Kernis

The Yale School of Music is playing a significant role in the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s American Music Festival. This year’s festival, “Songs of the Rolling Earth,” features a slew of YSM faculty, students, and alumni, including Aaron Jay Kernis, Loren Loiacono ’12 MM, composers collective Sleeping Giant, and all 13 graduate students in the YSM composition studio.

On June 11, the orchestra will perform Simple Songs by YSM composition faculty member Aaron Jay Kernis. A mystical work for soprano and chamber orchestra, Simple Songs sets the texts of famed composer Hildegard von Bingen, Japanese writer Ryokan, and Rumi. The concert will also feature the world premiere of Loren Loiacono‘s Sleeping Furiously. MORE

Published June 7, 2016
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SF Gate: Eighth Blackbird and 6 composers, working together

Composition Collective Sleeping Giant

Composition Collective Sleeping Giant

SF Gate | By Joshua Kosman

Coming into Sunday’s concert by the perennially inventive new-music ensemble Eighth Blackbird, I was a little unclear about the nature of the programming. Was “Hand Eye” — the six-part evening-length work by the composers’ collective Sleeping Giant that constitutes the entire program — a collection of individual works, or a single suite whose movements had been written individually?

The answer, it turned out, was yes.

Among the many exciting aspects of this undertaking, presented by Cal Performances in UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall, perhaps none was more striking than the formal blurriness on display. The six pieces, each running between 10 and 15 minutes, stand alone, but they also call out to each other in various ways.

Although each piece bears the name and the stylistic thumbprint of a different composer, there are obvious similarities in musical language and dramatic strategy. Thematic ideas go underground in one piece, only to resurface unexpectedly much later. And in performance, Eighth Blackbird ran the pieces together so that the end of one and the beginning of the next was never clearly marked. MORE

Published February 19, 2016
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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.)

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

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eighth blackbird

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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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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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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Yale in New York opens season at (Le) Poisson Rouge

“The Yale School of Music has established a formidable presence with its Yale in New York series at Carnegie Hall these last three seasons, mainly by presenting inventive programs of mostly new or unusual works.”
— Allan Kozinn, The New York Times, 2/10/10

On Monday, October 11, 2010 at 7:30 pm, the adventurous Yale in New York series opens its fourth season with Sleeping Giant at (Le) Poisson Rouge, the celebrated music club in Greenwich Village (158 Bleecker Street between Thompson St. and Sullivan St.). Sleeping Giant is a group of young composers, all Yale School of Music graduates:
Timo AndresTed HearneJacob CooperChristopher CerroneRobert Honstein

The composers’ works have appeared in clubs and concert halls throughout the U.S. and Europe, with performances by ensembles ranging from the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Minnesota Orchestra to New York City Opera and the JACK Quartet.

Sleeping Giant presents music that prizes vitality over a rigid aesthetic. Its fall showcase at LPR features a healthy variety of music from its composers. The world premiere of Jacob Cooper’s austere and time-bending Cello Octet is pit against Ted Hearne’s rhythmic and metallic duet for piano and percussion One of Us, One of Them. Christopher Cerrone’s strikingly visual Averno: A Fragment, set with voracity and longing to texts by Louise Glück, will be played alongside Timothy Andres’s gracious Clamber Music and Robert Honstein’s rock-inspired song-without-words Why Are You Not Answering. MORE

Published September 23, 2010
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