Jay Wadley composes score for Sundance hit “Indignation”

Jay Wadley

Jay Wadley

James Schamus’ film Indignation, which is based on Philip Roth’s 2008 novel of the same name, opens tomorrow in theaters across the United States. The film’s score was composed by Jay Wadley ’07MM ’08AD, who studied at the Yale School of Music with Martin Bresnick, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Ezra Laderman.

“He wanted something that was very classical,” Wadley said of Schamus’ direction, “and he knew that was my background.”

Reached by phone at his New York City-based composer collective/production company Found Objects, which he and fellow Yale School of Music alumnus Trevor Gureckis ’07MM started during graduate school in New Haven, Wadley said he first worked with Schamus when the latter directed “That Film About Money” and “The Second Part of That Film About Money,” two short documentaries released in 2014 as part of Morgan Spurlock’s We the Economy series. When they first met, Wadley said, he and Schamus talked about classical music and about Wadley’s experiences helping to orchestrate Rufus Wainwright’s opera Prima Donna and his song cycle All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu.

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Published July 28, 2016
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YSM contributes to grave-marking fundraiser for Helen Hagan

Helen-hagan-1Helen Eugenia Hagan was a concert pianist and composer who graduated from the Yale School of Music in 1912; she is believed to have been the School’s first African American student. She was the first black pianist to perform a solo recital at a New York venue, and, in 1919, became the only African American performer to travel to France to entertain black troops stationed there after World War I.

Yet, despite her accomplishments, Hagen is buried in an unmarked grave in New Haven’s Evergreen Cemetery. Elizabeth Foxwell, editor of  In Their Own Words: American Women in World War I, (2015), was dismayed to learn of this, and decided to launch a crowdfunding effort to mark the grave. “Reading the reviews of her performances — these rave reviews — and then you find out she’s in this unmarked grave, I was just totally shocked,” Foxwell said.

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Published April 13, 2016
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A Conjoining of Ancient Song: A World Premiere Screening

A Conjoining of Ancient Song, a new documentary by Dr. Gretchen Berland and Yale School of Music professor Willie Ruff, will receive its world premiere. The half-hour Yale documentary retraces the trajectory of a rapidly eroding form of congregational singing out of Scotland and into both African American and Native American religious song traditions.

After the screening, there will be a discussion featuring Ruff, Berland, and Yale sociologist Kai Erikson. The screening and discussion will take place Monday, April 22 at 7 pm in Battell Chapel.

Mr. Ruff’s project on congregational line singing began in 2005 at a Yale conference comparing traditions in Alabama, Kentucky, and the Gaelic-speaking Free Church Presbyterians of the Scottish Highlands. This first foray resulted in three television documentaries, a feature story for NPR’s “Morning Edition,” and a 2007 conference in Muscogee Creek Nation, Oklahoma. MORE

Published April 20, 2013
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Reflections on Bach brings together old and new in Feb. 27 concert

UPDATE: This concert was originally scheduled for February 13. It will take place Wednesday, February 27.

Graduate composers collaborate with Yale Baroque Ensemble

The Yale School of Music presents “Reflections on Bach,” a collaboration between the Yale Baroque Ensemble and graduate composers on Wednesday, February 27 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall. The concert will include new compositions as well as music by J.S. Bach.

Six up-and-coming composers – Daniel Schlosberg, Paul Kerekes, Benjamin Wallace, Balint Karosi, Stephen Feigenbaum, and William Gardiner – have each chosen a Bach piece as a model to reflect upon in music. The concert will pair the chosen Bach work with the new composition that it inspired.

The composers are all graduate students in YSM’s composition program, directed by faculty composer Martin Bresnick. The members of the Yale Baroque Ensemble are Edson Scheid and Holly Piccoli, baroque violin; Soo Jin Chung, baroque cello; and David Fung, keyboards.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble, directed by baroque violinist Robert Mealy, is a postgraduate ensemble at the Yale School of Music dedicated to the highest level of study and performance of the Baroque repertoire. Using the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments’ set of new baroque instruments, members of the Ensemble go through an intensive one-year program of study, immersing themselves in the chamber and solo repertoire from 1600 to 1785 to create idiomatic and virtuosic performances of this music.

The Yale Baroque Ensemble plays on the YCMI’s collection of new baroque string instruments made by Jason Viseltear of New York City, after del Gesù, Amati, and Testore. Bows are also from the YCMI collection, made by David Hawthorne and Christopher English after seventeenth-century and eighteenth-century originals.

Admission to the performance is free. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven. For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

Published February 4, 2013
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CANCELLED: Orion String Quartet and Windscape perform Bach’s “Art of the Fugue”

NOTE: This concert has been cancelled. We regret that we were unable to reschedule it.

Windscape. Photo by Jeffrey Hornstein.

The Yale School of Music presents The Orion String Quartet & Windscape in a performance of Bach’s complete Art of the Fugue on Tuesday, February 12 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.

The Art of the Fugue, Bach’s study of the fugue form, is as mysterious as it is extensive. Bach did not specify the musical instruments he wrote for, but Samuel Baron’s arrangement for woodwind and string quartet has been called “wistful,” “playful,” “glowing,” and “intelligent” by the New York Times.

In this concert, Bach’s complete Art of the Fugue will be performed by one of today’s most sought-after string quartets and a wind quintet that has won renown for vibrant and inventive performances. The program, which premiered at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, has been recorded on Deutsche Grammophon. The Boston Globe praises the performers as musicians with a “certain aura—that of the fabulously skilled, much sought-after… who can tackle anything.”

This concert is part of the Oneppo Chamber Music Series, directed by David Shifrin, at the Yale School of Music. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street (corner of Wall Street), New Haven.

Tickets are $25–$35, $15 with student ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit music.yale.edu or call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158. MORE

Published January 31, 2013
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