The future of new music comes to National Sawdust: celebrate the 10th Anniversary of American Modern Ensemble‘s 10th Annual Composition Competition by hearing its three winners: the leaders of contemporary music’s next generation.
In addition, the impressive musicians of AME curate and perform three additional works, including AME founder Robert Paterson‘s “I See You,” recounting his memories by his father’s bedside in the ICU.
– David Feurzeig’s “Lingua Franca” (2014, New York premiere) for cello and bass, five settings of “unedited texts from around the world, composed in appreciation of the range of global English expression” which are also recited by the players
– Pierce Gradone’s “The Art of Falling” (2011) for solo piano
– Texu Kim’s “Co.Ko. – un poco Loco” (2017) for solo piano, “a 10-minute musical essay in three movements, reflecting contemporary Korea, where its own traditions and Western influences mingle in a slightly crazy way”
– Aaron Mencher’s “Rise” (2016) for solo cello, evoking its title both figuratively and literally
– Robert Paterson‘s “Ouvir Estrelas” (2017, world premiere), a song setting of a poem in Portuguese by Brazilian Parnassian poet Olavo Bilac
– Robert Paterson‘s “I See You”, the New York premiere of a version for string quintet and recording of this 2016 work, inspired by a week the composer spent by his father’s bedside in the ICU.
The acclaimed string quintet SYBARITE5, the program’s guest ensemble, will perform “I See You”. Also performing are AME musicians cellist Dave Eggar and pianist Blair McMillen. Brazilian soprano Juliana Franco also performs as guest artist.
“Pessimists concerned about the future of classical music haven’t been looking in the right places…” – The New York Times
“Listening to and watching the musicians for the American Modern Ensemble is like experiencing a “perfect ten” dance team…” — Seen and Heard International