MATA Jr. Festival: Music by Pre-College Composers with performances by Face the Music
Monday, November 16th, 2015 | 7:30 pm
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 West 37th Street | New York, NY 10018
Tickets Available At The Door!
Evan Caplinger of San Diego, CA (b.1997): Leaving (sax quartet, percussion, piano)
Daniel Saylor of Orlando, FL (b. 1997): The Discordance of Dissocation (flutes + electronics)
Michelle David of New York, NY (b. 2001): Syncopated Lullaby (quintet + percussion)
Mikael Lewis of Tallahassee, FL (b. 1997): Music of the Spheres (tenor pan, piano, 2 cellos)
Nicholas Politi of Scarsdale ,NY (b. 1998): … bends into the turn of the wind (orchestra)
Christopher Yuan of Dublin, CA (b.1999): String Quartet (string quartet)
MATA Jr. 2015 Mentors are:
Wang Lu (MATA alum 2015): A Distant World (2004)
Florent Ghys (MATA alum 2011): Concierge (2007)
Fjola Evans (MATA alum 2015): Dogged (2014/15)
About MATA Jr.
MATA has long been recognized for its broad embrace of all styles and aesthetics in modern concert music, MATA Jr. expands our efforts to support the music of pre-college composers. While there are many programs that aim to assist young composers, MATA Jr. is unique in that all parties are equal partners in collaborative learning: composers write works for their peers to perform, teen performers engage with music that is unfamiliar and/or new, mentors are themselves emerging composers.
In late 2014, MATA held an open call for submissions from pre-college composers to select several to receive mentorship and an eventual performance by Face the Music, the teen new-music ensemble based at New York City’s Kaufman Music Center. A jury consisting of Corey Dargel, Angelica Negron, Mary Kouyoumdjian, and Jenny Undercofler met in March 2015 to assess submissions, passing their recommendations on to MATA Artistic Director Du Yun. Each selected composer was paired with one of three MATA alumni mentors, who, for six months, worked to shepherd them through the development of a new composition from idea to score to rehearsal to performance.
About Face The Music
Face the Music is the only teen ensemble in the United States dedicated to the creation and performance of music by living composers. In residence at Kaufman Music Center, the 200+-member Face the Music has taken its place as a full-fledged player in New York City’s vibrant contemporary classical scene, rapidly becoming what Allan Kozinn of the New York Times has called “a force in the New York new-music world.”
Highlights of its 2014-15 season included a performance of Merlijn Twaalfhoven’s On Parole with Kronos Quartet at Zankel Hall; the first ever performance by a youth symphony of Michael Gordon’s epic Trance at Washington D.C.’s Atlas Performing Arts Center, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society as part of the Intersections Festival; the inaugural MATA Jr. Festival; world premieres of 17 new works by Face the Music member composers; a four-concert series at the Queens Museum, Firehouse Space in Williamsburg, Roulette in downtown Brooklyn and Players Theatre in the West Village; and a March 9 collaboration with the ensemble Contemporaneous featuring And Then It Rained by David Moore plus works written by Face the Music members.
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