tags: Alex Freeman


Friday, April 20th, 2012


We finish off the Festival with a tour-de-force of new works for large and small ensembles featuring SIGNAL, called “one of the most vital groups of its kind” by the New York Times, and led by the phenomenally astonishing conductor Brad Lubman. MATA presents the final commission of 2012: a large-scale work by Francesco Filidei, a Paris-based Italian composer who is taking Europe by storm. Also featured: the vicious, heart-stopping Viola Quartet by Eric Wubbels, David Coll’s Position,Influence for soprano and electronics based on the speeches of Charles de Gaulle, Alex Freeman’s gorgeous work for solo Kantele (the Finnish folk instrument, played by Eva Alkula, who swoops in from Finland especially for this performance);and the Spanish-based Mexican composer Ivan Orozco’s glittering, salsa-influenced work for player piano and live pianist (the inimitable Kathleen Supové).

This evening will be hosted by Q2 Music’s Nadia Sirota 


Jacob Cooper, Tryptich III: Alla stagion dei fior (2012), video

Eric Wubbels, Viola Quartet (2007)

Francesco Filidei, Ballata n.2, MATA Commission (2012) World Premiere SIGNAL Ensemble

David Coll, Position, Influence (2010), for soprano and electronics. Mellissa Hughes, voice.

Alex Freeman, Magnolia (2002), for kantele. Eva Alkula, kantele.

Ivan Ferrer-Orozco, Traces IV: Anamnesis (2009), for piano and tape. Kathleen Supove, piano.

Alex Freeman

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

photo by Aino Launis

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ALEX FREEMAN (b. 1972, Raleigh, NC) composes in a wide range of styles and media. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, Boston University’s School of Fine Arts, and the Juilliard School, where he studied with Christopher Rouse and completed his doctoral studies in 2004. His doctoral research led him to Finland, via Fulbright Fellowship, where he lived for six years, studying with Eero Hämeenniemi at The Sibelius Academy and freelancing, before he assumed his current position of Assistant Professor of Music in Composition at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Freeman has won awards from ASCAP, The American Academy of Arts and Letters, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, American Composers Forum, and The Fulbright Foundation, among others. His most recent work has been choral music composed while on sabbatical in Helsinki: some seasonal carols, commissioned by Hämäläis-Osakunta Choir, a  multi-media work for The Tapiola Choir, and a large-scale solo piano work commissioned by the Mänttä Fetival and pianist Risto-Matti Marin. For more information, please visit: www.alexfreemanmusic.com