tags: Fjóla Evans

Bearthoven Buckshot

Friday, April 17th, 2015


The eccentrically-named trio of piano, percussion, and bass known as Bearthoven takes the stage with a widely-varied program of new music that challenges the notion that the instrumentation makes the music. The evening begins with the flourescences and electronics of Jonathan Nangle’s lambent untitled (after Dan Flavin) and continues with the improvisational talents of Amanda Schoof as she joins Bearthoven for her graphic score, Intimate Addictions. David Alan Broome’s atomistic Ominousty scatters glitches from Billy Joel’s “Honesty” into millions of pieces, while Fjóla Evans’s Shoaling rumbles in murmuring and growing streams. MATA’s own Du Yun performs a new work with bass, and the evening concludes with the UK’s Adam de la Cour’s MATA-commissioned Corporate Talent Factor’s Next Top Idol! a talent competition, the likes of which has never been seen on these shores.

Amanda Schoofs (USA): Intimate Addictions (2014), NYP
Fjóla Evans (Canada/ Iceland): Shoaling (2014)
David Alan Broome (USA): Ominousty (2014)
Jonathan Nangle (UK): untitled (after Dan Flavin) (2013), AP
Du Yun (China/USA): The Man Who Swallowed A Snake (2015), WP
Adam de la Cour (UK): Corporate Talent Factor’s Next Top Idol! (2015), WP – Festival Commission

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Fjóla Evans

Friday, February 27th, 2015


Fjóla Evans, a composer and cellist originally from Reykjavík, Iceland, writes both electronic and acoustic music. Her works are informed by her cello performance practice, using structures where timbral hierarchy dictates the musical development. Commissions and performances have come from ensembles such as the the JACK Quartet, Bearthoven trio, and the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble. Upcoming projects include commissions from assistant-principal cellist of the Winnipeg Symphony Leana Rutt, Architek Percussion Quartet, and an evening length work for cello and electronics based on Icelandic folk song supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. As a performer, she has collaborated with ensembles such as Hotel Elefant, Lydia Ainsworth, and the Brooklyn-based ambient project Bing & Ruth. A graduate of McGill University where she studied with cellist Matt Haimovitz, Fjóla recently completed her master’s degree in composition with Prof. Julia Wolfe at NYU Steinhardt. In 2014 Fjóla was the grand-prize winner of GroundSwell’s Emerging Canadian Composers Competition, and collaborated with instrument maker Merche Blasco on a piece for three sopranos and theremin orchestra. She has participated in the Bang on a Can contemporary music festival in Massachusetts, both as a composer and as a cellist.