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Composer Survival School with Lisa Bielawa

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Cornelia Street Café 2pm

MATA co-founder and recent Rome Prize recipient/MATA co-founder Lisa Bielawa leads a roundtable conversation on living, surviving, and thriving as a composer today.

Open to the public!

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Lisa Bielawa

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Lisa Bielawa, Artistic Director Emeritus

Composer/vocalist Lisa Bielawa often takes inspiration from close artistic collaborations and from literary sources. (She graduated from Yale with a summa cum laude in Literature.)

Her music explores ritual and phenomenological elements, employing instrumental forces in ways that are both dramatic and intimate in their use of time and space.

Bielawa’s The Lay of the Love and Death, based on an epic poem by Rilke, premiered at Alice Tully Hall in March 2006. Hurry, for soprano and chamber ensemble, was commissioned by Carnegie Hall and premiered in 2004 as part of Dawn Upshaw’s Perspectives series. The inaugural season of Zankel Hall included the first performance of The Right Weather (prompted by an excerpt from Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin ), by American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and Van Cliburn prize-winning pianist Andrew Armstrong.

In November, 2006 she appeared as vocalist in unfinish’d, sent at the inaugural concert of her three-year residency with Boston Modern Orchestra Project. The residency, which will yield several new works and culminate in a recording of her orchestral music, is part of Music Alive, a joint program of Meet The Composer and the American Symphony Orchestra League.

She is currently at work on a piece for migrating ensembles and soprano Susan Narucki for performance in public spaces, a multi-year project of Creative Capital, and is recording a CD of her music for the Composers Series on the Tzadik label for release in 2007.

Roam has been played by the Minnesota Orchestra (2002), ACO (2002), and the New England Conservatory Philharmonia (2003).

Other recent performances include: the String Orchestra of New York City at Merkin Concert Hall (2005, 2006) and at Weill Recital Hall (2003); the Bay Atlantic Symphony (2003); the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at the MATA Festival (2002); and the Miami String Quartet on the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center series (2001).

Bielawa has appeared as vocalist in her own work at the Seattle Symphony’s Made in America festival (2006); Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan (2000); in a music-theatre work with playwright Erik Ehn at the INFANT Festival in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia (2000); in several works as composer-in-residence at American Music Week in Sofia, Bulgaria (2000); at the 1999 Bang On A Can Festival; and at the 1998 Lincoln Center Festival and the World Financial Center Winter Garden in the Electric Ordo Virtutum. In 1997, her chamber opera Phrenic Crush (libretto by Erik Ehn) received its premiere production in San Francisco through the Haas Foundation Creative Work Fund.

Bielawa has received grants, fellowships and awards from the Alpert-Ucross Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, the Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation, ASCAP, and the Fondation Royaumont in France. She is a 2001 Copland Award recipient.

An enthusiastic advocate for new music and young composers, Bielawa serves on the Board of the American Music Center, and is Assistant Director and teaches composition through the New York Youth Symphony Making Score program. As a vocalist, she has premiered and recorded countless works by her composer colleagues.

For more information visit www.lisabielawa.net

Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Brooklyn Lyceum

Main Space, 8:00 pm

Boston Modern Orchestra Project
Flute: Sarah Brady, Rachel Braude
Oboe: Jennifer Slowik, Laura Pardee
Clarinet: Michael Norsworthy, Jan Halloran
Bassoon: Ron Haroutunian, Greg Newton
French Horn: Kenneth Pope, Justin Cohen
Trumpet: Eric Berlin, Richard Watson
Trombone: Hans Bohn, Robert Couture
Tuba: Don Rankin
Percussion: Robert Schulz, Craig McNutt, Aaron Trant
Piano: Sarah Bob, Accordian: Michael Ward-Bergeman
Violin 1: Charles Dimmick, Gabriela Diaz, Piotr Buczek, Miguel Perez-Espejo, Megumi Stohs, Katherine Winterstein
Violin 2: Krista Buckland reisner, Lois Finkel, Julia Cash, Brenda van der Merwe, Rohan Gregory, Melanie Auclair-Fortier
Viola: Joan Ellersick, Kate Vincent, Nathaniel Farny, David Feltner
Cello: Rafael PopperKeizer, David Russel, Holgen Gjoi, Nicole Carigli
Anthony D’Amico, Scot Fitzsimmons, Elizabeth Foulser

Gil Rose, conductor


Alejandro Rutty The Conscious Sleepwalker LoopsNew York Premiere
MATA commission

Ken Ueno On a Sufficient Condition for the Existence of Most Specific Hypothesis – New York Premiere
Ken Ueno, throat singer
Derek Hurst Clades – New York Premiere
(Concerto for the Firebird Ensemble)
1. Portico
2. Song (text by Goethe)
3. Play Within a Play

Firebird Ensemble:
Amy Advocat, bass clarinet
Sarah Bob, piano
Gabriella Diaz, violin
Alicia DiDonato, flute
David Russel, cello
Aaron Trant, percussion
Kate Vincent, viola

Lisa Bielawa Double Violin Concerto -New York Premiere
Colin Jacobsen and Carla Kihlstedt, violin

MATA Benefit 2007

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

September 25, 2007

Paula Cooper Gallery
521 West 21st Street, 2nd Floor

MATA Celebrates
10 Great Years and Honors
Co-Founder Phlip Glass

Jenny Lin, toy piano
Lisa Bielawa, voice
Genevieve Belleveau, voice
Carla Kihlsedt,violin and voice
Theo Bleckmann, voice and electronics
Kathy Supove, Piano
Lukas Ligeti, percussion and electronics
Annie Gosfield, keyboard and sampler
Wynne Bennett, piano
Daniel Bernard Roumain, violin
Gordon Beeferman, piano
Daniel Bermel, clarinet
Eleanor Sandresky, piano and computer playback

Julia Wolfe East Broadway for toy piano and toy boombox
Jenny Lin, toy piano

Lukas Ligeti Great Circle’s Tune for electronic percussion
Lukas Ligeti, percussion & electronics

Daniel Bernard Roumain Hip-Hop Study and Etude in F Minor
Daniel Bernard Roumain, violin
Wynne Bennett, piano

Annie Gosfield The Manufacture of Tangled Ivory, part II
Annie Gosfield, keyboard and sampler

Theo Bleckmann anteroom (excerpt)
Theo Bleckmann, voice and electronics

Gordon Beeferman new work written for occasion
Gordon Beeferman, piano


Derek Bermel Thracian Sketches for solo clarinet
Derek Bermel, clarinet

Carla Kihlstedt The Squonk & Hold My Own
Carla Kihlsedt, violin/voice
Lisa Bielawa, voice

Nick Brooke You Feel This from Tone Test
Genevieve Belleveau, voice

Eleonor Sandresky Conversation 1
Eleanor Sandresky, piano, computer playback

Lisa Bielawa Selections from Kafka Songs
Carla Kihlstedt, voice & violin

Phil Kline Near-Perfect Clarity & The Funeral of Jan Palach
Theo Bleckmann, voice
Kathy Supove, Piano

Duo Violoncellissimo

Thursday, May 13th, 2004

Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 8pm

Saint Peter’s Church

4:30-6 discussion group for festival composers

Ramon Humet Pas de deux (World Premiere)
Ann Cecil-Sterman, flute
Andrew Sterman, soprano saxophone

Chris Arrell Duo Violoncellissolo (World Premiere)
Duo Violoncellissimo
Vadim Larchikov, cello
Olga Veselina, cello
commissioned by MATA for Duo Violoncellissimo

Peter Knell Seven Last Words (New York Premiere)
Peter Stein, violin

Rolf Stein Paintings
I. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
II. Verily I say to thee, today shalt thou be with me in Paradise
III.  Woman, behold thy son! – Behold, thy mother!
IV. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
V. I thirst.
VI. It is finished
VII. Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.


Joseph Bodin de Boismortier Sonata in G sharp major. Op. 14, No. 1
Movement I
Movement II
Duo Violoncellissimo

Volodomyr Runchak Homo Ludens lll – Non-stop Music (American Premiere)
Duo Violoncellissimo

Vadim Larchikov lnter Lacrimas et Luctum American Premiere
Duo Violoncellissimo

Lisa Bielawa Wait from The Right Weather
Andrew Armstrong, piano