No Extra Notes

Lisa Bielawa
June 13, 2011, 2:44 am
Filed under: Composers


Lisa Bielawa

Born: September 30, 1968

Current Location: New York, NY



Born in San Francisco into a musical family, Lisa Bielawa is co-founder of the MATA Festival, vocalist of the Philip Glass Ensemble, a 2009-10 Rome Prize winner, was Composer-in-Residence of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project from 2006-2009, and was a Radcliffe Institute Fellow from 2007-2008.

On June 20 Ms. Bielawa’s upcoming world premiere, Tempelhof Etude, the first musical chapter of a project that will culminate in Tempelhof Broadcast, will be performed by The Knights, presented by Naumburg Orchestral Concerts outdoors at the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park. Tempelhof Broadcast is a 60-minute piece for more than 600 musicians on the tarmac of the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. On several days in September 2012, Bielawa will turn the abandoned runways into a vast musical canvas, as professional, amateur and student musicians execute a spatialized symphony.

Bielawa explains how the Etude functions, “In this Etude, I begin to explore some of the ways that musical material can unfold according to simply-defined ‘tasks’ – ways to make musical experiences unfold organically, according to mnemonics, rules and games.” Tempelhof Etude was commissioned for The Knights by Susan Bloom and Eddie Jacobsen.

Music © 2011 Lisa Biewlawa

Chance Encounter – The Knights with soprano Susan Narucki

Graffiti dell’amante – Commissioned by Market Square Concerts; for string quartet Brooklyn Rider with composer as vocal soloist

Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of No Extra Notes

Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

Podcast © 2011 No Extra Notes


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