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Matthew Reid
October 10, 2011, 12:18 pm
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Matthew Reid

B. 1972 D. 2083

Current Location: Toronto, CA

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Matthew Reid’s been making music since he was considerably small and studied classical composition with some of Canada’s most respected composers including Walter Buczynski and Lothar Klein.

For the last ten years, he’s been known for creating scores for comedic productions including the Dora Nominated “Bird Flu Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Tased and Confused”, the Canadian Comedy Award winning “Facebook of Revelations the notorious “Swiss Family Guy Robinson.” Essentially he gets to spend every night getting laughed at.

He’s also scored a handful of Bravo!FACT shorts recently including “Jesus 2.0” a song for which he also wrote the lyrics and appeared as the theatrical musical director on “Second City’s Next Comedy Legend.”

Currently he is the musical director for Second City Toronto and recently produced the medieval inspired album “Courtyards and Fairgrounds” and his single “M* F* Ping Pong” (named the best comedy music of 2008 by EYE Toronto) under the artist name “Champ Smacker.”

Always a little out of fashion, he never really found an outlet for his “serious” works, nevertheless, he continues to occasionally create music for music’s sake that makes him and a small group of people pretty happy.

He also autotuned John Cage’s 4’33”. Seriously.

Music © 2001 & 2011 Matthew Reid

Photograph © 2004 David Leyes

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Chiayu
October 3, 2011, 10:39 am
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Chiayu

Born: 1975

Current Location: Durham, NC

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 Chiayu was born in Banqiao, Taiwan. She was the winner of Lynn University international call for scores, the 2010 Sorel Organization recording grant, music+culture 2009 International Competition for Composers, the Sorel Organization’s 2nd International Composition Competition, the 7th USA International Harp Composition Competition, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Awards, the Maxfield Parrish Composition Contest, the Renée B. Fisher Foundation Composer Awards among others. Her work has been performed by the London Sinfonietta, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Nashville Symphony, the Toledo Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, the Lynn Philharmonia Orchestra, Aspen Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Ciompi Quartet, Strelitzia Trio, and Prism Quartet. She has received her Ph.D. at Duke University, Master of Music at Yale University School of Music, and Bachelor of Music at the Curtis Institute of Music. Her teachers have included Jennifer Higdon, David Loeb, Roberto Sierra, Ezra Laderman, Martin Bresnick, Anthony Kelley, Scott Lindroth, and Stephen Jaffe.

Music © 2011 Eunote Music

Photograph © 2011 Les Todd

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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Alex Freeman
September 26, 2011, 3:18 am
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Alex Freeman

Born: April 28, 1972

Current Location: Northfield, MN

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Alex Freeman 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 completed his doctoral studies in 2004. His doctoral research led him to Finland, via Fulbright Fellowship, where he lived for six years, studying 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.

For more information, please visit: www.alexfreemanmusic.com

Music © 2011 Alex Freeman

Photograph © 2011 Aino Launis

Magnolia: Eva Alkula, kantele

Blueshift: Martha Jamsa, flute;  Nina Olsen, clarinet; Hector Valdivia, violin; David Carter, cello; Matthew McCright, piano; Jay Johnson, percussion

A Coventry Carol (double choir version): Hämäläis-Osakunnan Laulajat; Esko Kallio, conductor

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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Edie Hill
September 19, 2011, 4:10 am
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Edie Hill

Born: April 14, 1962

Current Location: Minneapolis, MN

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From solo to orchestra, epigram to epic, Edie Hill’s music unfolds seamlessly in all spaces and idioms. Born in New York City (1962), her works are widely performed in the United States, Canada, Eastern and Western Europe. Venues and presenters have included Lincoln Center, LA County Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, Walker Arts Center, Cape May Festival (NJ), The Downtown Arts Festival (NYC), Liviu Cultural Center (Romania), Feszek Müvészklub (Budapest), the towns of Alkmaar, Zeist, Groningen, Zutphen, Breda and Bilthoven (The Netherlands), St. Paul’s Schubert Club, classrooms and cafes, basilicas and back yards. A three time McKnight Artist Fellow and a two-time Bush Artist Fellow, Hill has been awarded grants from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, Meet The Composer and Chamber Music America to name a few. She actively cultivates the talents of young composers and musicians as well as educating and engaging the public in the music of today. She has been a guest lecturer at such institutions as Syracuse University, the American Composers Forum, the Iowa Composers Forum Nuts N’ Bolts Festival, Tufts University, the University of Michigan and Delft University (Netherlands). Hill earned a B.A. in music composition and piano performance at Bennington College where she studied with Vivian Fine, then earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota with principle composition teacher Lloyd Ultan. She has also studied extensively with Libby Larsen. Hill is Composer-in-Residence at St. Paul’s Schubert Club where she runs the Composer Mentorship Program. She resides in Minneapolis where she works as a freelance composer.

Music & Photograph © 2011 Edie Hill

Cantus recording: Album “While You Are Alive” Copyright 2008 Cantus Recordings CTS-1208

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Jonathan Katz
June 27, 2011, 2:37 am
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Jonathan Howard Katz

Born: January 13, 1979

Current Location: Brooklyn, NY

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Recently named a Jacob K. Javits Fellow for 2011, Jonathan Howard Katz enjoys a multifaceted career as a composer, performer, and pedagogue. Having begun to emerge as a composer of distinction at the international level while pursuing a terminal degree in piano performance, Dr. Katz will enter the Ph.D. program in music composition at the CUNY Graduate Center in the fall, where he will study with Jason Eckardt.

Dr. Katz holds degrees in piano performance from Indiana University, New England Conservatory, and Northwestern University. It was during his time in the Doctor of Music program at Northwestern that he began to compose seriously for the first time since his teenage years, and recognition came almost immediately. His short piano concerto Vocalise earned a place in the semifinals of the 2009 Queen Elisabeth International Competition of Belgium, and his song cycle Talking of Michelangelo won the $10,000 Robert Helps Prize in 2010. In 2011, he received a coveted Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education, which will fully fund his composition study in New York.

As a scholar, Dr. Katz’s work with new piano music promises to be a major contribution to contemporary research. His doctoral dissertation, The Piano Repertoire Project: An Annotated Reference to Solo Piano Music by Composers Born since 1970, documents 314 works by 172 composers and sheds scholarly light on an important and rapidly evolving body of work.

Three Sketches and Talking of Michelangelo copyright 2010 and 2009 by Jonathan Howard Katz

Photo credit: USF Robert Helps Composition Competition and Festival, 2010, photo by Kyle Scharf

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J. M. Gerraughty
June 20, 2011, 2:38 am
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J. M. Gerraughty

Born: September 3, 1982

Current Location: Stony Brook, NY

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J. M. Gerraughty’s musical background began with lessons in horn at the age of nine, and with studies in conducting and composition from the age of thirteen.  Gerraughty has been recognized by his colleagues in his field, most recently with an Honorable Mention in the 2010 American Composers Forum Finale® Composition Contest.  He holds degrees from The Hartt School and the University of Oregon, and is currently pursuing his PhD at Stony Brook University.

All recordings are Copyright 2011 by J. M. Gerraughty

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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Lisa Bielawa
June 13, 2011, 2:44 am
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Lisa Bielawa

Born: September 30, 1968

Current Location: New York, NY

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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

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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Pierre Jalbert
June 6, 2011, 1:58 am
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Pierre Jalbert

Born: 1967

Current Location: Houston, TX

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Earning widespread notice for his richly colored and superbly crafted scores, Pierre Jalbert (b. 1967) has developed a musical language that is engaging, expressive, and deeply personal. Among his many honors are the Rome Prize, the BBC Masterprize, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s 2007 Stoeger Award, given biennially “in recognition of significant contributions to the chamber music repertory”, and a 2010 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Jalbert has drawn inspiration from a variety of sources, from plainchant melodies to natural phenomena. His music has been performed worldwide, with four Carnegie Hall performances of his orchestral music, including the Houston Symphony’s Carnegie Hall premiere of his orchestral work, big sky, in 2006. Other major works for orchestra include In Aeternam (2000), performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, Symphonia Sacra (2001), written for the California Symphony; Les espaces infinis (2001), written for the Albany Symphony, Chamber Symphony (2004), commissioned by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Fire and Ice (2007), commissioned for the Oakland East Bay, Marin, and Santa Rosa Symphonies through Meet the Composer Foundation’s MAGNUM OPUS Project, and Autumn Rhapsody (2008), commissioned by the Vermont Symphony. He has served as Composer-in-Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (2002-2005), California Symphony (1999-2002), and Music in the Loft in Chicago (2003).  He has also written a Marimba Concerto for marimba virtuoso Makoto Nakura (recently performed by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra) and a Horn Concerto for William Ver Meulen, principal horn of the Houston Symphony. Select commissions and performances include those of the Ying, Borromeo, Maia, Enso, Chiara, and Escher String Quartets (the Escher Quartet recently performed his Icefield Sonnets at the Louvre in Paris); violinist Midori; and the symphony orchestras of London, Budapest, Seattle, Houston, Fort Worth, Colorado, and Albany among others.

Jalbert is Professor of Music at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, and he serves as one of the artistic directors of Musiqa, a Houston-based contemporary chamber ensemble.  Current projects include works for the Emerson String Quartet, Music from Copland House, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Houston Symphony.

Music © 2011 Pierre Jalbert

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Zhou Tian
May 30, 2011, 3:07 am
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Zhou Tian

Born: December 22, 1981

Current Location: Los Angeles, CA

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Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian’s music has been performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Symphony in C, American Composers Orchestra, the Biava Quartet, the Arditti Quartet, pianist Yuja Wang and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. He has served as Composer-in-Residence with the Green Bay Symphony.

Zhou earned music degrees from both Curtis and Juilliard, is a first-prize winner of both the Washington Intl. Composers Competition and ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Competition. His teachers have included Jennifer Higdon and Christopher Rouse. His “Symphonic Suite: The Grand Canal” was performed during a nationally televised celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The work was also selected as theme music for the Zhejiang Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.

Mr. Zhou was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Composition at Colgate University, beginning Fall 2011. Highlights of his next season include performances by the Houston Symphony, the Reno Philharmonic and Curtis On Tour. Visit http://www.ZhouTian.org for more.

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Excerpt from “Rhyme” performed by Earl Lee. ©Zhou Tian (ASCAP). ©The Juilliard School.
Excerpt from “The Grand Canal” performed by The Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Guangzhou City Choir and guest soloists, conducted by Zhou Tian. ©Pacific Audio & Video, Inc.

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Theme Music composed by Sarah Horick

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David Smooke
May 15, 2011, 10:47 pm
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David Smooke

Born: 1969

Current Location: Baltimore, MD

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Composer David Smooke (b. 1969) currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches music theory, rock music history, and composition at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. The Washington Post claims that “Smooke has some of the most uninhibited brain cells around” and describes his music as “superb […] a kaleidoscopic sonic universe where anything could happen.” His honors include those from the Maryland State Arts Council, BMI, the National Association of Composers USA, the MacDowell Colony, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He has composed commissions for groups and individuals including the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), CUBE, and pianist Amy Briggs. He received an M.M. degree from the Peabody Conservatory, a B.A. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he received the Century Fellowship, the highest fellowship offered by the Humanities Division. His composition teachers have included Shulamit Ran, David Rakowski, Robert Hall Lewis, and Richard Wernick. In addition to his composition activities, David performs improvisations on toy piano with the support of Schoenhut toy pianos and also writes a weekly column for NewMusicBox, the online magazine of the American Music Center.

Music © 2011 David Smooke

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