Color Theory CD release: PRISM Quartet with So Percussion, Partch Ensemble,
Derek Johnson (guitar), and Stratis Minakakis (composer and conductor). The CD features
my Skiagrafies, the first piece in the Skiagrafies Cycle, together with new works by
Steve Mackey and Ken Ueno.
Residency at Ithaca College (IC), Department of Music Theory, History, and Composition: lectures on my work and on Ligeti’s Ramifications, composition studios with IC students.
Lecture 1: “Memory and Geometry of Inner Spaces: the Crossings and Skiagrafies Cycles”.
1:05 - 2:00 pm
Lecture 2: “Cognitive Rule-mapping and Syntactical Implications in Ligeti’s Ramifications.”
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Greek Modernism and Beyond: music of Skalkottas, Christou, Xenakis, Aperghis, and Antoniou.
An outgrowth of my course on Modernisms at New England Conservatory, this concert explores the phenomenon of Modernism and its transformations in the work of seminal Greek composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. The concert will feature Skalkottas’ Ten Sketches for Strings and selections from the 32 Pieces for Solo Piano, Christou’s Six Songs of T.S. Elliott, Xenakis’ Reboads A and B, Aperghis’ Récitation 3, and Antoniou’s Celebrations VII. I will be coaching and conducting all performances.
Alea III, Boston University’s contemporary music ensemble in residence since 1980, presents its annual workshop for emerging composers. The concert features six world premieres from composers around the world. I’m very excited to be joining the musicians of ALEA III for the first time as a conductor.
Composer Franck Bedrossian, pioneer of the use of sonic saturation in music, presents a lecture-concert on his works. The concert features his breakthrough Transmission for solo bassoon and electronics, as well as Lamento for voice and electronics, and Tracès d’Ombres for string quartet. NEC alumni Chris Watford, bassoon, and Nina Guo, soprano, will be joined by the Neruda Quartet (Eva Aronian and Brian Hong, violins, Jesse Morrison, viola, and Alex Hersch, cello), NEC’s honors quartet. I will be coaching Nina and the Neruda Quartet on Lamento and Tracès d’ Ombres.