Music by Composers from Canada and the US
featuring NY premieres of works by
Zosha Di Castri, Daniel Kessner,
Mei-Fang Lin, Jonathan Russell
The North/South Consonance Ensemble
Max Lifchitz, conductor
Christ & St Stephen’s Church
Originally from Canada, Zosha Di Castri was educated at McGill University in Montreal and Columbia University in New York City. She was named a laureate of the 3rd International Composer’s Competition for the Hamburger Klangwerktage Festival, won two SOCAN Foundation awards for her chamber music in 2011, and in 2012, tied for the John Weinzweig Grand Prize for her orchestra piece Alba. Inspired by Alexander Calder’s mobile sculptures, Di Castri’s work La forma dello spazio borrows its title from a short story by the Italian writer Italo Calvino named “The Form of Space.” She writes that “….I wanted to create a composition in which musical gestures appear to be fairly static, yet are permitted a certain flexibility to move freely within a given space. The performers are dispersed around the hall so that their sounds will revolve around the audience.”
CaliforniaStateUniversity, Northridge for over thirty years. His many awards include the Queen Marie-José International Composition Prize in Geneva, 1972; a 2003 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award to lecture and perform at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen, Germany, a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to perform and lecture in Trondheim, Norway in 2007; and a second Specialist Grant for a residency at the Universidade do Minho in Portugal in 2011. His highly virtuosic work A Tempo, is a single-movement composition predominantly in fast tempos, and with a free, rhapsodic form. It provides the players with ample opportunity to shine as soloists.
Born in Taiwan, Mei-Fang Lin earned her doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley and also participated in the one-year computer music course “Cursus de Composition” at IRCAM in Paris. Her works have been performed internationally and have won many awards, including those from the American Composers Forum, the Seoul International Competition for Composers, the Bourges Competition, the Pierre Schaeffer Competition, the Luigi Russolo Competition, and the Taipei Composition Competition. She has been teaching at Texas Tech University since 2009. Inspiration for her L’image reconstituée came from the acoustic phenomena of sound waves and the physical nature of ocean waves. The composer writes that “….as if to simulate the ebbs and flows of the ocean, individual notes that form the generating chords of the piece each oscillates at specific given interval in its own speed, resulting in musical textures that resemble sonic ocean of waves.”
Harvard University, the San Francisco Conservatory and Princeton University. Russell is Co-Director of San Francisco’s Switchboard Music Festival and is also an active member of the Sqwonk bass clarinet quartet. His Sextet is based around a groovy bass line that began as a whimsical exercise and evolved into a dramatic, post-minimalist wide-ranging work.