The Forge Festival presents
Wendy Richman: Viola &
with Levy Lorenzo, sound engineer
Monday, January 24, 2011, 8 p.m.
The Bushwick Starr, Brooklyn, NY (207 Starr Street; 1 block south of the Jefferson St. station on the L subway line)
*Cricket-Viol for singing violist Arlene Sierra
Pronaos for viola and electronics Hillary Zipper
Manto III for singing violist Giacinto Scelsi
*He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven for singing violist Christian Carey
Vent Nocturne for viola and electronics Kaija Saariaho
*Scelsi Frammenti for singing violist Lou Bunk
Birches for viola and pre-recorded tracks Kevin Ernste
Wendy Richman has received praise for her “absorbing,” “fresh and idiomatic” interpretations with a “brawny vitality” (The New York Times, The Washington Post). Upon hearing her interpretation of Berio’s Sequenza VI, The Baltimore Sun commented that she made “something at once dramatic and poetic out of the aggressive tremolo-like motif of the piece.” Wendy’s notable solo and chamber music appearances include the international festivals of Edinburgh, Hong Kong, and Helsinki, New York City’s Lincoln Center and Mostly Mozart Festivals, Berlin’s MaerzMusik Festival of Contemporary Music, Darmstadt International New Music Festival, the American Academy in Rome, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, and Boston’s Jordan Hall. She has recorded for Albany, BMOP/sound, Mode, Naxos, New Focus, New World, Tzadik, and more.
A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and New England Conservatory, Wendy studied viola with Sara Harmelink, Peter Slowik, Jeffrey Irvine, Carol Rodland, and Kim Kashkashian, and voice with Mary Galbraith and Marlene Rosen. She is based in Ithaca, NY, where she performs and teaches privately at Cornell University. She is a member of the viola section of the Syracuse Symphony and is a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), a collective of young musicians dedicated to reshaping the way music is heard and experienced in the United States and around the world.
Vox/Viola combines Wendy’s past vocal training and current viola career. The project involves commissions of over 20 young composers, who will write pieces for simultaneous singing and playing. Upcoming concerts include Oberlin Conservatory and Strathmore Mansion in Washington, D.C.
Levy Lorenzo is a percussionist and electronics engineer based in New York. He performs contemporary music in solo and chamber settings across the U.S. and Europe. As an engineer, he currently designs new electronic musical instruments intended for live performance. His electronics design work has been featured at the 2007 Geneva Auto Show and BBCEcuador. Levy has worked professionally as a firmware engineer and holds B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University. He also earned a M.M. degree from SUNY Stony Brook, where he is a D.M.A. candidate, studying percussion Eduardo Leandro and electronic music with Margaret Schedel. You can see and hear Levy’s work at www.levylorenzo.com.
To learn more about tonight’s composers, please visit the following websites:
Lou Bunk: www.loubunk.com
Christian Carey: www.sequenza21.com/carey
Kevin Ernste: digital.music.cornell.edu/kevinernste
Kaija Saariaho: www.petals.org/Saariaho/Saariaho.html
Giacinto Scelsi: www.therestisnoise.com/2005/11/giacinto_scelsi.html
Arlene Sierra: www.arlenesierra.com
Hillary Zipper: www.hgnm.org/HGNM/Zipper.html
The Forge: www.theforgenow.com