Leila Adu

Leila Adu is a New Zealand composer of Ghanaian descent who has composed for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Brentano String Quartet, So Percussion, Gamelan Padhang Moncar and Orchestra Wellington. Based in Brooklyn, she is a currently a Princeton doctoral fellow and also teaches music to prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility as a faculty member of Musicambia – music for social change.

With a “voice like hot treacle on broken glass,” she has performed her original piano songs and improvisations alongside international artists at festivals and venues in the UK, mainland Europe, the US, Russia, Ghana and Asia. Leilahas been voted as MTV Iggy’s Artist of the Week, performed on the BBC World Service, composed, produced a short-film and documentary soundtrack with screenings on BBC Knowledge TV channel and the NZ Film Festival and performed with Luscious Jackson on ‘MTV VH1’ and ‘Late Night with David Letterman.’

She has released four acclaimed albums including, ‘Dark Joan,’ recorded by Steve Albini and ‘Ode to the Unknown Factory Worker’ produced for the Italian National Radio. London’s ‘Time Out’ called her music, ‘Avante-garde pop that recalls Nina Simone and Tim Buckley” and reviewers have placed in an arena with other female icons Joni Mitchell, PJ Harvey, Micachu, and Esperanza Spalding.

Angélica Negrón

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1981 and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. Interested in creating intricate yet simple narratives that evoke intangible moments in time, she writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”.  She was recently selected by Q2 and NPR listeners as part of “The Mix: 100 Composers Under 40” and by Flavorpill as one of the “10 Young Female Composers You Should Know”.

 

AMANDA FEERY

Hello, I'm an Irish composer, currently completing a PhD in Composition at Princeton University. I graduated from Trinity College Dublin, having completed a B.A in Music in 2006 and an M.Phil in Music and Media Technologies in 2009.  Past collaborators include Crash Ensemble, Fidelio Trio, Contempo String Quartet, Dither Quartet, Dublin Guitar Quartet, Mivos String Quartet, Orkest de Ereprijs, Quince Vocal Ensemble, Lisa Moore, Michelle O'Rourke, Cora-Venus Lunny, Zoe Conway, and Paul Roe. Over the past few years I've participated as a composer fellow at festivals and residencies including Ostrava Days Festival (Czech Republic), Soundscape Festival (Italy), Bang on a Can Summer Festival (U.S) and the International Young Composers Meeting (Netherlands).  Nice things like this and this happened too.


A lot of my musical ideas come from literaturelandscapehumour, and the mundanities and upheavals of everyday life. I'm interested in how place, folklore, and migration hold clues to the style and identity of Irish traditional music and song, in the hope of uprooting hidden histories and connections to folk music from Europe and beyond.  I also sing, play piano as often as possible, and make visual things when music ideas are few and far.  

Current and future projects include a large-scale multimedia work for vocal quartet and So Percussion based on the diary entries of Donald Crowhurst, and commissions from Ensemble Mise-en, Bearthoven, Jacquin Trio, and cellist Amanda Gookin.

Jessica Meyer

With playing that is “fierce and lyrical” and works that are “other-worldly” (The Strad) and “evocative” (NY Times), Jessica Meyer is a versatile composer and violist whose passionate musicianship radiates accessibility, generosity, and emotional clarity. As a soloist and member of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed contemporary music collective counter)induction, Jessica has premiered pieces for solo viola around the country, and is committed to expanding the repertoire for viola by championing new works while also composing her own.

Ms. Meyer’s compositions explore the wide palette of emotionally expressive colors available to each instrument while using traditional and extended techniques inspired by her varied experiences as a contemporary and period instrumentalist. Recent commissions include a work for the Nautilus Brass Quintet as the composer in residence at the 2016 Women Composers Festival of Hartford, and soprano Melissa Wimbish for her Carnegie Hall debut. Upcoming commissions include works for cellist Amanda Gookin of the Public String Quartet, flutist/dancer Zara Lawler, and NOVUS NY of Trinity Wall Street under the direction of Julian Wachner.

Her current solo show and “intriguingly vivid” debut CD, Sounds of Being, is a surround-sound sensory experience of her own compositions for viola and loop pedal where she turns her voice and viola into an orchestra to take the audience on a journey filled with joy, anxiety, closeness, anger, bliss, torment, loneliness, and passion. Performances include iconic NYC Clubs such as Joe’s Pub and SubCulture, to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, and across the pond at Sunset Sunside in Paris.

Nathalie Joachim

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Recognized for her versatile and innovative career, Nathalie Joachim has quickly become a notable staple in the international music community.  Critics hail the New York City based artist for creating “a unique blend of classical music, hip-hop, electronic programming and soulful vocals reminiscent of neo-R&B stars like Erykah Badu.” (The Wall Street Journal)  Ms. Joachim regularly combines her exceptional performance skill as a flutist with her creative talents as a composer, producer and singer, navigating genres ranging from classical and jazz to indie-rock and electronic.  She is co-founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix, known best for “redefining the flute and modernizing its sound by hauling it squarely into the world of popular music.”(MTV Iggy) Additionally, she is now the new flutist of Chicago’s three-time Grammy winning contemporary chamber ensemble, eighth blackbird.

Ms. Joachim has performed and recorded with an impressive range of today’s most exciting artists and ensembles including Miguel Zenón, Vampire Weekend, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Richard Reed Parry, Dan Deacon, Center for Contemporary Opera and The Lone Bellow. Her original compositions have been broadcast on NPR, WNYC, WQXR, Q2, J-Wave, Tokyo FM, FM Yokohama and more.  In addition, Ms. Joachim has been featured in television segments on SNL, Late Show with David Letterman, Telemundo, BK Live, and The Daily Buzz, as well as an internationally broadcast ESPN super bowl commercial.

Recently named an official Burkart Flutes & Piccolos artist, Ms. Joachim has appeared as a concert soloist both in recital and with orchestra on stages throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, where she is signed to Village Again Records.  Highlights include featured performances at the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Museum, Fukuoka Symphony Hall, National Flute Association Conventions, Gezmataz Genoa Jazz Festival, Symphony Space, Biwako Hall, Virginia Arts Festival, WNYC’s Greenespace and 92Y Tribeca among others.

Ms. Joachim is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where she studied with Carol Wincenc and Bradley Garner.  Upon graduation, she was granted the first ever Juilliard InterArts Award for independently producing and presenting exceptional interdisciplinary arts performances involving music, dance, theater and technology while pursuing her degree. She continued her graduate degree studies at The New School, where her focus was audio production and sound design.  Ms. Joachim’s graduate performance thesis, presented at BRIC House, was an evening length work entitled Moving Words featuring an original score and video.

Since then, education has continued to play a major role in her career as an active educator of students of all ages and skill levels.  Ms. Joachim is a flute faculty member at The Juilliard School’s Music Advancement Program, has coached chamber music for The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division and regularly presents as a teaching artist in both the US and Japan.  Her youth music education workshops, presented nationally with Flutronix, focus on creative collaboration and the use of traditional instruments in modern ways including improvisation, sampling, extended techniques and the integration of technology.  At the university level, she has been presented as a music career lecturer and panelist, and has led masterclasses for The Juilliard School, University of Michigan, University of the Arts, New York Flute Club, New England Conservatory, Oklahoma Flute Society, Atlanta Flute Club, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and other institutions across the country.

MORGAN KRAUSS

Morgan Krauss (b. 1985) is a composer currently living in Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Music in Composition at Columbia College Chicago in the winter of 2012. She is now continuing her studies in Music Composition as a Doctoral student at Northwestern University.

Krauss’ ambitions in her works are to produce tactile explorations based on ones physical awareness and elements of allurement. Her music is focused on the latent instability of seemingly fixed gestures where the interaction between performer and the score creates yet a third entity, often guided by improvisation and the clashing of emotional opposites.

ALLISON LOGGINS-HULL

Flutist and composer, Allison Loggins-Hull maintains an active career performing music of multiple genres. She is co-founder of the critically acclaimed urban art pop duo, Flutronix, known best for “redefining the flute and modernizing its sound by hauling it squarely into the world of popular music.”(MTV Iggy)

Allison has performed and recorded with a contrasting array of ensembles and artists like the International Contemporary Ensemble, Frank Ocean, Diplo, members of Snarky Puppy and many others. Her original compositions have been broadcast on NPR, WNYC, WQXR, Q2, J-Wave, Tokyo FM, FM Yokohama and more.  In addition, Allison has been featured in television segments on Telemundo, AriseTV, and The Daily Buzz, as well as an internationally broadcast ESPN super bowl commercial.

Named an official Burkart Flutes & Piccolos artist, she has appeared throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, where she is signed to Village Again Records.  Performance highlights include appearances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Museum, National Flute Association Conventions, the Virginia Arts Festival, and WNYC’s Greenespace among others.  

In the fall of 2015, Allison will join the flute faculty of the Juilliard School's Music Advancement Program. Ms. Loggins-Hull is a graduate of SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Tara Helen O'Connor.  She completed her masters in composition at NYU.