Composers Mari Kimura and Aruán Ortiz were in residence at the Pocantico Center during the month of October 2014.
The Composers Now Creative Residencies is a collaborative program between Composers Now and the Pocantico Center. Composers were nominated by partner organizations that have participated in the Composers Now Festival. Ms. Kimura was nominated by Harvestworks and Mr. Ortiz by Harlem Stage. Two additional composers—Reena Esmail, nominated by Marc Peloquin/Keyed Up Music Project, and Gregor Huebner, nominated by Dance Theatre of Harlem—were named alternates.
Each composer was in residence at the Pocantico Center for one week. Aruán Ortiz offered a presentation to an invited audience while there. Mari Kimura will perform the world premiere of the multi-media work she created while at the Center on the opening event of the February 2015 Composers Now Festival at the cell. The event at the cell takes place on Friday evening, January 30th.
Jury members: Marilyn Nonken and Henry Threadgill
Mari Kimura is widely admired as the inventor of "Subharmonics" and has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras including the Tokyo and Hamburg Symphonies. Her works for interactive computer and collaborations with IRCAM in Paris have won grants such as the Guggenheim Fellowship and Fromm Commission. In 2013, she inaugurated a new summer program as the Director of "Future Music Lab" at the Atlantic Music Festival and teaches Interactive Computer Music Performance at The Juilliard School.
Aruán Ortiz has been recognized in DownBeat Magazine as "one of the most versatile and exciting pianists of his generation." Also known as a violist, he is admired for his ability to incorporate influences from classical music, Afro-Cuban rhythms and improvisation. He has written pieces for orchestras, dance companies, chamber groups and feature films. Currently recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Award 2014, Aruán has produced the Music & Architecture monthly concert series in New York City, featuring some of the most forward-thinking, creative improvisers on the jazz scene.
Reena Esmail "creates richly melodic lines that imbue her music with the heights of lyricism balanced by winning textural clarity." (AAAL) A graduate of Juilliard and Yale School of Music and a Fulbright scholar to India, Esmail's work draws elements from both western and Hindustani (North Indian) music. She has received honors from The American Academy of Arts and Letters and ASCAP and is the Co-Artistic Director of Shastra.
Gregor Huebner is a violinist, pianist and composer of contemporary music from small ensembles to symphonic orchestras, Grammy nominated, he writes music that is accessibly sophisticated, breaking down borders in between contemporary music, jazz and world music. Among his CDs are the "Round About Bartok, Mompou and Monteverdi" series with Richie Beirach and George Mraz, his own "El Violin Latino" and "City Scapes" with the Sirius Quartet.
Marilyn Nonken is a pianist and scholar specializing in contemporary music. Her recordings include "The Spectral Piano" and "Tristan Murail: the Complete Piano Works" (Metier), "Morton Feldman: Triadic Memories" (Mode), "American Spiritual" (CRI) and "Drew Baker: Stress Position" (New Focus). In 2014, her monograph "The Spectral Piano: From Liszt, Scriabin and Debussy to the Digital Age" was published by Cambridge University Press. For fifteen years, she was Artistic Director of Ensemble 21, the New York- based contemporary music performance group, and performed with the Australian Ensemble ELISION. Currently, she is Director of Piano Studies and Associate Professor of Music at NYU's Steinhardt School.
Henry Threadgill has enjoyed a music career spanning more than forty years as composer, leader and multi-instrumentalist. He studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. He co-majored in piano and flute, along with composition.
The Pocantico Center is the venue for conferences and meetings on critical issues related to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's mission. It also serves as a community resource and offers public access through a visitation program, lectures, and cultural events, as well as support to artists and arts organizations in the greater New York City area. The RBF's stewardship of the Pocantico Historic Area includes overseeing the maintenance, care, conservation, and restoration of the historic buildings, gardens, and collections of decorative and fine art. Located 20 miles north of Manhattan in the Pocantico Historic Area, The Pocantico Center is managed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of its agreement with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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