Strange Yet Familiar Sounds: New Article on String Quartet No. 1

Landon Morrison, PhD, Lecturer in the Department of Music Theory at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, has recently published a new paper on Zosha’s String Quartet No. 1. The paper examines the quartet, showcasing how it contains a diverse mix of stylistic impulses within its relatively compact form.

Listen to Zosha’s string quartet here, and catch upcoming performances of the work here.

SKETCHING MAPS: DECIPHERING CANADA'S NEW MUSIC SCENE

A new essay from Zosha, "Sketching Maps: Deciphering Canada's New Music Scene," is now published online. Written in fall 2017, the piece was commissioned by Music on Main for the ISCM World New Music Days in Vancouver (November 2-8, 2017). Zosha uses a "visually exploded, experimental patchwork cartography inspired by some of my own compositional techniques" to offer her insight on Canadian new music culture.

BANFF SUMMER MUSIC SERIES 2018

Zosha will join the Banff Centre in Alberta as a featured composer in the 2018 Summer Music Series from July 16-20, 2018.

US-Canada-Japan Encounters in Music

Zosha has been invited, along with American composer Anthony Cheung, and ten members of the Music Critics Association of North America to Japan for a series of concerts and educational events in Tokyo and Fukushima.

On July 7, 2018, in Tokyo, the Tokyo Sinfonietta will present a concert featuring Zosha's Cortège.

More info: www.musicfromjapan.org

 

Columbia Institute for Ideas and Imagination

Columbia’s Institute for Ideas and Imagination has announced its first cohort of fellows, a group of 16 preeminent scholars, writers, and artists from around the world, including Zosha, who are being brought together for year-long residencies at Reid Hall in Paris. Reid Hall is the home of Columbia Global Centers | Paris. Zosha will begin her residency in September 2018. She will be working on a new piece for the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and on a collaboration with the Ensemble Cairn.

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger said: “The Institute for Ideas and Imagination, led by our eminent colleague Mark Mazower, is an experiment in how to take account of the phenomena of globalization and other modern changes in the world in determining the overall framework of the pursuit of knowledge. This goes beyond the attempt to be more inter-disciplinary, important as that is. It goes to how we think and to what we think is important. The quality of the opening group of fellows gives us enormous hope that this experiment will prove to be seminal.”

Dr. Paul LeClerc, Director of Columbia Global Centers | Paris, who along with Professor Mazower guided the Institute’s development, said: “By siting the Institute at Reid Hall, the Columbia Global Center in Paris, and by attracting to it some of the world's brightest and most creative people, the University demonstrates yet again its embrace of scholarship and creation from around the globe. This shows how Columbia is a leading global, and globally relevant, University.

PROVOST'S GRANT | COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

Zosha was an awardee of the 2017 Provost's Grant Program for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of Columbia University. The grant supports Zosha's project to produce a contemporary chamber music album composed, conducted, and performed by women.

The Provost’s Grant provides awards, of up to $25,000 each, to support new or ongoing research and scholarship, seed funding for innovative research for which external funding would be difficult to obtain, and curricular development projects. 

LENFEST JUNIOR FACULTY GRANT

Zosha received the 2017 Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grant from Columbia University to document and promote her interdisciplinary Phonobellow in a gallery setting. 

FOR THE DAUGHTERS OF HARLEM: WORKING WITH SOUND

Zosha, alongside Professor Ellie Hisama, was awarded a 2017 seed grant through the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research (CAETR) for the project For the Daughters of Harlem: Working With Sound. The project will offer opportunities at Columbia for girls and young women of color to engage with music--as composers, improvisers, sound artists, and thinkers--under the guidance of faculty, graduate students, and invited session leaders.

The Collaborative was launched at the White House on November 13, 2015 at the conference “Advancing Equity for Women and Girls of Color: A Research Agenda for the Next Decade.” It is is a national coalition of institutions in the United States committed to taking meaningful action to support and improve research addressing the lives of women and girls of color.

YARN/WIRE SUMMER 2018

Zosha will join the faculty of Yarn/Wire Summer 2018 Institute, working with students in  private lessons, master classes, and seminar-style classes investigating contemporary trends and techniques.

ILLUMINATIONS: BRIAN CHERNEY at 75

Come join us at McGill University to celebrate the work of Canadian composer Brian Cherney, via conference presentations and concerts of his fantastic music, Oct.27-28. I will be giving a paper on his piano music with the assistance of pianist Julia Den Boer.

BROWN UNIVERSITY

I'll be giving a guest lecture to the composers at Brown University on Oct.13th at 1pm, thanks to an invitation from my good friend Lu Wang. Looking forward to meeting their musical community!

EKMELES BLOG POST

Nice blog posts by Steven Hrycelak (bass), and Steven Bradshaw (tenor), on my piece The Animal After Whom Other Animals Are Named. It's always interesting hearing an analysis from the performer's perspective. Lots of other interesting posts here as well...

http://ekmeles.com/wp/

 

Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress

I am very honored to be one of the five composers to receive a Koussevitzky Commission this year from the Library of Congress. I will be using this opportunity to develop a new work for ICE +  conducting percussionist Steve Schick. Congratulations also to Amy Williams, Felipe Lara, David Fulmer, and Alexandre Lunsqui. 

String Quartet No.1 receives 10 premieres at the BISQC!

10 stunning groups gave the world premiere to String Quartet No.1 at the Banff International String Quartet Competition. The Tesla Quartet was awarded the Canadian Commission round, with the Rolston Quartet taking the grand prize. Congratulations to all the groups involved and special thanks to the CBC, the Banff Centre, and the Americas Society for supporting the creation of this work. (link to review in the Calgary Herald)