February 27th, 2014
Penelope has been added to the lineup of the intriguing new post-classical festival Apples & Olives, the brainchild of Swiss musical and cultural entrepreneur Etienne Abelin. The inaugural A&O festival will take place May 22-24, 2014, and will feature work by A&O Vocal Ensemble, Nik Bärtsch, Jannik Giger, Judd Greenstein, Konomichi, Sarah Neufeld (Arcade Fire), Nexus Quintet, NOW Ensemble, Gabriel Prokofiev, Caroline Shaw, Yband, and more.
Shara Worden, fresh off her Penelope performance with the Residentie Orkest of The Hague, will perform the work with members of NOW Ensemble and other instrumentalists featured at the Festival.
February 5th, 2014
Thrilled that Roomful of Teeth has been awarded the GRAMMY for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance!
A piece of mine, “The Orchard” (text by Nathaniel Bellows) — commissioned by Roomful of Teeth as part of a residency I did with them at MASS MoCA in 2011 — is featured on the album, which was released on New Amsterdam. Congrats to Brad Wells and the Teeth!
January 30th, 2014
I’m delighted to have been commissioned to write a 25 minute work for the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra for their ’14-15 season. North Carolina is a place of strong emotional resonance for me, as my father was born and raised there, and I spent a lot of time there growing up. I’m honored to be a part of the NSCO’s visionary new programming by Martin Sher, Amy Kolling Russell, and Grant Llewellyn, a season which will also feature works by (living!) composers Timo Andres, Mason Bates, Derek Bermel, Judd Greenstein, and Jorg Widmann.
December 30th, 2013
The Wall Street Journal’s Corinne Ramey recently wrote an article focusing on New Amsterdam’s past year and first inaugural benefit. In addition to noting our recovery from Hurricane Sandy, Ramey highlighted the handful of recent GRAMMY nominations for albums released on New Amsterdam as well as this year’s Pulitzer Prize for music, which was awarded to Caroline Shaw for her Partita, recorded on New Amsterdam.
To read the full article, click HERE.
October 30th, 2013
Reviews are in for the Twin Cities world premiere of Psalm of the Soil, commissioned by premiere men’s vocal ensemble Cantus for their program entitled “A Place For Us.” Psalm of the Soil sets a newly-composed poem by New York writer Nathaniel Bellows. The Star Tribune writes: ““Psalm of the Soil,” by Sarah Kirkland Snider, was commissioned especially for this concert. Rooted in folk music but full of complex harmonies, it effectively evoked the emotional complexity of the immigrant experience.” The Pioneer Press/Twin Cities.com writes: “Speaking of haunting, that’s a specialty of composer Sarah Kirkland Snider, who folds classical and pop together in her work. Cantus commissioned a new work from her, and “Psalm of the Soil” is less layered than is customary for Snider, but its starkness was striking.” Cantus will perform the work at concerts throughout the Northeast in the spring; check the Events page for listings!
July 15th, 2013
The live recording of the preview of UNREMEMBERED from the Ecstatic Music Festival performance of February 6, 2013, has been newly mixed and edited! It was just featured on WNYC’s New Sounds with the inimitable John Schaefer. You can listen to the show here.
UNREMEMBERED is my new large-scale song cycle for seven voices and chamber orchestra, featuring vocalists Padma Newsome (Clogs), D.M. Stith, and Shara Worden, set to poetry by Nathaniel Bellows and commissioned by the Ecstatic Music Festival. I recently wrote three new songs for the cycle, bringing it to a total of thirteen (60 minutes.) We will record Unremembered in September and October, for release on New Amsterdam Records in 2014. You can read more about the project (and listen to the recording) here.
July 15th, 2013
You can now listen to Andrew Staupe‘s live performance of my new piece for solo piano, The Currents, here. The Currents was commissioned by the American Pianists Association for its 2013 Classical Fellowship Awards, of which Andrew Staupe was a finalist. This performance took place April 25, 2013, at the New York premiere of the APA Classical Fellowship Awards at Trinity Church, NY, NY.
April 29th, 2013
I’m very excited to announce that Residentie Orkest of Den Haag (The Hague Philharmonic) will perform PENELOPE with Shara Worden on May 17, 2014. The marvelous Andre de Ridder will conduct. The performance will take place at Paard van Troje.
March 14th, 2013
I made a mixtape for WQXR’s Q2 Music of some music that has inspired me lately. You can listen to and read about it here.
March 11th, 2013
I’m very excited to announce that New Amsterdam Presents, the presenting organization I co-direct with William Brittelle and Judd Greenstein, has teamed up with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in a unique residency that will focus on artistic exploration into many forms of music in a symphonic format. Over the next two years, New Amsterdam will work with the ISO to periodically showcase composers and instrumentalists from the New Amsterdam community. In addition, New Amsterdam will work with the Orchestra in developing educational activities and community outreach programs that will bring the open-minded ethos of NewAm into direct engagement with the needs of the greater ISO community.
One of the residency’s initial events was a special concert event on March 9, which featured a performance of PENELOPE by the ISO with Shara Worden, as well as works by NewAm composer Son Lux specially arranged for the ISO by New Am artists William Brittelle, Caroline Shaw, and Daniel Wohl.
In reviewing the March 9 concert, NUVO declared that it “represents an exciting step forward for ISO, demonstrating the organization’s sustained commitment to presenting new music alongside its typical offerings from the pre-1950 canon.” In addition, the Indianapolis Business Journal stated that “the combination of a powerful performance and well-balanced, thoughtful orchestrations boded well for future ISO/NewAm collaborations.”
More information about upcoming concerts featuring New Amsterdam artists and composers will be included on the ISO’s website at IndianapolisSymphony.org.
The New Am residency with the ISO is supported by a major grant from LDI, as part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration Cultural Partnership Gift Program, and by a generous grant from the Austin Memorial Foundation.