This concert concludes the New York side of the New York Foundation for the Arts‘ first International Composers Exchange, which brought five artists from the Netherlands to New York City to work in residency with some of the city’s most dynamic young ensembles and artistic institutions. Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Jeremiah Runnels, Thanasis Deligiannis, and Yedo Gibson were the selected Netherlands based artists to come to New York. ISSUE Project Room presents the result of this international collaborative work, with a great variety of styles and media, ranging from jazz to chamber music to video installation. Completing this diversity is the world premiere of a new work by Michael Edward Edgerton, the leading specialist of extended vocal techniques, as well as a piece by composer and NYFA Fellow, Eve Beglarian, who will be going to the Netherlands as part of the second round of the International Composers Exchange
New Performance Piece (title tba)
Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen (Netherlands)
Mise-En Ensemble, dir. Moon-Young Ha
The Europeans: A Melodrama of Logic, Jeremiah Runnels (USA/Sweden/Netherlands)
Ekmeles Ensemble, dir. Jeffrey Gavett
Ignored Manuals,Thanasis Deligiannis (Greece/Netherlands)
The Island of the Sirens, Eve Beglarian (USA)
Azure Suite, Michael Edward Edgerton (USA)
NYU Composers’ Ensemble
9orc, Yedo Gibson (Brazil/Netherlands)
About the Exchange:
Reflecting its expanding profile across the global arts community, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has launched its first International Composers Exchange. The International Composers Exchange offers composers from a specific country outside of the United States artist-in-residency opportunities in New York, where they can develop their careers through seminars, creative exchanges and performances. NYFA then sends its artists abroad for similar opportunities that complete the exchange.
The initial program is a month-long reciprocal residency with The Netherlands that will bring five artists from Holland to New York from mid-September to mid-October for performances, lectures and other events. In April 2013, three NYFA composers and one NYU composer will visit Amsterdam and The Hague to work with selected ensembles and institutions. On the American side, this first effort is in partnership with NYU and The Consulate-General of the Netherlands, with support from Netherland-America Foundation. On the Dutch side, the exchange is organized by Sasha Zamler-Carhart, a composer and faculty member at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He brings his experience producing his works on both sides of the Atlantic to this project.
The International Composers Exchange aligns with NYFA’s mission to provide support, counsel and creative interaction with arts organizations from around the world. In recent months, NYFA has met with arts and cultural institutions, and individual artists, in a range of countries, including Lebanon, China, the UK, Germany and Costa Rica, as well as The Netherlands. In addition to cultural exchanges, NYFA also provides a best practices business framework to arts organizations and artists in need of reimagining their funding and revenue models in the face of diminished government support.
The Dutch composers, all of whom work in a variety of genres, have been selected to work collaboratively with ensembles in New York City. They will create new works, and/or further develop current works to be performed both in The Netherlands and in New York. The composers will also lecture on their experience in both hosting locations. Several of the artists, all of whom make their homes in Holland, actually come from different countries of origin, reflecting the vibrant cross-cultural creative environment that draws artists to Holland’s music community from across Europe and beyond.
Music, film and performance artists Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen have worked together since 2007. Their award-winning 3-channel video installation “You’ll Never Walk Alone” was recorded in Uganda. In 2010 they had their first solo exhibition, featuring their video “Ebedi Dönus,” made during a residency program at Platform Garanti, Istanbul. The video is a mixture of Turkish television programs, poetry of Nazim Hikmet and the imagination of Sander and Witte themselves. The duo will be in residence at the NYFA Studios in Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center (CSV). CSV is located within Artists Alliance Inc.
Thanasis Deligiannis grew up in a family of traditional folk musicians. He is a member of the artistic team of the Nieuw Ensemble, the Atlas Ensemble and a graduate of the Amsterdam Conservatory. A native of Greece, he is partnering with Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, the New York vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and rarely-heard works and gems of the historical avant garde.
Jeremiah Runnels studied Sonology, Composition and Music Theatre at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague and attended workshops by key artists in the contemporary music scene, such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Brian Freneyhough, Robert Ashley and Alvin Curran. He is a co-founder of Ensemble Lös Caballeros and Het Atelier with Yedo Gibson, Cornelis de Bondt. A native Texan, Jeremiah is partnering with Ensemble Mise-En, the innovative and versatile New York-based contemporary music collective, led by composer Moon Young Ha.
Yedo Gibson is a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and improviser. He is the founder of The Royal Improvisers Orchestra (RIO), a group of 20 young musicians from all kind of backgrounds playing improvised music conducted by Yedo and other musicians from the orchestra. Yedo, originally from Brazil, is partnering with the NYU Jazz Ensemble.
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Each year it provides over $1 million in cash grants to individuals and small organizations. The NYFA Learning programs provide thousands of artists with professional development training and the website, www.nyfa.org, received over 1 million unique visitors last year and features information about more than 8,000 opportunities and resources available to artists in all disciplines.