July 12, VIPA Concert 2: Brouwer Trio

brouwer-composers-july12Auditorio del Conservatorio Superior “Joaquín Rodrigo” – 19.30h. (7:30 PM)

Hop Out & Shuffle Away (2016)* – Ian Ng (1987)
for violin, cello, and piano

Reflections of Energy (2016)* – Kevin Kay (1995)
for violin, cello, and piano

The land beyond (2016)* – Ilias Nikolaidis (1972)
for violin, cello, and piano

looking at ultraviolet rays (through stained glass) (2016)* – Gabriel Ziaukas (1998)
for violin, cello, and piano

  1. breaking the horizon
  2. through a child’s eyes
  3. perceived brightness
  4. cloud cover
  5. dappled sunlight

“…en hilos de plata.” (2016)*Felipe Nieto-Sáchica
for violin, cello, and piano

Série Antibes (2016)* – Linda Dallimore (1981)
for violin, cello, and piano

* world premiere

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Jenny Guerr, violin
Carlos Apellániz, piano
Elena Solanes, cello

www.brouwertrio.com

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Hop Out & Shuffle Away (2016)* – Ian Ng (1987)
for violin, cello, and piano

When caught in a massive landslide, hop out of your car and shuffle away

Ian_headshot2014_cropIan Ng is a New York City – based composer. He graduated from New York University with a Master Degree in Music Composition. His music has been described by The New York Times as “invigorating” with “intricate rhythms”. He won the American Prize, ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and Robert Avalon International Music Composition Competition for his Grand Jeté on a Violin, which had its premiere as a ballet choreographed by Marcelo Gomes, principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, in 2012 at Lincoln Center. It has subsequently been performed in Los Angeles, North Carolina, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Japan, Brazil and Israel. Sponsored by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, his ballet Igual debuted at the Fire Island Dance Festival in 2014, featuring dancers from Complexions Contemporary Ballet. His latest ballet, performed by the American Ballet Theatre JKO School, The Idea of Becoming, had its premiere last Spring in NYC. As a NYU resident composer, his orchestral composition, Cité en l’air, premiered in 2012 at Symphony Space.

Mr. Ng has composed music for the NYU Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Duo Scordatura at Carnegie Hall, City Contemporary Dance Company, Hong Kong Arts Festival, New York Symphonic Brass, HK New Music Ensemble, EtM Con Edison Composer Residency, Die Konzertisten and The Bright Sheng Partnership. With the support of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts, he will be presenting his first chamber opera in the Spring of 2017.

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Reflections of Energy (2016)* – Kevin Kay (1995)
for violin, cello, and piano

Reflections of Energy is a piece that dives into the physics of vibrating strings that are bound at both ends, because waves carry with them energy and power. Such strings are the makeup for each instrument in the piano trio. It is the imagery I associate with the physics of a sinusoidal wave carrying energy down a string in one direction, hitting the end, inverting, and traveling back upwards, (in the negative direction and with a smaller amplitude), that inspired this piece. The wave equation for a string bound on both ends is the linear combination of the possible solutions of that wave equation, which musically speaking are just the harmonics of the string. I wanted to capture certain specific and unique harmonics inside the piano, which when struck by the hammer, allow waves associated with that note to travel down the string and back. These sounds are transferred into the violin and cello, allowing for the reflections of energy to come to life between the instruments. This idea of energy traveling and transferring on a string appears in the overarching form of the piece, where there are moments of calm traveling followed by brief interruptions of energy reflection.

KAY, KEVINA current double major in music and physics at The College of William and Mary, Kevin Kay has become immersed in the world of music composition. Although he’s been playing music for most of his life, he did not consider pursuing composition seriously until meeting his current mentors at William and Mary, Sophia Serghi and Brian Hulse. Kay is interested in maximizing the timbral possibilities of various instruments, exploring ways of organizing timbre over time. He considers his works to be auditory experiences, in which harmonic languages are established and immerse the listeners in certain soundscapes. These harmonic languages tend to be focused on the harmonic series or spectral analysis of various sounds. He is tremendously influenced by spectralism, musique concrète, and any music that uses texture as the most important element of the piece, including minimalism and post­minimalism. In the summer of 2015, Kay was a participant at the Miami Summer Music Festival, and in the summer of 2016, he participated in the Charlotte New Music Festival, the Valencia International Performance Academy and Festival, and the Alion Baltic International Music Festival. At William and Mary, Kay has pursued an honors thesis in spectralism, with a project entitled “A Spectralist Approach to the Vibrations of the Universe.” Following William and Mary, Kay plans on obtaining his PhD in composition or the sonic arts and residing in the world of academia.

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The land beyond (2016)* – Ilias Nikolaidis (1972)
for violin, cello, and piano

IliasComposer Ilias Nikolaidis, was born in Athens in 1972. In 2012 he took his Composition Diploma, class of Alex Kalogeras. Projects and orchestrations have been presented in venues such as: Athens Megaron Concert Hall, Thessaloniki Megaron Concert Hall, the Michalis Kakoyannis Foundation, the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki, The French Institute, Institute of Denmark in Athens, Parnassos concert hall, Philippos Nakas Conservatory, Athenaeum Conservatory, Association of Imvros, Half Note jazz club, National Garden Athens Festival, Evelpidon Military Academy, University of Indianapolis, Old University of Athens, Beauregard (Montreux, Switzerland), Upbeat Composition summer school (Croatia), School of the Fine Arts, etc.

In January 2008 he was awarded at the Young Composers Workshop, organized by the Athens Concert Hall for his work Monologue, Concertino for violin and small ensemble. In March 2009, he participated in Youth Composers Workshop of ALEA III in Boston USA. In April 2012, the Camerata – Orchestra, performed his work Symphonie Diagonale, which participated in the ‘’Metatropies’’ festival, that took place at the Athens Megaron Concert Hall. In August 2015, he was one of the main participants at the Upbeat Composition Summer Course (Croatia). Since 2014 he has been collaborating with the Swiss-Canadian artist, Patrick Immer Landeric, and has produced two pieces of work in video form, which he has composed the music for. In 2016 he joined forces with the French director, Nicolas Juge Pampanos, for the short film Your Image Will Die Undefeated where he composed and arranged the music for the film. He is a member of the Greek Composers Union.

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looking at ultraviolet rays (through stained glass) (2016)* – Gabriel Ziaukas (1998)
for violin, cello, and piano

  1. breaking the horizon
  2. through a child’s eyes
  3. perceived brightness
  4. cloud cover
  5. dappled sunlight

The inspiration for looking at ultraviolet rays (through stained glass) came to me as I was sitting in a park looking up through the leaves of a tall tree at the dappled sunlight shining down. I knew immediately that I wanted to write a piece of music exemplifying that breathtakingly beautiful natural phenomenon. The piece is all about the different perspectives through which sunlight can be viewed, just as the branches and leaves of the tree distorted and altered the sunlight in such distinctly different ways. looking at ultraviolet rays (through stained glass) consists of five self­contained movements that strive to illustrate five separate perceptions of sunlight whether it be pre­dawn light, or sunlight on a cloudy day. I knew that a piano trio was the perfect medium for the piece because of it’s capacity to blend, and because each instrument is able to retain an individual voice, creating an easily usable dichotomy for the types of timbres that make each movement unique.

GabrielGabriel Ziaukas began studying violin in 3rd grade and was a member of Santa Monica High School’s Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the National Children’s Chorus since 2006, first as a Boy Soprano and currently as a Bass. He began conducting through the chorus in 2012 and has conducted the group at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica, Royce Hall at UCLA and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. Gabriel began studying composition as a freshman in High School with Dr. Ian Krouse, the chair of the Composition Department at UCLA. Gabriel has been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Associate Composer program for the past three years, and was an ambassador for LA Opera’s 90012 Program. Gabriel was named a YoungArts merit winner in composition in both 2015 and 2016. He attended a composition workshop at the Oberlin Conservatory in the summer of 2014 and was a composition fellow at the BU Tanglewood Institute in the summer of 2015. Gabriel will begin his studies this coming year at Harvard University.

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…en hilos de plata.” (2016)*Felipe Nieto-Sáchica
for violin, cello, and piano

…en hilos de plata, es una pieza concebida de la misma manera en que un artesano contruye sus artesanías: en ésta, el pasaje inicial representa el material en crudo del cual el resto de la obra se desprende mediante un constante proceso de transformación. A través de la pieza, varios “hilos” o lineas son desprendidos de la textura original y son manipulados para crear diferentes figuras y simetrías sonoras. / …in threads of silver, is a work conceived in the manner of an artisanal piece. The opening passages represent raw material from which all other elements of the piece emanate, through a process of constant transformation and growth. Throughout the piece, different “threads” or lines are pulled out of the original texture and are manipulated to form various sonic figures and symmetries.

headshot4Felipe Nieto was born in Bogota, Colombia and grew up in Cota, the Savanna that surrounds the city. The region’s mixture of metropolitan and rural cultural life truly influenced his inclination towards an eclectic taste in music, which by his mid-teens had ranged from salsa to classic rock and classical music. A former guitar player, Felipe developed a fascination for composition by writing small tunes and pieces for the classical guitar and later expanded his curiosity to other instruments and forms.

In 2009 Felipe moved to the United States to pursue a career in music composition. There, He was generously sponsored by the Wanda Bass Music School at Oklahoma City University where he studied with Edward Knight. Currently, Felipe is pursuing a Masters degree at Ithaca College where he is working under the guidance of Jorge Grossmann and Dana Wilson.

Felipe’s music is rooted in a combination of lyricism and rhythmic complexity and intends to touch upon themes that range from political commentary to simple sound exploration. At the same time, He believes strongly in versatility and feels that his musical language is open to the exigencies of every piece he composes.

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Série Antibes (2016)* – Linda Dallimore 
for violin, cello, and piano

Seríe Antibes was largely created during a recent residency Linda had on the French Riviera (Vallauris), and is reflective of time she spent earlier in 2016 in Antibes and surrounds. Linda’s creative process for this work commenced by musically painting / depicting specific representative fragments as source material, drawing on particular memories, scenes, feelings and emotions.  The fragments are often highly personal; conveying an over-arching feeling, or a particularly poignant moment in time. Linda then abstracted her source material, so that in the end the initial fragments are recognizable to varying degrees. Linda has also been inspired by the forms and textures of two specific works during the creation of Série Antibes, both with French connections: Sept Papillions by Kaija Saariaho and Mikka by Iannis Xenakis.

ALI_4393-1Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, Linda Dallimore is an emerging composer and flutist with a reputation for bringing passion, integrity and dynamism to her work.

As an award winning, commissioned composer, Linda has partaken in several European Festivals and had works performed in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, Croatia and the USA. Her interest in musical textures can be seen in her most recent compositions, which have been performed by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and contemporary new music ensembles including NOMOS in Spain and ALEA III in the USA.

Linda lives in Valencia and will commence her Masters in Contemporary Instrumental Composition at the Katarina Gruska school in Madrid later this year. She is an alumna of Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA), where she studied Composition and Flute Performance. Prior to commencing her Berklee studies, she spent a year living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, composing and learning Spanish. Linda also holds Bachelor degrees in Arts (Psychology) and Commerce (Management) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She had a career in international banking for several years before returning to her passion.