2012 Stony Brook Premieres!
Judith Shatin is a composer and sound artist whose musical practice engages our social, cultural, and physical environments. With a focus on timbral exploration, she draws on expanded instrumental palettes and a cornucopia of the sounding world, from workers and machines in a deep coal mine, to the calls of animals, the shuttle of a wooden loom, a lawnmower racing up the lawn. Her music reflects her multiple fascinations with literature and visual arts, with the sounding world, both natural and built; and with the social and communicative power of music. Shatin's music has been performed at international festivals, by numerous national orchestras, and is regularly performed by ensembles such as Da Capo Chamber Players, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, newEar, and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. J Educated at Douglass College (AB, Phi Beta Kappa), The Juilliard School (MM) and Princeton University (PhD), Judith Shatin is currently William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Director of the Virginia Center for Computer Music, which she founded at the University of Virginia in 1987. Shatin has been honored with four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, as well as awards from the American Music Center, Fromm Foundation, Meet the Composer, the New Jersey State Arts Council, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Mark Gustavson studied clarinet and composition at Northern Illinois University, University of Illinois, Columbia University and Conservatory of Amsterdam (under Chinary Ung, Ben Johnston, Fred Lerdahl, Mario Davidovsky and Ton DeLeeuw). A Brooklyn native and Long Island resident, his music has been featured prominently on many New York stages, including Twenty Variations for flute and piano at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1983; the 1986 piano solo Dissolving Images at Merkin Concert Hall in 1991 (which toured the U.S.); Waves for orchestra was premiered at Carnegie Hall by the New York Youth Symphony as part of the First Music Series in 1988; the 1993 composition Quintet for clarinet, two violins, viola and cello, commissioned by the Fromm Foundation and premiered in 1996 by Contempo; and Silent Moon for orchestra (1998), written for and premiered by the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and the first in an ongoing series of works inspired by Tarot cards. He has won honors from ASCAP, BMI, the American Academy of Arts & Letters, League-ISCM, New Music Consort and the Gaudeamus Foundation. In addition, Mr. Gustavson has been awarded the Joseph H. Bearns Prize in Music, and a Fulbright Fellowship. He is currently on the faculty of Adelphi University.
Alex Temple: "My work has been performed by a variety of soloists and ensembles, including Mellissa Hughes, Timothy Andres, Mark Dancigers, the American Composers Orchestra, Fifth House Ensemble, and Ensemble de Sade. I also write vocal and electronic music for myself, which I’ve performed in New York venues such as Roulette, Exapno, the Tank, the Gershwin Hotel, and Galapagos Art Space. As the keyboardist for Ben Hjertmann’s chamber-rock group The Sissy-Eared Mollycoddles, I’ve performed at Chicago’s Green Mill Cocktail Lounge and at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, TX; and with aperiodic, an ensemble dedicated to the performance of indeterminate music in the tradition of John Cage, I’ve made noise using my voice, synthesizers and various household objects at Chicago’s Elastic Arts Foundation.
"I got my BA from Yale University in 2005, where I studied with Kathryn Alexander, John Halle and Matthew Suttor, and released two albums of electronic music on a microlabel that I ran out of my dorm room. In 2007 I completed my MA at University of Michigan, where I studied with Erik Santos and visiting professors Michael Colgrass, Tania León and Betsy Jolas, as well as collaborating with a troupe of dancers and playing in an indie bossa-nova band. After I left Ann Arbor, I spent two years in New York, working as the program manager for the New York Youth Symphony’s Making Score program for young composers and co-founding DETOUR, a new-music concert series which has since moved to London under the direction of composer Brian Mark. Now I’m pursuing a doctorate at Northwestern University, where I’ve studied with Hans Thomalla and Jay Alan Yim, and taught aural skills, composition for non-majors, and private composition lessons. I’m currently working on an opera called End, about TV production company closing logos and the end of the world."
Du Yun, a Chinese native, is a New York-based composer and musician hailed by the New York Times as "cutting-edge...to whom the term 'young composer' could hardly do justice," and "an indie pop diva with an avant-garde edge" who "re-invents herself daily...so does her music," (TimeOut NYC). Her music exists at an artistic crossroads of chamber music, theater, pop music, opera, orchestral, cabaret, storytelling, visual arts and noise. Du Yun has received commissions from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Weill Institution Commission, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, the Whitney Museum Live, the Fromm Foundation, Meet the Composer, violinist Hillary Hahn, cellist Matt Haimovitz, flutist Claire Chase and many others. She holds degrees from Oberlin and Harvard, and has served on the faculty of SUNY-Purchase since 2006. She is a founding member of the critically acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Her studio pop album, “Shark in You,” was released on vinyl, CD, and digital in late March 2011 on New Focus.