Robyn Bollinger | Project Paganini
Project Paganini is a performance project that challenges the typical classical music setting. Robyn Bollinger performed all of Paganini's infamous 24 Caprices for solo violin in one evening in a multi-media setting, weaving together music, history, artistic expression, and universal human truths. Project Paganini is not just a recital; it is a production, a play, an educational adventure, and a personal journey for all. For more information, visit Robyn Bollinger's website.
Tyler Gilmore | A Rambling Stretch
A Rambling Stretch is a multimedia project that explores the landscape and population of the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Tyler Gilmore has teamed with photographer Gary Isaacs to produce a series of photographs that will inform and inspire a cycle of musical works for jazz large ensemble. Performance of the work will take place in Denver, Boston, and beyond, with the goal of providing an artistic lens through which to view this often misunderstood region.
Etienne Gara | VivaClassica Festival
VivaClassica is a new chamber music festival nestled in the Seine-et-Marne region outside of Paris, France. Etienne Gara hosted a pilot concert in Boston this May, to build awarness for the 2013 pilot in France, involving artists Lucy Chapman, Dimitri Murrath, Alice Yoo and Jayoung Kim. VivaClassica aims to bring high-level chamber music performances to the region and become a platform for U.S. and European musicians to form lasting relationships and artistic collaborations. For more information, visit www.vivaclassicafestival.com.
Leah Hennessey | In Response
In Response pairs local emerging artists and musicians together for a series of events that celebrates the artistic process; to share their work and sources of inspiration and to in turn, to become sources of inspiration for one another. This unique collaboration captures the creative process, and illuminates the path that ideas take as they come into fruition. By sharing existing works, notebook sketches and demo recordings, these artists and musicians will gain insights on another’s method of working, and engage in a new process together. In Response culminates in a series of Sunday afternoon exhibitions and performances starting April 21 and running through May 12, showcasing new works guided by the lyrics, colors, sounds, textures, and shapes of their partner’s endeavors.
Neal Markowski | New Music and the WWII Relocation Camps
Neal Markowski will compose a piece that evokes the landscape of the War Relocation Camps in the American West and the experience of Japanese Americans who were interned during WWII. In an effort to bring awareness to this dark period in American History, Markowski will organize a series of live performances framed by short readings and analysis by area historians. Listen to the music on his bandcamp page!
Lauren Nelson | Residency in Jacmel, Haiti
Lauren Nelson traveled to Jacmel, Haiti, this summer to teach in the Jean Baptiste Dessaix Music School, a community program that provides music education to students from low-income families in Jacmel and the surrounding areas. Nelson has worked as a music educator with Youth and Family Enrichment Services for the last two years, building strong connections within the Haitian community of Hyde Park. Through this trip, Nelson hopes to deepen her understanding of Haitian culture and bring this awareness to her work with YOFES. Check out these photos from Lauren's adventure!
Rachel Panitch | Rhode Island Fiddle Project Summer Camp
Rhode Island Fiddle Project is a free, afterschool music program that provides violins, weekly lessons in fiddling traditions, group classes, and monthly musical performances to students in the low-income neighborhoods of Pawtucket and Central Falls, Rhode Island. With support from the Entrepreneurial Grant, Director Rachel Panitch will build a two-day intensive camp for the 13 students who are involved in the school-year program.
Devin Roth | Challenge Music
One of the greatest challenges that music teachers face is motivating their students to practice regularly and deliberately. As a performer and teacher, Devin Roth plans to address this issue by developing Challenge Music, a digital app that tracks and provides incentives for musical practice. The Entrepreneurial Grant will help support a period of research and development to clarify the design and functionality of the application.
Michael Sachs | Foreground Music Collective
Foreground Music Collective is an in-home salon concert series that aims to create new avenues for young artists to perform and build audiences for their work. Michael Sachs will pilot this concept with a two-concert series over the summer in a first effort to build a network of hosts and diverse roster of ensembles to sustain an ongoing series in the future.
Leah Hennessy | Here and Now
Here and Now is a month-long series of concerts highlighting different entry points for interdisciplinary collaboration between musicians and visual artists. Themes for the concerts include use of space and architecture, spontaneous creation, and electronics, tape, and film.