Tuesday Night New Music: Final Concert of 2020–2021

The newest works from the next generation of composers.

Tuesday Night New Music is a student-run, faculty-supervised concert series directed by Robert Bui ’21 under the supervision of composition chair Michael Gandolfi.


  1. Alexander Matheson | Beginning to Remember (2021)

    • Leonard Fu, violin
    • Huiping Cai, harpsichord
  2. Ko Muramatsu | Syntax (2020)

    The epicenter of this piece is to show how music can reflect events, actions, or language that happens in real life; each different motion has the individual sense of time while all of the motions occur on the same constant flow of time. This difference between the subjective and objective sense of time is unconsciously resolved by gestures of the individual. In this respect, while several distinct rhythmic elements constantly flow in this piece, the gestures of the player have an influence on each note and sound, which connects those distinctive elements to create one idea as a whole.
    – Ko Muramatsu

    • Robert Bui, cello
  3. Yunqi Li | The Moving Starry Night (2020)

    This piece was inspired by the stories of Vincent van Gogh and Vincent van Gogh's painting "The Starry Night". Vincent van Gogh is one of my favorite painters. In my opinion, Vincent van Gogh was a sincere artist who had a lonely life. He tried his best to express himself though few people understood him during the lifetime. I am touched by his passion and his dedication to art. Therefore, I wrote down my feelings in the score. The general idea of this piece is the transformation and the combination of two themes. The first theme imitates the movements of the starry night (imagination). The second theme has“struggle” characteristics with deep emotion. In the ending, the color is in a“mixture", showing a sense of sadness and release.  
    – Yunqi Li

    • Natalie Boberg and Nozomi Murayama, violin
    • Ayano Nakamura, viola
    • Jasmine Pai, cello
  4. Brooks Clarke | The Unbearable Anxiousness of Being (2021)

    In this work for string quartet, I explore the feelings of anxiousness and the growing existential crises that I have felt over the past year. The very act of gaining a feeling for a sense of being human at times has been a challenge throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic, as well as the life transitions that I have gone through this year. This piece is a testament to those feelings of anxiety, sleepless nights, nervous ticks, and twitches that remind us that sometimes our senses are reminding us that we are alive and well, however we like it or not.                                                                 
    – Brooks Clarke

    • Natalie Boberg and Lucy Little, violin
    • Eric Cheng, viola
    • Claire Park, cello
  5. Lila Wildy Quillin | Fragment on Romance (2021)

    • Leonard Fu and Yiliang Jiang, violin
    • Julian Seney, viola
    • Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello


  7. Marie Carroll | living soul (2021)

    • Kaia Beman-Peters, voice, accordion
    • Marie Carroll, electronics
  8. Kristian Josifoski | Le Vampire (2021)


    Toi qui, comme un coup de couteau,
    Dans mon coeur plaintif es entrée;
    Toi qui, forte comme un troupeau
    De démons, vins, folle et parée,

    De mon esprit humilié
    Faire ton lit et ton domaine;
    — Infâme à qui je suis lié
    Comme le forçat à la chaîne,

    Comme au jeu le joueur têtu,
    Comme à la bouteille l'ivrogne,
    Comme aux vermines la charogne
    —Maudite, maudite sois-tu!

    J'ai prié le glaive rapide
    De conquérir ma liberté,

    Et j'ai dit au poison perfide
    De secourir ma lâcheté.

    Hélas! le poison et le glaive
    M'ont pris en dédain et m'ont dit:
    "Tu n'es pas digne qu'on t'enlève
    À ton esclavage maudit,

    Imbécile! — de son empire
    Si nos efforts te délivraient,
    Tes baisers ressusciteraient
    Le cadavre de ton vampire!"

    Charles Baudelaire

    • Tyler Bouque, voice, tom-drum
  9. Kurt Vetterlein | Chaos Suite (2020)


    I was inspired to write this piece after reading author and scientist James Gleick's early works on the subject of the chaos theory - a science which is ever present in our daily lives, and one which defines how we interact with the world around us. I believe that out of this chaos comes art and music – an attempt to structure and make sense of what's happening in the world. These three movements are my effort to represent the seemingly random events taking place every moment of our lives. When we look closer at these events, which may appear chaotic, they are in fact part of a larger structure.                                                                         
    – Kurt Vetterlein

    • Nnamdi Odita-Honna, flute
    • Christopher Ferrari, clarinet
    • Grant Houston, violin
    • Yi-Mei Templeman, cello
    • Xu Guo, piano
  10. Robin Meeker-Cummings | Ersatz (2021)

    “The relationship between the virtual and the actual is one of surprise, for the virtual promises something different to the actual that it produces, and always contains in it the potential for something other than the actual” – Elizabeth Grosz

    • Nnamdi Odita-Honnah, flute
    • Scott Chamberlin, soprano saxophone
    • Theodore Robinson, clarinet
    • Emma Carleton, violin
    • Jason Butler, viola
    • Robert Bui, cello
  11. Kyle Quarles | Fragments 15.0-15.7 (Ockeghem Anamorph)

    • Tyler Bouque, Killian Grider, Nicholas Ottersberg, Caroline Nielson, Isabel Crespo Pardo, Kyle Quarles, voice