Guest Composers, 2015

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Guest composers in the 2015 Charlotte New Music Festival:

John Allemeier
Armando Bayolo
Lawrence Dillon
Lansing McLoskey
Marc Mellits
John Fitz Rogers


John Allemeier

allemeier-headshot-2015The music of John Allemeier has been described as having a “sweet sense of mystery” by Fanfare and as being “rapturous” by the American Record Guide.  His music has been programmed on international venues such as the Frankfurter Kunstlerclub (Germany), 3rd Rencontres Musiques Nouvelles (France), Festival Internacional de Percusiones (Mexico), Russia-America: Music of the XXI Century at the Moscow Conservatory, the Seoul International Computer Music Festival (South Korea), the Brazilian Symposium on Computer Music, the International Double Reed Society, ClarinetFest (International Clarinet Society), and the International Society of Bassist Convention; and on national festivals such as Piccolo Spoleto, the 5th Annual Festival of Contemporary Music in San Francisco, and the Spark Festival in Minneapolis; on national conferences of the Society of Composers, the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States, National Association of Composers in the United States, and the College Music Society.

 

Allemeier’s music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe by professional and collegiate ensembles such as Fresh Ink, Low and Lower, Madison Park String Quartet, Duo XXI, Due East, the Petrella Ensemble, the University of Iowa Center for New Music, the University of Iowa Graduate Chamber Orchestra, Oberlin Percussion Group, the Texas Christian University Percussion Ensemble, the University of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Singers, the UNC Charlotte Percussion Ensemble, and the UNC Charlotte University Chorale.  He has composed pieces for professional performers such as Anthony Stoops, Scott Christian, Wolfgang David, David Gompper, Jeffery Lyman, Nick Petrella, Erin Lesser, Greg Beyer, Mira Frisch, and Paul Sharpe.

 

Recordings of Allemeier’s music are available on the Albany, Capstone, and Vox Novus labels.  His music is published by Carl Fischer Music Publishers, C. Alan Publications, and European American Music.   He received his Ph.D. in Composition from the University of Iowa, his Master of Music in Composition from Northwestern University, and his Bachelor of Music in Performance from Augustana College.  He has studied in Europe at the 41st and 42nd Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, Germany, and the 6th International Composition Course in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic.  He currently teaches composition and music theory at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.


Armando Bayolo

BayoloBorn in 1973 in Santurce, Puerto Rico to Cuban parents, composer Armando Bayolo began musical studies at the age of twelve. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where his teachers were Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner and Christopher Rouse; Yale University, where he studied with Roberto Sierra, Jacob Druckman, Ingram Marshall and Martin Bresnick; and the University of Michigan, where he studied with Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng and Evan Chambers.

 

Mr. Bayolo’s music, which the Washington Post hailed as radiant and ethereal, “full of lush ideas and a kind of fierce grandeur (which unfold) with subtle, driving power” and which the Charlotte Observer says “deserves to be played many more times and in many more places,” encompasses a wide variety of genres including works for solo instruments, voices, chamber and orchestral music. His music has been commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation, the Aspen Music Festival, the National Gallery of Art, the Syracuse Society for New Music, the Western Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra, the Euclid and Degas Quartets, Duo 46, The Percussion Plus Project, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and others.

 

A tireless advocate for new music, Mr. Bayolo is founding Artistic Director and Conductor of Great Noise Ensemble and the Curator for New Music for the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Bayolo has been featured on Public Radio International’s Studio 360, the NPR program Fresh Ink, as well as the Washington Post and the New York Times’ Opinionator Blog. He has also contributed articles to New Music Box and Sequenza21, where he is a Contributing Editor. As an educator, he has served on the music faculties of Reed College, Hamilton College, and the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He is the recipient of a 2011 Fromm Foundation grant from Harvard University, the 2008 Brandon Fradd fellowship in music composition from the Cintas Foundation, a fellowship from the Consortium for a Strong Minority Presence from 2006-2008, and various other awards and honors from the American Composers Forum, the University of Michigan, BMI, ASCAP and the arts councils of Iowa and North Carolina. Mr. Bayolo’s music has recently been released on the Innova label with upcoming releases on Great Noise Ensemble’s home label due in 2013 and is published by his own imprint, Olibel Music.
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Lawrence Dillon

dillon-2015Composer Lawrence Dillon creates works that connect past and present in attractive and unexpected ways, provoking Gramophone to exclaim, “Each score is an arresting and appealing creation, full of fanciful and lyrical flourishes within traditional forms that are brightly tweaked.” His music is characterized by a keen sensitivity to color, a mastery of form, and what the Louisville Courier-Journal has called a “compelling, innate soulfulness.” Despite losing 50% of his hearing in a childhood illness, he began composing as soon as he started piano lessons at the age of seven. In 1985, he became the youngest composer to earn a doctorate at The Juilliard School, and was immediately appointed to the Juilliard faculty. Dillon is now Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he has served as Music Director of the Contemporary Ensemble, Assistant Dean of Performance, and Interim Dean of the School of Music.

 

Dillon’s music, in the words of American Record Guide, is “lovely…austere…vivid and impressive.” Three recordings of his music were released in 2010-2011 on the Bridge, Albany and Naxos labels. His works have been commissioned and premiered in the last four seasons by the Emerson String Quartet, Le Train Bleu, the Ravinia Festival, the Daedalus String Quartet, the Lincoln Trio, the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Mansfield Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, Wintergreen Summer Arts Festival, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Quartetto di Sassofoni d’Accademia, the University of Utah and the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra.

 

Lawrence Dillon is represented by Jeffrey James Arts Consulting.
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Lansing McLoskey

McLoskeyHeadshot_blueLansing McLoskey has been described as “a major talent and a deep thinker with a great ear” by the American Composers Orchestra, “an engaging, gifted composer writing smart, compelling and fascinating music” by Gramophone Magazine, and “a distinctive voice in American music.”  His music has an emotional intensity that appeals to academic and amateur alike, defying traditional stylistic pigeonholes.

 

McLoskey’s music has been performed in sixteen countries on six continents, and has won more than two dozen national and international awards, including the prestigious Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the inaugural International Joint Wind Quintet Project Commission Competition, and most recently the 2014 Red Note Festival Composition Competition and an Aaron Copland Recording Grant. In 2009 he became the only composer in the 45 year history of the ISU New Music Festival to win both the chamber music and orchestral composition awards; both blind-juried national competitions with two independent panels. Recent performances include concerts in Finland, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, the UK, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Miami and performances at twelve music festivals in the past year alone. Recent commissions include a concerto for Triton Brass and a consortium of wind ensembles, and new works for the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, the newEar Ensemble for their 20th anniversary season, Chatham Baroque, the JWQP consortium of wind quintets, the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy (where he was the 2011 Composer-in-Residence), and ensemberlino vocale in Berlin, for which he’ll be the 2014 Composer-in-Residence.

 

Associate Professor at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, his music is released on Albany Records, Wergo Schallplatten, Capstone, Tantara, and Beauport Classics. 2013 saw the release of three new CDs, including Specific Gravity: Chamber Works by Lansing McLoskey and The Unheard Music, including his multi-award-winning concerto What We Do Is Secret for brass and wind ensemble.

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Marc Mellits

Mellits-1Composer Marc Mellits is one of the leading American composers of his generation, enjoying hundreds of performances throughout the world every year. From Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, to prestigious music festivals in Europe and the US, Mellits’ music is a constant mainstay on programs throughout the world. His duo “Black” alone has been performed nearly 1,000 times since its premiere. His unique musical style is an eclectic combination of driving rhythms, soaring lyricism, and colorful orchestrations that all combine to communicate directly with the listener. Mellits’ music is often described as being visceral, making a deep connection with the audience. “This was music as sensual as it was intelligent; I saw audience members swaying, nodding, making little motions with their hands” (New York Press). He started composing very early, and was writing piano music long before he started formal piano lessons at age 6. He went on to study at the Eastman School of Music, Yale School of Music, Cornell University, and Tanglewood. Mellits often is a miniaturist, composing works that are comprised of short, contrasting movements or sections. His music is eclectic, all-encompassing, colourful, and always has a sense of forward motion.

 

Mellits’ music has been played by major ensembles across the globe and he has been commissioned by groups such as the Kronos Quartet, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Duo Assad, Bang On A Can All-Stars, Eliot Fisk, Canadian Brass, Nexus Percussion, Debussy Quartet, Real Quiet, New Music Detroit, Four-In-Correspondence (National Symphony Orchestra), Musique En Roue Libre (France), Fiarì Ensemble (Italy), Percussions Claviers de Lyon (France), Third Coast Percussion, Talujon, the Society for New Music, Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and the Albany Symphony’s Dog’s Of Desire.  Additionally, Mellits’ music has been performed, toured, and/or recorded by members of the Detroit Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Boston Symphony, Minneapolis Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, eighth blackbird, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New Millenium Ensemble, Da Capo Chamber Players, and the American Modern Ensemble, among many others.

 

On film, Mellits has composed numerous scores, including the PBS mini-series “Beyond The Light Switch” which won a 2012 Dupont-Columbia award, the most prestigious award in documentaries. Mellits also directs and plays keyboards in his own unique ensemble, the Mellits Consort. He was awarded the prestigious 2004 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award. On CD, there are over 40 recorded works of Mellits’ music that can be found on Black Box, Endeavour Classics, Cantaloupe, CRI/Emergency Music, Santa Fe New Music, Innova, & Dacia Music. On youtube, Mellits has become an internet sensation with videos encompassing over 40 million views. Marc Mellits is on the music faculty of the University of Illinois-Chicago where he teaches Composition and Theory. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters, and spends significant time in Romania.
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John Fitz Rogers

JohnFitzRogers1webComposer John Fitz Rogers’s music has been performed around the world in leading venues and by ensembles and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Bang on a Can Marathon, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Albany, Louisville, Charleston, and Tulsa Symphony Orchestras, New York Youth Symphony, Eastman Wind Ensemble, the MATA, Rockport, Bumbershoot, Bowling Green, and Keys To The Future festivals, the World Saxophone Congress, and by individuals and chamber ensembles such as Antares, New Century Saxophone Quartet, Capitol Quartet, Lionheart, Composers, Inc., and the Meehan/Perkins Duo. Recent premieres included Double Concerto for two pianos and orchestra, commissioned by the South Carolina Philharmonic; Narragansett for wind ensemble, which received its world premiere at the College Band Directors National Association 2013 national conference; and Rogers’s string quartet, Book of Concord, commissioned by and premiered at the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East in Bennington, VT.

 

Rogers has received many commissions, fellowships, and awards, including those from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Music at the Anthology and the Mary Flagler Cary Trust, National Flute Association, MacDowell Colony, South Carolina Arts Commission, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as well as the Heckscher Foundation Composition Prize for his orchestral work Symphony of Cities.

 

A dedicated advocate for contemporary music, Rogers founded the Southern Exposure New Music Series, which received the 2007 Chamber Music America / ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. He holds degrees in music from Cornell University, the Yale School of Music, and Oberlin College, and is currently an Associate Professor of Composition at the University of South Carolina School of Music and visiting faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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