Guest Musicians & Ensembles 2016

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Guest musicians in the 2015 Charlotte New Music Festival:

 

Beo String Quartet

loadbang

Out of Bounds Ensemble

Orlando Cela, flute

 


 

Beo String Quartet

 

 

A shared dedication to the continued understanding, exploration, and love of music is what inspired the formation of Beo String Quartet (Sandro Leal-Santiesteban, Jason Neukom, Sean Neukom, Ryan Ash). Equally comfortable performing masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire, spending time in the studio, and working with living composers, the four individuals have introduced many audiences to music of both past and present and of varied genres.

 

The members of Beo String Quartet hold degrees from some of the country’s top conservatories including the Eastman School of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Carnegie Mellon University, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. They have collectively studied chamber music with the Ying Quartet, the Pacifica Quartet, the Cavani Quartet, the Miami String Quartet, the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, and members of the Cleveland, Guarneri, and Borodin String Quartets.

Beo believes that its most important role is to champion music of our time and to create a mutually inspirational relationship between living composers, modern audiences, and performers alike. Recent projects include the premiere of Gilda Lyons’ eco-opera, A New Kind of Fallout, with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh SummerFest, in addition to the premieres of over thirty other new works by composers from all over the world. Upcoming projects include Beo String Quartet’s debut recording on the innovative pop-art album, Dead Reckoning, and a string quartet composition competition in conjunction with the Charlotte New Music Festival for 2016. 

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loadbang 

New York CitNew York City-based new music chamber group loadbang is building a new kind of music for mixed ensemble of trumpet, trombone, bass clarinet, and baritone voice. Since their founding in 2008, they have been praised as ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, ‘an extra-cool new music group’ and ‘exhilarating’ by the Baltimore Sun, ‘inventive’ by the New York Times and called a ‘formidable new-music force’ by TimeOutNY. Their unique lung-powered instrumentation has provoked diverse responses from composers, resulting in a repertoire comprising an inclusive picture of composition today. In New York City, they have been recently presented by and performed at Miller Theater, Symphony Space, MATA and the Avant Music Festival; on American tours at Da Camera of Houston, Rothko Chapel, and the Festival of New American Music at Sacramento State University; and internationally at the China-ASEAN Music Week and Shanghai Symphony Hall. 


loadbang has premiered more than 200 works, written by members of the ensemble, emerging artists, and today’s leading composers. Their repertoire includes works by Pulitzer Prize winners David Lang and Charles Wuorinen; Rome Prize winners Andy Akiho and Paula Matthusen; and Guggenheim Fellow Alex Mincek. Not content to dwell solely in the realm of notated music, loadbang is known for its searing and unpredictable improvisations, exploring the edges of instrumental and vocal timbre and technique, and blurring the line between composed and extemporaneous music. To this end, they have embarked on a project to record improvisations and improvised works written by members of the ensemble. These recordings are designed, fabricated, and released in hand-made limited editions.  loadbang can also be heard on a 2012 release of the music by John Cage on Avant Media Records, a 2013 release of the music of loadbang member Andy Kozar on ANALOG Arts Records which was called ‘virtuosic’ by The New Yorker, a 2014 release on ANALOG Arts Records titled Monodramas, and a 2015 release on New Focus Recordings titled Lungpowered which was called ‘new, confident, and weird’ by I Care If You Listen.


loadbang is dedicated to education and cultivation of an enthusiasm for new music. They have worked with students ranging from elementary schoolers in the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids Program to college aged student composers at institutions including Columbia University, Cornell University, Manhattan School of Music, New York University, Peabody Conservatory, Princeton University, University of Buffalo, and Yale University. They are in residence at the Greenwich House Music School in New York City and the Charlotte New Music Festival.

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Out of Bounds Ensemble 

The Out of Bounds Ensemble was founded in 2007 in order to bring new and established contemporary chamber music to a wider audience. Pianist and music theorist Tomoko Deguchi, building on years of experience performing contemporary music, forged the ensemble by bringing together founding members  Ronald Keith Parks and Craig Bove (composers), pianist and composer Leonard Mark Lewis, and conductor Geoff Whitehead. Soon after becoming established in the Carolina region the Out of Bounds Ensemble was appointed as New Music Ensemble in Residence at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC.

 

Since its inception the Out of Bounds Ensemble has presented numerous concerts in the the Carolinas and beyond. OBE has joined forces with the Bechtler Ensemble (Ensemble in Residence for the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Charlotte) on several occasions for both performances and recording sessions. OBE has been joined in concert by numerous eminent guest musicians from the region.

 

In addition to bringing established music of the 20th and 21st centuries to concert going audiences in the Carolinas an beyond, OBE has premiered numerous new works written for them. Examples include Go Pops! by Leonard Mark Lewis, Things Get Out of Hand by Ronald Keith Parks, and Resignation-Moment-Sublimation by Craig Bove. Additionally, OBE has hosted student composition contests and has performed winning entries on OBE concerts.

 

The ongoing mission of the Out of Bounds Ensemble is to present professional-quality performances of established, seminal chamber works of the 20th and 21st centuries and to commission and perform new chamber music. Follow our blog for details on upcoming performances and events.

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Orlando Cela

Orlando CelaFlutist, conductor, teacher, and arranger Orlando Cela embraces all aspects of music.  From Vivaldi’s Double Concerto with Paula Robison to Indian classical music with Samir Chatterjee, Orlando is an accomplished musician in a wide variety of styles and settings.  He performs regularly with the I/O New Music EnsembleMusic at Eden’s Edge, Duo SopraVoce (with violinist Annegret Klaua), and as a solo performer, collaborating with musicians such as pianists Aaron Jackson, Yukiko Shimazaki, Sivan Etedgee, harpist Barbara Poeschl-Edrich, and many more.  He has premiered many works by composers such as Anthony De Ritis, Maxwell Dulaney, Zhu Shu Jia, and Benoit Granier, to name a few.  He has performed in many parts of the USA and abroad in the Czech Republic, Austria, China, Hungary, Spain, and Great Britain.

 

As a conductor, Orlando is the music director of the Governor’s School Orchestra in North Carolina and the Willow Flute Ensemble. In the past he has conducted the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, TIMI New Music Ensemble, Brandeis New Music Ensemble, Newton Symphony Orchestra, the Scituate Choral Society, and the UMass Dartmouth Choruses.  He has commissioned many works for flute, and premiered many other works, including the American premiere of Hèctor Parra “InFALL,” Salvatore Sciarrino’s “Autoritratto nella Notte” and his opera “Lohengrin” – the latter with the Soria Chamber Players, a group he founded and led for three years.

 

Orlando has arranged a large number of works for multiple flutes which include not only Classical music favorites, but also  folk music from Romania, Bulgaria, Venezuela, Argentina, India, Croatia, Japan, and more.  His love for music from all over the world caused him to create “Las Paraulatas Bostonianas,” a group that expands the tradition of Venezuelan folk music, and he recently presented a paper on the influence of Asian music in western composition at the Seventh International Asian Music Conference in Ningbo, China.  Orlando is now working on his fifth recording, “Project Extended,” a compilation of pieces by contemporary composers who wrote works for him using nothing except extended techniques.  You can find his other recordings on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.  Orlando currently teaches at home.  In the past, he was on the faculty at College of the Holy Cross and at UMass Dartmouth, and has been a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, Northern Michigan University, Escanaba Schools (MI), the Northern Massachusetts Youth Orchestra Flute Ensembles, Ithaca (NY), Syracuse (NY), China Central Conservatory and Ningbo University School for the Arts.  Orlando studied at DePauw University with Anne Reynolds and Eric Edberg, at the New England Conservatory with Paula RobisonTamara Brooks and Frank Battisti, and in Austria with Barbara Gisler-Haase.  He has performed in masterclasses for Raymond Guiot, Shigenori Kudo, Alain Marion and Trevor Wye.

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