Armando Bayolo: Tusch (2010). Patti Wang, Michael Fili
Chris Newman: Utopia for Anna (2008)
Dai Fujikura: Poison Mushroom (2003). David Lee
Bradley Green: Pale Blare I (2017), Pale Blare II (2018) Premiere
Duncan Boatright: Stories heard, but not recalled (2019). Premiere
Chaya Czernowin: Andiantum Capillus-Veneris I (2015). Shari Feldman
Ashi Day: Eelgrass (2016)
Chuck Perryman: [to be titled] (2019). Chuck Perryman. Premiere
David Le, a Miyazawa Emerging Artist, leads a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician, and educator. David won top prizes in the Young Artist Competitions of the Florida, Raleigh, South Carolina, and Hampton Roads Flute Associations, among others. A passionate educator, he maintains a large private studio in the Washington D.C. area and has presented masterclasses throughout the United States, mostly recently at the University of Arkansas, Florida State University, and University of Maryland Baltimore County. David is a DMA candidate and Teaching Assistant at the University of Maryland. He earned a MM with full scholarship from the Peabody Conservatory and a BA from the University of South Florida. His principal teachers are Sarah Frisof, Kim McCormick, and Marina Piccinini. www.davidleflute.com.
Shari Eve Feldman, soprano, is passionate about all things musical, including, but hardly limited to, chamber music literature, performance practice, avant garde repertoire, contemporary and classical opera, and Semitic song literature. She has sung in projects ranging from large choral, orchestral, and operatic works to solo recital engagements with numerous organizations including the Master Players Concert Series at the University of Delaware, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Concert Opera, Opera Delaware, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Choir School of Delaware, Washington Piano Society, and New Music Delaware Festival. Shari was a national semifinalist for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Solo Voice Competition and has performed in a Young Artist MN Duo ensemble at the Source Song Festival from 2015-2018. Shari frequently performs avant garde works and repertoire with extended technique by Luciano Berio, Cathy Berberian, John Cage, and Joseph Schwantner and loves to promote new works written by living composers. Shari is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Musical Arts degree at the University of Maryland, where she studies with Martha Randall.
Patricia Wang is a graduate of the Peabody Institute. She majored in violin performance and also completed a minor in voice, and a Near Eastern Archaeology concentration from the Johns Hopkins University. Her musical journey began at the age of 4 when she first started learning the violin. By the age of 6, she was also being formally trained in both voice and piano. During her most formative stages of violin training, she had the opportunity to participate in master classes taught by Fung Ho, Nai-Yuan Hu, Ruggiero Ricci, Jay Zhong, Sherry Kloss and Linda Wang. While studying at the Peabody Institute, Ms. Wang completed her violin studies under the tutelage of Professor Keng-Yuen Tseng, pupil of Erick Friedman and the silver medalist of the Queen Elisabeth International Violin Competition in Belgium, 1993. Ms. Wang is a regular participant in the Stowe Tango Music Festival where she worked with Humberto Ridolfi and Pablo Agri. In addition to Stowe, Ms. Wang attended the Reed College Tango Festival in 2017 and 2018, where she worked with Ramiro Gallo. Ms. Wang is an active member of St. Charles Strings (Gigmasters Rising Star Award), Southern Maryland String Quartet, and String Poet. These groups perform at a wide variety of concerts, weddings, corporate, and government functions. Aside from classical music, Ms. Wang performs as the violinist of Da Capo Tango. Ms. Wang is the owner of Olney Classical, a private music school in Montgomery County. During her spare time, Ms. Wang enjoys camping, riding roller coasters, and horror movies.
Bradley S. Green is a composer and educator based in the DC-metro area, and his music is performed extensively in Maryland, DC, and across the US. His style is exemplified by an interest in creating unique colors and textures that evolve naturally over time, with attention given to how each individual sound relates to the others. His music has been featured on the Takoma Public Radio show Coda, various SCI and CMS conferences, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance Festival, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. In 2017, Bradley graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a DMA degree in music composition. Currently, he is a visiting professorial lecturer of composition and theory at American University.
Ashi Day is a composer and educator working in Washington, DC, interested in exploring unconventional intersections between music and theater, using the voice as a compositional tool, and creating meaningful works for all ability levels and ages. She also writes a lot of songs about animals.
Ashi creates vocally driven works created as much for the experience of the performers as the listeners. Recently, she has been a festival artist at New Music DC, Opera From Scratch 2018, the 2018 Music by Women Festival, and the 2017 Women Composers Festival of Hartford. She has collaborated to co-create theatrical works for Cultural DC’s Artistic Blind Date program and the Capital Fringe Festival. Pieces have been commissioned or performed by choirs, churches, and individuals from Florida to Alaska, including Cantate Chamber Singers, Cantilena Women’s Chorale, Connecticut Yankee Chorale, Bucknell University, Mat-Su Community Chorus, and Anthology Quartet. She is also a past winner of the New York Treble Singers Composition Competition.
Ashi earned a B.M. and M.M. in Composition respectively from Bucknell University and Westminster Choir College. Composition teachers include William Duckworth, Jackson Hill, Stefan Young, and Joel Phillips.
Equally dedicated to education, Ashi was a teacher in public and charter schools for half a decade, gaining licensure in both music and elementary education. She later earned her Ed.M. in Arts in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she was named an Urban Scholars Fellow for her work in music education. She now works in arts education administration as the Manager of Music & Washington National Opera Education at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, creating opportunities for people of all ages to experience, explore, learn through, and train in music and opera. She is also involved with the Boulanger Initiative, which supports music by women past and present in the DC area through performance, education, and commissions.
As a soprano, she is an active choral and church musician. She currently serves in the professional quartet at St. John’s Episcopal Church in McLean, VA.
Ashi is readily available for all Christmas caroling and car-trip-round-singing needs.
Charles Perryman is a composer, orchestrator, and teacher based in the Washington, D.C. metro area. His original works draw upon his love for contemporary classical music, jazz, electronic music, folk music, and bluegrass. By combining elements from these diverse styles, Chuck strives to create new music that is both sonically attractive and musically rewarding.
As an up and coming composer, his works have been recognized at national composition conferences and composition contests including the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music is the United States (S.E.A.M.U.S.) and the Pittsburgh Symphony Composer of the Year Student Reading Competition. Most recently, Chuck's unaccompanied choral work Demagogue won top prize in The Capital Hearings 2016 Young Composers Competition.
Chuck has also produced orchestrations and arrangements for a variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles including the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Fairfax Symphony, the National Broadway Chorus, and the American Pops orchestra. His arrangements were featured at the 28th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards on PBS and 2016 Helen Hayes Awards.
In 2013, Chuck completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in music composition at West Virginia University (W.V.U.). He continues to develop and teach online music theory classes for the W.V.U. music program. Chuck earned a Bachelor of Music in composition from Shenandoah University in 2006 and a Master of Music in composition from W.V.U. in 2008.
Learn more about Chuck's music at cwperryman.com.
Duncan Boatright is a composer and educator currently based in College Park, MD. After obtaining a BM from Appalachian State University in 2012, Duncan earned an MM from the University of Maryland in 2015 and is now pursuing a DMA from the University of Maryland. At various points in his career, Duncan's musical stylings have drawn strongly from his background as a percussionist, building works on a strong rhythmic foundation characterized by asymmetric rhythmic motifs and internal mathematical structures that audiences find simultaneously accessible and engaging. These aspects are complemented by textural settings that range from pointillistic to minimalistic. His repertoire includes works for solo musicians, mixed chamber ensembles, and mixed media stage works. In the past he has written for everything from string quartet to percussion ensemble to solo Game Boy.
In more recent years, Duncan has focused on electronic media utilizing SuperCollider, MaxMSP, and a number of other tools that enable him to construct procedurally generated and interactive works. Near Death Experience, premiered in 2017 as part of the Charm City Fringe Festival, was a procedurally generated work that accompanied a live stage performance, supplementing a dramatic theater work by the Vaahi Art Collective with an ethereal soundscape which at times "evoke[d] wonder, sadness, confusion, and a host of other emotions which we all experience at one point or another."
Programmatically, Duncan's work often draws heavily on popular literature from the last 30 years. Lettie is Given to the Ocean, premiered in 2017, featured live real-time granulation of a chamber ensemble, with thematic material inspired by Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Two new works, both set to premiere in 2019, draw heavily upon concepts from Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves, mimicking the narrative content of the text by exploiting the audience's sense of space and personal safety.
A passionate pedagogue, Duncan has previously served as a music educator at both the public school and university levels. He is currently a graduate student lecturer at the University of Maryland.
American composer Chris Newman (b. 1994) has written extensively for electronic media and chamber ensembles. In 2013 he released his first album of electroacoustic music, Metamorphosis, and in 2015 he released his second album Wilderness. Chris’ acoustic music uses chance elements from games as formal building blocks. In his most recent composition, Lightning, (2019) a solo percussionist uses a set of directions to construct a score based on the moves of a chess game. Chris currently lives in Maryland.
Born in 1973 in Santurce, Puerto Rico to Cuban parents, composer Armando Bayolo began musical studies at the age of twelve. At sixteen he went on to study at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan, where he first began the serious study of composition. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (B.M. 1995), where his teachers were Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner and Christopher Rouse; Yale University (M.M. 1997), where he studied with Roberto Sierra, Jacob Druckman, Ingram Marshall and Martin Bresnick; and the University of Michigan (D.M.A. 2001) where he studied with Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng and Evan Chambers.
Mr. Bayolo has been hailed for his “suggestive aural imagination” (El Nuevo Día) in works that are “full of lush ideas and a kind of fierce grandeur, (unfolding) with subtle, driving power” (The Washington Post). His “music combines the audacity of popular music, the verve-filled rhythmic language of Latin America, and the pugnacity of postmodern classicism into a heady, formidable concoction” (Sequenza21), and “deserves to be heard many more times, and in many more places. It is new, it is fresh, and it gets its message across” (The Charlotte Observer) “with quite a high degree of poetic expressiveness” (Music-Web International).
Mr. Bayolo’s music has been commissioned and performed throughout the world by some of today’s most important musicians and ensembles including National Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Institute bassist, Jeffrey Weisner, violinist Cornelius Dufallo, cellist Natalie Spehar, violist Jason Hohn, guitarist D.J. Sparr, flutist Rowland Sutherland, clarinetist Katherine Kellert, pianist Kathleen Supove, and French Hornist Armando Castellano; conductors Mei-Ann Chen, Harlan Parker, Mark Scatterday, John Gordon Ross, Robert Geary, Julian Wachner, Robert Ponto, J. Reilly Lewis, Carlo Boccadoro, and Maximiano Valdés; Loadbang, the Society for New Music in Syracuse, NY, the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, Trio Montage, the Euclid Quartet, the Bleeker ST Quartet, Volti, Janus Trio, Orfeón San Juan Bautista, the American Modern Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, The Percussion Plus Project, London’s Ensemble Lontano, Amsterdam’s Hexnut, the South Jutlands Symphony of Denmark, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, Western Piedmont Symphony, Delaware Valley Symphony Orchestra, Wabash Valley Youth Symphony, Columbia Civic Orchestra, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the National Gallery of Art Orchestra and Vocal Arts Ensemble, the Washington Chorus and Washington Choral Arts Society, Great Noise Ensemble and the wind ensembles of Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Arizona State University, the University of New Mexico, The Ohio State University and the Eastman School of Music.
Mr. Bayolo is the recipient of important commissions and awards from the Aspen Music Festival, Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the Music Department of the National Gallery of Art, the Arts Councils of the states of Iowa and North Carolina, the Cintas Foundation, the Minnesota Orchestra and American Composers Forum, the Consortium for a Strong Minority Presence, the all-Virginia Intercollegiate Band, and the Festival Interamericano de las Artes.
Significant upcoming performances of Mr. Bayolo’s music include the European premieres of Wide Open Spaces and Gestos inútiles with Milan’s Sentieri Selvaggi and Carlo Boccadoro, the world premiere of Hidden Zen with Kathleen Supove at New York’s Di Menna Center for Classical Music, premiere performances of A Play of Mirrors by H2 Saxophone Quartet, A Hymnody for the Contemplation of Terrifying Mysteries for Atlanta’s Chamber Cartel, Five for Four by The Guidonian Hand, Last Breaths, in its original version by Loadbang and a new, wind ensemble version by the College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble. Recent important performances of his work include performances of Action Figure, Hermandad and Gestos inútiles at the Lontano Festival of American Music in London, Hesychasmos at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign new music series, The Books of Bokonon by The Deviant Septet at the Outside the Box new music festival at Southern Illinois University and in their regular series in New York (2017-18), Caprichos at the 2014 Bang on a Can marathon (where he also conducted works by Carlos Carrillo and Marc Mellits). In 2015-16, the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra opened their season with Mr. Bayolo’s concerto for orchestra, Ráfagas de baile to great acclaim. That same season, Great Noise Ensemble presented the world premiere of Mr. Bayolo’s fourth symphony, Chamber Symphony: Obsessioneering. Additionally, important performances and commissions of his works have been presented by the Chicago Sinfonietta, Trio Montage (at Carnegie Hall and the International Clarinet Association conference in Assisi), the Bowling Green New Music Festival, the Festival Interamericano de las Artes in San Juan, Volti, the Washington Chorus and Choral Arts Society, the Cathedral Choral Society, Invoke, and others. His music has been presented at such important venues as the Aspen Music Festival, the Charlotte New Music Festival, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, and Carnegie Hall, among others. Major ongoing projects also include Che/The Passion of Che Guevara, an opera-oratorio in two acts to a libretto by Kate Gale, with Matthew Principe, producer and Kevin Newbury, director, and Los Caprichos, a setting of 80 miniatures for ensemble and multimedia based on Francisco de Goya’s 1799 etchings.
Besides being active as a composer, Mr. Bayolo is an “adventurous, imaginative and fiercely committed (The Washington Post) advocate for contemporary music in American culture through his activities as Artistic Director and conductor of Great Noise Ensemble, curator, from 2011-2014, of the New Music at the Atlas series for the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, and as a writer for such publications as Sequenza21 and NewMusicBox. With Great Noise Ensemble, Mr. Bayolo has led several world and regional premieres of music by a diverse group of composers, both emerging and established, like Joel Puckett, D.J. Sparr, Robert Paterson, Hannah Lash, Carlos Carrillo, Ryan Brown, David T. Little, David Smooke, John Adams, Michael Daugherty, Steve Reich, John Luther Adams, Frederic Rzweski, Poul Ruders, Ken Ueno, Gabriela Lena Frank, Martin Bresnick, Sean Doyle, Marc Mellits, Arlene Sierra, Eric Nathan, and Louis Andriessen. As a conductor of “precision, imagination and tangible electricity” (The Washington Post), Mr. Bayolo has led Great Noise Ensemble to become the premiere contemporary music ensemble in Washington, D.C. and one of the most important arts organizations in the District of Columbia. He has specialized, particularly, in the music of Louis Andriessen, leading the first professional American ensemble performance of De Materie in 2010 and of La Commedia during the 2013-14 season as part of a week-long festival of Andriessen’s music he curated in honor of the composer’s 75th birthday in 2014.
As curator of the New Music Series at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Mr. Bayolo developed an innovative, adventurous concert series which quickly became “a key destination for anyone interested in new American music” (The Washington Post) in the United States. His series featured such luminary performers as Ethel, the International Contemporary Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All Stars, Kathleen Supove, the Prism Saxophone Quartet, So Percussion, Janus Trio, Maya Beiser, Tim Brady, Imani Winds, Newspeak, and eighth blackbird. Mr. Bayolo currently serves as Director of the Publick Playhouse for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission as well as director of the Commission’s partnership with Bowie State University.
Mr. Bayolo has been featured on Public Radio International’s Studio 360 broadcast out of WNYC in New York and on the NPR program Fresh Ink broadcast out of WCNY in Syracuse, WQXR’s Q2, 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 was a Contributing Editor until 2011. As an educator, he has served on the music faculties of Reed College, Hamilton College, the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, where he coordinated the Outside the Box new music festival. From 2013-15, he served as guest faculty with the Charlotte New Music Festival. 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. His cello concerto, Orfei Mors and the cantata, Kaddish:Passio:Rothko, were each nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music. Mr. Bayolo’s music can be heard on the Sono Luminus, Inova, New Focus, and Great Noise labels and is published by his own imprint, Olibel Music and available through his web site, www.armandobayolo.com.