A few weeks ago, Giulia Accornero asked me to reply to some questions for an interview on the National Sawdust Log — you can read the whole interview here.
We talked about what it means to me to be a responsable curator and a female composer in a male-dominated field. Although I have been lucky enough to meet people who supported me throughout the beginning of my career, it is my responsibility to denounce the challenging situations many female composers experience. It is painful to see that still in 2018 new music festivals have a completely unbalanced gender representation, with some of the most prestigious platforms presenting almost 100% male programmes. Sometimes, people think that organizing female festivals or concerts balances out the situation, but female composers don’t need a space created especially for them, they want and deserve to share the same space men have.
If you don’t know many female composers, feel free to reach out. I will be happy to provide a long list of wonderful names.
On October 9, the Arditti Quartet will premiere my latest piece, dead wasps in the jam-jar (iii), at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord (Paris), as part of the 46th edition of the Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Much gratitude to the Festival d’Automne, who commissioned the piece, to the Ernst von Siemens Foundation and the Proquartet Association for their support, and to Jan Bernstein, who built the buzzing machines.
I hope to see you at the concert!
[photo Jan Bernstein]
Last year I had the privilege of recording my piano trio Il colore dell’ombra with Longleash during a residency at the Experimental Media and Performing Art Center (EMPAC).
It was pure joy! Jeffrey Svatek and Todd Vos, our sound engineers, took great care of the music, and I could not ask for better conditions.
Pala Garcia, John Popham, and Renate Rohlfing, my dear friends of Longleash, are releasing their debut album, Passage, on September 22, 2017. The CD, coming out on New Focus Recordings, includes works by Christopher Trapani, Yukiko Watanabe, Juan De Dios Magdaleno, Francesco Filidei, and myself.
You can oder it here. I hope you will enjoy it!
I am pleased to announce that from now on my music will be published by Edition Peters. You can find scores and parts here on my website or on the Edition Peters website.
I have been treated with so much respect by the people working at Peters. I am honored to be part of this family, and I look forward to our future projects!
On October 13th, the Münchener Kammerorchester premiered my latest piece dead wasps in the jam-jar (ii) at the Prinzregententheater, in Munich (Germany). Working with these musicians led by Clemens Schuldt has been pure joy, and I could not be happier about the result we achieved after a week of rehearsals.
I would like to thank Musica femina münchen e.V. and the MKO for giving me the opportunity and the privilege of writing this piece!
Radio BR Klassik will broadcast the whole concert on October 20, at 20:00pm (Munich time). Here is the link to hear the concert.
[Photo: F. Ganslmeier]
I am happy and honored to announce that my portrait CD A Failed Entertainment has been chosen by the German Record Critics’ Prize for the Bestenliste 2/2016 in the contemporary music category. It has been a long, amazing journey and I would like to thank once again the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm and Julia Gerlach, RZ edition, Tim Rutherford-Johnson, and all the fantastic musicians who made this project possible.
You can find the CD here, or here, or on Amazon, and you can even listen to some excerpts on this website.
You can now listen to the live recording of the première of Troglodyte Angels Clank By, performed by the Ensemble 2e2m, conducted by Pierre Roullier, on February 10 at the Maison de la Radio, as part of the Festival Présences (Radio France).
In a few days I will be heading to Los Angeles to work with the musicians of LAPhil on the American première of Intent On Resurrection — Spring Or Some Such Thing, that will be performed on March 1st at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.
During the same week, I will be involved in two other events: on February 26th, I will give a lecture on my music at the University of Southern California, and on February 27th, the incredibly talented Adrianne Pope and Linnea Powell will play Limun at the Artist Corner Library (6585 Santa Monica Blvd).
I am very excited to go to Los Angeles for the first time in my life. I will be spending time running on the beach (because Rome’s Half Marathon is almost there), reading, going to museums, eating good food and listening to music. I could not ask for more.
If you are in LA, come and say hi!