College of Fine Arts and Communication
To engage our community in all phases of new music's culture:
Visiting artists (listed below,
here) are deeply involved with the creation and dissemination of new musical ideas. Guests will work with our community in:
Each year we will (see video introduction to the unique program):
NewMusic@ecu.edu to be a part of
Guest artist Chris Grymes performs in Todd Dining Hall
OUR HISTORY(& archives)
2017 - 2018Schedule of Events
Percussionist and marimbist AYANO KATAOKA is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances. A versatile performer, she regularly presents music of diverse genres and mediums. Last season, together with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the American Museum of Natural History, Ms. Kataoka gave a world premiere of Bruce Adolphe's Self Comes to Mind for cello and two percussionists, based on a text by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and featuring interactive video images of brain scans triggered by the live music performance. Recent highlights include a theatrical performance of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale at the 92nd Street Y with violinist Jaime Laredo and actors Alan Alda and Noah Wyle, performances of Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and percussion at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with pianists Emanuel Ax and Yoko Nozaki, and a performance for the Sonidos Latinos concert series at the Caramoor Music Festival with Paquito D'Rivera. This past summer she presented a solo recital as part of the prestigious B to C (Bach to Contemporary) recital series at the Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, which was broadcast nationally in Japan on NHK television. Her performances can be also heard on Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, New World, Albany, and New Focus Records. .
Ayano Kataoka's time with the NewMusic Initiative will include:
Thursday, October 1210-12 Ms. Kataoka works with percussionists in private lessons
Friday, October 1311am (Recital Hall): Ayano Kataoka speaks on "writing for percussion"2-4pm (Rm 110): Ms. Kataoka works with percussionists in a Master Class setting7:30pm (A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall): CONCERT with music of Huang Ruo, Yasuo Sueyoshi, Morton Feldman, Stuart Saunders-Smith [concert program here]
Saturday, October 1410am (Recital Hall): Ayano reads and records works-in-progress by student composers
[October 13, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]______________________________________________________________________
Wednesday, November 83-4:30 (Recital Hall): Ms. Chase speaks about composing for today's flutist.
Thursday, November 94-5pm (Rm 110): Ms. Chase works with flutists in a Master Class setting7:30pm (A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall): CONCERT with music by Edgard Varese, Felipe Lara, George Lewis, Du Yun, Marcos Balter [see concert program HERE]
Friday, November 1011am-12:30pm (Recital Hall): Mr. Lorenzo in Lecture/Demo on instrument design and creation2-5pm: Mr. Lorenzo works with composers in private lessons
[November 9, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm]__________________________________________________________
ECU School of Music performers focus their talents on the music of ECU composers in these first ever public performances--world premiere performances. The first of three concerts each year dedicated to the newest ideas of these developing young composers. Program [download pdf here] including works by
See the concert program hereCan't get here? Access a live stream.
[November 20, 2017 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]_____________________________________________________________________
Frequencies is an ensemble created and directed entirely by students. These remarkable members of the ECU School of Music's community make programming decisions, form ensembles, rehearse and prepare works for performance. Frequencies is music's future blooming before our ears. Come hear what drives the next generation's musical interests and passions!
Including music by Andrew Thomas, Katherine Hoover, Peter Meechan, Gene Koshinski, Vincent Persichetti, Michael Betteridge, Erkki-Sven Tuur, and Frederic Rzewski.
[February 27, 2018 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]______________________________________________________________________
Jorge Richter, director in a program featuring Frej Wedlund's Half-light on desolation, the winner of our 13th
Annual Orchestral Composition Competition; Bill Robinson's Cello Concerto--featuring NC Symphony Principal Cellist Bonnie Thron--and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture!
[March 17, 2018 Concert @ Wright Auditorium, 7:30pm, free admission.]______________________________________________________________
[March 22, 2018 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]__________________________________________________________________
[March 28, 2018 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]_____________________________________________________________________
[see concert program here.] We're excited to hear the ECU Symphony's WORLD PREMIERE
of Matthew Ricketts's Méloscuro,
a new concerto for piano and orchestra. On April 14, 2018 we'll hear the
orchestra in ECU's Wright Auditorium, and on Sunday, April 15 @ 3pm this
concert will be brought to Goldboro's Paramount Theater.
As the composer selected by ECU music students to receive
a commission through the NewMusic Initiative's unique
Commissioning Program, Matthew Ricketts visited us twice during the
2016-2017 season to collaborate with our students and ensembles, teach, and to
hear some of his sketches read by Dr. Sekino and the orchestra. Under the
direction of Dr. Jorge Richter, we're excited to premiere and record this new
contribution to the piano concerto literature!
Matthew Ricketts is a
Canadian composer. A graduate of McGill University’s Schulich School of Music
(B.Mus. 2009) and Columbia University (DMA 2017), Matthew has studied with
Brian Cherney, John Rea, Chris Paul Harman, George Lewis and Fred Lerdahl. His
music has been featured on festivals and concerts across North America and in
Europe, including Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Nebraska, New York, Austin,
Aspen, Boston and Paris. Matthew is a the recipient of 8 prizes in the SOCAN
Foundation’s Awards for Young Composers, a 2013 ASCAP Morton Gould Young
Composer Award, the 2015 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award, the
2016 Mivos/Kanter Prize, the 2016 Jacob Druckman Prize from the Aspen Music
Festival and the 2016 Lili Boulanger Memorial Fund Prize.
Matthew’s music has been performed by JACK Quartet, Quatuor Bozzini, Mivos
Quartet, The Chiara String Quartet, sopranos Margot Rood, Ellen Wieser, Tony
Arnold and Sharon Harms, Yarn/Wire, the Esprit Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble
Moderne (NEM), Wet Ink, TAK, The Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, The Aspen
Philharmonic Orchestra (Robert Spano, conductor), Jean-Willy Kunz, Pazzia
Collective, Julia Den Boer, Sara Laimon, The Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber
Players, Ensemble Paramirabo, Argento Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ekmeles and
many talented performers of his own generation.
Recent festivals include Le
Nouvel Ensemble Moderne's 2014 FORUM in Montreal, the 2015 Wellesley Composers
Conference and a fellowship at the 2016 Aspen Music Festival; upcoming festivals
include a fellowship at the 2018 Tanglewood Music Festival. Recent and upcoming
projects include new orchestral works with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra
(Kent Nagano, conductor) and the Esprit Orchestra (Alex Pauk, conductor) in
addition to chamber music featuring soprano Christie Finn to premiere in
Stuttgart. Matthew is currently collaborating with renowned writer and
playwright Tomson Highway on a multilingual chamber opera to be premiered by
the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Matthew is Composer/Collaborator-in-Residence
at East Carolina University's NewMusic Initiative, 2016-2018.
[April 16, 2018 Concert @ A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, 7:30pm, free admission.]_____________________________________________________________________