This concert will happen at a private residence on Miami Beach. Seating is limited. Reserve your ticket by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 30, 2016.
I will discuss recent works and play some of them live—myself on piano, Jason Calloway on cello and Vanessa Fourla on flute. These works will include selections from my recent Cineshape series:
The five original musical compositions in the Cineshape series, with a unique instrumental combination of one to seven players, is based on a close and selective reading of a different film. The compositional process involved identifying elements in these films that are not exclusive or explicit to the films, such as motifs, atmospheric qualities and abstract structural models. The objective is not to translate the literal narrative content of the original work nor is it to provide new soundtracks for the existing films. Instead, the Cineshape pieces re-conceptualize specific components of each film to create original materials that are, in turn, specific to music. In an attempt to create something original out of an existing artwork, without appropriation, quotation, or much narrative reference, unique relationships have been developed between those technical and formalistic elements that are shared in films and music.
The video was developed through a close collaboration with the composer and video artist, Aaron Henderson. His new videos are inspired by the original music and films. In addition, much of the imagery is the result of collaborations with scientists at the University of Pittsburgh who are researching extremely fast, extremely small, and exquisitely ordered things.
The compositions of Amy Williams have been presented at renowned contemporary music venues in the United States, Australia, Asia and Europe, including the Thailand International Composition Festival, Ars Musica (Belgium), Gaudeamus Music Week (Netherlands), Dresden New Music Days (Germany), Musikhøst (Denmark), Festival Aspekte (Austria), Festival Musica Nova (Brazil), Roulette and Bargemusic (New York), LA County Museum of Art, Piano Spheres (Los Angeles) and Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music. Her works have been performed by leading contemporary music soloists and ensembles, including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Aleph, Dal Niente, Wet Ink, Talujon, Empyrean Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, California E.A.R. Unit, Dinosaur Annex, International Contemporary Ensemble, h2 Saxophone Quartet, Bent Frequency, pianists Ursula Oppens, Corey Hamm and Amy Briggs, and bassist Robert Black. Her pieces appear on the Albany, Parma, VDM (Italy), Blue Griffin, Centaur and New Ariel labels. As a member of the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo, Williams has performed at important new music festivals and series throughout Europe and the Americas. The Duo has recorded five critically-acclaimed CDs for Wergo (works of Nancarrow, Stravinsky, Varèse/Feldman and Kurtág), as well as appearing on the Neos and Albany labels.
Williams was the recipient of a Howard Foundation Fellowship for 2008-2009, a Fromm Music Foundation Commission in 2009, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015-2016, the 2016 Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a 2016 Koussevitsky Commission to write a new piece for soprano Tony Arnold and the JACK Quartet. Amy Williams holds a Ph.D. in composition from the University at Buffalo, where she also received her Master's degree in piano performance. She has taught at Bennington College and Northwestern University and is currently Associate Professor of Composition at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the Artistic Director of the New Music on the Point Festival in Vermont. www.amywilliamsmusic.com