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2014 Cortona Sessions for new music 21 june - 5 july, 2014 hotel oasi neumann cortona, italy

PERFORMANCE FACULTY kivie cahn-lipman, cello rachel calloway, mezzo-soprano mary fukushima, flute eric garcia, conductor amir khosrowpour, piano michael kirkendoll, piano ari streisfeld, violin ensemble-in-residence: h2 saxophone quartet geoffrey deibel, saxophone jeffrey loeffert, saxophone kimberly goddard loeffert, saxophone jonathan nichol, saxophone COMPOSITION FACULTY gabriela lena frank forrest pierce stevan tickmayer SPECIAL GUESTS Civitella Ranieri Composition Fellows

produced by the DuoSolo Foundation Artistic Directors Mary Fukushima & Michael Kirkendoll

2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music

2014 CORTONA SESSIONS for new music Produced by the DuoSolo Foundation Artistic Directors: DuoSolo | Mary Fukushima & Michael Kirkendoll

table of contents 2 | welcome/about cortona sessions 3 | list of Cortona Fellows 4 | about DuoSolo 5 | 2014 Sessions Faculty 16 | daily schedule 19 | concert/event programs 36 | participant bios 42 | 2014 wine tour 43 | wine buying guide 44 | dining guide/world cup schedule



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benvenuto! Welcome to the 2014 Cortona Sessions! We are very excited to share the beauty of Cortona with all of you, and hope these two weeks provide each of you with a musical experience that is inspiring, fulfilling, nurturing, and energizing. Each of you is joining the Cortona Family and will leave the Sessions as ‘Fellows’, garnering the support and encouragement of all of us on the faculty as your musical careers develop. We strive to support each of our Fellows by providing performance opportunities, nonprofit support, advice, and recommendations for years to come. Following their Cortona experiences, our Fellows have gone on to found new-music ensembles, entered graduate programs in contemporary performance, been finalists and winners of major international composition prizes, created innvocative concert series, and have been hired to university faculties in the U.S. and abroad. We look forward to sharing in your future successes! Enjoy your time in Italy and let the Tuscan sun fill you with joy. Open yourselves up to fully living la dolce vita. Eat some gelato, drink some wine, and enjoy the nightly passeggiata. Share in the enthusiasm of a supportive and immensely-talented music community. These are the experiences that make the Cortona Sessions unique. Benvenuto alla famiglia! ~DuoSolo Mary Fukushima | Michael Kirkendoll founders/artistic directors

about the cortona sessions The Cortona Sessions for New Music was founded in 2010 by the members of DuoSolo, Mary Fukushima and Michael Kirkendoll. Now in its fifth season, the Sessions have presented over 200 world premiere performances by composers from the U.S., Europe, South America, and Asia. The Sessions strive to provide continued support for its Fellows, in the form of future commissions, invitations to facultysponsored festivals like the OK New Music Project, and opportunities to apply for grant support via the DuoSolo Foundation. The continued growth of the Sessions has brought about partnerships with the Swedish Society of Composers, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation whose resident fellows share their work with the Sessions each summer.



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cortona sessions fellows 2010 Stephen Bachicha Jason Barabba Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer Breanna Ellison Gilbert Galindo Anne Guzzo Leo Hurley Laura Marsh Nicholas Omiccioli Marcílio Onofre Julie Penner Christopher Prosser Jessica Rudman Julia Snell Hainu Tan Sophia Tegart Jeanette Wong 2011 Ron Amchin Jason Barabba Kelley Barnett Julian Day Kristen Dye Caitlin Foster Jacob Gunnels Kay He Dana Limpert Cesar Mantufar Paul Poston Ramteen Sazeghari Björn Sikström Michael Spicer Matthew Taylor Erin Tomkins Ryan Woodhouse

2014 Clay Allen Grant Bingham Sean Bradley Yu-Hsin Chang Andrew Cole Ariel Downs Kate Duncan Frederick Evans Antoine Fachard Stella Fiorenzoli Edo Frenkel Turkar Gasimzada Caitlin Gilmore Ana María Hernandez Jake Hewitt Peter Katz William Kenlon Aaron Kirschner Chelsea Komschlies Steven Kowaleski Lindsay Laird Dana Malseptic Curren Myers Lauren Parks Samuel Parilla Alexandra Porter Dave Reminick Jonathan Russ Aaron Singleton Tina Tallon Catalina von Wrangell Andrew Yoon

2012 Michael Catania Jason Charney Caitlin Foster Jason Gerraughty Alice Hinshaw Anna Hoard Kevin Laba Yayu Li Daniel Liu Yangzhi Ma Paige Martin Ryo Nakayama Chris Prosser Jared Redmond Kim Rivera Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie Theresa Silveyra Tom Strauser Tina Tallon Mallory Turlington MoJiao Wang Sharra Wagner Dave Waugh Jennifer Weiman 2013 Kelley Barnett Adam Borecki Brendan Faegre Patrick Gutman Alice Hinshaw Devinder Kumar Kyle Malone Lisa Neher Kelly Lynn Pierce Theresa Silveyra Nick Virzi Dakota Wayne Yiguo Yan Chun-Ju-Yen Mary Young



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DuoSolo | DuoSolo Foundation DuoSolo was founded in 2006 by flutist Mary Fukushima and pianist Michael Kirkendoll with the mission to explore the most complex and challenging work for flute/piano duo in the contemporary repertoire. As virtuoso solo performers, DuoSolo seeks to demonstrate the diversity and range of contemporary compositional idioms by performing music that steps away from the traditional soloist/accompanist model and puts both instruments on equal footing. In addition to the complex duo repertoire that frames each program, a DuoSolo concert always features contemporary solo repertoire for each instrument as well. This programming style allows DuoSolo to present an immense variety of repertoire, creating recitals that open audiences to all avenues in contemporary music performance and composition. To date, DuoSolo has commissioned or premiered over one hundred new works by composers including David Rakowski, Gabriela Lena Frank, Forrest Pierce, and numerous emerging composers. A major part of DuoSolo’s activity is to expand this repertoire through commissioning and educational projects, including the Cortona Sessions for New Music. The Cortona Sessions is DuoSolo’s summer educational program in Italy which brings young composers and performers together for collaboration, study, and performance of new works. The members of DuoSolo have shared their passion for new music at festivals and with orchestras around the U.S., including the Indianapolis Symphony, the Indiana State University New Music Festival, and with Jennifer Higdon at the University of Wyoming New Frontiers Festival. DuoSolo is the recipient of grants from the American Composers Forum and United States Artists. Their debut CD entitled Bison Circles, featuring the flute and piano music of American composer Forrest Pierce, will be released in 2014. DuoSolo currently resides in Oklahoma where they sponsor the OK New Music Project. Beginning in the fall of 2014, DuoSolo will return to Lawrence, KS and continue their and work to encourage the appreciation of new music from audiences in communities throughout the Great Plains.

The DuoSolo Foundation

The DuoSolo Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was established in 2008 to provide the members of DuoSolo with support for commissioning, performance, and educational activities in the field of contemporary music. The foundation produces the Cortona Sessions for New Music, and offers organizational support to Cortona Fellows and faculty. In addition, the DuoSolo Foundation sponsors concert and commissioning activities including the OK New Music Project and the Cortona Collective.



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2014 Cortona Sessions Faculty Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Geoffrey Deibel, saxophone Gabriela Lena Frank, composition Mary Fukushima, flute Eric Garcia, conductor Amir Khosrowpour, piano Michael Kirkendoll, piano Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, saxophone Jeffrey Loeffert, saxophone Jonathan Nichol, saxophone Forrest Pierce, composition Ari Streisfeld, violin Stevan Tickmayer, composition h2 saxophone quartet, ensemble-in-residence



kivie cahn-lipman, cello

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Kivie Cahn-Lipman holds degrees from Oberlin and Juilliard and is a DMA candidate at CCM. He taught cello in a full-time position shared between Smith College and Mount Holyoke College from 2005-2012. He the founding cellist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), as well as gambist, lironist, and Accidental Director of ACRONYM, a new period-instrument ensemble. An avid performer of contemporary music, Kivie has played more than 500 solo and small ensemble world premieres and has worked with many of the world’s great living composers, including Pierre Boulez, George Crumb, and Kaija Saariaho. He has recorded with ICE on the Naxos, New Focus, Bridge, New Amsterdam, Tzadik, ECM, Kairos, Mode, and Nonesuch labels. As a chamber musician, Kivie has performed in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, and other major venues on three continents, as well as live on WNYC 93.9 in New York and WFMT 98.7 in Chicago. His first solo CD, the complete Cello Suites of J.S. Bach, was released on New Focus Recordings in 2014, along with ACRONYM's debut recordings of the music of Johann Pezel and Antonio Bertali.

Last season, Ms. Calloway made her Latin American debut at the Festival Internacional Cervantino alongside the Amernet String Quartet and sang the world premiere of Gabriela Frank’s Santos with the San Francisco Girls’ Choir and Joana Carneiro. She created the title role in the first staged production of Mohammed Fairouz’s Sumedia’s Song in the inaugural Prototype Festival in New York City and returned to France for performances of Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. She also appeared with Ensemble Signal, Alarm Will Sound and the contemporary vocal ensemble Ekmeles. She made her Lincoln Center Festival debut alongside Ensemble Signal in Monkey Opera: Journey to the West and appeared at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival singing works by Brahms and George Crumb. Ms. Calloway made her European debut as “Mrs. Grose” in The Turn of the Screw at Opéra de Reims, Athénée Théâtre Louis-Jovet (Paris, France), and Opéra de Lille. She also gave the world premiere of Mohammad Fairouz’s Third Symphony at Miller Theater. Among her recent highlights are debuts with the Berkeley Symphony under Joana Carneiro and Cal Performances with Lorin Maazel and the Castleton Festival. Ms. Calloway has also performed with Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival in Virginia as well as at Tulsa Opera, Central City Opera, Gotham Chamber Opera, and Glimmerglass Opera. She has performed in concert at the Kennedy Center with the Biava Quartet under the auspices of Pro Musica Hebraica.

rachel calloway – mezzo soprano

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway has established herself as one of the most versatile singers of her generation. Praised by the New York Times for her “penetrating clarity” and “considerable depth of expression” and by Opera News for her “adept musicianship and dramatic flair,” her 2013 – 2014 season includes performances with Ensemble Signal, Gotham Chamber Opera, the contemporary vocal chamber ensemble Ekmeles, the 2013 Next Wave Festival at BAM, Chameleon Arts Ensemble in Boston, the Amernet String Quartet at Bowdoin University, the Copland House, and America Opera Projects. She sings the world premiere of Steven Stucky and Jeremy Denk’s opera, The Classical Style, at the Ojai Music Festival this spring and joins the faculty of the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy this June.

A proponent of contemporary and lesser-known music, Ms. Calloway gave the world world premiere of New Andean Songs by Gabriela Lena Frank on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella series at Walt Disney Concert Hall. She has sung works by many of today’s leading composers, including Georg Friederich Haas, Unsuk Chin, Oliver Knussen, Harrison Birtwhistle, Beat Furrer, and Nico Muhly, among others. She has performed Pierrot Lunaire at Alice Tully Hall, Columbia University, and the Juilliard School



2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music and has appeared in the FOCUS! Festival of New Music in addition to giving the world premiere of Steven Stucky’s orchestration of Wolf’s Spanisches Liederbuch as a guest artist at Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Calloway is a founding member of Shir Ami, an ensemble dedicated to the preservation and performance of Jewish art music suppressed by the Nazis and Soviets.

geoffrey deibel – saxophone

Ms. Calloway was a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts and has also received awards from the Metropolitan Opera National Council and first prize in the Arts Recognition and Talent Search sponsored by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts as well as two Central City Opera Young Artist Awards. As winner of the Eisenberg-Fried Concerto Competition, she performed Ravel’s Shéhérazade with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, conducted by George Manahan. She can be heard on Albany Records. A native of Philadelphia, Ms.Calloway holds degrees from both the Juilliard School (BM) and Manhattan School of Music (MM) and maintains an active teaching studio. She lives in New York City with her husband, violinist Ari Streisfeld, and their dog Wesley.

A Washington, D.C. native, Geoffrey Deibel is emerging as an important voice for the saxophone and contemporary music. He maintains a multi-faceted career as performer, teacher, and researcher. Recent concert highlights include performances at Merkin Hall and Zankel Hall (NYC), and recitals in Stuttgart, Germany, Cortona, Italy, and in Wichita, KS. Geoff has been an invited guest lecturer at Die Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Stuttgart, at University College Cork, Ireland, and many Universities in the US. He has appeared at the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, the International Iannis Xenakis Festival in Athens, Greece, and World Saxophone Congresses in the UK, Europe, and Thailand. Geoff has commissioned new works by both established and emerging composers, including Drew Baker, Nathan Davis, Claudio Gabriele, David Rakowski, and Jesse Ronneau. He has also premiered the music of Jason Eckardt, Hiroyki Itoh, Pierre Jodlowski, Marc Mellits, David Reminick, Elliott Sharp, Jagoda Szmytka, Mari Takano, Hans Thomalla, and Amy Williams, and has worked with John Adams, Bernard Rands, Howard Sandroff, and Christopher Adler, among many others. Geoff has been frequently featured on the New Music Chicago and Soundfield series in Chicago, and has been a guest at the Drake University New Music Series and Chamber Music Midwest.

Geoff is a member of the critically acclaimed h2 quartet, first prize winners at the Fischoff Competition, recent finalists at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and recipients of an Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant. The American Record Guide has hailed h2 as a group of "artistic commitment...boasting superb blend, solid technique, [and] tight rhythm." h2 has three recordings available (Generations, Times & Spaces, and Groove Machine), and maintains a nonprofit organization to promote the creation of new works for the saxophone quartet. Geoff is also a seasoned orchestral performer, and serves as principal saxophonist with the Wichita Symphony. He has also performed with the New World Symphony (Miami) and Grant Park Symphony, as well as numerous regional orchestras in Michigan, and has worked with conductors such as David Robertson, Roberto Abbado, and HK Gruber. As a jazz musician, Geoff has performed with the Grand Rapids Jazz Orchestra and the Truth in Jazz Orchestra, and has performed locally on the Fisch Haus Jazz Series. He has also had the opportunity to perform alongside Ruben Alvarez, Ron Blake, Allison Miller, James Moody, and Matt Wilson. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Wichita Jazz Festival. Geoff holds degrees in history and music from Northwestern University, and a doctoral degree from Michigan State University. His principal teachers have included Joseph Lulloff, Frederick Hemke, Leo



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gabriela lena frank – composition

Saguiguit, and Reginald Jackson. Geoff has held teaching positions at Grand Valley State University, Alma College, and the University of Florida. He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Wichita State University. Geoff is a Selmer and Vandoren performing artist, and performs on Selmer Paris Saxophones and Vandoren reeds and mouthpieces exclusively.

Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Gabriela Lena Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. Inspired by the works of Bela Bartók and Alberto Ginastera, Gabriela has travelled extensively throughout South America and her pieces reflect and refract her studies of Latin-American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework. Winner of a Latin Grammy and nominated for Grammys as both composer and pianist, Gabriela also holds a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Artist Fellowship given each year to fifty of the country’s finest artists. Her work has been described as “crafted with unselfconscious mastery” (Washington Post), “brilliantly effective” (New York Times), “a knockout” (Chicago Tribune” and “glorious” (Los Angeles Times). A member of the Silk Road Ensemble, Gabriela is regularly commissioned by luminaries such as cellist Yo Yo Ma, soprano Dawn Upshaw, the King’s Singers, and the Kronos Quartet. She is also commissioned and performed by premiere orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. In 2013, she began her tenure as composer-in-residence with the Detroit Symphony and maestro Leonard Slatkin and continues her longstanding creative relationship with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz on operatic works.

Gabriela’s life and music is featured in multiple scholarly books including the W.W. Norton Anthology: The Musics of Latin America. She is also the feature subject of multiple PBS documentaries: “Peregrinos/Pilgrims: A Musical Journey,” documenting her symphony inspired by interviews with Hispanic immigrants in Indianapolis, Indiana; “Compadre Huashayo,” documenting her work in Quito, Ecuador composing for the Orquestra de Instrumentos Andinos comprised entirely of native highland instruments; and “Música Mestiza,” documenting a workshop uniting indigenous Andean musicians and a classically-trained string quartet at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to premiere original new work. Gabriela earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Rice University in Houston, Texas and her doctorate at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her primary teachers in piano have been Jeanne Kierman Fischer and Logan Skelton and her primary teacher in composition has been William Bolcom. She currently makes her home in the Bay Area and travels frequently in South America.

mary fukushima – flute

A flutist for the 21st Century, Mary Fukushima has packed away her Mozart and Poulenc scores in exchange for wildly-adventurous and innovative contemporary music. Despite successful and immensely gratifying past performances of the traditional repertoire, including solo performances of Mozart Concerti with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Mary’s passion and inspiration is fully focused on the works of living composers. Mary ventured fully into modern music for her 2006 Carnegie Hall debut, which was praised as a “powerhouse performance” by critics from NY Concert Review…there was no looking back. Over 50 world-premiere performances later, she is still on a mission to seek out and commission new



2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music works for her flute/piano duo, DuoSolo, and to introduce them to new audiences and communities, particularly smaller communities in the Great Plains. These performances, as well as collaborative and chamber performances with ensembles such as the Manhattan Sinfonietta and the Gotham City Orchestra, as well as regular performances with friends and colleagues at the Cortona Sessions for New Music, are why she plays the flute. In addition, Mary still performs regularly with a number of regional orchestras in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Kansas. In 2008, Mary and her duo partner Michael Kirkendoll formed the DuoSolo Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the creation, performance, and education of new music. In 2010, the foundation presented the first annual Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy, bringing performers and composers together for two weeks of performance, study, and collaboration. The DuoSolo Foundation's educational programs have supported the creation and performance of over 300 new works since 2009.

eric garcia – conductor

Mary has taught at Pittsburg State University and the University of Kansas. She holds degrees from the University of Kansas (DMA), Manhattan School of Music (MM), and Long Island University (BFA), where her primary teachers were David Fedele, Linda Chesis, and Bradley Garner. In addition to her musical endeavors, Mary is also a yogi, teaching and practicing in Stillwater, OK. When she is not learning some hard-ass flute piece or practicing “Darth-Vader” yoga breathing, you will likely find Mary running with her dog Mr. Sam, or ‘hanging out’ on the rock wall at the climbing gym.

Dr. Eric Garcia currently serves as Director of Orchestral Studies and Associate Professor of Conducting at Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining OSU, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, where he conducted the orchestra in community, education, pops, popular culture, seasonal, and subscription concerts. Most recently, he has served as cover conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In Seattle, Garcia guest conducted the Octava Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra Seattle, Philharmonia Northwest, Rainier Symphony, Northwest Boychoir, Pacific Youth Choir, Seattle Chamber Singers and Vocalpoint Seattle. Garcia previously served as Director of Orchestral Activities and Professor of Conducting at the University of Evansville (Indiana), Music Director of the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and Symphony Orchestra Director at St. Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. Garcia has also served as Assistant Conductor for the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. As a committed advocate of music education, Garcia has served as guest conductor and clinician for high school orchestras throughout the country.

An avid conductor of contemporary music, Garcia has premiered numerous student compositions and worked directly with such esteemed composers as John Adams, Sergio Assad, George Crumb, Frank Ferko, David Lang, Lowell Lieberman, and Jay Alan Yim. In the summer of 2014, he will serve as conductor for the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy. Garcia was a recipient of the Bruno Walter Foundation Scholarship to attend the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, where he worked with Marin Alsop. He was also a member of the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he worked with Nicholas Kraemer, Murry Sidlin, Leonard Slatkin and David Zinman. His principal conducting teacher is Victor Yampolsky. Additional conducting teachers include Peter Bay, Dan Lewis, Gustav Meier and Larry Rachleff. Garcia received a Doctorate of Music and a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University. He received a Bachelor of Music in Music Theory from the University of Texas at Austin.



amir khosrowpour – piano

2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music The Performer: Praised by The Los Angeles Times as having “irresistible verve, unpretentious directness, and fingers of steel,” pianist and composer Amir Khosrowpour “seeks out what is new and vital and delivers it with passion, considerable drama, and poetry” (NY Concert Review). In 2011, he performed in an Allora&Calzadilla exhibition at MoMA in New York. Their piece calls for the pianist to stand in a hole cut out of the middle of the piano, and to play Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from the opposite side of the keyboard. The work was on the Top 10 list of The New York Times. Khosrowpour traveled to Milan in Fall 2013 for the same exhibit. This marked his fifth visit to Italy in three years. Last year, in collaboration with Turin-based filmmaker and artist Simone Catania, he played his own composition for piano in a fog-filled art gallery whilst hanging from the ceiling. In addition, Khosrowpour gave several solo concerts featuring improvisation, which is also a trademark of his duo, Corky Has a Band (with pianist David Broome). 2013 marks their third season of concerts based on improvisation, guest artist showcases, audience participation, and general silliness. Previous shows have included a book burning, a quartet with themselves onscreen, and a music video about the alphabet. The composer: As a company composer for The Actors Company Theatre, Khosrowpour has scored for fifteen of their readings and productions. He is working with playwrights Andrea Thome and Edith Freni on two musicals (one has zombies in it), and has collaborated with NYC dance companies including Kathryn Wilkening, C. Eule Dance, Nicoll+Oreck, and the 92Y. His music accompanied Nicoll+Oreck to Scandinavia for performances in November 2012.

The Instructor: Khosrowpour has developed programs for students in an advanced videoconferencing program called Distance-Learning at Manhattan School of Music. He has presented to students in New York State, Indiana, Florida, Ohio, and even Norway, and has given professional development to teachers in Pennsylvania. He has served as faculty at the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp in Colorado, Camp MSM (Manhattan School of Music), and The Cortona Sessions for New Music in Italy. The Student: After graduating with Distinction from the University of Kansas, earning a B.M. in Piano and Composition, Khosrowpour continued his piano studies at Manhattan School of Music, completing the Master of Music and Doctorate of Musical Arts degrees. He is most thankful for his mentors, Scott McBride Smith, Jack Winerock, and Phillip Kawin. The Swell Guy: He lives in The Bronx with his Steinway (won in a 2002 competition), his fat black cat (found in a Bronx park), and his fiancé (coerced in her Iowa hometown). Still practicing, still writing, still thinking up crazy stuff.

michael kirkendoll – piano

Bridging the gaps between old and new, Michael Kirkendoll is a not your everyday pianist. Equally at home in the worlds of Beethoven and Haydn as in those of Frederic Rzewski and John Cage, Michael’s concerts are unique musical experiences leaving audiences eager for the next performance. His performances in the U.S., Europe, and Southeast Asia have garnered great praise by audiences and critics alike. Following multiple performances as a finalist in the American Pianists Association Classical Fellowship Awards, critics hailed him as “the very model of a 21st Century musician”, calling his performances “inspired” showcasing “extraordinary” technical gifts and “superior intelligence.” His performance of John Corigliano’s Piano Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra “dazzled from the moment he sat down at the keyboard” and his collaboration with the Parker String Quartet in the Shostakovich Piano Quintet “had you hanging on every phrase.” Michael’s 1999 tour of France’s Loire Valley featuring music by Chopin, Beethoven, and Ravel was heralded as “astonishing, regal, and eloquent” (La République, Orléans). Similar praise came after Michael substituted on 36 hours notice for a performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto in Merkin Hall, New York City.



2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music A dedicated advocate for the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Since 2006, he has premiered nearly one hundred new works as either soloist or collaborator. His talents for this music extend far beyond the typical pianistic arsenal of octaves and arpeggios. Michael possesses a deep and powerful voice and a lack of inhibition allowing him to perform with great skill some of the 20th-21st centuries most avant-garde works for theatrical pianist, including Frederic Rzewski’s De Profundis and Jerome Kitzke’s Sunflower Sutra. Michael’s work with Frederic Rzewski led to the 2007 premiere of the Nanosonatas, Book 1. In addition to the music of Rzewski and Kitzke, his programs feature a diverse range of contemporary styles, with music by such composers as David Rakowski, Charles Ives, Bruno Mantovani, Jacob Ter Veldhuis, Olivier Messiaen, and David Lang. In 2002, Michael began a duo with flutist Mary Fukushima. Today, they are known as DuoSolo, and are devoted to promoting the music of living composers in genre-bending concerts featuring both solo and duo repertoire for flute and piano. In 2006, DuoSolo made their Carnegie Hall debut with a program of music from the last 60 years, including the NY premiere of Gabriela Frank’s Sueños de Chambi: Snapshots for an Andean Album. The performers were deemed “powerhouses” by the New York Concert Review, and Michael’s playing was lauded as “thought-provoking” and “without fault.” DuoSolo has since performed around the U.S., Europe and Asia, giving world premieres of music by a diverse group of composers. Michael is also president of the DuoSolo Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization to support the commissioning, performance, recording, and promotion of contemporary music. Under the auspices of the DuoSolo Foundation, DuoSolo directs the Cortona Sessions for New Music, a summer festival dedicated to bringing composers and performers together for world premiere performances, held in Cortona, Italy. Michael’s programming philosophy is to make the concert experience filled with emotional hills and valleys of laughter, nervousness, and passion, keeping both himself and his audiences connected and involved throughout the program. With a repertoire spanning the centuries, Michael is dedicated to educating and finding new audiences, wherever he goes. Seeking out interesting venues from museums to jazz clubs and lecture halls, he always introduces his music in an informed and personal way, making concerts a shared experience for both performer and listener. Michael will join the esteemed piano faculty of the University of Kansas in 2014. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Piano and director of the Frontiers New Music Ensemble at Oklahoma State University. He has earned degrees from the University of Kansas (DMA, BM) and the Manhattan School of Music (MM). When not at the piano, Michael can be found enjoying fine wine, cooking, golfing, or playing with his dog, Sam. Michael is also the author of the food and wine blog, The Uncorked Pianist.

jeffrey loeffert - saxophone Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert is the Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Theory at Oklahoma State University. Loeffert is a very active chamber musician. As a founding member of the h2 quartet, Loeffert has won numerous chamber music prizes including First Place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, First Place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, First Place at the Union Française des Artistes Musiciens Chamber Music Competition (France), First Place in the Northwestern University Chamber Music Competition, and First Place in the Michigan State University Concerto Competition. Loeffert has also been a finalist in the Concert Artists Guild Competition, Chesapeake Bay Chamber Music Competition, the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, and a three-time finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. Loeffert is featured on six commercially available discs and a DVD, as well as on a PBS television episode of Backstage Pass, which offers viewers a first-hand look at the inner workings of a top-flight chamber ensemble through live in-studio performances and interviews with the ensemble members. Loeffert has performed at such prestigious venues as the Avalon Theatre in Easton, Maryland; the Cankar Dom in Ljubljana, Slovenia; Clowes Hall in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Guarnerius Center for the Performing Arts in Belgrade, Serbia; the National Concert Hall in Dublin, Ireland; the Sarajevo Music Academy in



2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music Sarajevo, Bosnia; the Times Center and Merkin Hall in New York City; and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California; in addition to university recital halls across the country. An advocate of new music, Loeffert has premiered works by Drew Baker, Ross Bauer, Karl Blench, Jongyun Choi, Benjamin Fuhrman, Takuma Itoh, Igor Karaca, David MacDonald, John Mackey, Marc Mellits, Victor Marquez-Barrios, Roger W. Petersen, Forrest Pierce, David Rakowski, Jesse Ronneau, Matthew Schoendorff, Amy Williams, and Daniel Wohl, among others.

kimberly goddard loeffert – saxophone

Loeffert graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Music double major in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies. At Northwestern, Loeffert won the Program Honors Award for his graduating class. A Frank Huntington Beebe Scholar, Loeffert studied in Paris at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Cergy-Pontoise where he received the Medaille d'Or à l’Unanimité – Saxophone, and the Medaille d'Or à l’Unanimité – Musique de Chambre. Loeffert also studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Boulogne-Billancourt where he received the diploma Cycle d'Orientation Professionnel with an emphasis in contemporary music. Loeffert completed graduate studies at Michigan State University (MSU) as the recipient of a University Distinguished Fellowship. He received a Master of Music degree and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Saxophone Performance as well as a Master of Music degree in Music Theory Pedagogy. At MSU, he was awarded the Paul Harder Award for music theory and composition. Loeffert studied music theory under Bruce Campbell, Gordon Sly, Bruce Taggart, and Leigh Van Handel. His primary saxophone teachers include Bob Chreste, Jean-Yves Fourmeau, Jean-Michel Goury, Frederick L. Hemke, Joseph Lulloff, and Scott Plugge. Loeffert has had additional studies with Jan Berry Baker, Griffin Campbell, Masahito Sugihara, and Kelland Thomas, and significant support and mentorship from David Dees and John Nichol.Loeffert is a Yamaha and Vandoren Performing Artist and plays exclusively on Yamaha saxophones and Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.

A founding member of the h2 quartet, Kimberly Goddard Loeffert is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Oklahoma State University. Her current research interests include performance and analysis of chamber music, musical gesture, and the theory and analysis of music since 1980. Loeffert has taught music theory, saxophone, and chamber music at Michigan State University and music theory and aural skills at Florida State University where she is a Ph.D. Candidate in Music Theory. Loeffert earned a DMA and MM in Saxophone Performance, as well as an MM in Music Theory Pedagogy from Michigan State University. She holds a BM in Saxophone Performance and Jazz Studies from Northwestern University. Her primary saxophone teachers have included Joe Lulloff, Dr. Frederick Hemke, and Dr. Joseph Wytko. An active chamber musician, Loeffert has won numerous chamber music prizes as a member of the h2 quartet, including First Place at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and First Place at the North American Saxophone Alliance Quartet Competition, among others. She can also be heard on five commercially available discs and a nationally-syndicated PBS television episode of Backstage Pass. Loeffert has performed at prestigious venues around the world, including the Cankar Dom (Slovenia), the Guarnerius Center for the Performing Arts (Serbia), Merkin Hall (New York City), the National Concert Hall (Ireland), the Sarajevo Music Academy (Bosnia), the Siam Paragon (Thailand), the University of St. Andrews (Scotland), and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), in addition to university recital halls across the country. An advocate for new music, Loeffert has commissioned and/or premiered works by Drew Baker, Karl Blench, Jongyun Choi, Benjamin Fuhrman, Takuma Itoh, Igor Kara a, David MacDonald, John Mackey, Marc Mellits, Victor Marquez-Barrios, Roger W. Petersen, David Rakowski, Jesse Ronneau, Matthew Schoendorff, Amy Williams, and Daniel Wohl, among others. Jonathan Nichol is the Assistant Professor of the University of Oklahoma. He holds a Doctor of



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jonathan nichol – saxophone Master of Music degree (2007) from

Musical Arts degree (2010) and a

Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Michigan University (2005). Nichol's primary teachers have been John Nichol, Joseph Lulloff, Rob Smith, Diego Rivera, and Rodney Whitaker. He was a recipient of the prestigious Michigan State University Distinguished Fellowship. Nichol is a Presser Scholar (CMU, 2004) and was the winner of the Central Michigan University Concerto Competition and two-time winner of the Michigan State University Concerto Competition. Nichol recently performed Michael Torke's Saxophone Concerto with the Alma Symphony Orchestra and William Bolcom's Concert Suite with the Grand Valley State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Nichol has performed with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, Gene Krupa Orchestra, The Four Tops, The Fifth Dimension, Lansing Symphony Big Band, Flint Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, the Machine (Pink Floyd tribute band), and the Nichol Trio.

forrest pierce – composition

Farhad Forrest Pierce, composer and watcher of the night sky, lives in Lawrence, Kansas. Blessed with an unusual capacity for enthusiasm, and an unnatural delight in delight, he has written 200 or so compositions, which include vocal, chamber, and choral music in equal measure. Winner of the Barlow Prize, the Ortus and Avalon international competitions, as well the international choral competitions of the Boston Chamber Singers and Boston Choral Ensemble, Pierce is nevertheless flatlandishly obscure. Educated at Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, and University of Puget Sound, he was raised in the dry Columbia Plateau region of eastern Washington State, the grandson of Dust Bowl immigrants. At one time or another a student of Tango, piano, North Indian classical singing, cello, poetry, and Chishti Sufism, he teaches and drinks espresso at the University of Kansas, and serves on the vividly convivial faculty of the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Tuscany.

ari streisfeld – violin

Recent projects include a 12-year commission for 150 psalms from the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, new choral music for Volti, the BBC Singers and the Latvian Radio Choir, a concert-length service of Christian scripture for soprano and Indian Harmonium too strange to describe here, upcoming chamber works for the H2 quartet and the trio stark raving, and a zen opera for anthropomorphic woodland creatures and human dancers entitled Zen Master Raven.

Ari Streisfeld has quickly established himself as an avid interpreter of contemporary classical music through performances with Ensemble Dal Niente (Chicago), Juventas Ensemble (Boston), Signal Ensemble (New York), and as a founding member of the critically acclaimed JACK Quartet (New York). Ari has worked closely with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Matthias Pintscher, Steve Mackey, Toshio Hosokawa, Georg Friedrich Haas, and Aaron Cassidy and has performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, Le Poisson Rouge, the Venice Biennale, and Wigmore Hall. He has attended the Music Academy of the West, New York String Orchestra Seminar, Kent/Blossom Music Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, and the Lucerne Festival Academy. He has soloed with the Kennett Symphony Orchestra and the Northwestern Philharmonia. As a winner of the 2008 Boston University Concerto Competition, Ari performed the Berg Violin Concerto with the Boston University Symphony Orchestra. As a composer Ari was a recipient of the 2000 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards. The Los Angeles Times said his arrangements of music by Machaut and Gesualdo were "imaginatively arranged for string quartet." He received his BM at the Eastman School of Music, MM at Northwestern University, and his DMA from Boston University. His teachers have included Zvi Zeitlin, Almita Vamos, and Peter Zazofsky. Ari has recorded for Mode, Albany, and Cantaloupe Records. He currently resides in New York City.



stevan tickmayer - composition

2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music Composer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser and essayist Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer was born in 1963 Novi Sad, Vojvodina, ex-Yugoslavia as a member of a Hungarian national minority. Since the outburst of the civil war in his native country (1991) he lives and works in France. During the early years of his music education he studied piano & double bass. Later on graduated in composition at the Academy Of Arts in Novi Sad under Rudolf Brucci, and completed his studies with Louis Andriessen & Diderick Wagenaar at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague ( Netherlands ). At the Rotterdam Conservatory he attended lecturers of Witlod Lutoslawski and received a scholarship from the Polish Section of ISCM. Since 1997 studied with György and Marta Kurtàg , as well as world premiered Kurtag's Six Pieces For Trombone & Piano , in De Ysbreker, Amsterdam. Still as a student, in 1986 he formed his ensemble Tickmayer Formatio , employing classical trained musicians along with new jazz and avant-garde rock performers. The group was active until the year 2001, leaving behind many concert performances and choreographic collaborations. For three years Tickmayer was a member of the editorial of New Symposium, a magazine for social questions, art & culture in Novi Sad. In this period he has curated and organized two international festivals for contemporary music & art. In 1988, he gave lectures in summer course for improvised & composed music in Szombathely (Hungary). During the seven years long collaboration with the choreographer Josef Nadj in France, he toured with the company as a musician or sound engineer, participating at the most important theater festivals and venues throughout Europe and abroad.Tickmayer adapted the well known novel by Aleksandar Tisma: The Book of Blam as a music theater piece, premiered in Amsterdam in 1997.

Upon the invitation of Gidon Kremer, Tickmayer was the composer in residence at the Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus in 2003 and in 2009 and at the Kremerata Baltica Festival in Sigulda (Latvia) where several of his compositions were performed as well as world premiered. He has also served residencies at Art Omi (USA, 1999) and Civitella Ranieri Center (Italy/USA, 2007). His compositions have been performed by Gidon Kremer, Martha Argerich, Kremerata Baltica, Keller Quartet, David Geringas, Roman Kofman, Yuri Bashmet (as conductor), Tatiana Vassilieva, Khatia Bunaitishvili, Alexei Ogrintchouk,The Moscow Solists, The Netherlands Wind Ensemble, De Volharding, Seattle Chamber Players, Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, Le Concert Impromptu and many others. As an improviser and non-classical musician he collaborated with musicians and groups as: Chris Cutler , Fred Frith , Robert Drake , Valentin Clastrier, Wu Fei, Peter Kowald, Szabados György, Paul Termos , Grencso Istvan, Dresch Mihaly ; The Science Group (one of the founders and composer) and Thinking Plague . He also wrote numerous arrangements for Iva Bittova , Kremerata Baltica and The Netherlands Wind Ensemble .

h2 saxophone quartet Declared “an ensemble to watch for years to come” by the American Record Guide, the award-winning ensemble-in-residence h2 quartet has been wowing audiences since 2002. A dynamic and innovative chamber ensemble, h2 constantly seeks to defy perceptions and expectations; using the saxophone as an instrument uniquely empowered to provide listeners with a compelling range of musical experiences, h2 programs traditional, classical, avant-garde, minimalist, and jazz-influenced works in compelling ways. h2 has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, and in Asia, in venues from Los Angeles' Walt Disney Hall to the



2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music Cankar dom in Ljubljana, Slovenia to the Times Center in New York City. The ensemble has released three critically-acclaimed recordings: Generations, Times & Spaces, and Groove Machine. Each of these albums introduces audiences to a different side of the saxophone, with the latter two comfortably bridging the gap between the popular and avant-garde sides of American music. The h2 quartet has been featured on NPR and PBS programs, including the nationally-syndicated Backstage Pass, which offers viewers a first-hand look at the inner workings of music groups through in-studio performances and ensemble interviews. h2 is dedicated to commissioning and performing compelling new works for saxophone quartet, and operates as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization for the express purpose of doing so. The growing list of composers the group has commissioned includes Drew Baker, Karl Blench, Claudio Gabriele, Murray Gross, Takuma Itoh, David MacDonald, John Mackey, Victor Marquez-Barrios, Roger Petersen, David Rakowski, Jesse Ronneau, and Daniel Wohl. Additionally, the ensemble has premiered works by Marc Mellits, Bill Ryan, Matthew Schoendorff, Elliott Sharp, and Amy Williams. The h2 quartet has won prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (First Prize, Gold Medals) and the North American Saxophone Alliance Saxophone Quartet Competition (first prize), among others, and has earned Honorable Mentions at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Chesapeake Bay Chamber Music Competition, and the Coleman Chamber Music Competition. The group was also a recipient of an Aaron Copland Fund Recording Grant in 2010 for their album Times & Spaces. The h2 quartet is a Vandoren Artist Ensemble and plays exclusively on Vandoren reeds, mouthpieces, and ligatures.

Past Sessions Faculty laura bohn, soprano (2013) zeneba bowers, violin (2011) gregory oakes, clarinet (2011, 12, 13, - on leave 2014) sarah tannehill-anderson, soprano (2012) ken ueno, composition (2012) matt walker, cello (2011) jake wallace, conductor (2013)



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daily schedules L=lobby | N=Neumann | BA = Beato Angelico | D = Dolcetto Saturday | 21 June 8h check-in (L) 18h welcome reception (Cantina) Sunday | 22 June 9h-10h opening session (N) 10h-12h composition symposium (D) 18h opening concert (N) Monday | 23 June 10h-11h30m composition symposium (D) 14h30m-16h composer portrait: STEVAN TICKMAYER (N) 18h contemporary performance competition (N) Tuesday | 24 June 10h-11h30m composition symposium (D) 14h30m-16h composer portrait: FORREST PIERCE (N) 18h concert 1 (N) Wednesday | 25 June 9h-10h30m performance masterclass (BA) 14h-15h30m improvisation workshop 1 (BA) 15h30m-17h composition symposium (D) 18h concert 2 (N) Thursday | 26 June 8h FLORENCE EXCURSION (L) Friday | 27 June 9h-10h30m improvisation workshop 2 (BA) 10h30m-12h composition symposium (D) 15h-17h guest presentations: fellows from Civitella Ranieri Foundation (N) 22h improv jam session (N)



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Saturday | 28 June 8h market day in Cortona (Piazza Signorelli) 9h-11h contemporary techniques workshop (N) 14h iron composer competition (N) Sunday | 29 June 10h-11h performance symposium (BA) 10h-11h30m composition symposium (D) 14h30m-16h composer portrait: GABRIELA LENA FRANK (N) 18h concert 3 (N) Monday | 30 June 8h WINE TOUR (L) 10h30m: Biondi Santi 12h: Terralsole 16h: Montalcino Tuesday | 1 July 10h-11h30m composition symposium (D) 17h Cortona Collective Concert @ Civitella Ranieri Foundation Wednesday | 2 July 10h-11h30m composition symposium (D) 18h PREMIERE CONCERT 1 (N) Thursday | 3 July 10h-11h30m sessions talk: career connections (N) 15h-16h30m composition symposium (D) 18h PREMIERE CONCERT 2 (N) Friday | 4 July 10h-11h30m composition symposium (D) 17h PREMIERE CONCERT 3 (N) 20h30m Banquet Dinner (Pozzo Antico) Saturday | 5 July 8h Check Out (L)



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The 2014 Cortona Prize In 2014, the DuoSolo Foundation and the Cortona Sessions for New Music awarded the first Cortona Prize for Composition. The Cortona Prize was an open call for scores fitting the instrumentation of the Cortona Collective, who also serve as the judges. The winner of the Cortona Prize is offered a scholarship to attend the Cortona Sessions, and the opportunity to composer a new work for the Cortona Collective, to be originally work-shopped at the current season of the Sessions, and performed the following year. Additionally, promising works submitted by other composers were chosen as Cortona Prize Special Selections and will be given performances by the Cortona Collective during the 2014 Sessions.

winner of the 2014 Cortona Prize Dave Reminick | Consort for 4 soprano saxophones

2014 Cortona Prize Special Selections Jason Barabba | Torschlußpanik Antoine Fachard | Choral Variations Kerrith Livengood | 4 Jennifer L. Knox Songs Carolyn O’Brien | Caprice for Solo Violin Carolyn O’Brien | Things Contained Tina Tallon | corpus fractum Catalina von Wrangell | Introspection



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2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music 22 June | 6:00pm Sala Neumann | Hotel Oasi Neumann OPENING CONCERT Improvisation

Amir Khosrowpour Amir Khosrowpour, piano


Harold Meltzer Mary Fukushima, flute

Deux Chansons

Andrew Waggoner Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Ari Streisfeld, violin

The Soul is in the Arena

Mario Diaz de Leon Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello

Sei Capricci

Salvatore Sciarrino Ari Streisfeld, violin

Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues Michael Kirkendoll, piano

Frederic Rzewski

Hard Line

Bill Ryan h2 Saxophone Quartet Geoffrey Deibel, Jeffrey Loeffert, Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Jonathan Nichol



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2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music 23 June | 6:00pm Sala Neumann | Hotel Oasi Neumann CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE COMPETITION GRANT BINGHAM, BASSOON Monolog Enigma

Isang Yun William Winstead SEAN BRADLEY, SAXOPHONE

Mai Kuku

Ryo Noda Barry Cockroft

ARIEL DOWNS, SOPRANO Nuvoletta "Joy Beyond Measure" from Little Women

Samuel Barber Mark Adamo

EDO FRENKEL, PIANO Douze Notations Un Adieu

Pierre Boulez Giacinto Scelsi

ANA MARIA HERNANDEZ, FLUTE Tango Etudes 3 and 4 Honami

Astor Piazzolla Will Offermans

LINDSAY LAIRD, OBOE Moments from Women for Solo Oboe Three Fragments for Solo Oboe

Tina Nicholson Zhanna Kolodub ed. Cynthia Green Libby

ALEXANDRA PORTER, SOPRANO All I Was Doing Was Breathing (Mirabai Songs) 4AM (Songs for Insomniacs)

John Harbison Tina Tallon

AARON SINGLETON, SAXOPHONE Improvisation 1 Tilework

Ryo Noda Johnson



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The Cortona Sessions Contemporary Performance Competition was established in 2012 to encourage future collaboration between Cortona Fellows. The winning performer will receive the Hiebert Prize: a small cash award as well as an honorarium to commission a new work from a Composition Fellow attending the current Sessions. Previous winners of the Hiebert Prize are: Kelley Barnett, flute (2013) Jennifer Weimann, soprano (2012)



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2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music 24 June | 6:00pm Sala Neumann | Hotel Oasi Neumann


Meditation on the Name of G*d Forrest Pierce Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, baritone saxophone Litany

Amadeus Regucera Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Ari Streisfeld, violin

Möbius Loop

Matthew Rosenblum h2 Saxophone Quartet


Yoshiaki Onishi Ari Streisfeld, violin

Passamezzo Ongaro, I & II Amir Khosrowpour, piano

Stevan Tickmayer

Tenor Attitudes, II. “Pathfinders” Jonathan Nichol, saxophone Michael Kirkendoll, piano

Charles Ruggiero

Caprice for Solo Violin

Carolyn O’Brien Ari Streisfeld, violin

Bison Circles

Forrest Pierce Jeffrey Loeffert, saxophone Michael Kirkendoll, piano



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2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music 25 June | 6:00pm Sala Neumann | Hotel Oasi Neumann


Little Pieces, Op. 11

Anton Webern Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Michael Kirkendoll, piano


David Lang DuoSolo Mary Fukushima, flute | Michael Kirkendoll, piano

In Hot May Two Ballades

Kerrith Livengood Guillaume de Machaut, arr. Ari Streisfeld Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Ari Streisfeld, violin

Scream When It Sighs

Drew Baker h2 Saxophone Quartet Michael Kirkendoll, piano

Fatty Boom Boom

Die Antwoord, arr. Corky Has a Band Rachel Calloway, voice Amir Khosrowpour, piano

O My Dove I. Until the Day Breathes and the Shadows Flee II. Awake, O North Wind! III. Terrible as an Army with Banners Mary Fukushima, flute Jeffrey Loeffert, saxophone Cabaret Songs

Forrest Pierce

John Corigliano Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Amir Khosrowpour, piano



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2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music 27 June | 3:00pm Sala Neumann | Hotel Oasi Neumann GUEST PRESENTATION

2014 Composition Fellows of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Alexandre Lunsqui Alexandre Lunsqui was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After ten years based in New York City, he is back to Brazil as a Professor of Composition and Theory at the Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP. He studied at the University of Campinas (BM), University of Iowa (MA), Columbia University (DMA), and IRCAM (year-long cursus of composition and computer music). Music teachers include 'recordings of various kinds', Tristan Murail, José Augusto Mannis, Fred Lerdahl, Jeremy Dale-Roberts, among other artists/creators from various areas. His music background also includes brazilian music, jazz and contemporary improvisation. He has participated in Festivals such as Gaudeamus Music Week, Darmstadt, Manca, CrossDrumming, Aspekte, Time of Music, Musica Nova, Beijing Modern, and others. His pieces have been played around the world, by ensembles such as the Ensemble Aleph, Arditti String Quartet, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Piano Possibile, Ensemble Cairn, Due East, Ensemble counter)induction, Ensemble Dal Niente, Manhattan Sinfonietta, Camerata Aberta, Purchase Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble L'Arsenale, Loadbang Ensemble, Hanatsu-miroir, Duo Echoi, New York Philharmonic, New York New Music Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble Amsterdam, Talea Ensemble, Talujon, MATA micro-orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. He has been awarded the Virtuose Prize given by the Ministry of Culture of Brazil and the "Funarte Premio de Musica Classica" given for his orchestral work Linea.Reflexio. He received a Fromm Commission from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University (2009-2010). Lunsqui is a Civitella Ranieri Fellow (2014) and the Composer-in-Residence for the 2014 Chelsea Music Festival (NYC).

Eric Wubbles Eric Wubbels (b.1980) is a New York-based composer and performer. He is Executive Director, pianist, and a composer member of the Wet Ink Ensemble, an ensemble devoted to experimental and contemporary music in New York. Currently completing his D.M.A. in composition at Columbia University, he has studied with Fred Lerdahl, Fabien Lévy, and Tristan Murail, and also holds a B.A. from Amherst College, where he was a student of Lewis Spratlan. Wubbels's music has been presented at concerts and festivals in Europe, Asia and the U.S. He has received performances and commissions from the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble (San Francisco), Orkest de Ereprijs (Netherlands), Hochschule für Musik-Hanns Eisler (Berlin), Second Instrumental Unit (Boston), Manabe/Moriyama Duo (Japan), saxophonist Eliot Gattegno, and the Wet Ink Ensemble, among others, and grants from the Argosy Foundation Fund for Contemporary Music and Worldwide Concurrent Premieres and Commissioning Fund. His music has been recorded on the Quiet Design (Austin, TX) and carrier records (New York) labels. As a pianist and accordionist, Wubbels performs with the Wet Ink Ensemble and The Kenners (with saxophonist Eliot Gattegno). As a soloist, he gave the American premiere of Peter Ablinger's piano and electronics cycle Voices and Piano, and has premiered works by both internationally renowned and emerging composers, including Michael Finnissy, Bernhard Lang, Davíd Brynjar Franzson, Alex Mincek, and Kate Soper, performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, the Stone, Jordan Hall in Boston, and at festivals in Germany, Hungary, Mexico and Brazil. With The Kenners, he has given masterclasses at the University of Michigan, Brooklyn College, Queens College, and UC-San Diego, and recorded Charles Wuorinen's Divertimento for Albany Records. Their debut CD will be released on the Spektral label (Vienna) in Fall of 2008. He has taught at Columbia University, the University of California-San Diego, and Amherst College, and from 2001-2002 held the positions of Graduate Associate in Music and Assistant Director of Instrumental Music at Amherst.



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2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music 28 June | 2:00pm Sala Neumann | Hotel Oasi Neumann

2014 Cortona Sessions IRON COMPOSER COMPETITION Inspired by television’s Iron Chef food competitions, the annual Cortona Sessions Iron Composer Competition has become one of the most fun, unique, and memorable highlights of the Sessions. Composers face off in three rounds of compositional battle, leaving their ‘dishes’ to our performers for quick-fire performances. Each round is guided by a ‘secret theme ingredient’ (musical topic) as well as a unique instrumentation. Following two rounds of battle, two composers will go head-to-head in a winner-take-all battle for the prestigious title of Iron Composer. Past Iron Composer Champions 2013 | Dakota Wayne 2012 | Dave Waugh 2011 | Ramteen Sazeghari 2010 | Leo Hurley & Christopher Prosser (tie)



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2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music 29 June | 6:00pm Sala Neumann | Hotel Oasi Neumann



Catalina von Wrangell Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Mary Fukushima, flute Ari Streisfeld, violin Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Amir Khosrowpour, piano

Choral Variations*

Antoine Fachard h2 Saxophone Quartet

Cuatro Canciones Andinas Gabriela Lena Frank I. Despedida II. Yo CrĂ­o Una Mosca III. Carnaval de Tambobamba IV. Yunca Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Gabriela Lena Frank, piano my balls

Amir Khosrowpour Amir Khosrowpour, piano

Four Jennifer L. Knox Songs* Kerrith Livengood I. You Are A Strategy II. One Time the Great Spirit Moved Over North Carolina in the Shape of an Exquisite Ballet III. Popular Music After the Apocalypse IV. Hot Ass Poem Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Mary Fukushima, flute Michael Kirkendoll, piano



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Fantasia Armorial

Alexis Bacon Geoffrey Deibel, alto sax Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello


Kamala Snkaram Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano Ari Steisfeld, violin

Wild Motions Re-Mix

Stevan Tickmayer h2 Saxophone Quartet Michael Kirkendoll, piano

*2014 Cortona Prize Special Selection



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2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music 1 July | 6:00pm Civitella Ranieri Foundation Umbertide, Italy Cortona Collective @ Civitella

PROGRAM TBA Continuing our new partnership with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Cortona Collective (faculty ensemble) will perform a program highlighting works of the Cortona Sessions composition faculty and other contemporary works at the castle of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbertide, Italy.

Mission of Civitella Ranieri Foundation Artists require unfettered time and space to engage in their work and the world. Building on the legacy of our founder, Ursula Corning, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation opens the doors of its 15th century castle in rural Umbria annually for four six-week residency sessions of self-directed studio and work time. Each residency community of 12-14 brings together accomplished international artists, writers, and composers at emerging and established moments in their careers. They are joined by a limited number of invited Director’s Guests to foster a robust contemporary dialogue that transcends disciplines and geography. A Civitella Ranieri Fellowship changes lives, develops permanent connections, and refreshes one’s work.

Selection Process Civitella Ranieri Fellowships are awarded through a careful nomination and jury process by a rotating group of distinguished artists, academics, and critics that ensures access to a highly diverse group of emerging and accomplished candidates from around the world. Only nominated candidates may apply and a review jury makes selections. The Fellowships include round-trip travel, room, board and studio or work space.



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Kivie Cahn-Lipman and Amir Khosrowpour perform at Civitella Ranieri during the 2013 Cortona Sessions.



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2014 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC Sala Neumann | Hotel Oasi Neumann 2 July 2014 | 6:00pm PREMIERE CONCERT ONE Shoshana

Dave Reminick Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano

Beyond Machines Chelsea Komschlies Mary Fukushima, flute | Lindsay Laird, oboe Grant Bingham, bassoon | Kate Duncan, bari sax Eric Garcia, conductor Dial of Spring Aaron Kirschner Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano | Ana Maria Hernandez, flute Aaron Singleton, saxophone | Ari Streisfeld, violin Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello | Amir Khosrowpour, piano Eric Garcia, conductor Ardor

Caitlin Gilmore Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello

Strings Attached Catalina von Wrangell Mary Fukushima, flute | Edo Frenkel, piano Breathing Song Andrew Yoon Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano | Ariel Downs, soprano Alexandra Porter, soprano TorschluĂ&#x;panik* Jason Barabba Mary Fukushima, flute | Jeffrey Loeffert, saxophone Michael Kirkendoll, piano Bombinate Jeffrey Loeffert Curren Myers | Jake Hewitt | Aaron Singleton, soprano saxes



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Koch-aine Jonathan Russ Ari Streisfeld, violin | Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello | Edo Frenkel, piano A qui te amo Yu-Hsin Chang Ariel Downs, soprano | Lindsay Laird, oboe | Edo Frenkel, piano Music for Sextet Dana Malseptic Mary Fukushima, flute | Lindsay Laird, oboe | Grant Bingham, bassoon Ari Streisfeld, violin | Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello | Edo Frenkel, piano Eric Garcia, conductor

*2014 Cortona Prize Special Selection

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2014 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC Sala Neumann | Hotel Oasi Neumann 3 July 2014 | 6:00pm PREMIERE CONCERT TWO Sunflower Poem William Kenlon Ariel Downs, soprano | Ana Maria Hernandez, flute | Lindsay Laird, oboe Grant Bingham, bassoon | Sean Bradley, sax | Ari Streisfeld, violin Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello | Amir Khosrowpour, piano Eric Garcia, conductor i carry

Stella Fiorenzoli Ariel Downs, soprano | Ana Maria Hernandez, flute Amir Khosrowpour, piano


Clay Allen Ana Maria Hernandez, flute | Lindsay Laird, oboe Grant Bingham, bassoon

Blue Fog City, 1922 Chelsea Komschlies Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano | Alexandra Porter, soprano Ariel Downs, soprano Things Contained*

Carolyn O’Brien h2 Saxophone Quartet Geoffrey Deibel, Jeffrey Loeffert, Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Jonathan Nichol

Odd Interlude Frederick Evans Jake Hewitt, sax | Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello | Amir Khosrowpour, piano Two Face Lauren Parks Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano | Ariel Downs, soprano sextet, or

Peter Katz Ana Maria Hernandez, flute | Lindsay Laird, oboe Grant Bingham, bassoon | Ari Streisfeld, violin Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello | Edo Frenkel, piano Eric Garcia, conductor



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Without End Caitlin Gilmore Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano | Alexandra Porter, soprano Edo Frenkel, piano Black.Bird.Blue.Bye Andrew Cole Ana Maria Hernandez, flute | Curren Myers, soprano sax Concert Music for Solo Saxophone Curren Myers, soprano sax

Aaron Kirschner

Homonculus Edo Frenkel Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano | Ariel Downs, soprano Alexandra Porter, soprano | Mary Fukushima, flute Lindsay Laird, oboe | Jonathan Nichol, bari sax Ari Streisfeld, violin | Amir Khosrowpour, piano Eric Garcia, conductor

*2014 Cortona Prize Special Selection



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2014 CORTONA SESSIONS FOR NEW MUSIC Sala Neumann | Hotel Oasi Neumann 4 July 2014 | 5:00pm PREMIERE CONCERT THREE Lost

Igor Karaca Sean Bradley, Kate Duncan, Jake Hewitt, Curren Myers, Aaron Singleton, saxophones

Metal Claws

Lauren Parks Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello

Gazelles Forrest Pierce Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano | Amir Khosrowpour, piano Circuitous Verve Sam Parilla Ana Maria Hernandez, flute | Ari Streisfeld, violin Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello | Amir Khosrowpour, piano A Brief Life Dyad Frederick Evans Lindsay Laird, oboe | Kate Duncan, bari sax Ari Streisfeld, violin | Edo Frenkel, piano Duo for Violin and Cello Andrew Yoon Ari Streisfeld, violin | Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Sonata Serrana Gabriela Lena Frank Gabriela Lena Frank | Amir Khosrowpour | Michael Kirkendoll, piano Charcoal Catalina von Wrangell Rachel Calloway, mezzo-soprano | Grant Bingham, bassoon Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Corpus Fractum*

Tina Tallon

h2 Saxophone Quartet Geoffrey Deibel, Jeffrey Loeffert, Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Jonathan Nichol



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Rakuira Track Andrew Cole Ana Maria Hernandez, flute | Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Daydreams and Sparkling Machines Stella Fiorenzoli I. Takeoff (Close Your Eyes) II. Close to the Sun (Golden Melt) III. Rust (Stay With Me) Sean Bradley, Kate Duncan, Jake Hewitt, Curren Myers, saxophones Shattered Reflections Clay Allen Alexandra Porter, soprano | Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello Amir Khosrowpour, piano Anamorphosis Turkar Gasimzada Sean Bradley, Jake Hewitt, Curren Myers, Aaron Singleton, saxophones Consort**

Dave Reminick h2 Saxophone Quartet Geoffrey Deibel, Jeffrey Loeffert, Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Jonathan Nichol

*Cortona Prize Special Selection **WINNER OF 2014 CORTONA PRIZE



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participant bios Clay Allen is a composer and pianist currently residing in Denton, TX. Originally from Ruidoso, NM, Clay received a Bachelor's of Music in composition and piano from West Texas A&M University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in composition at the University of North Texas in Denton. Clay's output includes large ensembles works for choir, orchestra, and band as well as a variety of chamber and electroacoustic works. His music has been performed across the United States and most notably, in Buenos Aires at the CICTeM 2013 festival. In addition to composing, Clay is active as an arranger, teacher, and performer. Grant Bingham is currently an undergraduate student studying bassoon at the University of Kansas under Dr. Eric Stomberg. During his time at the University of Kansas, Grant has performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and "Helianthus" Contemporary Ensemble as well as a multitude of varying chamber groups. Grant frequently performs contemporary repertoire, his favorite style being experimental music. In his spare time, Grant enjoys composing, spending time with friends and his rabbit, Buttons, and exploring lesser known composers from all time periods. Sean Bradley is a saxophonist from Mt. Pleasant, Michigan U.S.A and is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education at Central Michigan University. His primary teachers have included John Nichol, Jonathan Nichol, and Robbie Smith. Sean recently performed at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival with Central Michigan's Jazz Lab 1 and received an Outstanding Musician award. Other distinctions include being a finalist in the Michigan Youth Arts Concerto Competition and placing third in the North American Saxophone Alliance Young Artist Competition (2012). Sean is currently a recipient of the Centralis Gold Scholarship, the Joyce E. Hoffer Music Scholarship, and was Valedictorian and Senior Scholar of his high school class. Sean performs frequently with many groups at Central Michigan University including The CMU Wind Symphony, CMU University Band (clarinet), Jazz Lab 1, Origin Saxophone Quartet, The Common Denominator (small jazz band), and Kavazabava (Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy band). Yu-Hsin Chang (b. 1988, Taiwan) is currently a ph.D student at UC Davis. Her music reflects both strict western training and Taiwanese/Chinese tradition, in exquisite taste. Chang’s works are dominated by a contemplative atmosphere with some sparkling qualities, lighting up a long stream of sound, presenting the audience with a brilliant world of sonority. These works have been performed in Taiwan, Beijing, Shanghai, and Montréal. Andrew Seager Cole is a composer, guitarist, and media artist. His work explores the intersection of ecoacoustics, folk and popular musics, and technology with traditional concert music. Recent commissions include a concerto for double bassist Jeremy Baguyos and the University of Nebraska Omaha Symphonic Winds and a piano and video work for pianist Kari Johnson. Andrew is a board member of the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance and a founder of the Digital Honkbox ensemble. He has been invited to festivals such as June in Buffalo, Music X, and the International Computer Music Conference and his works have been performed by members of the Da Capo Chamber Players, Ensemble Surplus, Eighth Blackbird, and Quadrivium. He has had compositions recorded on the OCD Media, Vox Novus, the Music from SEAMUS CD Series, and <electroacoustico> labels. Recent awards include a 2014 Kimmel Harding Nelson residency, a 2013 Lilburn Trust Student Award, the 2008 National Association of Composers USA Young Composer's Competition, the Prix d'Ete Competition, the Robert Hall Lewis and Otto Ortman Awards, and a UMKC Doctoral Chancellor's fellowship. Andrew has recently returned from Wellington, New Zealand where he was a 2013 Fulbright Fellow studying soundscape composition and multi-channel electronics. | pg36

2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music Soprano Ariel Downs lives in Los Angeles where she performs traditional and experimental opera. Previous roles include Miles (The Turn of the Screw), Barbarina (Le nozze di Figaro), and Charley in Alexander Vassos' The House is Open. She has sung with OperaWorks, the Up North Vocal Institute, and the Kunming Opera Festival. Kate Duncan is a student of Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert at Oklahoma State University. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in saxophone performance as well as a French minor. Kate is an active chamber musician. As a founding member of two notable chamber groups, Trio Sienna and Admeta Quartet, she was the first in the history of the Music Teachers National Association Chamber Music Competition to advance to the national finals in two divisions. Kate is highly interested in enriching communities through music outreach. She is the founder of Stillwater Arts Outreach, an organization that builds community enrichment programs. Kate plans to pursue master's and doctoral studies in music theory and saxophone performance. Frederick Evans, who received his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster, is now in the master's program at the University of Arizona, studying composition under the tutelage of Professor Daniel Asia. Evans has received several awards for his compositions, including the National Federation of Music Clubs' Young Composers Award, and his pieces have been performed by a variety of ensembles, such as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony Orchestra. At the University of Arizona, Evans is currently teaching his own undergraduate class "Intro to Composition," performing on the double bass with the UA Philharmonic, and composing new works. Born in Albany, N-Y in 1980, Antoine Fachard grew up in Lausanne, Switzerland. He studied piano and trumpet at the Lausanne Conservatory, where he obtained the Certificat and Certificat Supérieur in 2006. Having in parallel studied ancient greek and french littérature at the University of Lausanne, he obtained his Masters Degree in 2006. After having taught both Ancient Greek and French between 2007 and 2009, he then decided to dedicate his life to music, and enrolled at the Bern University of the Arts, where he will obtain his Mster’s Degree in Composition and Theory in June 2013.Several of his pièces have been performed in Switzerland, notably by the Galatea String Quartet, the Arc-en-Ciel Ensemble, the Vertigo Ensemble, the Makrokosmos Quartet, and other swiss groups and soloists. In December of 2013, he was awarded the 1st Prize from the Lacour and Singer-Polignac Foundations in Paris, by a Jury consisting of : Thomas Adès, Stefano Gervasoni, Thierry Escaich and Philippe Hersant. Stella Fiorenzoli is a pianist and composer from New York, NY. Having graduated from the Juilliard Precollege with a major in music composition, she is now pursuing a Bachelors degree in music and architecture at Harvard University, where she currently studies with Chaya Czernowin. Her works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, the Radcliffe Choral Society, the Chiara String Quartet, and the Silk Road Ensemble, among others. Edo Frenkel is a composer, pianist and conductor. He began his musical studies at the age of 15 and is the recipient of numerous awards in piano and composition. Edo has played concerts in Austria, Germany, Quebec, and in various cities in the United States, both as soloist and ensemble member, featuring repertoire ranging from the standard literature to music of Reich, Lachenmann, Boulez, and free improvisation. As a composer he has been commissioned by various ensembles and soloists. His music has been performed by L’ensemble Paramirabo, Ossia: New Music, Ensemble Mise-en, and members of the JACK quartet. From 2010-12 he was the co-founder and music director for the ensemble RESTisNOISE. Upcoming performances include a showcase at Ensemble mise-en (New York, NY), ME_MMIX2013 Contemporary Music Festival (Palma de Mallorca, Spain), and a performance in Tokyo, Japan.



2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music Turkar Gasimzada is a composer from Azerbaijan Republic. His recent achievements include: a finalist in ALEAIII International Composition Competition, Boston University, Boston, USA, 2012; a winner of the International Composition Competition “Unique Forms of Continuity in Space” held by Italian Institute of Culture Melbourne, Australia, 2010; a winner of the Jordan Berk Memorial Prize for saxophone quartet, Manhattan School of Music (MSM), New York, USA, 2009; winner of the 5th “Crystal Kamerton” International Contest for Young Composers named after Andrey Petrov held by the Union of Composers of Russia”, The Moscow State Conservatory named after P.I.Tchaikovsky Moscow, Russia, 2005. His music is being successfully performed throughout Europe and in the United States. Gasimzada holds master degree in composition from Manhattan School of Music (MSM), New York (2011). He studied at MSM with Reiko Fueting. Currently he is a DMA student in composition at the University of Cincinnati, Conservatory of Music in Mara Helmuth’s studio. Caitlin Gilmore will be a senior this autumn at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in Music Composition with a minor in Music Technology. As a Regents and Cynthia D. Carlson scholar, Caitlin is currently studying under Damon Thomas Lee. Flowing melodies, a mixture of traditional and jazz harmonies, and a fondness of travel and culture are all key parts of her compositional style. Ana Maria Hernandez has performed as soloist in Europe, Latin-America, the United States and the Caribbean. She is Solo Piccolo and flutist of Puerto Rico Symphony. A supporter of new music she collaborated and premiered Ernesto Cordero’s Concerto Borikén with Puerto Rico Symphony. Other premieres include the Ramirez’s Piccolo Quintet with Kroger Quartet in Denmark. She was prizewinner of UFAM and Nerini Competitions in Paris and performed with the Ensemble International de Paris. She holds a Master of Music Degree from Peabody Conservatory, a Diplome d’Execution of the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, Diplome Supérieur de Flute de l´Ecole Nationale de Ville d´Avray, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico and Bachelor of Music from Puerto Rico Conservatory. She was artistic coordinator of the First Latin-American Flute Festival and developed a Piccolo Course at the Puerto Rico Conservatory. She is Artistic Director of the Heliconia Chamber Group and is part of the Mojica-Hernández flute and organ duet. Her recently released first CD: Flauta Boricua/Puerto Rican Flute was sponsored by the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture. She is currently pursuing a DMA in Flute Performance with Dr. Sarah Frisof at the University of Kansas, Jake Hewitt is currently a student at the University of Oklahoma working towards a double major in Music Education and Saxophone Performance. At OU he is involved with Wind Symphony, jazz band, saxophone ensemble, and saxophone quartet. Jake is also interested in commissioning new music, both by working with students at the University of Oklahoma and recently joining a consortium for a saxophone duet by Marc Mellits. Jake's primary teachers include Cullen McCarthy and Jonathan Nichol. Peter Katz has been composing for four years, but writing music with groups for the better part of the last decade. He is currently a Third-Year Undergrad Composition student at SUNY Purchase College, where he has had works performed by the Purchase New Music ensemble.Peter focuses on techniques of color, shade and texture to express complex sonic landscapes. He is currently working on a commission by the Marx family to write a concerto for violinist Miranda Cuckson. William Kenlon (b. 1983) is a Washington, DC-based composer specializing in music for chamber, choral, and jazz ensembles. Described as "pointed and groovy" (New Music Box), Kenlon's music continues to garner praise for its "lyrical personality that is original and strong," and for its sophisticated tonal explorations: "solid without being dense, clear without being sparse, and ever- changing without being



2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music random" (Boston Musical Intelligencer). Enjoying performances on both coasts and on both sides of the Atlantic—most frequently in New England, but also at other locations such as Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center—Kenlon has studied with composers from a variety of traditions and backgrounds, including John Hilliard, Jason Haney, Chuck Dotas, John McDonald, and (at present) Mark Edwards Wilson. Kenlon obtained a B.M. degree (magna cum laude) from James Madison University and an M.A. from Tufts University, and has also completed studies at McGill University and at the New England Conservatory. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Flagship Fellowship to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Maryland, which will be his home through mid-2016. Further information is available at Aaron Kirschner (b. 1988) is a composer, theorist, clarinetist, and conductor. His music has been performed throughout the United States, including world premieres by the Boston New Music Initiative and the Rosco String Quartet. Mr Kirschner is currently completing dissertation work towards a Ph.D. in composition at the University of Utah, where he also serves as a graduate professor of music theory. Chelsea Komschlies, a native of Appleton, Wisconsin, is a masters student in composition at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she studies with Daniel Kellogg. In May of 2013 she completed her bachelor of music degree in flute performance at Wartburg College with additional studies in composition and musicology with Geoffrey Wilson. One of her goals is that listeners make deep, instinctual associations with her music, be they emotional, visual, or otherwise abstract. Over the course of the past two summers Chelsea studied at the Fresh Inc Festival, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival, and the Atlantic Music Festival. Her festival composition teachers have included David Ludwig (Curtis Institute), Ken Ueno (UCBerkeley), Eric Ewazen (Juilliard), David Rakowski (Brandeis University), and others. Chelsea plans to pursue a doctoral degree after finishing her masters, and she hopes to have a career that includes research, writing, and lecturing in addition to writing classical music. Graduated from Illinois State University (2012) with a Bachelor of Music in Composition, Steven Kowaleski (b. 1989) has received the Harland Peithman Award for Outstanding Music Theory Students and departmental recognition from the ISU School of Music. Steven has studied composition extensively with Carl Schimmel, and he has also studied under Martha C. Horst, Alexander E. Miller, Matthew Halpard, Kathryn Alexander, Laura Schwendinger, and Michael Klingbeil. In addition to composing contemporary concert music, Steven has experience in electronic and media composition through programs including Pro Tools, Adobe Auditions, Logic Pro, and MaxMSP; and he is an active classical guitarist. Steven began work on an orchestration text focusing on composition for classical guitar, guitar ensemble, and guitar orchestra in 2011. He worked under the advisement of Angelo L. Favis and has continued writing the text independently. Steven’s music has been performed by the JACK quartet, by Robert Black’s bass studio, members of the International Contemporary Ensemble and by Duo Fortysix. Lindsay Laird is currently a sophomore at the University of Michigan studying oboe performance with Dr. Nancy Ambrose King. She has participated in the university’s bands and orchestras as well as chamber ensembles. Also studying Women’s Studies, Lindsay has a passion for performing contemporary works by women composers. Dana Malseptic is a composer and improviser. He began piano studies at the age of 7, and started focusing on jazz at 15. He enrolled at Purchase College at age 18, where he studied with Hal Galper for 2 years. During this time, Dana began writing chamber music, and so began studying composition at Purchase with composers Du Yun and Huang Ruo. Currently, he maintains a busy schedule composing and



2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music performing in a variety of contexts. Curren Myers is a senior at Oklahoma State University, studying saxophone performance. His primary teacher there is Jeffrey Loeffert, but has had additional studies with Kimberly Loeffert, and has studied with saxophonist Joe Lulloff for two summers at the Brevard Music Center. An active musician at Oklahoma State, he performs with the wind ensemble, top jazz ensemble, and the Frontiers New Music Ensemble. As a chamber musician, he has advanced to the MTNA Nationals finals with the Kwadrat Saxophone Quartet, and advanced to the final round of the NASA 2014 Quartet Competition with the Knoblock Project. Lauren Parks is a composer and cellist currently attending Baylor University under the direction of Dr. Scott McAllister for composition and Dr. Gary Hardie for cello. She is part of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, and has had several of her compositions have been performed and recorded by members of the Baylor School of Music. Samuel Parilla is a Kansas City, Missouri based composer. His works have been premiered by the Midwest Chamber Ensemble and members of the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival in New York City. He is currently pursuing a music composition degree from the University of Kansas where he studies with James Barnes, Kip Haaheim, and Forrest Pierce. Alexandra Porter, soprano, completed her master’s degree in voice performance and pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in 2011. While a student, she performed as Despina (Così), Papagena (Die Zauberflöte), Héro (Béatrice et Bénédicte), and Cupidon (Orphée aux Enfers) in scene performances. In 2008, she received degrees in voice performance and music education from The Pennsylvania State University. Recently, she performed with Princeton-based Opera MODO as The Governess (The Turn of the Screw), Monica (The Medium), and studied the role of Stewardess (Flight). She spent two summers with Opera Slavica, performing as Jano and Pastuchyňa in Janáček’s Jenufa and in scenes as Mařenka (Prodaná nevěsta), as well as Brigitta in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta. Fostering her passion for her new music, she has spent the past three summers at New Music on the Point, premiering six compositions, one with members of the acclaimed JACK Quartet. An avid recitalist, she has premiered new pieces in Boston, MA; Alfred, NY; and programmed new compositions for recitals in New York City and central New Jersey. She is also a dedicated voice teacher and works as a faculty member for The Hun School (Princeton) and the Mason Gross Extension Division (Rutgers). David Reminick is a composer and performer living in Chicago. He is the singer/guitarist for the Chicagobased post-punk band Paper Mice, whose 2012 album The Funny Papers was released on the infamous San Diego label Three One G, and was the founding saxophonist for the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). David’s music has been performed and/or commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Anubis Quartet, Marcus Weiss, Wild and Wulliman, and the New York Miniaturist Ensemble. He is currently completing projects with Ensemble Recherche, Spektral Quartet, and pianist Andy Costello. David has received Masters Degrees in Saxophone (MM) and Music Theory (MA) from the University of Michigan, a BM in Saxophone Performance and a BA in Psychology from Oberlin Conservatory and College. He is currently completing a doctorate in Composition at Northwestern University, where his teachers include Lee Hyla, Hans Thomalla, and Jay Alan Yim. Composer, songwriter and guitarist Jonathan Russ is dedicated to exploring the space between contemporary classical music, indie rock, and musical theater. His music has been heard at such diverse



2014 Cortona Sessions for New Music venues as Joe’s Pub, Barrington Stage Company, the Triad Theater, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School. Jonathan is currently Composer-In-Residence with the American Chamber Ensemble, for whom he has written a number of pieces including a sonata for clarinetist Stanley Drucker. His other works include song cycle Songs For Travelling, composed for tenor Zander Ebin, and scores for the musicals Moon Mary and FOUR. Upcoming projects include a wind ensemble commission; an opera, Evan’s Room; and an indie rock EP. Jonathan holds a BA from Brown University in music and international relations and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in musical theater writing. He has studied composition privately with Dalit Warshaw and is currently studying with Andy Vores at The Boston Conservatory, where he is pursuing a master’s in composition. He is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild. Aaron Singleton is an aspiring pedagogue and musician from Richardson, Texas. Now a junior at Oklahoma State University, Aaron is pursuing his Bachelors degree in Music Education. He is currently studying saxophone with Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert and plans to pursue his Masters in conducting. As an avid chamber and large ensemble musician Aaron currently plays in the ARTS Quartet, the OSU Symphonic Band and the Cowboy Marching Band. This past March Aaron played at North American Saxophone Alliance Conference as part of Oklahoma/Kansas Collective featured ensemble. During the summer months Aaron works as a leadership technician for high school marching bands. He travels with his former band director and mentor, Frank Troyka, throughout Texas to put on leadership workshops. He also works at the Oklahoma State Woodwind Institute as a TA. Tina Tallon (b. 1990) is a San Diego-based composer, soprano, and music theorist pursuing her doctoral studies in composition at the University of California, San Diego. Her music has been performed in the US, Australia, and Europe by ensembles and performers such as the Calder Quartet, the Lydian String Quartet, members of the JACK Quartet, the Genkin Philharmonic, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie, soprano Tony Arnold, and clarinetist Greg Oakes, among others. Tina has held fellowships and residencies at the 2012 New Music on the Point Contemporary Chamber Music Program, the 2012 Cortona Sessions for New Music, the 2013 Art of Migration Festival at UC Davis, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her first string quartet, selective defrosting, won grand prize in the 2013 PARMA Student Composer Competition. Academically, her research interests include the relationship between somaesthetics and music cognition, computational modeling of relationships between pitch and duration based upon Newtonian mechanics, development of software for spectral analysis and composition, algorithmic composition, and computational approaches to musicological inquiry. In addition to grants from Brandeis University, Tina won one of five inaugural Katzin Prize Fellowships to fund her research at UCSD. Tina holds S. B. degrees in Biological Engineering and Music from MIT, and an M.F.A in Composition and Music Theory from Brandeis University. Her primary teachers include Peter Child, David Rakowski, and Lei Liang. Catalina von Wrangell molds music to facilitate a reconnection of the individual with their emotions. She has written music for soloists, chamber, and large ensembles, and for multimedia, dance, film, theatre, and electronic mediums. As a collaborative artist, she delves across disciplines, while her projects seek to integrate different cultural aesthetics. Andrew Yoon was born in 1994 and began studying music relatively late at the age of 16. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Music degree in composition at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music where his current private teacher is Laura Kaminsky.



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wine tour 2014 Each year, the Cortona Sessions arrange a high-end, unique Tuscan wine-tour experience. The wine tour visits two wineries in the renowned Tuscan wine region of Montalcino: typically one traditional producer and an annual visit to Terralsole Winery. Our visits include tastings, tours, and a remarkable home-made lunch at the estate of Mario and Athena Bollag, owners/operators of Terralsole. The wine tour demonstrates the importance and tradition of wine in Italy, and also exhibits the Italian custom of treating guests like family. The 2014 wine tour will visit: BIONDI SANTI This historical estate is known as the first to produce Brunello di Montalcino in the mid-late 19th Century and remains one of the most important and traditional wineries in all of Italy. Wines are aged for a minimum of 36 months in giant Slovenian Oak barrels, some of which are 100 years old. They are then bottled and stored at the winery. Biondi-Santi Brunello is released on the market no earlier than 5 years after harvest. TERRALSOLE Terralsole is an exciting and innovative modern Brunello producer owned and operated by Mario Bollag, a Swiss art-collector, jazz pianist, and humanitarian, and his Irish-Fiddle playing wife, Athena. Terralsole produces a wide range of wines including Brunello and Rosso di Montalcino, as well as merlot, syrah, several blends, and olive oil. They are devoted to humanitarian projects in Haiti and use their foundation, the TĂŠ SolĂŠ Foundation to promote education and the arts in that country. Our visit to Terralsole always includes quality time with the dogs, the kids, and a delicious home-made Tuscan lunch.

past wine tour visits Casse Base di Soldera | Poggio di Sotto | Fattoria di Barbi | Poggio Antico



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wine buying guide Where to buy:

Enoteca Molesini (Piazza Repubblica)

What to buy - only Tuscan wines listed below (all rosso) splurges in italics *denotes Romeo wines, available at Romeo enoteca to right of Piazza Repubblica Cortona Syrah: Bramasole | Achelo | Tenuta d’Alessandro | Stefano Amerighi | Il Bosco Chianti Classico: Monsanto | Dievole | Antinori Peppoli | Nipozzano | Castell’in Villa Vitticio | Felsina | San Felice | Badia a Passignano Rosso di Montalcino: Casanova di Neri | Fanti | Barbi | Valdicava | Poggio di Sotto Brunello di Montalcino (all are splurges - bigger splurges in italics): Caparzo | Col d’Orcia | Barbi | Terralsole | Poggio Antico | Romeo* Casanova di Neri | Poggio di Sotto | Antinori Rosso di Montepulciano: Poliziano | Romeo* | Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano: Poliziano | Romeo* | Bramasole | Avignonesi IGT Tuscan Wines (blends of cabernet/merlot/syrah/sangiovese) Falesco Montiano | Guidalberto | Le difese | La volte | Crognolo also: Limoncello at Romeo*



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dining guide FuFluns (pizza) Pozzo Antico La Loggetta La Bucaccia Osteria del Teatro I Grifi La Grotta Pane e Vino (if open) La Saletta Bar 500

world cup schedule | Italy & USA Italy - Group D | USA - group G sunday, june 22, 11:00pm: USA vs. Portugal (group G) tuesday, june 24, 6:00pm: Italy vs. Uruguay (group D) thursday, june 26, 6:00pm: USA vs. Germany (group G) round of 16 saturday, june 28, 6:00pm: match 1 saturday, june 28, 10:00pm: match 2 (2D)* sunday, june 29, 6:00pm: match 3 sunday, june 29, 10:00pm: match 4 (1D)* monday, june 30, 6:00pm: match 5 monday, june 30, 10:00pm: match 6 (1G)* tuesday, july 1, 6:00pm: match 7 tuesday, july 1, 10:00pm: match 8 (2G) quarter-finals friday, july 4, 6:00pm friday, july 4, 10:00pm saturday, july 5, 6:00pm saturday, july 5, 10:00pm



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the cortona collective

grazie mille! del brenna jewelery civitella ranieri foundation swedish society of composers hotel oasi neumann

flute mary fukushima* clarinet gregory oakes saxophone geoffrey deibel* jeffrey loeffert* kimberly loeffert* jonathan nichol* violin ari streisfeld* cello kivie cahn-lipman*

piano amir khosrowpour* michael kirkendoll* voice sara tannehill-anderson laura bohn rachel calloway* conductor eric garcia* jake wallace composers gabriela lena frank* forrest pierce* stevan tickmayer* ken ueno

*denotes 2014 Sessions faculty

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