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FSU College of Music to Host 20th Biennial New Music Festival

(Katie Taylor, College of Music)

The FSU College of Music will present the 20th biennial Festival of New Music, a series of concerts featuring a variety of exciting new works for various ensembles from February 3-5.

This year’s program, featuring both guest artist Pamela Z and guest performers from the International Contemporary Ensemble, includes works by more than 20 composers from around the world.

“For more than 40 years, FSU College of Music has been a leading champion of new music, highlighted by the biennial Festival of New Music,” said Greg Jones, Associate Dean for Outreach and commitment to FSU College of Music. “Current FSU faculty and students will collaborate with these guests for three days of cutting-edge creativity, exploration, and entertainment!”

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist working with voice, live electronic processing, sampled sound and video. A pioneer in live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense and complex sound layers. His performances range from small concerts in galleries to large-scale multimedia works in theaters and concert halls. It also has a growing number of installations using multi-channel sound and video.

new music set from FSU, "Polymorphy" (Photo: FSU College of Music)
FSU’s new musical ensemble, “Polymorphia” (Photo: FSU College of Music)

Described as “America’s first new music group” by the new yorkerthe International Contemporary Ensemble has become a leading force in new music over the past 20 years. The ensemble has premiered over 1,000 works and has been a vehicle for the workshop and performance of thousands of works by student composers across the United States. The ensemble performers are flautist Isabel Lepanto Gleicher, bassoonist Rebekah Heller, clarinetist Joshua Nathan Rubin, oboist Michelle Farah, saxophonist Erin Rogers and percussionist Ross Karre.

The festival will feature six concerts as well as several masterclasses and presentations.

“I am grateful for the wonderful cooperation among committee members in selecting from a large number of musical submissions to create our concert programs,” said Evan Jones, Festival of New Music committee member and program performer. “It is also extremely rewarding to experience the direct involvement of so many faculty, staff, administrators and students from across the College of Music, all working together to make each festival a success. .”

Pamela Z will collaborate with the Burgin String Quartetthe college’s resident student quartet, to perform their piece “The Unraveling” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 at Opperman Music Hall.

“I feel very lucky to play [the piece] with the composer,” said Megumi Terri, violinist of the Burgin Quartet and doctoral student in music at the FSU. “I think it’s such an engaging piece and the audience will hear something really special.”

Members of FSU's new music ensemble,
Members of FSU’s new musical ensemble, “Polymorphia” (Photo: FSU College of Music)


February 3, 7:30 p.m. Opperman Music Hall
Opening concert

February 4, 11:15 p.m. Dohnányi Recital Hall
Matinee concert

February 4, 2 p.m. Opperman Music Hall
Polymorphy Concert

February 4, 7:30 p.m. Opperman Music Hall
Pamela Z and the FSU Composers

February 5, 1 p.m. Dohnányi Recital Hall
Electroacoustic concert

February 5, 7:30 p.m. Opperman Music Hall
International Contemporary Ensemble and Pamela Z

All events are free and open to the public, except for the final concert at 7:30 p.m. on February 5, which will not be broadcast live. For tickets and more information, please visit tickets.music.fsu.edu and music.fsu.edu/FNM.