This week marks the first of four festivals this summer season in which I'll be performing & teaching. On Friday, Sound Energy will perform Betsy Jolas's Quatuor II (1969) at New Music Gathering in Boston, alongside coloratura soprano Emily Thorner. In June I'll be performing at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at New England Conservatory. In July I'll be returning to my summer home at the Killington Chamber Music Festival in Rutland, Vermont, as artist-faculty in cello & chamber music. In August, I'll perform contemporary orchestral works at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland, and in September the orchestra will continue its concerts on tour to Paris, Hamburg, Cologne, and Berlin. Here's to another three months living out of a suitcase and traveling the world with my trusty companion, Mr. Cabinbaggage Swartz!
New music can often be difficult to follow - unexpected turns, strange timbres, unpredictable shifts in harmony. Fortunately for the contemporary music community, the YouTube channel Incipitsify has been uploading avant-garde works paired with facsimile editions of their scores. Hear Sound Energy's recording of Marti Epstein's massive "Hidden Flowers" from our guest artist feature at Boston Conservatory last season: