The modern percussion ensemble Sō Percussion has been named the Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence at Princeton University. As active participants in the Department of Music, the four-member group will teach graduate and undergraduate students; coach student chamber music ensembles; give master classes; workshop, rehearse and perform new works by student and faculty composers; and present two concerts from their touring repertoire each academic year. The renewable three-year appointment will begin in fall 2014.
For the past 15 years, the Brentano String Quartet, comprised of violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin, violist Misha Amory and cellist Nina Lee, has been Ensemble-in-Residence at Princeton University. As part of this residency, the Brentano has assisted with classes and workshops, and has presented concerts to the public each year, many of them free. The last of these public performances took place last Friday night at Richardson Auditorium, as the quartet played a fond musical farewell to an extremely fruitful relationship with the Princeton University department of music.
The Princeton University Orchestra presents its final concert of the year on April 25 and April 26. The Daily Princetonian recently had an opportunity to interview conductor Michael Pratt about his work with the orchestra and his views on the upcoming concert.
Composer and percussionist Andy Akiho, currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Composition at Princeton University, has been awarded the prestigious Luciano Berio Rome Prize for Musical Composition. The American Academy in Rome awards the prize that provides fellowships for artists and scholars in the humanities. Akiho was one of two winners in the Musical Composition category. The Rome Prize was given to 30 artists or academics in 11 disciplines in the national competition. The prize's fellowships include stipends, living and working space and invitation to live in Rome for six months to two years.
The department of music at Princeton University has chosen So Percussion to be the new Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence at the school. The group replaces the Brentano String Quartet, the performers-in-residence since 1999. So Percussion will teach graduate and undergraduate students, lead workshops, rehearse and perform new works by student and faculty composers, coach chamber music, give master classes and present two concerts from the group’s touring repertoire each academic year. In addition to So Percussion, the Edward T. Cone Performers-in-Residence program will also support an expanded educational component for the Richardson Chamber Players through an increased commitment to early music and support for term residencies for visiting solo artists. “Our relationship with So Percussion has been growing over the past eight years,” said Steven Mackey, chair of the Princeton University Department of Music. “We are home to their annual percussion and composition institute, they have performed many works by our student and faculty composers, and they have co-taught classes with the regular faculty. We have been so impressed with the myriad ways they can contribute to music making and thought at Princeton that this was an easy choice to make. So Percussion (members) are scintillating performers and we look forward to sharing the excitement of their performances with the wider community.”
It’s spring, and musical renewal is in the air, with two innovative programs offered by Princeton Sound Kitchen and the Lenape Chamber Ensemble. Princeton Sound Kitchen will host the JACK Quartet on Tuesday in a concert of new works by composers in the university graduate program. Among them will be last year’s Pulitzer Prize-winner for music, Caroline Shaw.
Blame it on big brothers. While growing up in Jerusalem, Israel, Gilad Cohen became fascinated with British pop, rock, and progressive rock music that was created long before he was born. His late father, who was a computer programmer at the Bank of Israel, and his mother, a librarian at the Israeli Ministry of Education, were both amateur musicians and loved Israeli folk music and classical music. Perhaps to rebel against their parents’ tastes, Cohen’s older brothers had rock music on the stereo. “I inherited the love for rock, specifically for the Beatles and Pink Floyd, from my older brothers,” says Cohen, a composer, performer, and music theorist, as well as a PhD candidate in composition at Princeton University. Cohen adds that it may have been impossible to ignore Pink Floyd in his native Israel, such is the nation’s love for these grandfathers of progressive/art rock.
“There are a couple of countries outside of the United States where Pink Floyd is huge — France is one, and Israel is another,” Cohen says. “If you stop someone on the street in Israel and ask who their favorite band is, Pink Floyd will be in the number one or number two spot. I’m not exaggerating.”
It is only natural, then, for Cohen to incorporate his love for Pink Floyd into his academic studies. He also wants to share his passion for the group with the university and the Princeton community at large. Along with fellow PhD candidate Dave Molk, Cohen initiated and organized an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the music, art, and culture of Pink Floyd, titled “Pink Floyd: Sound, Sight, and Structure.” Hosted by Princeton University, the academic conference, which runs Thursday through Sunday, April 10 to 13, is thought to be the first ever based entirely on this legendary band.
The conference will include world premieres of acoustic compositions and arrangements inspired by Pink Floyd’s music, lecture-concerts, a panel discussion, a community-wide Pink Floyd jam session, a public screening of the film “The Wall,” and an exhibition of Pink Floyd album covers and art.
In addition, Princeton will welcome James Guthrie, producer and engineer extraordinaire, who oversaw the creation of Pink Floyd’s 1979 double album, “The Wall,” and won a Grammy Award in 1980 in the non-classical engineering category.
A do-not-miss for Pink Floyd fans, audiophiles, music lovers… Princeton University is proud to host an interdisciplinary conference celebrating the music, art, and culture of Pink Floyd, April 10-13th 2014. There is SO much fascinating content being packed into this weekend, which culminates with Pink Floyd producer/engineer James Guthrie as the keynote speaker. Here’s a taste of what’s in store, but visit the website for all the details. The weekend starts with an ‘Open Jam’ at Small World Coffee on Thursday night at 8pm that is open to all singers and instrumentalists (will include a house band: Ryan Sarno, guitar; Natalie Sarno, keyboard; Jason Treuting, drums; Gilad Cohen, bass guitar and keyboard; Quinn Collins, bass guitar.
Friday Head to Taplin Auditorium for live screening of The Wall on Friday night at 8pm, presented by the Princeton Film Society.
On Saturday, the day’s events include surround sound playback of James Guthrie’s 5.1 mixes of The Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here and special world-premiere of his just-finished 5.1 mix of Roger Water’s Amused to Death on state-of-the-art ATC speakers. These will run from 3pm-10pm, with no tickets required – visitors are invited to come when they please.
Sunday welcomes a host of panel discussions on various aspects of the art of Pink Floyd:
“The Visual Music of Pink Floyd” “Space and Repetition in David Gilmour’s Guitar Solos” “’Several Species of Small Furry Animals’: The Genius of Early Floyd” “They Fluttered Behind You: The Past as Material Object in Pink Floyd” “The Shadow of Yesterday’s Triumph: ‘Shine On You Crazy Diamond’ and the Stage Theory of Grief”
…and finally, the keynote speaker, James Guthrie – a Pink Floyd producer/engineer, presenting “Surrounded by Recollections of Pink Floyd Records,” which will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
The Richardson Chamber Players focused its final program of the season on “words in the English language that carry poetic promise,” and decided “England” was one of those words. The music selected for Sunday afternoon’s concert in Richardson Auditorium also emphasized spring, and fortunately the weather cooperated. Those who chose to come inside on Sunday afternoon heard pieces which not only evoked England and spring, but also demonstrated the Chamber Players’ mission of bringing lesser-known masterpieces of unusual combinations of instruments to the forefront.
Gabriel Crouch has performed a lot of concerts, and he has appeared with most of Britain's (and therefore the world's) greatest choirs. But nothing could prepare him for the experience of performing in St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, for which Johann Sebastian Bach wrote so much of his greatest music. "We had two really memorable performances there, on the fourth and fifth of January," Crouch says, "the first time I've ever performed in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig, and it's something I will never, ever forget. It's a building of extraordinary musical significance, especially for a choral singer."
- Apr 21, 2014, 7:30 p.m.Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
- Apr 23, 2014, 8:00 p.m.Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
- Apr 25, 2014, 7:30 p.m.Richardson Auditorium
- Apr 26, 2014, 6:00 p.m.Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall
- Apr 26, 2014, 7:30 p.m.Proctor Hall at the Graduate College