Thursday, February 9, 2017 || 7:30 p.m.
FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios
Alumni Composers Concert
new works by FIU Alumni
Alumni composers concert with the Amernet and the NODUS Ensemble featuring the music of FIU alumni composers Kojs, Grossmann, Poston, Mendoza, & Bonacossa.
Initiated by FIU faculty composer Orlando Jacinto García, NODUS is the professional contemporary chamber music ensemble in residence at Florida International University in Miami (FIU). Specializing in the cutting edge Art music of our time, the makeup of the ensemble varies for each concert. The ensemble’s repertoire includes recent music by composers from around the world, works written specifically for the ensemble, and works with electronics and/or video.
NODUS debut at the FIU Festival of the Arts in November 1998 and shortly thereafter was featured at the January 1999 New Music Miami Festival. Subsequent performances have included the 1999, 2000, and 2001 FIU Music Festival, the 2001 Music of the Americas Festival, the 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 New Music Miami ISCM Festival, the 2004 International Computer Music Conference, the 2006 International Association of Women in Music Conference, and other concerts held at a variety of South Florida venues over the past several seasons. In 2009-10 NODUS was featured at the International New Music Festival in Lima, Peru, and once again participated in the New Music Miami ISCM Festival. During 2010 and 2011 the ensemble is scheduled to perform at the Cervantino Festival in Mexico and the World Music Days in Zagreb, Croatia. NODUS has been featured at the Norton Museum, Wertheim Performing Arts Center, the Wolfsonian, the Spanish Cultural Center, Miami Art Central, Miami Art Museum, von Hartz Gallery, Dorsch Gallery, Gusman Concert Hall, among other performing spaces in the region. In the summer of 2010 Innova Recordings will release sonidos cubanos, the ensembles’ first CD. The album includes the works of 4 Cuban composers Tania Leon, Sergio Barroso, Ileana Perez Velazquez, and Orlando Jacinto Garcia. The musicians in NODUS are internationally acclaimed performers and include flutist Elissa Lakofsky, clarinetists Paul Green, and Julian Santacoloma, pianists Jose Lopez and Jennifer Snyder, percussionists Guy St-Amant and Mark Schubert, violinists Robert Davidovici, Huifang Chen, and Luis Fernandez, violist Laura Wilcox, cellist Phillip Lakofsky, contrabassist Luis Gomez Imbert, soprano Kathleen Wilson, and tenor Robert Dundas.
Lauded for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the Amernet String Quartet has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Ensemble-in-Residence at Florida International University in Miami since 2004, the group was formed in 1991 while its founding members were students at the Juilliard School. The Amernet quickly rose to international attention after their first season, winning the gold medal at the Tokyo International Music Competition, before being named first prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition.
The Amernet has always been committed to the music of our time and has commissioned works from many of today’s leading composers, working closely with composers including Anthony Brandt, John Corigliano, Stephen Dankner, David Epstein, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Harold Meltzer, Gerhard Samuel, Morton Subotnick, and Dmitri Tymoczko. Additionally, the group has made many recordings, among which are the Concerto for Clarinet, Oboe, String Quartet and Bass by John Harbison with Sara Lambert Bloom and Charles Neidich as soloists; The Butterflies Began to Sing, a work for string quartet, bass, MIDI keyboard and computer by Morton Subotnick; an album of quartets by the American composer Stephen Dankner; the string quartet and double bass quintet of Dmitri Tymoczko; and a pairing of the Debussy String Quartet and the Chausson Concert for Piano, Violin, and String Quartet, with James Tocco and Yehonatan Berick. In addition, the Amernet is keen on exploring collaborative projects, and has recently appeared with jazz pianist Steve Allee; onstage with Josée Garant Dance; and with the Kruger Brothers. The Amernet also actively advocates for neglected works of the past and aims to enliven the concert experience through its innovative programming.