Thursday, April 6, 2017 || 7:30 p.m.
FIU Miami Beach Urban Studios
New Works for Trumpet, Voice, and Electronics
featuring Andrew Kozar with guest soprano Corrine Byrne
Andrew Kozar performs a concert of works for trumpet and electronics with guest soprano Corrine Byrne, works by Sudol, Matthusen, Wollschleger, Garcia, and others.
A native of Pittsburgh, Andy Kozar is a New York City based trumpeter, improviser, composer and educator that has been called a ‘star soloist’ by TimeOutNY and has been said to be ‘agile as he navigated leaps and slurs with grace…he shifted between lyricism and aggression deftly’ by the International Trumpet Guild Journal. A strong advocate of contemporary music, he is a founding member of the contemporary music quartet loadbang which has been called ‘inventive’ by the New York Times, ‘cultivated’ by The New Yorker, and ‘a formidable new-music force’ by TimeOutNY. With loadbang, his playing has been said to be ‘polished and dynamic, with very impressive playing’ by the Baltimore Sun, and that he ‘coaxed the ethereal and the gritty from [his] muted instrument…and revealed a facility for shaping notes and color’ by the San Francisco Classical Voice. He is also a member of TILT Brass and has performed with new music ensembles including Argento Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, Ensemble ACJW, Wet Ink, and Mark Gould’s Pink Baby Monster. He has performed alongside artists such as Dave Douglas, Pablo Heras Casado, James Thompson, Mark Gould and Brad Lubman, in addition to working closely with numerous composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Augusta Reed Thomas, and Pulitzer Prize winning composers David Lang and Charles Wuorinen. He has performed at Bang on a Can marathons both at MASS MoCA and in New York City and has been presented as a soloist at the University of Richmond’s Third Practice electro-acoustic festival, the Ethos New Music Society at SUNY Fredonia, and the Pendulum Series for New Music at the University of Colorado.
As a composer, his music has been said to have ‘intriguing sonorities’ by the New York Times, to be ‘virtuosic’ by The New Yorker, ‘…extremely effective and quite touching’ by New Music Box, and ‘at the cutting edge of creativity’ by Sequenza21. It has been performed by the members of loadbang, Bang on a Can All Star’s pianist Vicky Chow and others. In addition, he has received awards from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance to record an album of his work titled ‘On the end…’ which was released in 2013 on the ANALOG Arts label.
Andy has studied with Anthony Pasquarelli, James Thompson, Brian McWhorter, Jens Lindemann and Mark Gould, has studied at Carnegie Mellon University, holds a BM from the Eastman School of Music, and a MM in contemporary performance at Manhattan School of Music. He has given lectures and master-classes at institutions including The Juilliard School, Eastman School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, New York University, Northwestern University, Penn State University, SUNY Fredonia, and the University of Colorado. He has worked as an instructor of trumpet at Hunter College, regularly works as a teaching artist for the American Composers Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers program, and is on faculty at the North Carolina Governor’s School and the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Boston.