Violist Isabel Hagen

Today I would like to introduce violist Isabel Hagen, the final musician whom I will profile in this space.  Isabel is an active chamber musician and an avid performer of new music, performing with new music ensembles such as Ensemble Signal and the Wordless Music Orchestra.  She frequently works with composers, and has worked withContinue reading “Violist Isabel Hagen”

Vocalist and Composer Dennis Tobenski

I look forward to working with fellow Vocalist and Composer Dennis Tobenski for the first time on the Imaginary Timescapes performance.  He comes highly recommended for his skills as a tenor—including by the NY Times’ Anthony Tommasini, who called him a “dynamic vocalist.”—which will be his contribution to the concert, as he will sing in the vocal quartet. As oneContinue reading “Vocalist and Composer Dennis Tobenski”

Mezzo-Soprano Suzanne Schwing

If there’s a professional choral performance the New York area, chances are mezzo-soprano Suzanne Schwing is in it.  I’ve enjoyed working with her in C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective, in which I appreciate her impeccable precision and artistry.  C4 is only one of many ensembles with which Suzanne performs; in December alone, she appeared with the NewContinue reading “Mezzo-Soprano Suzanne Schwing”

Violinist and Soprano Elizabeth Derham

Today I would like to introduce violinist and soprano Elizabeth Derham, who will be performing in both the string quartet and the soprano duo (with myself) in the Imaginary Timescapes performance.  Before I composed Nigun for the two of us, I had the pleasure of singing with Liz, as she is known, in the soprano section of C4: the Choral Composers/ConductorsContinue reading “Violinist and Soprano Elizabeth Derham”

Violinist Alex Shiozaki

It’s great to perform with musicians who are in love – the two violinists in the quartet are soon to be married, but as they are quick to point out, not to each other.  Alex Shiozaki is marrying a fellow musician, the pianist Nana Shi, with whom he frequently collaborates.  The couple made their CarnegieContinue reading “Violinist Alex Shiozaki”

Bass Phillip Cheah

When Tania León encouraged me to produce this performance, and I started putting it all together, Phillip Cheah was the first person I called. One of his many talents is an ability to sing in both the bass and the soprano register, and his involvement enables us to perform one of my choral works, Signifying Nothing, withContinue reading “Bass Phillip Cheah”

Free Concert Tonight: Cellist Sofia Nowik

Over the next week or so, I would like to introduce you to the talented musicians who will join me for the Imaginary Timescapes performance. Your contributions to this campaign are primarily going to them. I will start with the cellist Sofia Nowik, who you can hear in a free solo recital tonight at the Juilliard SchoolContinue reading “Free Concert Tonight: Cellist Sofia Nowik”