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Contemporary Insights presents: Sky Macklay

October 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Contemporary Insights 2016 Concert Series
– presenting –

Composer Portrait Concert

Sky Macklay: Doppelgänger III (2014) for two oboes and keyboard
Lessina, Levlen, Levlite, Levora (2015) for speaking violinist and electronics
Why We Bleed (2016, libretto by Emily Roller) a chamber opera for 3 voices and piano

Glossolalia (2016, text by Gregory Mahrer) for mezzo soprano and piano
Lucie Vítková: Visable (2016) for oboe and accordion
Sky Macklay: FastLowHighSlow (2015) for 2 violins and piano 4-hands

Sky Macklay, oboe and electronics
Karisa Antonio, oboe
Josh Modney, violin
Jacob Greenberg, piano
Jennifer Goode Cooper, soprano
Tookah Sapper, soprano
Michael Weyandt, baritone
Mila Henry, piano
Lucy Dhegrae, soprano
Lucie Vítková, accordion, hichiriki, and voice
Erica Dicker, violin

Program Description:
Contemporary Insights presents a program of recent instrumental and vocal chamber music by composer and oboist Sky Macklay. Pieces include Macklay’s chamber opera Why We Bleed, a battle of wills between a uterus and a zygote, aggressive oboe pieces such as Macklay’s Doppelgänger III for two oboes and keyboard and Lucie Vítková’s Visable for oboe and accordion, and Macklay’s structuralist process-pieces FastLowHighSlow for two violins and piano four-hands and Lessina, Levlen, Levlite, Levora for speaking violinist and electronics. The concert features heavy-hitting contemporary music performers such as singers Lucy Dhegrae and Jennifer Goode Cooper, violinist Josh Modney and pianist Jacob Greenberg of ICE, and many more.

The music of composer, oboist and installation artist Sky Macklay (b. 1988) explores bold contrasts, theatrical elements, audible processes, humor, and the physics of sound production and perception. Her works have been performed by ensembles such as ICE, Yarn/Wire, Wet Ink Ensemble, Spekral Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Dal Niente, The Da Capo Chamber Players, Firebird Ensemble, Hexnut, and PRIZM. Her piece Dissolving Bands, an abstract orchestral reflection on the American Revolutionary War, was commissioned and premiered by the Lexington (MA) Symphony. Dissolving Bands was the winner of the 2013 Leo Kaplan award, the top prize in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In 2015 her sonic and kinetic installation of inflatable harmonica-playing robots, Harmonibots, received the Ruth Anderson Prize from The International Alliance for Women in Music. She has been commissioned by The New York Virtuoso Singers, Chamber Music America, and the Jerome Fund for New Music. Her string quartet Many Many Cadences, recorded on Spektral Quartet’s newest album, also received an ASCAP award. As an active new music oboist and improviser, Sky plays with Ghost Ensemble and has also appeared with Ensemble Pamplemousse, Counter)induction, and at the MATA Festival.

Originally from Minnesota, Sky is currently pursuing her DMA in composition at Columbia University in NYC where she studies with Georg Friedrich Haas, George Lewis, and Fred Lerdahl. She is also a 2015-17 Composers and the Voice Fellow with American Opera Projects. An enthusiastic practitioner of creative music education, Sky teaches at Columbia and at The Walden School Young Musicians Program in Dublin, New Hampshire, the country’s largest summer school and festival for pre-college composers.

October 22, 2016, 7PM
Admission: $20/15 (students/seniors) at the door
Spectrum – 121 Ludlow #2 – NYC



October 22, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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121 Ludlow St
New York, New York 10002

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