Photo: Clayton Raithel


Composition Commission issued to Ann Cleare for voices and trombone

Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, New York, USA


Ann Cleare is an Irish composer working in the realms of concert music, opera, and extended sonic environments. Her work has been commissioned and supported by major broadcasters and has been performed in festivals such as Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, International Music Institute Darmstadt, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, IMATRONIC, the Gaudeamus Week and Taschenopernfestival. One of the main focuses of Ann’s current electronic research is to build multichannel sound systems which possess an alluring presence for a spectator and which are mobile so that a performer can interact and move them to different spaces in a venue.

To further realise this ambition, she proposes to create a new piece for trombone and vocal ensemble, which is supported by the EvS Musikstiftung. The trombonist will lie at the centre of this piece, acting as a source that is electronically expanded into a hyper version of itself, like an extended sonic sculpture. The sonorities will be further activated and developed by the vocalists.

Trombonist William Lang is an active performer, improviser, and teacher. The New York Times has called his playing "fiercely, virtuosic" and the Boston Globe has hailed him for his "superb performance" in past solo works. Ekmeles is a vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of new and rarely-heard works, and gems of the historical avant grade. The group has been praised by the New York Times for their “extraordinary sense of pitch”, and described as “virtuosically adventurous” by Alex Ross.


December 1, 2017
DiMenna Center, Cary Hall, New York


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