Dutch composer Cord Meijering was born in Esens, Germany
in 1955, and lives now in Darmstadt, Germany. He studied guitar under
Olaf Van Gonnissen, and composition under Dietrich Boekle and Johannes
Fritsch. From 1983 to 1986 he was a member of Hans Werner Henze's master
class in Cologne, Germany; he then completed his studies as a master
student under Hans Juergen Wenzel at the Academy of Arts in East-Berlin.
In 1985 he received a prize at a competition in Stuttgart for his orchestral
composition “The Voice of The Winter.” In 1987
he received a commendation at the international composers' competition "Hambacher
Prize" for his string trio "...bewegt..." and in 1996 the "Bad
Homburger Foerder Prize" for the composition “Nights” from
1990. In 1991 Meijering received a grant to visit the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough,
"Why should anyone compose music? Why devote a lifetime of learning and
endure any amount of hardship in order to acquire and practice that skill?
Surely there are more useful pursuits, more practical vocations?" writes
MIT composer Peter Child. "Composers feel an urgent necessity to make
music in their bones. When they try to express it in words however, they feel
the way children do when they try to jump outside their own shadows. It feels
like you should be able to do it, you almost did it!, but of course you never
succeed. [...] The irreducible essence of the experience of music is a wordless
illumination of our humanity. This is what I believe draws composers irresistibly
to their work. [...] The arts illuminate our humanity in ways that cannot be
duplicated by other fields. It is for this reason that a curriculum of higher
learning that aims to educate the complete human being cries out for the arts
to be included. [...] Through their rigor and discipline the arts reveal for
us an essential dimension of what it is to be human that is quite different
from those dimensions revealed by the rigors and discipline of science and
the humanities. [... Why do I compose?] I stand with [Carmen Bernos de Gasztold's
poetic] "Little Pig," who says: "Yes, I grunt. Grunt, and snuffle.
I grunt because I grunt and I snuffle because I cannot do anything else."
Born in 1970, Garrett Fisher grew up in Michigan and
Maine, and as part of his parents’ academic sabbaticals, the family
lived in Istanbul, London, Paris, and other cities. He attended Oberlin
Conservatory, studying composition and piano. His interest in music
from other cultures also led to his studying the tabla and classical
Indian singing. While in Seattle, he formed the Fisher Ensemble, which
has performed his original operas at On the Boards, Consolidated Works,
the Nippon Kan Theater, as well as the A.I.R. Gallery in New York, NY.
He has received support from 4culture, the Allied Arts Foundation, the
ASCAP Foundation/Morton Gould Young Composer Award, Bossack Heilbron
Foundation, Centrum Arts Colony, City Artists, the King County Arts
Commission, Puffin Foundation, the Seattle Arts Commission and the Wiggly
World Foundation. His opera “The
Passion of Saint Thomas More” was released on BIS. His operas
are also available on 16 Visions Records.
Philip Munger was born in 1946 and studied composition at Oberlin Conservatory and at the University of Washington. After working in Seattle, he moved to Alaska in 1973. Munger has sought to address concerns about environmental, humanitarian and social issues in a number of his compositions. He has spoken and written widely on these issues. He has received many prizes and other honors. His works have been performed at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Juilliard Institute, Cornish Institute, Warsaw Conservatory, the National Gallery, the National Cathedral and several other notable venues. His most recent award, from the service organization Bugles Across America, was in January 2005, for his composition “Shards,” honoring America’s Afghanistan and Iraq Wars’ dead, for which he was awarded their “For Valor” decoration. He currently teaches at the University of Alaska Anchorage and plays trombone in the UAA Wind Ensemble.
Born in Wuppertal, Germany in 1960, composer Stefan
HAKENBERG now resides in Alaska's capital, Juneau. His work includes
a wide variety of musical media. The integration of players of non-western
classical background has particularly shaped HAKENBERG's creative thought.
Reviewers have praised his music as "highly original," "dramatic
and memorable," "creating strong musical expressions in a
densely contrapuntal style." Full of innovations his work is an
ongoing reflection on the musical styles of today that he has encountered
along an international career that has taken him from Cologne's experimental
80s New Music scene to Boston's 90s multicultural academic world,
to the particularly Asian combination of influences in Seoul, Korea
at the turn of the millennium.
Born in 1954 in British Columbia,Owen Underhill is a composer, conductor, and professor of composition in Vancouver, B.C. He studied composition with Rudolf Komorous at the University of Victoria, graduating with distinction in 1975. During 1973 - 1975 he also was an active flautist, performing with The Composer's Group. He then did his master's degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying with Bülent Arel. From 1976 to 1981 he was visiting composer at Wilfred Laurier University's Faculty of Music. In 1981, Underhill became a music instructor for the Centre for the Arts at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. Throughout the 1990s he conducted the Vancouver New Music Society as well as composed. His music has been performed widely throughout Canada and Australia, and is also frequently part of interdisciplinary art presentations. Underhill is an eagerly sought-after collaborator, both as a composer and conductor of unflagging professionalism. However, his catalog demonstrates an affinity for chamber music. It is not a particularly large output, but most of his music has proven durable. The music demonstrates much of the splendid, exuberant humanism heard frequently among the best students of Komorous. It frequently generates fascinating atmospheres through the manipulation of materials that are not especially radical but communicative and edifying for both casual listeners and the strident lovers of the avant-garde. His command of orchestration is particularly attractive and fascinating.
a resident of Seattle, Robert Henson grew up in northern California
and has written for a variety of ensembles, most currently for his own
project transpacific. A graduate of the University of Oregon
School of Music, he has spent a good deal of time merging popular
rock instrumentation with conventional classical idioms, for instance
in his minimal post-rock ensemble “transatlantic icefloe.” Robert
has scored and created sound designs for many Seattle theater companies,
including Printers Devil Theater, and has performed prepared piano
with the dance troupe VIA. After being exposed to John Zorn's
game piece Cobra in school and organizing local performances of it,
he met up with like-minded musicians in Seattle and became a founding
member of Strategic Improv Labs 2000 (sil2k), with whom he performs
on guitar and for whom he composes and conducts.
John Milton Cage was an American experimental music composer, writer
and visual artist. He is most commonly known for his 1952 composition
4'33", whose three movements are performed without playing a
Yoko Ono was born into a wealthy Japanese family, yet she decided at an early age that she wished to be a composer. In the early 50s she and her parents moved to New York. Her admiration for Franz Kafka, Vincent van Gogh, and Arnold Schönberg was fertilized by the New York avant-garde scene of the time. In the 1960s Yoko and her friend La Monte Young staged legendary loft events on Chambers Street, a space she provided also to John Cage and his ground-breaking classes of experimental music. To most people she is known as the wife of the English musician John Lennon.
was born in the United States in 1940 and grew up in Texas, where he
studied with the eminent pianist Patricio Gutierrez. Pursuing advanced
studies in piano and composition, he received both a Bachelor's and
a Master's degrees at The Juilliard School, where his principal teachers
were Lonny Epstein, Louis Persinger and Vittorio Giannini. Subsequently,
he was awarded a Ph.D. summa cum laude in musical aesthetics from the
University of Paris.