2020 - 2021 New Music at Lawrence Series

Asha Srinivasan’s Portraits Concert
Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:00pm
Virtual Concert

Asha Srinivasan’s compositions focus on a conscious exploration of her dual cultural heritage, investigating areas of overlap between Western and Indian music and striving to create effective and interesting combinations of both musical styles. Some Indian music techniques that she has explored in her music include the ornamented melodic lines, rhythmic intricacies, heterophony between instruments, use of modes for pitch materials, and the persistent drone. In addition to writing for a variety of chamber and large ensembles, Srinivasan also periodically incorporates technology, combining the vast possibilities available through sonic transformations of digital audio with the rich timbres of acoustic instruments.

As an Associate Professor of Music at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, Asha Srinivasan has enjoyed teaching composition, electronic music, and music theory since 2008. She earned her doctorate at University of Maryland, College Park. In 2019, she was commissioned by the East Carolina University NewMusic Initiative Commissioning Program to create a new work for the East Carolina Chamber Singers, a project that is currently underway. Srinivasan’s music has been presented widely at national and international venues and has been recognized with honors. Her composition Dviraag was awarded at the 2011 Thailand International Composition Festival and won the 2015 Flute New Music Consortium competition. In 2012, Alarm Will Sound premiered Svara-lila at the Mizzou International Composers Festival. She has also won national commissioning competitions, including the BMI Foundation's Women's Music Commission and the Flute/Cello Commissioning Circle. Her works have been released on CD under various labels and have been discussed in dissertations and scholarly work. For further details on Srinivasan’s music and purchasing her scores, please visit http://www.twocomposers.org.

Please visit https://www.lawrence.edu/conservatory/ensembles/webcasts to watch the concert.

Lawrence University Wind Ensemble
Andy Mast, director
Ava Ordman, trombone soloist
David Biedenbender’s Their Eyes are Fireflies

February 28, 3pm Chapel





Bang on a Can All Stars
Saturday, April 17, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Lawrence Memorial Chapel

Robert Black, bass
Vicky Chow, piano
David Cossin, percussion
Mark Stewart, guitars
Ken Thomson, clarinets
Andrew Cotton, sound

Bang on a Can  All- stars is dedicated to making music new.  Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found.  With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers, performs, presents, and records new work, develops new audiences, and educates the musicians of the future.  Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders. Bang on a Can plays “a central role in fostering a new kind of audience that doesn’t concern itself with boundaries.  If music is made with originality and integrity, these listeners will come.” (The New York Times)

This performance is also apart of the Artist Series.

Transient Canvas
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 8:00p.m.,
Harper Hall

Photo by Robert Torres

Boston-based contemporary duo Transient Canvas is on a mission to revolutionize the modern concert experience. Since 2011, their innovative performances have been praised as “superb” by the Boston Globe and “disarming” by Cleveland Classical, with the San Francisco Chronicle lauding “the versatile imagination they both display and inspire in others.” Bass clarinetist Amy Advocat and marimbist Matt Sharrock relish the creative potential of working with living composers, having amassed a varied repertoire of over 80 commissioned works in addition to working with hundreds of student composers from all over the world. Since 2017, they have hosted their annual paid Composer Fellowship Program that is free and open to composers of all ages. They maintain an active touring schedule with recent performances at the Charlotte New Music Festival, Music on the Edge, Composers, Inc., Music at the Forefront, and People Inside Electronics, among others. Recent educational residencies include the University of Southern California, University of Pittsburgh, North Carolina NewMusic Initiative, and Divergent Studio at Longy School of Music. They have two albums, Sift and Wired, both released on New Focus Recordings. Transient Canvas proudly endorses Henri Selmer Paris and Marimba One. For more information, visit www.transientcanvas.com.

Ian Dicke, composer
Monday, May 10, 2020, 8:00p.m.,
Harper Hall, Music Drama Center

Ian Dicke is a composer inspired by social-political culture and interactive technology. Active in a diverse array of genres and multi-media, Dicke’s music exhibits a clarity of expression while integrating acoustic ensembles with cutting edge audio processing techniques. Praised for his “refreshingly well-structured” (Feast of Music) and “uncommonly memorable” (Sequenza 21) catalogue of works, Dicke currently serves as an Associate Professor of Composition at the University of California, Riverside.
Dicke’s music has been commissioned and performed by ensembles and soloists around the world, including the New World Symphony, Alarm Will Sound, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, pianist Vicky Chow, The MATA Festival, ISCM World New Music Days, and the Atlantic Coast Center Band Director’s Association.