2020 - 2021 New Music at Lawrence Series
Asha Srinivasan’s Portraits Concert
Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:00pm
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.