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 New Music Ensemble presents

"Shadowgraph 5" by George Lewis and "Coming Together" by Frederic Rzewski
Sunday, February 28, 2021, 7:00p.m.,
Virtual performance

Join LUNME (Lawrence University New Music Ensemble) on Sunday, February 28th at 7pm CST for a virtual performance of "Shadowgraph 5" by George Lewis and "Coming Together" by Frederic Rzewski. Working over two terms, the students and faculty who collaborate in LUNME recorded both pieces remotely. This virtual concert will feature the recordings set to videos created by Dave Razor, Appleton multi-media artist, and Alex Quade, Lawrence University alum.

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

Transient Canvas
Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 8:00p.m.,
Virtual Event

To watch the concert visit: https://youtu.be/0ouxROdXNbQ

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.

5th House Ensemble presents “We are Good”
Monday, May 3, 2021
Zoom performance


Supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, please join Members of the Fifth House Ensemble and Lawrence University for a series of workshops that explores deep and important topics in a fun, whimsical space culminating in a public performance. Start your day on a positive note and join members on your community and their experience as humans, storytellers and history vessels at We Are Good, a creative community building experience that will make you fill the void of lost connection with music, words, story circles, meaningful participation and deep listening.

Workshops will be held on April 12, 14, 16, 26 and 28 at 9:50am- 11:10am via zoom at link above. A culminating public performance will be on May 3, 2021 at 6pm.

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Crane Group.

Jacob TV Residency and Performance

Monday, May 31, 9:00am, Masterclass with Jacob TV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis), composer
Tuesday, June 1, 7:00pm, New Music Series: Jacob TV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis). Students and faculty perform works by the iconic Dutch composer, as a part of his residency at Lawrence University.

Dutch ‘avant pop’ composer JacobTV (Jacob Ter Veldhuis, 1951) started as a rock musician and studied composition and electronic music at the Groningen Conservatoire. He was awarded the Composition Prize of the Netherlands in 1980 and became a full time composer who soon made a name for himself with melodious compositions, straight from the heart and with great effect. ‘I pepper my music with sugar,’ he says.

The press called him the ‘Andy Warhol of new music’ and his ‘coming-out’ as a composer of ultra-tonal, mellifluous music reached its climax with the video oratorio Paradiso, based on Dante’s Divina Commedia.

JacobTV’s so called boombox repertoire, works for live instruments with a grooving sound track based on speech melody, became internationally popular. With about a 1000 performances worldwide per year, he is one of the most performed European composers. In 2007 a 3-day JacobTV festival took place at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. His never-ending reality opera THE NEWS is constantly updated and various editions were performed in Chicago, Rome, Amsterdam, Hamburg, New York.