"Discoveries: Hear and Be Heard" Preview: Fulcrum Point New Music Project at The Merit School of Music

FULCRUM POINT NEW MUSIC PROJECT

“DISCOVERIES: HEAR AND BE HEARD”: STRING QUARTET EDITION

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th, 2017, 6 PM,

MERIT SCHOOL OF MUSIC

38 S. Peoria, Chicago

A workshop series celebrating diversity by promoting underrepresented and emerging composers

Featuring music by composers Joshua Marquez and Zoë Holbrook,

                                                   

 

Zoë Holbrook; photo by Andreas Norling

  Since 2014 Fulcrum Point New Music Project has led the way in developing and promoting emerging and underrepresented composers in a free, public setting through their ongoing series, “Discoveries: Hear and Be Heard”. The event is simultaneously a concert featuring emerging composers, a dialogue, and an interactive workshop with a wine and cheese reception.

   In addition to enjoying new music, the audience learns about the composer’s inspirational/creative processes and engages with the artist offering impressions and feedback.

 This series is unique in its emphasis on audience interaction and the platform it creates for women composers and composers of color whose voices often get muffled in the classical music landscape.

The program features:

- “Cold Star” by Joshua Marquez
- “String Quartet No.1” by Zoë Holbrook

 

 Performed by The Fulcrum Point String Quartet:

 Claudia Lasareff-Mironoff, viola

 Mathias Tacke, violin

Kathleen Brauer, violin

Mark Brandfonbrener, violoncello

 

Joshua Marquez; photo by Dana O'Malley

Joshua Marquez (b. 1990) is a Filipino-American composer and social activist whose music explores the liminal space between tone and noise.  Searing a sonic imprint of cultural identity, his tranquil investigations of the noise spectrum represent the internal conflicts of multiculturalism and the Asian American struggles of alienation and assimilation through the fusion and fission of disparate timbres.  Hailed as "cutting-edge" and "haunting", Marquez's polemic deconstruction of sound is consumed by ever-evolving rituals of disintegrated perspectives.  He was an Arts Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, holds a PhD in composition from the University of Iowa and has music released on ABLAZE Records (USA), RMN Classical Records (UK), Sarton Records (PL), and E.M.P.i.R.E.S Records (USA).

 Says Marquez,

“As a composer of color, the discussion-based design of the “Discoveries” series gives me the agency and platform to address issues of institutional and systemic racism in an open and engaging space. It is difficult to find such opportunities, especially as a marginalized voice, to share my perspective on discrimination, stereotyping, and cultural colonization within the arts; Fulcrum Point allows those conversations to take place.”

 

 Zoë Holbrook is a classical composer and guitarist continually striving to broaden the repertoire for instruments, especially in an ensemble setting. Most recently, she had two pieces premiered on the concert series ”PremieresPlus” at the Center for New Music in San Francisco. Holbrook works as the Development Assistant at United States Artists (USA), a non-profit organization that gives grants to artists across the country

 

 

ADMISSION IS FREE

 

 

 

 

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