1. Hello David - thank you for speaking with us. We are all very excited that you are headlining Festival 21 this year! Your program has several works that will be new to much of the Boston audience, including the world premiere of Mariluna by Carlos Carillo, and the Boston premiere of David del Tredici’s Facts of Life (both works commissioned and dedicated to you). Could you describe what the process of working with these composers was like? Were scores sent back and forth with changes made by you, or did you get a finished piece that needed no change?
2. For this recital you are also programming the Boston premiere of one of your own works, Labyrinths, which has wonderfully alliterative movement titles. Many of your compositions have very evocative titles - does a working title come to you as you compose, after the work is completed, or does it inspire the composition in the first place? Can you elaborate on this piece in particular?
3. Do you have any new compositions in the works? Is there a medium you haven’t written for before that intrigues you (a guitar concerto, perhaps)?
My Darling’s Slumber (2008) by Francine Trester
Mi Tango (2008/2010) by Hayg Boyadjian
Tracing a wheel on water (2003) by Kevin Siegfried
Aaron Larget-Caplan, guitar
Francine Trester is Associate Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music. Trester received her BA, MA and DMA from Yale University and later was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study composition in Cambridge, England. She has been the recipient of an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award as well as awards from the Fromm Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her works have been premiered at several venues worldwide including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, recorded on Albany and Crystal Records, and published by Clear Note Publications. Commissions include works written for the Providence Mandolin Orchestra, guitar duo Mark and Beverly Davis, John Holt and mezzo-soprano Sophie Creech, the Wheeler School Handbell Choir, and the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. Most recently, her compositions have been featured as part of an installation at the Arnot Art Museum and performed by the Shasta Symphony Orchestra.
The melody to “My Darling’s Slumber” is loosely derived from an inversion of the melody to Stephen Foster’s folk lullaby, “Slumber My Darling.” That is the reasoning behind the inverted title as well.
The Foster melody is one that I grew up with and have always found comforting and beautiful. It was the first material that came to mind when Aaron approached me about his New Lullaby Project. As a Professor of Counterpoint, I’m often teaching inversion and other forms of motivic manipulation. So, under that influence, I began to wonder what possibilities inverting the Foster might bring…
The meter and harmony of my lullaby is independent of the Foster, and much of the melodic material is unrelated to the inversion as well. So perhaps the derivation is only somewhat relevant to the listener. But for me, the Foster provided a starting point, a comforting place of return and reimagining. – Francine Trester • www.FrancineTrester.com
Hayg Boyadjian was born in 1938 in Paris, France. At an early age he immigrated with his family to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he started his musical studies at the Liszt Conservatory. In 1958 he immigrated to the USA, and presently lives in Lexington, Massachusetts. In the USA he continued his musical studies as a special student first at the New England Conservatory and later at Brandeis University. Among his teachers were Beatriz Balzi (student of Alberto Ginastera, with whom Boyadjian had several consulting meetings), Seymour Shifrin, Alvin Lucier, and Edward Cohen.
He has composed a large number of works from chamber to symphonic. Many of his compositions have been performed throughout the world: USA, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, Korea, Russia, France, Holland, England, Spain, Armenia and others.
A number of his scores are available through the American Music Center, New York and on the internet through Sibelius Music. Some of his chamber and symphonic compositions are recorded on the following CD labels: Living Music; Society of Composers Recordings; North/South Consonance Recordings; and Opus One Recordings. He is a member of the Composers’ Union of Armenia, ASCAP, Society of Composers, the MacDowell Colony, and others. His name is found in the Who’s Who in American Music, the International Who’s Who in Music. He has received awards from ASCAP, Meet the Composer, the Lexington Arts Council-MA, the New England Foundation-Meet the Composer, the Fiftieth Anniversary Commission Project-American Music Center, a Grammy nomination, and others. A number of his writings on music and a number of his poems have been published in various publications.
Mi Tango is written in memory of the famous creator of the new modern tango, Astor Piazzola. It was written for Robert Sullivan, former chairman of the guitar department of the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts. The music has the essential elements of the tango: its unique rhythmic structure of syncopation within a 2/4 basic rhythm. To give this tango my own distinctive imprint, I introduce some changes, such as displacing the expected accents and using different meters besides the usual 2/4. This tango would be very difficult to dance to! However, the composition retains the general aspect and feel of the tango because of its elemental rhythmic pulse. Mi Tango was recorded by Aaron Larget-Caplan for Vientos – Music of Hayg Boyadjian, and released on the Albany Records Label in October 2010.
Hailed by the British magazine Choir & Organ as writing music of “austere beauty” that exhibits the “pressure and presence of personal conviction,” Kevin Siegfried is a composer with an emerging international voice. His music is published by E. C. Schirmer, Earthsongs, and Trinitas and has been performed and recorded by leading ensembles including The Dale Warland Singers, The Tudor Choir, and Conspirare. Aaron Larget-Caplan recorded his first solo guitar work, Tracing a wheel on water, in 2006. Since 2004, he has been a faculty member at The Boston Conservatory. He currently resides in Dover, NH with his family. For more information, go to www.kevinsiegfried.com
Tracing a Wheel on Water was written in 2003, shortly after moving from Boston to the southern coast of Maine. My family and I were fortunate to rent a house directly situated on a tidal inlet, and it was only a matter of time before the cycle of tides and the play of light and water began to shape our lives. My first composition for solo guitar, Tracing is a meditation on my experience of the water’s surface. In particular, it reflects the interplay of stasis and movement, and the manner in which flowing circles on the water’s surface envelop one another in a rhythm that is always new, yet never changing. It received its premiere at Boston Conservatory in 2005 and its commercial release in 2006, both by Aaron Larget-Caplan, and has had over 60 performances across the US and in Italy since its premiere.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FESTIVAL 21 RETURNS TO BOSTON
Contact: Frank Wallace, (917) 693-5603; email@example.com
SPONSOR Boston Classical Guitar Society
WHO Rafael Aguirre [Spain], Olson/De Cari Duo [NYC], Maarten Stragier [Belgium], Nathan Kolosko, Jose Lezcano, BCGS Community Guitar Orchestra, Back Bay Guitar Trio, others
WHAT Festival 21: New Music for Classical Guitar; concerts, master class and lectures
WHERE Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., and First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley St, Boston
WHEN Saturday April 16, 2011, 10:00am – 10:00pm
On April 16 the Boston Classical Guitar Society (BCGS) will present Festival 21 in celebration of 21st century music and all that is new in the world of classical guitar. This year features one of the most exciting virtuosos to come out of Spain in decades, young Rafael Aguirre. With phenomenal technique and elegant interpretive voice, Rafael will perform Joaquin Rodrigo’s newly discovered work Toccata, lost in archives for 75 years, as well as selections from Leo Brouwer’s Nuevos Estudios Sencillos, the world premier of Daniel Real’s Estalacticas y stalagmites and other Spanish works. The BCGS Community Guitar Orchestra will give a short prelude to Aguirre’s concert with the world premiere of A Journey through Eastern Villages in which composer/directorScott Borg captures the essence of three very different cultures: Japanese, Javanese and Chinese. The concert is at First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley St. Boston. Tickets: $15-25 at the door or online at www.bostonguitar.org. Festival Pass is $60 general admission; $50 seniors; $10 discount for church or BCGS members; $35 students. Both First Lutheran and Gordon Chapel (used for daytime events) have stunning acoustics for guitar and are easily accessible on the T.
The day begins at 10:00am at Old South Church, 645 Boylston St. with an open rehearsal of three community guitar orchestras: Timberlane High School, Keene State College and BCGS prepare for the afternoon and evening concerts. The groups will perform Frank Wallace’s New England Sextets in the Members’ Concert as well as Borg’s work in the evening. Bring your guitar for the next class - at 11:00am Nathan Kolosko will direct a workshop on “prepared guitar.” Nathan will discuss the history of “prepared guitar” techniques through a survey of the literature and players that employ them. He will demonstrate these techniques and bring materials for participants to try their hands at playing in a short score for “prepared guitar” ensemble.
At 1:15pm Belgium guitarist Maarten Stragier will play a program of 21st century guitar works. Les Effaceurs, Harvard composer Nicholas Vines’ 5 movement-long tour de force, was commissioned by Festival 21 with the help of the New England Foundation for the Arts. The second half of the program will submerge the guitar in a bath of interactive electronics with Kogarashi, Le Premier Soupir des Fantomes by the up-and-coming French composer Jerome Combier, and a new work by Caroline Park. When the last electro-acoustic reverberations have dissipated, the Olson/De Cari duo will take stage at 2:15pm with songs from their Science/Music Commissioning Project. “Is no one inspired by our present picture of the universe? The value of science remains unsung by singers: you are reduced to hearing not a song or poem, but an evening lecture about it.” — Richard Feynman. John Olson and Gioia de Cari are creating music for voice and guitar that celebrates the insights and illuminates the human side of science through song. The Duo will perform works by Champlin and Donahue with texts by Einstein, Bohr, Curie, Donahue, Teilhard de Chardin, Richard Feynman, and give world premiers of Orbits by Andrew Dickenson and Men, Women and Molecules by Frank Wallace, poetry by Roald Hoffmann, Nobel Prize-winning chemist at Cornell University.
After a coffee hour with entertainment by the Keene State College Guitar Orchestra, members of the BCGS will share their passions and creativity over the past year with performances by the Timberlane and BCGS Orchestra, Aaron Larget-Caplan, Robert Margo with Wendy Silverberg soprano, Jose Lezcano and the popular Back Bay Guitar Trio.
Festival 21 is made possible by generous grants from the Augustine Foundation, D’Addario Musical Foundation and is funded in part by a grant from the MetLife Creative Connections program of Meet the Composer, Inc. and the New England Foundation for the Arts with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies and the National Endowment for the Arts. BCGS is a nonprofit organization that annually presents four Artist Series concerts, Festival 21, Saturday Sounds Special concerts at Hingham Library and monthly member events with essential support from sponsors, donors and members. www.bostonguitar.org.
Daytime: Gordon Chapel, Old South Church, 645 Boylston Ave., Boston
- 10:00am Open Rehearsal Scott Borg directing
BCGS Community, Keene State College and Timberlane High Guitar Orchestras
- 11:00am Lecture/demo and workshop Nathan Kolosko “prepared guitar” techniques
- 1:15pm Concert Maarten Stragier 21st century solo guitar, new commissions
- 2:15pm Concert Olson/De Cari Duo 21st century song, new commissions
- 3:15pm Coffee break with Keene State College Guitar Orchestra, Jose Lezcano,director
- 4:00pm Members’ Concert Back Bay Guitar Trio, Aaron Larget-Caplan, Jose Lezcano, Robert Margo with Wendy Silverberg and Timberlane High School Guitar Orchestra and BCGS Community Guitar Orchestra,John Zevos, conducting
Evening: First Lutheran Church, 299 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA
- 8:00pm Concert Rafael Aguirre works of Anton García Abril, Lorenzo Palomo, Rodrigo, Brouwer, de Falla, world premier of Estalacticas y stalagmites by Daniel Real
Concert prelude: world premier of Scott Borg’s A Journey through Eastern Villages performed by the BCGS Community Guitar Orchestra with the Keene State College and Timberlane Regional High School guitar orchestras, Scott Borg directing