Tuesday, April 28, 2020

June in Buffalo 2020 Participants


Congratulations to the 16 selected participant composers who will be joining the remote June in Buffalo Festival this year (more about the remote festival here)! 

This year's participant composers and their compositions are:

Yifan Guo (Mannes School of Music at The New School): Wanderer in May for the Arditti Quartet

Daniel Gostelow (University at Buffalo): New work for String Quartet

Jack Herscowitz (Middlebury College): “For There They Were…” for the Arditti Quartet

Matias Homar (University at Buffalo): New Work for Guitar, Bassoon, and Cello

Zhouseheng Jin (McGill University): A Piece of Watermelon for Soprano, Flute (C and Bass), Clarinet (B-flat and Bass), Percussion, Piano, Violin, and Cello

Scott Kehoe (Peabody Conservatory): New Work for Guitar, Bassoon, and Cello

Oliver Kwapis (Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University): Approach to Zion for solo Piano

Young Jun Lee (Berklee College): Revelation for the Arditti Quartet

Jonathan Newmark (University of Cincinnati): Excerpts for Haber’s Law for Soprano, Baritone, and Piano

Sameer Ramchandran (Rutgers University): Le jardin des ombres for Oboe, B-flat Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn in F, Percussion, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass

Axel Retif ( London College of Music) Sombre el nombre de mi padre for Flute, B-Flat Clarinet, Horn in F, Bassoon, 2 Violin, Viola, and Cello

Brian Simalchik (Hart School of Music at the University of Hartford): Overlooks for Flute, B-flat Clarinet, Vibraphone, Piano, Viola, and Cello

Ka Shu (Kenneth) Tam (University at Buffalo): New Work for Guitar, Bassoon, and Cello


Daniel De Togni (University of Oregon) Turn for Violin and Piano

Xuesi Xu (Florida State University): Red Winter for the Arditti Quartet

Tengyue Zhang (Mannes School of Music at The New School): Meaning in Absurd for Flute, B-flat Clarinet, Piano, Violin, and Cello


Monday, April 27, 2020

June in Buffalo 2020 Announcement



On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic. We at the University at Buffalo had our scheduled spring break occur shortly after during March 16 – 20. When classes resumed on Monday, March 23, we began engaging in distance and remote learning. Since then, all music events at the University at Buffalo have been cancelled or held remotely, and teachers, students, and administrators have been working remotely from home.

Musicians, composers, and ensembles, are witnessing their concerts, premieres, and other music events cancelled. With these cancellations come tremendous disappointment, loss of income, stress, stalls in professional development, and demotivating time-lags in the realization of musical ideas and projects.

We at the June in Buffalo Festival are creating a remote version of the festival where no travel will be necessary, and all of the participant composers can participate without leaving their home. They will be invited to coach, via Zoom, one of the several rehearsals of their work, as well as receive a high-quality stereo recording of their work. There won’t be any concerts, audiences, or gatherings of more than ten people.

Each of these rehearsals and recordings will involve no more than ten people gathering together in the hall, and all of the musicians and staff will remain at least six feet apart, and adopt social distancing measures and safety precautions. Some rehearsals and recordings may happen outside of the June 1 – 7 festival dates, dependent upon health and safety conditions.

We are encouraged to announce that 16 participant composers from around the world will be joining us remotely for the festival. In addition to the rehearsals, and the high-quality stereo recording they will receive, the participant composers will also have one-on-one lessons with each of the senior composers, and have exclusive access to their two-hour lectures.

The June in Buffalo 2020 senior composers making a successful remote festival possible are: David Felder, Hilda Paredes, Robert HP Platz, Roger Reynolds, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. More announcements and updates will be made as we approach June in Buffalo 2020.