Monday, May 29, 2023

June in Buffalo 2023: Arditti Quartet

Friday, June 9

Arditti Quartet
Irvine Arditti and Ashot Sarkissjan, violin
Ralf Ehlers, viola
Lucas Fels, cello
4pm, Baird Recital Hall (Room 250, Baird Hall)


This workshop program will feature works for string quartet by distinguished June in Buffalo student participants.


Saturday, June 10
Arditti Quartet
Irvine Arditti and Ashot Sarkissjan, violin
Ralf Ehlers, viola
Lucas Fels, cello
7:30pm, Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall

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June in Buffalo is delighted to welcome back the fabulous Arditti Quartet in 2023. On Friday, June 9th, at 4:00 p.m., the Arditti Quartet will present a workshop program in the Baird Recital Hall featuring works for string quartet by June in Buffalo participant composers. On Saturday, June 10th, at 7:30 p. m. in Lippes Concert Hall, the Quartet will performs music by senior composers, including Ann Cleare’s Moil and Robert H.P. Platz’s Strings (Echo VII). The evening also features Artistic Director emeritus David Felder’s Netivot for string quartet and electronics. The evening concludes with a performance of Wolfgang Rihm’s Epilog, for which the Ardittis will be joined by cellist and June in Buffalo Director Jonathan Golove.

Irvine Arditti and the Arditti Quartet have long been closely connected to UB, the Center for 21st Century Music and the June in Buffalo festival. The Center’s previous artistic director, SUNY Distinguished Professor David Felder, wrote all three of his string quartets for the group (the first one dates from 1987-88), who went on to play them at prominent new music festivals worldwide. His latest string quartet, Netivot, written for both the Arditti and JACK Quartets, was premiered by the Ardittis at June in Buffalo 2016. Thanks to the Center’s support, both Irvine Arditti and his quartet have been able to visit June in Buffalo with greatly increased frequency—the quartet was resident ensemble in 2007, 2010, 2016, 2022 and now in 2023, while Irvine Arditti was guest soloist in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

The Arditti Quartet enjoys a worldwide reputation for their spirited and technically refined interpretations of contemporary and earlier 20th century music. Many hundreds of string quartets and other chamber works have been written for the ensemble since its foundation by first violinist Irvine Arditti in 1974. Many of these works have left a permanent mark on 20th century repertoire and have given the Arditti Quartet a firm place in music history. World premieres of quartets by composers such as Abrahamsen, Ades, Andriessen, Aperghis, Birtwistle, Britten, Cage, Carter, Denisov, Dillon, Dufourt, Dusapin, Fedele, Ferneyhough, Francesconi, Gubaidulina, Guerrero, Harvey, Hosokawa, Kagel, Kurtag, Lachenmann, Ligeti, Maderna, Manoury, Nancarrow, Reynolds, Rihm, Scelsi, Sciarrino, Stockhausen and Xenakis and hundreds more show the wide range of music in the Arditti Quartet’s repertoire.

The ensemble believes that close collaboration with composers is vital to the process of interpreting modern music and therefore attempts to work with every composer it plays.The players’ commitment to educational work is indicated by their masterclasses and workshops for young performers and composers all over the world.

Over the past 30 years, the ensemble has received many prizes for its work. They have won the Deutsche Schallplatten Preis several times and the Gramophone Award for the best recording of contemporary music in 1999 (Elliott Carter) in 2002 (Harrison Birtwistle) and in 2018 (Pascal Dusapin). In 2004 they were awarded the ‘Coup de Coeur’ prize by the Academie Charles Cros in France for their exceptional contribution to the dissemination of contemporary music. The prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize was awarded to them in 1999 for ‘lifetime achievement’ in music. They remain to this day, the only ensemble ever to receive it.
The complete archive of the Arditti quartet is housed in the Sacher Foundation in Basle, Switzerland.

David Felder: Netivot (2016)

June in Buffalo 2023: Talujon Percussion

 Thursday, June 8
Talujon Percussion
7:30pm, Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall

Talujon Percussion performs works by senior composers and June in Buffalo faculty composer.

  • Jonathan Golove: Here and There with Tiffany DuMouchelle, soprano
  • Mathew Rosenblum: We Lived Happily During the War with Jamie Jordan, soprano

Saturday, June 10

Talujon Percussion

4pm, Baird Recital Hall (Room 250, Baird Hall)

Program will include percussion works by June in Buffalo participant composers.

The June in Buffalo festival is looking forward to hosting repeat visitors of the Center for 21st Century Music, Talujon. On Thursday, June 8th, at 7:30 p.m., Talujon will present music for percussion and voice in Lippes Concert Hall. The program features Mathew Rosenblum’s We Lived Happily After The War with Jamie Jordan, soprano and Jonathan Golove’s Here and There with Tiffany Du Mouchelle, soprano. In addition, they will perform percussion works by June in Buffalo participant composers on Saturday, June 10th, at 4:00 p.m. in Baird Recital Hall.

 Described by the New York Times as possessing an "edgy, unflagging energy", Talujon has committed itself to the growth of contemporary percussion music through diverse performance, commissioning, educational, and outreach activities.

Highlights of Talujon’s recent engagements include appearances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Bang on a Can Marathon, Carnegie Hall, ISSUE Project Room, Miller Theatre, and New York Historical Society. International performances include Taipei’s Lantern Festival and Italy’s Sound Res Festival. In addition to its diverse performance schedule, Talujon has conducted residencies, clinics, and master classes at institutions across the US. Collaborators include Dewa Alit, Nick Brooke, Chien Yin Chen, Alvin Lucier, Eric Moe, Steve Ricks, Ralph Shapey, Henry Threadgill, Ushio Torikai, and Julia Wolfe.

Talujon partners with New York City Public Schools and the Midori and Friends organization to produce educational programming across New York City’s five boroughs. The ensemble’s playing can be heard on the Cantaloupe, Tzadik, Unseen Worlds, New World, Bridge, Albany, and Capstone record labels.


Talujon performing Julia Wolfe's Dark Full Ride


Petr Kotik, The Plains at Gordium

Performed by Talujon



Sunday, May 28, 2023

June in Buffalo 2023: Slee Sinfonietta

 The Slee Sinfonietta is the professional chamber orchestra in residence at the University at Buffalo and the flagship ensemble of the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music. The Sinfonietta presents a series of concerts each year that feature performances of challenging new works by contemporary composers and lesser-known works from the chamber orchestra repertoire. Founded in 1997 by composer David Felder and comprised of a core group including UB faculty performance artists, visiting artists, national and regional professionals and advanced performance students, the group is conducted by leading conductors and composers. This ensemble has produced world-class performances of important repertoire for over 25 years, and its activities include touring, professionally produced recordings, and unique concert experiences for listeners of all levels of experience.

The Slee Sinfonietta is an ensemble of flexible size. For June in Buffalo 2023, the Slee Sinfonietta presents four programs mixing solo works, chamber music, and larger groupings, led by guest conductor Daniel Brottman.

Photo of Daniel Brottman

Tuesday, June 6

Soloists of the Slee Sinfonietta

4pm, Baird Recital Hall (Room 250 Baird Hall)


Music by June in Buffalo participant composers, as well as selected piano works by Péter Eötvös, György Kurtág, Béla Bartók and Tomasz Sikorski, with pianists Nicholas Emmanuel and Haeyeun Jeun.

Wednesday, June 7

Slee Sinfonietta, with members of the Arditti Quartet
Daniel Brottman, conductor

7:30pm, Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall


Larger ensemble works by several June in Buffalo participant composers, in an evening combining works by senior composers and featuring members of the Arditti Quartet. The program includes the world premiere of vl2 for violin duo by Robert HP Platz, as well as his Maro for solo violin, played by Irvine Arditti and Ashot Sarkissjan.

Thursday, June 8

Chamber musicians of Slee Sinfonietta
Daniel Brottman, conductor

4pm, Baird Recital Hall (Room 250, Baird Hall)

Chamber music by June in Buffalo participant composers.


Sunday, June 11
Closing Concert: Slee Sinfonietta

Daniel Brottman, conductor
Tiffany Du Mouchelle, soprano

2pm, Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall


Slee Sinfonietta performs works by June in Buffalo senior composers.


·         Jonathan Golove: Imaginary Songs

for soprano, alto flute and cello


·         Robert H.P. Platz: Wunderblock

for alto flute (solo), bass clarinet and percussion (duo), and violin, viola, cello (trio), performed individually and as a sextet


·         Melinda Wagner: Four Settings

for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano


June in Buffalo 2023: [Switch~ Ensemble

Friday, June 9

[Switch~ Ensemble] with special guest Jamie Jordan and Wooden Cities
7:30pm, Lippes Concert Hall in Slee Hall

Alexander “Sasha” Ishov, flutes
Madison Greenstone, clarinets
Dannel Espinoza, saxophones
Lilit Hartunian, violin
Cori Trenczer, cello
Amy Garapic, percussion
Andrew Zhou, piano
Jason Thorpe Buchanan, electronics
Jeff Means, conductor
with Jamie Jordan, soprano
and members of Wooden Cities

The June in Buffalo festival is thrilled to welcome back the [Switch~ Ensemble], who have been regular performers in the Festival and at the Center. They last visited the Center for 21st Century Music for a terrific residency from February 27 to March 2, 2023. For June in Buffalo 2023, they will be performing senior composer Melinda Wagner’s unsung cordata, Ann Cleare’s luna (the eye that opens the other eye), and 93 million miles away, and, with soprano Jamie Jordan, Mathew Rosenblum’s Falling. They will be joined by members of Wooden Cities in a tribute performance of Robert Phillips’ O Haupt Voller Blut und Wunden.

A new music ensemble for the 21st Century, the [Switch~ Ensemble] is dedicated to the creation of new works for chamber ensemble: they bring bold new acoustic, electroacoustic, and multimedia projects to life. At the core of each performance is their commitment to the total integration of technology and live musicians. They strive for compelling artistry achieved through the seamless creation, production, and execution of new music, and believe that working directly with composers—in a medium where the score is a point of departure rather than a finish line—allows for new and thrilling musical possibilities.

[Switch~] contributes to the future of the genre by strongly advocating for and commissioning the music of a new generation of emerging young composers. They have enjoyed fruitful collaborations with both emerging and established composers, with commissions and premieres of works by composers including Anna-Louise Walton, Alican Çamci, Igor Santos, Katherine Young, Stefano Gervasoni, Stefan Prins, Wojtek Blecharz, Anthony Vine, Rand Steiger, Philippe Leroux, Timothy McCormack, Tonia Ko, James Bean, Matt Sargent, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, Esaias Järnegard, Sivan Eldar, Julio Zúñiga, Zeynep Toraman, Alexander Schubert, Adrien Trybucki, Elvira Garifzyanova, Santiago Diez-Fischer, Lisa Streich, Anthony Pateras, and many others.

Founded in 2012 at the Eastman School of Music, the [Switch~ Ensemble] looks toward the future of contemporary music. They are dedicated to performing high-level chamber music integrated with cutting-edge technology and supporting emerging and early career composers. They are passionate about helping to build a diverse canon of 21st century works that leaves space for all voices—especially those that have historically been excluded from our field.”


[Switch~] plays Up Close (2019) by Katharina Rosenberger


Wooden Cities - Ribble Bobble Pimlico

Friday, May 26, 2023

June in Buffalo 2023: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

 Tuesday, June 6

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

7:30pm, UB Center for the Arts

Fernanda Lastra, conductor

June in Buffalo welcomes back the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, who will perform the first evening concert of the 2023 Festival with an exciting program of works by the JiB’s senior composers and its long-time Artistic Director, David Felder. The program includes Mathew Rosenblum’s Eliza Furnace and Melinda Wagner’s Proceed, Moon, along with David Felder’s Die Dämmerungen: movements 1-3. The BPO will be led by Maestra Fernanda Lastra. Ms. Lastra is the BPO’s Conductor Diversity Fellow, a post she assumed in September 2022.

Fernanda Lastra was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina. As a passionate and creative conductor, she is interested in a wide variety of repertoire, including symphonic, contemporary, and operatic works. In 2022, Fernanda is appointed Conductor Diversity Fellow at the Buffalo Philharmonic under the mentorship of JoAnn Falletta. In this role Fernanda serves as assistant conductor, cover conductor, and main conductor for the BPO Family Kids series and Music for Youth concerts. Fernanda also serves as a member of the BPO’s artistic team, the BPO's music education committee and the BPO’s Diversity Council, among other responsibilities.

As guest conductor Fernanda has led professional and youth orchestras in the United States, Argentina, and Brazil. Some of her previous engagements include conducting the National Orchestra of Argentine Music "Juan de Dios Filiberto" at the CCK National Auditorium in Buenos Aires, and the production of Missy Mazzoli's opera Song from the Uproar in collaboration with Demaskus Theatre and Kassia Ensemble in Pittsburgh.

Fernanda Lastra is a passionate advocate for Latin American composers, especially those from Argentina. In 2020, Fernanda created Compositores.AR, a cycle of interviews of Argentinian composers in collaboration with MúsicaClasicaBA in Buenos Aires.

From 2021-2022 Fernanda Lastra served as Director of Orchestras at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, where she led the Symphony and Chamber orchestras. She also served as Assistant conductor for the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra from 2018-2022.

More about the history of Buffalo’s remarkable and innovative BPO, including its various connections to the Music Department at the University at Buffalo.

 David Felder’s Die Dämmerungen was commissioned by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and premiered by the Orchestra in 2019. Here is a sample

Thursday, May 25, 2023

June in Buffalo 2023 Senior Composer: Melinda Wagner

We are honored to that Melinda Wagner will join us at June in Buffalo this year as a senior composer, and we’re quite excited to hear the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra perform her magnificent Proceed, Moon: Fantasy for Orchestra on the first evening concert of the Festival.

Celebrated as an “...eloquent, poetic voice in contemporary music...” [American Record Guide], Melinda Wagner’s esteemed catalog of works embodies music of exceptional beauty, power, and intelligence. Wagner received widespread attention when her colorful Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion earned her the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. Since then, major works have included Concerto for Trombone, for Joseph Alessi and the New York Philharmonic, a piano concerto, Extremity of Sky, commissioned by the Chicago Symphony for Emanuel Ax, and Little Moonhead, composed for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, as part of its popular “New Brandenburgs” project.

Noted for its “...prismatic colors and...lithe sense of mystery...” [Washington Post], Extremity of Sky has been performed by Emanuel Ax with the National Symphony (on tour), the Toronto and Kansas City Symphonies, and the Staatskapelle Berlin.

Championed early on by Daniel Barenboim, Wagner has received three commissions from the Chicago Symphony; the most recent of these, Proceed, Moon, was premiered under the baton of Susanna Mälkki in 2017. Other recent performances have come from the Philadelphia Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the United States Marine Band, BMOP, the American Brass Quintet, the Empyrean Ensemble, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Among honors Wagner has received is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and ASCAP. Wagner was given an honorary doctorate from Hamilton College, and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Melinda Wagner was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2017.

A passionate and inspiring teacher, Melinda Wagner has given master classes at many fine institutions across the United States, including Harvard, Yale, Eastman, Juilliard, and UC Davis. She has held faculty positions at Brandeis University and Smith College and has served as a mentor at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Atlantic Music Festival, and Yellow Barn. Ms. Wagner currently serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music.
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Four Settings: I. Last Poem by Melinda Wagner

Four Settings: II. The Wings by Melinda Wagner


The complete Four Settings will be performed by the Slee Sinfonietta and soprano Tiffany DuMouchelle on Sunday, June 11th 2:00 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall.


Melinda Wagner’s work can be found here:

June in Buffalo 2023 Senior Composer: Robert HP Platz

This year marks the first “in person” visit by composer and conductor Robert HP Platz to June in Buffalo as a JiB senior composer. Robert was a virtual member of our faculty of senior composers in 2020, and it’s a great pleasure to be able to welcome him to campus and to Buffalo.

Born in Baden-Baden in 1951, Robert HP Platz studied music theory, piano, and conducting in Freiburg im Breisgau with Wolfgang Fortner, musicology with Elmar Budde, and for some time, parapsychology with Hans Bender. He then moved to Cologne to study with Karlheinz Stockhausen and completed training in conducting with Francis Travis in 1977 in Freiburg. He lives and works in Cologne.

Since 1989, Platz’s compositions have formed parts of a diary-like collection that consists of associative leaps in which individual works stand for themselves but are closely connected structurally and can be to some extent played simultaneously. For this “polyphony of forms,” performers are spread around the room in such a way as to allow the individual works to polyphonically percolate and overarch one another.

Robert HP Platz has received commissions from SWR, WDR, Saarländischer Rundfunk, the Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Staatstheater Cottbus, Klangforum Wien, the E-MEX-Ensemble, the Adritti Quartet, Ensemble Alternance, and many others as well as festivals including the Donaueschingen Festival, ECLAT, Wien Modern, the Beethovenfest Bonn, and ACHT BRÜCKEN.

In 1978 and 1979 he received a scholarship from Südwestfunk’s Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung and lived for a long time afterwards in the USA and Paris, where he worked at IRCAM. Platz lived at the Künstlerhof Schreyahn in 1989-1990 and was composer in residence at Villa Serbelloni in 1990 on invitation from the Rockefeller Foundation. Two years later he had a long and formative stay in Japan.

From 1980-2001 Platz directed the Ensemble Köln, commissioning compositions from many renowned colleagues. Platz has worked with a number of ensembles and orchestras as a guest conductor, including Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Musikfabrik, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the orchestras of SWR, SR, and NDR, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, the Bamberg Symphony, and Bayerische Staatsoper, as well as at international festivals in Salzburg, Helsinki, Donaueschingen, and Strasbourg. Platz’s conducting has been documented on numerous CDs. His portrait CD on Mauro Lanza with the Ensemble Alternance received an award from the Académie Charles Cros, and his first Hosokawa CD on NEOS received a Clef d’Or as the “CD of the Year 2009.”

Lecturing and teaching has brought Platz to many European countries, as well as the USA, Mexico, Israel, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan; he has also been a lecturer at the Darmstadt Summer Course on a number of occasions. Between 2000 and 2007, Platz was artistic director of the Schreyahner Herbst festival. Pfau Verlag published the volumes “TOP: Skizzentagebuch” and “…weil die Welt und wir mit ihr so sind“ (Texte zur Musik 1972–2014). In 2013 Bärenreiter Verlag published “Technik des Violinspiels” (with Irvine Arditti). Another publication about Robert HP Platz is in the works for 2021 (Pfau Verlag, ed. Gordon Kampe). Since 2016, piano maker Steingraeber has been building the first ever MIDI grand with permanently installed transducers according to the composer’s specifications.

Platz has been a member of the Bureau du Directeur of the Henri Pousseur Electronic Studios, Liège, since 2005, and has been Professor of Composition and Ensemble Direction for New Music at the Musikhochschule Würzburg since 2018.

Platz was working on the ensemble cycle 6 Welten: Container, that premiered at the Kölner Philharmonie in 2022, as well as on the (chamber) musical theatre piece Anderswo, and a work for solo violin and chamber orchestra.
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Robert HP Platz - Anderswo: Wand für Kammerorchester

Broken Book Skizze (1999)
for flute, violin, viola and Violoncello by Robert HP Platz

June in Buffalo is pleased to present the world premiere of vl2 for violin duo performed by Irvine Arditti and Ashot Sarkissjan of the Arditti Quartet on the Wednesday, June 7th, 7:30 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall. Also featured on this program Platz’s Maro for solo violin played by Irvine Arditti.

Robert HP Platz’s work can be found here:


June in Buffalo 2023 Senior Composer: Mathew Rosenblum

We’re thrilled to welcome Mathew Rosenblum back to June in Buffalo as a senior composer this year. Mathew has visited UB on multiple occasions, including as a JiB senior composer in 2009. We’re especially pleased to present a major recent work for soprano and six percussionists, We Lived Happily During the War (2021), based on a poem by Ilya Kaminsky and performed by soprano Jamie Jordan and Talujon, for whom the work was commissioned by the Fromm Foundation.

With diverse musical elements derived from classical, jazz, rock, and world music traditions, Mathew Rosenblum’s compositions offer “an ear-buzzing flood of sound, rich in unusual overtones” (The Boston Globe), The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette proclaimed that his work Mobius Loop was “richly layered… and that it “shimmered with vibrancy.” A wide array of groups have commissioned, performed, and recorded his music such as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, the Raschèr Saxophone Quartet, the Calmus Ensemble of Leipzig, the Harry Partch Institute, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, FLUX Quartet, Mantra Percussion, Music from China as well as many others. Using a variety of tuning systems, his work does not live within traditional boundaries, creating a compellingly fresh landscape.

Rosenblum spearheaded the highly successful Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival at The Andy Warhol Museum where his new work, Last Round (ostatnia runda) composed for FLUX Quartet and Mantra Percussion was premiered. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called it “impressive,” “visceral” and “tribal.” The New York Times said of the N.Y. premiere of Rosenblum’s work, Falling, that it “overshadowed” everything else on the program, it was “rapt, fretful, eerily suspended.” George Grella of New York Classical Review stated: “Falling blends electronics, spoken word, and live music more effectively than most other such efforts. The piece compresses foreground and background into a rich, floating mass… the path into the heart of the piece is both clear and infinite.”

His works have been performed throughout the North America, Europe, and Asia including at the ISCM World Music Days in Oslo, the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, the China-ASEAN Music Week in Nanning, the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, the Bing Theater in LA, Prince Mahidol Hall in Bangkok, Sala Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico City, and at the Sonic Boom Festival, the Kitchen, Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, the Guggenheim Museum, and Miller Theatre in New York City.

In July of 2015 he was a featured composer at the Thailand International Composition Festival. In 2009 he was a Senior Faculty Composer at the June in Buffalo Festival. Other honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, four Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Music Fellowship Grants, a Heinz Endowments Creative Heights Award, three Fromm Foundation Commissions, a National Endowment for the Arts Music Fellowship Grant, a Barlow Endowment Commission, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists Fellowship Grant. He has also received awards and fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, the Institute of Contemporary American Music, the Rockefeller Foundation, BMI, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Hambidge Center, and Yaddo.

He received degrees in composition from the New England Conservatory of Music and Princeton University and is currently Professor of Music and former Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh where he also co-directs the Music on the Edge new music series. His works appear on the MODE, New World Records, Albany, New Focus Recordings, BMOP/sound, Capstone, Opus One, Blue Griffin, and CRI Emergency Music labels and is published by C.F. Peters Corporation and Plurabelle Music (distributed by Subito Music Corporation).

Falling by Mathew Rosenblum

Soprano Jamie Jordan will be coming to Buffalo to perform two of Mathew’s works: Falling with [Switch~ Ensemble] on Friday, June 9th at 7:30 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall, and We Lived Happily During the War with Talujon on Thursday, June 8th at 7:30 p.m., also in Lippes.

Mathew Rosenblum’s work can be found here:


June in Buffalo 2023 Senior Composer: Ann Cleare

 We are extremely pleased to welcome Ann Cleare as one of five senior composers working with the participant composers at the 2023 edition of June in Buffalo. Ann will be joining us at UB for the first time, and we’re delighted to have her voice and perspective at the Festival this year!



Ann Cleare is an Irish artist working in the areas of concert music, opera, extended sonic environments, and hybrid instrumental design. Described as “an altogether different artform that draws from musical traditions, but pushes against and beyond them, articulating something that is at once about sound, but that is equally concerned with energy, motion, space, and the world itself”, her work explores the static and sculptural nature of sound, probing the extremities of timbre, texture, colour, and form. Exploring poetries of communication, transformation, and perception, she creates highly psychological and corporeal sonic spaces that encourage a listener to contemplate the complexity of the lives we exist within and “to hear the world differently”.

A recipient of a 2019 Ernst von Siemens Composer Prize, her work has been commissioned and presented by major broadcasters such as the BBC, NPR, ORF, RTÉ, SWR, WDR for festivals such as Gaudeamus Week, The Wittenertage fur Neue Kammermusik, International Music Institute Darmstadt, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, IMATRONIC Festival of Electronic Music at ZKM, MATA Festival, Taschenopernfestival, Sound Reasons Festival in India, Shanghai New Music Week, Transit Belgium, GAIDA, Totally Huge New Music in Perth, Trattorie Parma, Rainy Days in Luxembourg, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and Ultraschall. Through working with some of the most progressive musicians of our time, she has established a reputation for creating innovative forms of music, both in its presentation, and within the music itself. She has worked with groups such as Ensemble SurPlus, 175 East, The Crash Ensemble, The Callithumpian Consort, Quatuor Diotima, The International Contemporary Ensemble, The Chiara String Quartet, Collegium Novum Zürich, ELISION, The National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Divertimento Ensemble, JACK Quartet, Ensemble Apparat, Ensemble Nikel, The Curious Chamber Players, Yarn/Wire, ensemble mosaik, The Experimental Ensemble of the SWR Studios, Talea Ensemble, österreichisches ensemble für neue music, The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, ensemble recherche, TAK, Vertixe Sonore, Ensemble Garage, Argento Chamber Ensemble, The Fidelio Trio, oh ton-ensemble, Distractfold, Longleash Trio, Riot Ensemble, Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble, Vortex Ensemble, Ensemble Contrechamps, Ensemblekollektiv, WasteLAnd, and soloists such as Carol McGonnell, Richard Craig, Heather Roche, Bill Schimmel, Benjamin Marks, Patrick Stadler, Carlos Cordeiro, Ryan Muncy, Richard Haynes, William Lang, Laura Cocks, Lina Andonovska, Samuel Stoll, and Callum G’Froerer.

Recent projects have focused on creating experiential environments where sound is given a visual as well as sonic dimension, such works include eyam i-v, a series of five attacca pieces, centred around clarinet and flute writing in various solo, ensemble, electronic, and orchestral settings, spanning just over two hours of music that is continuously transformed in shape, time, and motion around the listener; rinn, a time travel chamber opera involving a multichannel sonic sculpture that the singers and actors wear, interact with, and are amplified by; spatially choreographed chamber pieces such as I should live in wires for leaving you behind, anchor me to the land, and on magnetic fields; a newly-designed instrument that a musician simultaneously wears and plays in eöl; surface stations, multi-layered theatre involving the staging of extended brass instruments, vocal ensemble, and visuals.

Current and future projects include a chamber piece & curated concert with Musikfabrik for the National Concert Hall of Ireland’s Beethoven 2022 celebrations, a solo flute work for Claire Chase, an opera for Munich Biennale 2022, a large scale work for soloists, chorus, orchestra, and electronics for New Music Dublin 2023, a DVD of filmed works released by Kairos, and the creation of outdoor sonic sculptures with Lay of the Land, Crash Ensemble, and Fionnuala Conway.

Ann studied at University College Cork, IRCAM, and holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University. In October 2019, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Ireland for her contribution to music. Her scores are published by Project Schott New York and she is represented by the Contemporary Music Centre, Ireland (CMC). She is Assistant Professor of Music and Media Technologies at Trinity College Dublin and is one of the first 40 members of the Young Academy Ireland (YAI) network. Ann is an artist-in-residence with Crash Ensemble.

93 million miles away by Ann Cleare

We will hear [Switch~ Ensemble] perform Ann Cleare’s 93 million miles away, along with her alto saxophone solo, luna (the eye that opens the other eye), on Friday, June 9th at 7:30 p.m. in Lippes Concert Hall.

Ann Cleare’s work can be found here: