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Alan HankersStony Brook, NY
Alan Hankers is a composer and pianist currently living in New York. He aims to write music that is impactful and personal by embracing textures that range from the intimate to the aggressive, and the explicit to the abstract. He was the 2017/18 Composer-in-Residence with the Danish new music ensemble, Ensemble Edge, and has been the recipient of grants and residencies from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Virginia Center for the Arts, and the Avaloch Farm Music Institute. His works have been performed throughout the United States and Europe by ensembles such as the Texas State Symphony Orchestra, South Carolina Philharmonic Repertory Orchestra, Balkan Brass Quintet, Calidore String Quartet, Yarn/Wire, and many others. In addition to concert music, Alan has been an active film & television composer in New York, where he freelances as a composer and assistant at various post-production studios.
As an active pianist, he frequently performs as a soloist and collaborator, and is one of the founding members of the piano and percussion group, Pathos Trio. Beyond the concert hall, he has toured nationally with prominent progressive rock/metal artists (listen here). Alan’s performance has been described as “atmospheric” and “striking” by Outburn Magazine. He has also been featured in editions of Metal Hammer (UK) and Prog Magazine. In 2018, he started the progressive metal band, JIA, along with Jacob Umansky (Intervals), and Ivan Chopik (Painted in Exile). The group is set to release their first album and begin touring in the summer of 2019.
He is currently pursuing his PhD in Composition at Stony Brook University, where he primarily studies with composers Margaret Schedel, Sheila Silver, Perry Goldstein, and Matthew Barnson.
Distance Between Places
Distance Between Places was inspired by the relationship between the soundscape of a particular place and memory. Much of the work is comprised of individual musical streams that are independent in terms of rhythm, timbre, and expressive shape, but still, allow for an overall blending that results in a unified sonic picture.
As the work unfolds, various layers emerge to the foreground to form distinct rhythmical sections that symbolize our remembering and reordering.
Based on the poem Ciel Brouillé by Charles Baudelaire
Mathias Skaarup Sørensen, conductor
Anne Sophie Andersen & Olga Marcov, violins
Roberto Mochetti, viola
Martha Marie Petri, cello
Ensemble Edge, mixed choir