My Awarded Projects
Breaking and Entering
Debut evening-length collaboration between disabled artists Jerron Herman and Molly Joyce, exploring the potential of physical immobility.Created By: Molly Joyce
New Work for Avi Avital
Re-imagining the acoustic mandolin and Bach's Sonata BWV 1034 in E minor through electronic processing.Created By: Molly Joyce
American Music Festival 2019: Sing Out, New York!
The American Music Festival: 47 new works including 24 world premieres, and 25 composers in residence.Created By: Albany Symphony
National Park Centennial Commissions Commercial CD Recording
Studio recording and commercial CD release of commissions in celebration of the National Park Service CentennialCreated By: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
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Molly JoycePittsburgh, PA
Molly Joyce’s music has been described as “serene power” (New York Times), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “impassioned” (The Washington Post). Her work has presented at TEDxMidAtlantic, Bang on a Can Marathon, and in Pitchfork. She often performs with her toy organ, an instrument that engages with her disabled left hand, and studied at The Juilliard, Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and Yale School of Music.
Lean Back and Release
Commissioned by violinist Adrianna Mateo, Lean Back and Release was written in the winter of 2013 in New York City, and recently performed on the 2014 Bang on a Can Marathon. Upon starting the work, I knew that I wanted to create a very gradual descent for the violin in range that drives the whole piece. Therefore, I also wrote two accompanying violin tracks in order to propel this descent. Lean Back and Release is dedicated to Adrianna Mateo, whom I am deeply grateful to have as a collaborator in my life.
YousaidShesaidHesaid – One
Created in collaboration with playwright Christopher Oscar Peña, director Austin Regan, and pianist Patrick Jones, YousaidShesaidHesaid juxtaposes modern perspectives with Schubert’s masterpiece song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin. Written to be performed in rep with the classic work, YousaidShesaidHesaid traces the same timeline as Schubert’s work, but from the experience of the other character in the story, who until now has historically had no voice – the “girl of the mill” herself. Composed for a single female voice and the same period instrumen