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Missy Mazzoli

Brooklyn, NY         

Missy Mazzoli was recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times) and “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York). Her music has been performed globally by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Jennifer Koh, the Detroit Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, New York City Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, Dublin’s Crash Ensemble and many others, and she has lent her skills as an arranger and orchestrater to indie bands around the world. She also performs and tours extensively with Victoire, a collective of New York-based musicians dedicated to performing her compositions. Missy is Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group, and in 2011-2012 was in residence with the Albany Symphony. In February 2012 her first chamber opera Song from the Uproar had a sold-out premiere run at venerable New York venue The Kitchen. The Wall Street Journal called this work "both powerful and new", and the New York Times claimed that "in the electric surge of Ms. Mazzoli’s score you felt the joy, risk and limitless potential of free spirits unbound." Time Out New York named Song from the Uproar Number 3 on its list of the top ten classical music events of 2012. The last twelve months have seen several significant premireres including SALT, a multimedia work for cellist Maya Beiser and vocalist Helga Davis first performed on the BAM Next Wave Festival; Bolts of Loving Thunder, performed on tour by pianist Emanuel Ax; River Rouge Transfiguration, premiered by the Detroit Symphony; and the Carnegie Hall premiere of You Know Me From Here, for Kronos Quartet. The next few months include premieres by Victoire, the LA Philharmonic and the Young People’s Chorus of New York. Missy is the recipient of four ASCAP Young Composer Awards as well as a Fulbright Grant to the Netherlands. She is currently on the composition faculty at Mannes College of Music, has taught at New York University and Yale University, and from 2007-2010 serevd as Executive Director of the MATA Festival in New York City. Her music is published by G. Schirmer.


[Missy Mazzoli is] "among the more consistently inventive and surprising composers now working in New York.” – The New York Times 


“Brooklyn’s post-millennial mozart” - Time Out New York


“Mazzoli’s compositions have been nothing but excellent, powerful and thought-provoking, and Saturday night’s premiere of “Vespers for a New Dark Age” continued the stream of works by Mazzoli that leave you in awe.” - Stephanie Orentas, Baeble Music. (review of Victoire and Glenn Kotche’s Ecstatic Music Festival concert at Carnegie Hall)


“in the electric surge of Ms. Mazzoli’s score [for Song from the Uproar] you felt the joy, risk and limitless potential of free spirits unbound” – New York Times


“Solid gold…flowing from one number to the next, the music tells its own story, building to a series of emotional climaxes with the narrative assurance of a bonafide opera composer.” – WQXR (Review of the original cast recording of Song from the Uproar

eighth blackbird performs Missy Mazzoli’s Still Life With Avalanche

In 2009 celebrated Chicago-based group eighth blackbird commissioned and premiered Missy Mazzoli’s “Still Life with Avalanche”. The work, scored for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, and harmonicas, was recorded on the group’s Grammy award-winning album Meanwhile.

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Mektoub (It is Written) Part 2 (from chamber opera Song from the Uproar)

In 2012 Missy Mazzoli premiered her chamber opera, Song from the Uproar in a sold out run at New York City venue The Kitchen. Produced by Beth Morrison, this production was a collaboration with librettist Royce Vavrek and filmmaker Stephen Taylor, scored for New York’s NOW Ensemble, mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, and a five-part chorus. The work is inspired by the life of Isabelle Eberhardt, an early 20th-century explorer. Song from the Uproar was deemed “powerful and new” by the Wall Street Journal. www.songfromtheuproaropera.com

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Detroit Symphony performs Missy Mazzoli’s River Rouge Transfiguration (June 2013)

In 2013 the Detroit Symphony commissioned and premiered Missy Mazzoli’s most recent orchestral work, River Rouge Transfiguration. Inspired by Detroit’s supernatural landscape, including a hallucinatory image of the River Rouge Auto Plant as a massive pipe organ, this is music about the transformation of grit and noise into something massive, resonant and unexpected. The “grit” of the percussion, piano and pizzicato is folded into string and brass chorales that collide with each other, collapse, and rise over and over again.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Headlines May 12 2011 | By Missy Mazzoli
American in London: The Influence of Steve Reich, Part 2

How has the younger generation been inspired by Reich? After this weekend, I feel that it's much more of a philosophical legacy than a sonic one.

Headlines May 11 2011 | By Missy Mazzoli
American in London: The Influence of Steve Reich, Part 1

The Barbican's "Reverberations: The Influence of Steve Reich" festival in London was a 14-hour marathon of epic proportions that would give even the most obsessive Bang on a Can fan...

Articles May 9 2011 | By Missy Mazzoli
American Invasion: Reich Reverberations at the Barbican

Composer and NewMusicBox correspondent Missy Mazzoli has flown her Brooklyn coop to catch this past weekend's marathon celebration of Steve Reich at the Barbican Centre.

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