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4th Annual Twin Cities New Music Festival

113 Twin Cities New Music Festival: featuring James Dillon, Fonema Consort, Mivos Quartet, Noriko Kawaii, and Call-for-Scores Selections


We  seek support for our 4th annual Twin Cities New Music Festival (TCNMF), which will be presented in Summer 2021, featuring Fonema Consort, the Mivos String Quartet, pianist Noriko Kawai, composer James Dillon, selected composers from our annual Call for Scores, and numerous local musicians of the highest caliber.

113 developed the TCNMF during our 2017/18 season in response to the need for a local new music festival expressed at numerous community meetings by new music patrons and practitioners. Festival programming is purposeful—artistically excellent and inclusive, balancing local musicians with composers and performers from all over the world. The TCNMF is not affiliated with any university or ensemble–it is composer-driven. We do not require call-for-scores composers to attend the festival or pay participation fees, and our panel is predominantly comprised of composers. In its first 3 years, the TCNMF has challenged the concert music narrative by presenting works with performative components that redefine the concert experience, while repeatedly demonstrating the capacity to take on challenging repertoire that is rarely performed anywhere in the world.

The format of the TCNMF is that of a curated indoor arts festival, offering more intimate experiences than would be possible in an outdoor festival format. Audiences choose between a Festival Pass or ticketing for individual events. Detailed festival programs are available digitally and in large print. Selected performances are live-streamed to Facebook, engaging audiences we have developed through previous projects in California, Illinois, New York, and Europe. This year’s festival will consist of 7 concerts. We anticipate about 50 attendees per event, and several hundred live-stream views.

Featured Guests:

Fonema Consort shares a commitment to equity and artistic risk-taking; has premiered over 50 works with emphases on experimental music, music by Latinx composers, and pieces that feature exciting interplay between voice and instruments; and has extensive experience working with James Dillon, our guest composer. Subsections of the ensemble can accommodate the variety of instrumentation combinations we expect to find among our call-for-scores applicants.

Mivos Quartet were recipients of the 2019 Dwight and Ursula Mamlok Prize for Interpreters of Contemporary Music. They’ve been featured at Darmstadt Ferienkurse, the New York Philharmonic Biennial, Edgefest, and Shanghai New Music Week, and are committed to premiering and commissioning works by living composers. The string quartet medium is one with a substantial repertoire, enabling us to program many wonderful works.

We selected James Dillon, a Scottish composer associated with the New Complexity school, for the passion and intricacy of his music, his many years of experience as a guest lecturer and composer in the international new music circuit, and to give the Twin Cities an opportunity to engage directly with a composer of international renown.

Noriko Kawai has given recitals and broadcasts throughout the world and is well-known for the extraordinary range of her repertoire, from Renaissance composers to new music, and innovative programs juxtaposing standard and contemporary works. Kawai most recently performed Dillon’s “The Book of Elements” as part of London’s Southbank Centre 2019/20 International Piano Series.

Project Media

Come Live With Me (1981)
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Features: 113, Fonema Consort

Originally conceived of as a wedding gift for Roger Wright and Rosie Potter, James Dillon’s “Come Live With Me” sets the first 12 verses of the second canticle of the Biblical “Song of Songs.” This footage is from 113’s 2016-17 season, when we presented Fonema Consort’s performance of this work in Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Cue Points: 13:23-18:23

Quartet No. 2, Flare (2009-10)
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Features: Mivos Quartet

Japanese-born composer Dai Fujikura’s second string quartet “Flare,” was inspired by the composer’s childhood memories of watching campfire embers flaring off into the sky. The opening of the piece employs an array of percussive and pizzicato effects. The spectral output of these effects are analyzed by the composer, which provides the basis for the arco material that is developed later in the piece. This selection showcases the virtuosity, adventurousness, precision, and energy of the Mivos Quartet.

Cue Points: 0:00-3:00

Start and End Dates



Saint Paul, Minnesota

Project Created By

Falcon Heights, Minnesota
113, a collection of composers and performers of new music, curates concerts, seminars, and master classes throughout the Twin Cities. Through ambitious programming, community building, educational outreach, and emphasis on extensive interaction between composers and performers that greatly exceeds the industry standard, 113 provides a platform for musicians pursuing bold, personalized artistic visions, and helps them to…

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Guest Performers
Brooklyn, New York


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