Lisa Coons’s commission “A Growing Absence” was premiered at our 2016 Festival. Check out a recording here! This excerpt includes the first 10 minutes of the piece.
Lisa Renée Coons in Residence at 2015 Women Composers Festival of Hartford
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Recording of “A Growing Absence”
The 15th Annual Women Composers Festival of Hartford to Take Place March 5-8, 2015
The 15th annual Women Composers Festival of Hartford will be held March 5-8, 2015. For the past fourteen years, the festival has provided an educational and entertaining platform for the promotion of women’s music. This year’s festival will feature award-winning composer-in-residence and sound artist Lisa Coons and guest ensemble Iktus Percussion. Additional festival events include concerts and presentations by Hartford-based musicians including the New England Guitar Quartet and the Alpaca String Quartet.
The festival will open at 6:00 PM on Thursday, March 5 at Capital Community College with the concert, “The Invisible Woman.” On Friday and Saturday, scholars will present research and lecture recitals at Charter Oak Cultural Center. Friday evening’s concert features Iktus Percussion performing works by Lisa Coons and the winners of the 2015 festival score competition, Elizabeth Comninellis and Yiran Zhao. The Hartford-based Alpaca String Quartet will perform works by Liliya Ugay, Mo Zhao, Victoria Bond, Rain Worthington, Debra Kaye, and Patricia Julien, whose works were selected for their musical merit and diverse interest from a score call by the creative team at the 2015 Women Composers Festival of Hartford. This concert will also feature a bass clarinet duet by Lisa Renee Coons and music for viola and tape by Jessica Meyer. The festival concludes on Sunday afternoon at Christ Church Cathedral with pianists Julia Mortyakova and Miguel Campinho performing works by Mel Fitzhugh, Anais Azul, Sarah Mauro, Beth Ratay, Deborah Yardley Beers, Kala Pierson, Patricia Leonard, Melanie Mitrano, and Dana Kaufman.
A full schedule of events, along with bios and program notes for new works, is available at www.womencomposersfestivalhartford.com. Tickets are available through eventbrite at www.eventbrite.com/o/women-composers-festival-of-hartford-3087045102. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lisa Renée Coons is a composer and sound artist with a special affinity for noise composition, collaboration, and experimentation. She creates music for acoustic and electronic instruments, turntables, traditional ensembles, and her own welded percussion sculptures.
The Women Composers Festival of Hartford is featuring Dr. Coons as Composer-in-Residence March 4-8, 2015. She will present her music and participate in workshops throughout the Greater Hartford region. The festival culminates in three days of concerts at the historic Charter Oak Cultural Center. Her works will be highlighted on programs presented by Iktus Percussion alongside a new commission for New England Guitar Quartet to be presentend in workshop in 2015 and premiered in 2016.
The Women Composers Festival of Hartford celebrates the diversity of music by female composers through performance, outreach, and development. Annual festivals feature a composer-in-residence who exemplifies artistic integrity and professional success alongside guest performers. The diversity of repertoire by female composers is stressed through thematic programming highlighting a variety of historical and modern genre.
As part of the festival’s outreach activities, Dr. Coons will speak with and present works to students in middle and high school, college, and graduate programs throughout the Greater Hartford region, exposing them to her multi-disciplinary art highlighted in the festival’s concerts.
Sculpture Piece No. 1 by Lisa Coons for amplified sculpture.
Performance by Owen Weaver from MATA Interval Series 6.1.
10/26/2012, Actors Fund Arts Center. Brooklyn, NY.
Performance excerpts from the 2014 Women Composers Festival of Hartford. Featured performances include:
(In)Tensions (Anaís Azul),
The Walls of Morlais Castle (Hilary Tann),
Les filles de Cadix (Pauline Viardot),
Island Prelude (Joan Tower),
Watching the Dark Slowly Unfold (Whitney George),
Paper Vines (Julia Adolphe),
Unremembered Wings (Andrea Clearfield),
Mon mari m’a diffamée from Six Chansons Français (Germaine Tailleferre)
The New England Guitar Quartet performs Pacific Highway by Andrew York. Berkman Auditorium, University of Hartford, CT.
Start and End Dates
03/04/2015 — 03/08/2015