New Work by Eve Beglarian for Roomful of Teeth
The New Music On The Point Festival (NMOP) is commissioning Eve Beglarian to compose a new piece for the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble, Roomful of Teeth. This work—the first collaboration between them—will be for eight singers and will be premiered at Woodstock Town Hall in June 2018. Eve was awarded the Herb Alpert Prize in Music last year “for her prolific, engaging, and surprising body of work, her deep engagement with different communities, her dedication to continuing to make experimental work outside the canon, and her risk taking in both music and life with no separation between these spheres.” Her music is incredibly eclectic, drawing from such diverse influences as plainchant, Bulgarian women’s choirs, New Orleans jazz, and leaky pipes. As a singer herself, she will make an important contribution to the vocal chamber ensemble genre with this 10 to 15-minute piece.
In addition to premiering Eve’s work, Roomful of Teeth will perform pieces by Pulitzer-prize winner Caroline Shaw and Ted Hearne, both of whom will be in residence. The ensemble will give a community choral music workshop and multiple workshops for festival participants, including a reading session of participant works and a lecture on Shaw’s extraordinary work as a vocalist/composer. This will be an intensive residency that positively impacts every member of the festival community. Furthermore, it will help build new audiences for contemporary music in rural Central Vermont.
NMOP is the only contemporary chamber music festival in all of Vermont. The goal is to cultivate the next generation of musicians devoting their lives to contemporary music through close faculty mentoring, carefully curated educational and performance experiences and networking opportunities. There is a deliberate focus on and support of female composers. NMOP was founded by composer Kathryn Alexander, who was Artistic Director until 2015. Amy Williams succeeded her as Artistic Director and past composition faculty have included Laura Schwendinger, Gilda Lyons, Annie Gosfield, Katharina Rosenberger, Missy Mazzoli, Hannah Lash, Kate Soper and Tania León. In part because of this profile, the number of female composer attendees is significantly higher than for other similar festivals. Two fellowships for female composers will be initiated in 2018, including one that focuses on technology. As a pioneer in music technology, Eve’s two-week residency is essential to mentoring these young musicians. Eve was an astounding presence at the 2017 festival. Her energy and enthusiasm are truly contagious—and her composition lessons, by all accounts, were life-changing. Furthermore, she is a unique role model as someone who has made a hugely successful career without the continuous support of academic institutions.
The New Music On The Point Festival presents brand new music performed by superstars of the contemporary music world. Nearly all of the pieces programmed are written in the last 10 years and have never been performed in the region. Each year is a truly magical experience for the festival participants and members of the community. NMOP is a celebration of the best music of today—and tomorrow.
An example of a vocal chamber work with electronics by Eve Beglarian. Performed here live by the Ekmeles Ensemble.
An example of a live performance by Roomful of Teeth of Ted Hearne’s piece, which will be presented live at the 2018 festival.
Start and End Dates
06/04/2018 — 05/31/2019