2:30 P.M. | Saturday, September 17th
Center for Musical Arts
200 E. Baseline Rd.
|Walk Out with Me||David E. Farrell|
|Sonata for Flute and Piano
|I Watched the Leaves In the Wind*||Jonathan Hannau|
|Love, from La: Suite for Flute and Piano*||Amy Wurtz|
|Of Nature’s Palette*
I. Glow Worm
II. Blue Flax
III. Golden Toad
|** Colorado Premiere
** World Premiere
About the Composers
Seth Boustead is a composer, broadcaster, writer, concert producer, in-demand speaker and visionary with the goal of revolutionizing how and where classical music is performed and how it is perceived by the general public. As a composer he has forged a unique and highly personal identity through pieces that are regularly performed and heard on radio broadcasts around the world. Recent projects include an operatic adaptation of the classic Chris Marker film La Jetée, the inspiration for Terry Gilliam’s Twelve Monkeys and an hour-long chamber piece inspired by stories of Italo Calvino.
As the founder and Executive Director of Access Contemporary Music, Seth has created a wide range of unique programs to bring contemporary classical music to new audiences including the Sound of Silent Film Festival, the Thirsty Ears Festival – the country’s only classical music street fest, a chain of storefront music schools teaching musical creativity, a concert series in Chicago and New York and more than a dozen annual international commissioning projects in Chicago, Milwaukee, Mexico City and New York.
Seth is the host and creator of the ASCAP Deems Taylor award-winning podcast
Relevant Tones featuring music by and conversations with some of the most creative figures in contemporary classical music. He also created the Concept Lab series in Manhattan. Find more at sethboustead.com
David E. Farrell
David E. Farrell’s music has been performed by ensembles across the United States, including the Perrysburg Symphony Orchestra, North/South Chamber Orchestra, the Playground Ensemble, the Sam Houston State University Percussion Group, the University of Iowa Center for New Music Ensemble, and the University of Illinois Chamber Orchestra as winner of the University of Illinois Orchestra Composition Competition.
His works have been featured at the SCI National Conference, The Electroacoustic Barn Dance, The Tutti Festival, The Charlotte New Music Festival, The Playground Ensemble’s Colorado Composers Concert, Sam Houston State University Contemporary Music Festival, the Midwest Composers Symposium, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chamber Music Institute, and the University of Cincinnati’sMusic07 Festival. His music can also be heard on Meerenai Shim’s album The Art of Noise and on The Playground Ensemble’s 8-Bit X-Mas.
David studied at the University of Illinois and at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, where he earned a D.M. in Composition. His teachers have included Claude Baker, Zack Browning, William Brooks, Don Freund, Gabriela Ortiz, P.Q. Phan, Stephen Taylor, and Richard Wernick. He currently teaches music at Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Amos’ music has been heard on WFMT in Chicago, WQXR in New York City and PBS. His music spans a wide range of genres including chamber and orchestra concert music, jazz, as well as music for film, theater and dance. His music has been commissioned and performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Third Millennium Ensemble, Eclipse Theater, Barkada Saxophone Quartet, Kaia String Quartet, Access Contemporary Music (ACM) and the Chicago Composers Orchestra among many others.
As a saxophonist Amos performs with his own quartet – septet and has played along with the Hard Art Groop, Alvarez Orchestra, Origin of Animal, New Millennium Orchestra, Access Contemporary Music (ACM), Lake Shore Rush Ensemble, Chicago Composers Consortium, MAVerick ensemble, Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, VOX 3 Vocal Collective and Hiz Film studio Productions among others.
Amos’ music has been heard at various venues and Festivals around the world including The Ear Taxi Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Illinois Musicians Festival at Grant Park, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Preston Bradley Hall Sunday Salon Series, An Die Musik in Baltimore MD, Music Institute of Chicago, Court Theatre and the Green Mill among others.
Amos has received special recognition and finalist awards from ASCAP, League of Composers (ISCM), American Prize, Columbia Orchestra, the Macarthur Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council, and has won numerous grants including the 2013, 2016 IAS professional development grant through the Illinois Arts Council, a Lucerne fellowship through the Chicago sister cities program and the Swiss benevolent society, as well as the 2008 Evanston Cultural Arts Grant and several Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grants (CAAP).
He recently premiered “Unstructured Time” for jazz septet, about finding introspective peace in a loud world, live-streamed from the Fulton Street Collective Thursday, April 29th at 8PM. He’s working an an album release of this composition, you can sample the finalized tracks here: “Unstructured Time“
Also, recently he received a commission from Access Contemporary Music to write music inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Emil Bach house in Chicago, this will be featured in their new Architecture + Music YouTube series. Other recent commissions include one minute pieces for ACM’s neighborhood walkabout program; and a new work for the Gaudete Brass Quintet, to be premiered at the Ear Taxi Festival in the Fall of 2021.
Amos has taught music theory at Chicago State University and the Peoples Music School in Chicago. He currently teaches Theory and Ear Training at the University of Illinois Chicago and substitute teaches at Chi-Arts, Chicago’s Fine Arts High School. He has served on the board with New Music Chicago for three years and is an active contributing member with Access Contemporary Music. He received a Master’s degree in composition from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and a Bachelor’s degree in Saxophone performance from Northern Arizona University.
Jonathan Hannau is a Chicago-based composer and pianist devoted to the surreal, minimal, abstract, and colorful possibilities of music. He actively embraces eclecticism and explores concepts of narrative, drama, and stark expression by evoking a kaleidoscopic range of timbres.
As a pianist he has been praised for his delicate, refined touch, his capable handling of the extremes of dynamic shape, and his uncanny knack for navigating complex polyrhythms. His multi-style performance history has helped foster a unique approach to piano performance, pushing the limits of what is possible on the instrument.
His compositions have been performed by the Ensemble Dal Niente, ~Nois, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Ursa Ensemble, Ostrega-Uhl Project, Origin Brass Quintet, Disquiet Music Ensemble, 20+ New Music Ensemble at DePaul University, Lakeshore Rush, Lake Effect Quartet, the CCMP players of Boston Conservatory, and numerous soloists.
His past project titled the Rocking Chair Series involved commissions of solo piano works presented alongside an interview with the composer; creating an inviting atmosphere for the audience as they listened to a wide variety of musical styles and insights regarding the compositional process.
His debut album Pieces I Wrote on a Cold Winter Night, inspired by his meditation series: Music, Stillness, Solidarity, received a grant from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in 2021. It was recorded through Atlas Arts Media and released through SCRIPTS records on October 13, 2021. Click here to listen and support!
Liam Lupescu is a composer and keyboardist from Chicago, Illinois. His compositions have been featured at festivals and exhibitions across the city, including the Sound of Silent Film Festival (2019-2022), the Thirsty Ears Street Festival (2019-2021), and the 2022 “Art on the MART” installation. His recordings for the online music project Hyrix, including both original composing and popular mashups, can be heard on Spotify and YouTube. A senior at Chicago’s Nicholas Senn High School (class of 2023), Liam is currently studying at Access Contemporary Music, where his musical filmmaking work has twice won first place in the Molto Tutti Student Film Festival.
A fervent advocate for new music and the community that surrounds and supports it, Amy Wurtz is a staunch performer, composer, and curator of new music based in Chicago. Her recent album, Cello Dances at Night, with the Wurtz-Berger Duo, a cello-piano collaboration with Alyson Berger, features Amy’s work Songs and Dances and was commissioned by the 2016 Ear Taxi Festival. Originally from California, Amy has lived and worked in the Bay Area, Southern California, throughout the Midwest, South America and Europe. In addition to composing and curation, she is in demand as a solo pianist, chamber and choral musician, teacher, and collaborative pianist.
As a composer, Amy has won various prizes and commissions for her work, including the National Federation of Music Clubs, Illinois Arts Council Grant, and the American Music Project. Her works have been performed by Zeitgeist, the Chicago Composers’ Orchestra, and Access Contemporary Music. Currently President of New Music Chicago, Amy has curated and produced the Impromptu Fest, with performances at the Chopin Theater and Guarneri Hall. Amy also curates the New Music at the Green Mill series each Spring, where local performers and audience members gather in this iconic Chicago venue to hear new and experimental music.
With degrees from the University of Redlands and the University of Minnesota, Amy studied piano with Alexander Braginsky and Louanne Long and composition with Judith Lang Zaimont and Alexandra Pierce. Her study of piano has taken her twice to Argentina, where she spent a year of intensive study with Inés Gómez-Carrillo.
Amy currently works in a variety of capacities, running an independent piano studio, serving as Music Director for Hemenway United Methodist Church, and working as lead accompanist for the Sounds Good! and Good Memories choirs, which serve older adults and those with memory loss. www.amywurtz.com
About the Performers
Peter Friesen has been studying the piano since early childhood. A native of Southern California, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, where he studied with Victor Labenske, and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied with David Korevaar and Robert Spillman. Other past teachers include Caryl Smith and George Fee. A passionate performer, his area of expertise is classical piano repertoire, but his interests include jazz, rock and modern piano music.
As a performer, Mr. Friesen is active in collaborative and solo performance in the greater Denver/Boulder area. His recent projects have included world premieres of new works by local composers RJ Miller and Jeremy Jarvis, as well as works from the standard piano repertoire. He has recently contributed to performances at the Metropolitan State College of Denver’s 8th Annual Piano Celebration, the Pendulum New Music concert series at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and faculty recitals at the Rocky Mountain Center for Musical Arts.
As a piano teacher, Mr. Friesen has worked with a wide variety of students, from those with a casual interest in music to college music majors pursuing the piano as part of their profession. He currently maintains a highly active studio, with students ranging in age from 6-70. He is devoted to helping students discover an easy, healthy piano technique, which he believes leads to the greatest ability to achieve the entire spectrum of musical expression.
Mr. Friesen is affiliated with the Music Teachers National Association, and is affiliated with the Colorado State Music Teachers Association and the Broomfield Music Teachers Association. He regularly sits as an adjudicator for festivals and competitions, attends conferences to improve his knowledge of piano instruction and performance, and has presented twice at the Metropolitan State College of Denver’s annual Piano Celebration in both 2008 and 2009.
Trevor Patricia Watkin
The website still says Patrick, but it is in fact Patricia, after the performer’s grandmother. Trevor is a fellow graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, where he studied flute with Jill Coady and composition with Philip Keveren. And, wouldn’t you know it, he also attended University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied flute with Elizabeth McNutt and composition with Richard Toensing. He is a past winner of the Houghton College Sacred Choral Music Composition, an irony that is not lost on him, and a past recipient of the Joseph Jefferson Award in Original Incidental Music for his score for The Black Duckling.
Trevor is the Director of Artistic Activities for Access Contemporary Music in Chicago, IL, where he teaches flute, voice, piano, and film scoring, and performs with ACM’s resident ensemble Palomar, as well as the fusion band Origin of Animal.