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Kravis Nightcap: Zosha Di Castri

Apr 29

Limited Availability

Canadian composer Zosha Di Castri curates an evening of Nightcap, our cabaret-style series of music and conversation in the new Kenneth C. Griffin Sidewalk Studio.

This event is co-presented by Columbia University.

Kravis Nightcap: Zosha Di Castri
 
DATE / TIME

Sat

10:30 PM

29

Apr

2023

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Location

Kenneth C. Griffin Sidewalk Studio, David Geffen Hall

Additional Info

This concert will not be streamed on the Hauser Digital Wall.

Artists

  • Zosha Di Castri

    Curator

    Zosha Di Castri’s music extends beyond purely concert music, including projects with electronics, sound arts, and collaborations with video and dance. She is currently the Francis Goelet Assistant Professor of Music at Columbia University and a 2023 American Academy of Arts and Letters Goddard Lieberson fellow. Her orchestral compositions have been commissioned by John Adams, San Francisco Symphony, Toronto Symphony, New World Symphony, Esprit Orchestra, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, WDR Sinfonieorchester, National Arts Centre Orchestra, and BBC Proms, and have been featured by the Tokyo Symphony, New York Philharmonic, and Cabrillo Festival, among others. In 2019 her Long Is the Journey, Short Is the Memory opened the first night of the BBC Proms. Di Castri’s music has been performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, and she has worked with many leading new music groups including Talea Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, Ekmeles, Yarn / Wire, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble Cairn, and the JACK and Parker quartets. Recipient of the Jules Léger Prize for New Chamber Music in 2012, she participated in In Vivo Danse as part of Ircam’s Manifeste Festival in Paris. Her debut album, Tachitipo, was released on New Focus Recordings in 2019, and the title track was nominated for The Juno Awards’ 2021 Classical Composition of the Year. Di Castri is a recipient of the 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship and was an inaugural fellow at the Institute for Ideas and Imagination in Paris in 2018–19. She completed her bachelor’s at McGill University and her DMA at Columbia University. Born in St. Albert, Alberta, she lives with her family in New York City.


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  • Nadia Sirota

    Host

    Nadia Sirota is a violist, conductor, and Peabody Award–winning producer and broadcaster. In all branches of her artistic life, she aims to introduce classical music to a broader audience.


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  • Alicia Hall Moran

    Mezzo-Soprano

    Alicia Hall Moran’s vocalism and social inquiry intersect art, dance, opera, film, theater, Broadway, literature, and contemporary thought in her albums (Heavy Blue and Here Today) and concert tours (Black Wall Street, the motown project, and Battle of the Carmens / Breaking Ice). Recent engagements include the 45th Kennedy Center Honors, Berlin Film Festival (She Came to Me), San Francisco Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston ICA (Family Ball), and Washington National Opera (Chantal, which she directed and co-composed). In February 2023 Moran completed her on-ice musical residency at Bryant Park (starring Olympian Surya Bonaly). Moran has performed in visual art by Carrie Mae Weems, Adam Pendleton, Simone Leigh, Liz Magic Laser, Ragnar Kjartansson, Joan Jonas, Charles Gaines, and Malik Gaines, and inside celebrated exhibitions including Matisse at MoMA, Pat Steir at Lévy Gorvy, and Beauford Delaney at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She has been engaged by improvising musicians like Bill Frisell, Charles Lloyd, Brandon Ross, and Kaoru Watanabe; commissioned by the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Allison Loggins-Hull, and the Poetry Society of America; and has premiered new compositions by Tania León, Bryce Dessner, Tomeka Reid, James Moore, and Yosvany Terry. With collaborator Jason Moran she shaped the performance events Bleed (Whitney Biennial), Work Songs (Venice Biennial), and the massive Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration (commissioned by Carnegie Hall). She has received a Bessie Award (Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane Dance Company), National Sawdust resident artist award, Jerome Hill, Van Lier, and Ford Foundation fellowships, and an NAACP Theater Award nomination for her Bess on North American tour after her Broadway debut in the Tony-winning The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. Upcoming engagements include the Milwaukee Symphony (Mary Lou Williams’s Zodiac Suite with Aaron Diehl) and BBC Concert Orchestra (Gabriel Kahane’s esif) in 2024.


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  • Anna Webber

    Tenor Saxophone

    Anna Webber is a flutist, saxophonist, and composer whose interests and work live in the aesthetic overlap between avant-garde jazz and new classical music. A prolific bandleader, Webber leads several projects, including her long-running Simple Trio, the Shimmer Wince Quintet, the Clockwise Septet, the Idiom VI Large Ensemble, and the co-led Webber / Morris Big Band. She has released seven albums as a leader, including her most recent, Idiom, a double album released in May 2021 on Pi Recordings. She has performed and / or recorded with projects led by artists such as Dan Weiss, Roscoe Mitchell, Ranja Swaminathan, Jen Shyu, Dave Douglas, Matt Mitchell, Ches Smith, John Hollenbeck, and Trevor Dunn, among others. Webber is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow and a 2021 Berlin Prize Fellow. She has additionally been honored with the Margaret Whitton Award (administered by the Jazz Gallery), grants from the Copland Fund, the Shifting Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Canada Council for the Arts, and residencies from Exploring the Metropolis, the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.


  • Diego Espinosa Cruz González

    Percussion and Intubated Flute

    Diego Espinosa is an international multi-percussionist / sound artist dedicated to expanding the boundaries of contemporary performance practice through sound exploration. He collaborates with composers, artists, choreographers, and technicians in developing new instruments, pieces, and techniques enhancing innovative ways of expression and knowledge. His work cuts across hardcore contemporary music, political sound art, improvisation, performance art, rock producer, and theater and film music / acting. He has performed in 41 countries, collaborating with musicians such as Patti Smith, Pierre Boulez, John Zorn, Steve Reich, Kaija Saariaho, Philip Glass, John Luther Adams, Steven Shick, Peter Eötvös, and visual artists such as Cecilia Vicuña, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Francis Alÿs, Francisco Toledo, Iñárritu, and Carlos Amorales. Espinosa has played at Royal Albert Hall (soloist at BBC Proms — BBC Wales Orchestra), Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Melbourne Recital Center, Tate Modern, Deutche Oper, Centre Pompidou, China National Theater, Tivoli (Netherlands), Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, The Kitchen, Huddersfield, Centre Quatre (France), and Art Basel Miami. Awards include the Tokyo Experimental Festival’s Performance Grand Prize and Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition’s Second Prize. He was a steady member of Slagwerk Den Haag, Insomnio, and Amsterdam Percussion Group. He also played with Asko-Schönberg, BIT20, Contrechamps, Nieuw Ensemble, Ives Ensemble, Synergy Vocals, KNM, and Speak Percussion. Espinosa holds a doctorate from Canada’s McGill University and a master’s from Holland’s Royal Conservatory. He was a guest professor at Columbia University and musical director of projects at Deutsche Oper Berlin and Munich Biennale. Espinosa has recorded for Mode Records, Tzadik, Cantaloupe, col legno, EMF, ENCORA, NMC, Karnatic Lab, Artek, EtCetera, Cero, Iradia, Unsounds, Tochnit Aleph, Navona Records, Bella Union, and New Focus Recordings. Currently he plays on tour with Patti Smith / SoundWalk Collective and Erik Friedlander jazz quartet.


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  • Samuel Fibich Yulsman

    Piano

    Sam Yulsman is a composer and pianist whose music spans a wide range of idioms. Yulsman’s compositions have been performed in North and South America, Europe, and Asia by ensembles and soloists including the Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Korea, Sun Ra Arkestra, JACK Quartet, Séverine Ballon, String Noise, Distractfold, Wet Ink Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, New York New Music Ensemble, Julia den Boer, Jeonghyeon Joo, loadbang, and Rage Thormbones. Collaborative works include Veiled Gazelle for large ensemble and electronics with composer Kevin Ramsay, Little Moments of Invisible Death for two pianos and electronics, composed and performed with Laure M. Hiendl, and Land Before Time III, a dance installation co-produced and -directed with dancer Justin Cabrillos and poet Gabrielle DaCosta. In 2021Yulsman received a DMA in composition from Columbia University, where he studied with George E. Lewis, Zosha di Castri, and Georg Friedrich Haas. Recent honors and awards include a 2021 Charles S. Miller Award from Columbia University, 2020 Fromm Commission, 2019 Prix Langage Musical from the Conservatoire Américain, and a 2019 Copland House Cultivate Fellowship.


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  • David Adamcyk

    Electronics

    David Adamcyk is a Canadian composer, sound artist, electronic musician, and sound engineer living in New York. He creates musical works and installations for the concert hall and theatrical stage, often incorporating technology. His music has been played in North America, South America, Australia, and Europe. He has won numerous prizes, including four from the SOCAN Foundation composers competition, and was a finalist at the CBC / SRC Evolution composition competition. He has received support from the American Composers Forum, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Adamcyk’s expertise in concert music electronics has led him to work with leading ensembles and institutions including the New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, IRCAM, Juilliard’s Axiom Ensemble, ICE, New York New Music Ensemble, Ekmeles, Yarn / Wire, Ensemble Cairn, Esprit Orchestra, Quasar, and the Quebec Contemporary Music Society (SMCQ). In addition to having completed IRCAM’s cursus, Adamcyk holds a doctorate in composition from McGill University and was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council–funded postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University’s Computer Music Center. He is currently the technical director of Talea Ensemble, and teaches sound recording, 20th- and 21st-century music analysis, live sound, and electronic music at Columbia University and the Manhattan School of Music.


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