Erling Wold just presented his opera Certitude and Joy in San Francisco, and Uksus, on the life and times of Daniil Kharms, in Austria. In 2011, his orchestral overture on Certitude and Joy for the Sofia Philharmonic was premiered with the fiery Alexei Kornienko at the helm, and the San Francisco International Arts Festival remounted his adaptation of William Burroughs' Queer. Two of his large works, the Missa Beati Notkeri Balbuli Sancti Galli Monachi for the Cathedral in St Gallen, Switzerland, and his solo opera Mordake for tenor John Duykers, were recently released on CD.
Certitude and Joy, Uksus, Mordake, Missa Beati Notkeri Balbuli Sancti Galli Monachi
Carolyn Bremer has been dubbed a composer "driven by hobgoblins of post modernist cant." Bremer came to composition on the heels of intensive training as an orchestral bassist. Her catalogue contains works based on feminist symbolism (Athene), baseball (Early Light), and postmodern theory (Adventures in Hyperreality).In the last four years, Bremer has had performances of her works at Carnegie Hall; in Germany, Norway, and Sweden; and for the gala 150th anniversary concert at WestPoint.
The Ol' Sea Dog, (wind ensemble), commissioned by the California Band Directors Association for their fiftieth anniversaryOzymandias (chorus and chamber band)(r)Evolving Doors (two pianos)
am exploring the intersections of many fields -- of music and photography; creativity and meaning; of postmodern thought; of hybrid forms (music composition/photograph); of language as adjudicator of creative activity; of technology as the driver or slave for change. At the crux is this question: how do I meld the various influences and ideas I have into a new piece?