Composer Suzanne Farrin’s “appealingly tart” (New York Times) sound has been brought to life by some of the great musicians of today, such the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Anthony Roth Costanzo, the Arditti Quartet, the American Composers Orchestra under George Manahan, the Locrian Chamber Players, Derek Bermel, Dan Lippel, David Schotzko, So Percussion, Vanessa Perez, Tanya Bannister, Mark Stewart, Antoine Tamestit and Steve Mackey.
Her works have been heard at venues and festivals such as Mostly Mozart, Music Mountain, Look & Listen, the Philadelphia Fringe, Alpenklassik, Music in Würzburg, Theaterforum (Germany), Town Hall Seattle, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Symphony Space, the Walker Art Center, and in South America at the Festival Nuevo Mundo (Venezuela), and Festival Música y Arte Sonoro (Argentina). She has been supported by organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, Meet The Composer, the Wachovia Foundation and Concert Artists Guild. She will compose an operatic monodrama for counter-tenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and ICE as part of the ICElab program in 2014.
Tim Page, the former classical music critic of the Washington Post wrote: “If you can imagine the dense, perfumed chords of Messiaen’s piano music combined with the clangorous, insistent, near-pictorial tone-clusters of Frederic Rzewski’s Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, you will have some idea of what Farrin’s work sounds like. Yet it transcends its derivations to leave the distinct impression of its own.”
Suzanne Farrin is associate professor of Composition and director of the Conservatory of Music at the State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase. She holds a doctorate in composition from Yale University. "Corpo di Terra," released on New Focus Recordings, is devoted entirely to her music, which may also be heard on the VAI, Signum Classics and Albany Records labels.
Suzanne Farrin appears in the following:
Monday, July 15, 2013
This week's episode of The New Canon features selections from So Percussion's recording of Dan Trueman's "neither Anvil nor Pulley," Florent Boffard's exploration of the music of Arnold Schoenberg and "Voyages," the debut album by composer-pianist Conrad Tao.
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Powerhouse Talea Ensemble closes the 2013 MATA Festival with another evening of new works by an impressive roster of young, experimental composers from Serbia, Italy and Mexico City.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
On Tuesday, April 16 at 8 pm, Q2 Music presents an exclusive stream of the Juilliard School's annual composers' competition concert, featuring four world premieres from current student composers.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Join host Suzanne Farrin for the final installment of Off the Grid – a special 4-part series devoted to recordings received directly from you, the listener. Listen today at 3 pm.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Composer Elliott Carter died Nov. 5 at age 103. In celebration of his legacy, Q2 Music devotes a full day of programming Tuesday to his life and music.