An Interview with Composer Alexandre Lunsqui

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On Thursday, December 15 at 12 pm, Brazilian-born composer Alexandre Lunsqui joins host Gity Razaz to talk about his compositional aesthetic, the use of jazz and the traditional music of his homeland in his writing. He also discusses the excitement and anxiety surrounding the upcoming world premiere of Fibers, Yarn and Wire -- this year's New York Philharmonic CONTACT! new-music series commission. 

Premiering at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Symphony Space on Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17 respectively, alongside works by Magnus Lindberg and HK Gruber, Fibers, Yarn and Wire marks a return to his adopted home country. Born in San Paulo, Brazil, Lunsqui spent over a decade living in the United States, first at the University of Iowa and then under the guidance of Tristan Murail, Fred Lerdahl, and others as a doctoral student at Columbia University. In 2010, he accepted a position as composition professor at the Universidade Estadual Paulista, UNESP in San Paulo, and, only a few weeks into the job, the New York Philharmonic called to announce that they were commissioning a work.

Though Lunsqui's music may incorporate influences of the spectralist practices of Murail and Gerary Grisey as well as his former life as a jazz pianist in Brazil, there is a propulsive, percussive energy and a rigorous, innovative approach to structure that is all his own. Listen in Thursday, December 15 at 12 pm or stream his entire interview on-demand later in the day.