Missy Mazzoli is among the most visible composers of her generation. Her 2016 Lars von Trier-adapted opera Breaking the Waves was praised by The New York Times and Opera News, among many others. She's composed for Kronos Quartet, cellist Maya Beiser, the American Composers Orchestra and Crash Ensemble and recently contributed arrangements for a Sigur Rós performance with the L.A. Philharmonic.
Mazzoli joins Jennifer Koh to discuss the concept of virtuosity, the film that inspired her Shared Madness composition Kinski Paganini and knowing how long a piece should last.
The music was recorded last May at National Sawdust as part of the New York Philharmonic's NY Phil Biennial.
Shared Madness with violinist Jennifer Koh – Musical America's 2016 Instrumentalist of the Year – explores the shared creative space between composer and performer, and what virtuosity for the storied instrument means in the 21st century. The series unfolds over 30 short episodes which combine conversation with world-premiere performance audio.