Listen: 16 World Premieres with Jennifer Koh's 'Shared Madness'

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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May 24 at 7 pm, violinist and new-music champion Jennifer Koh's presented 16 world premieres for the first installment of her Shared Madness project from Williamsburg's National Sawdust. The evening was hosted by Q2 Music's Helga Davis and included premieres by Kaija Saariaho, Matthew Aucoin and Gabriel Kahane.

Shared Madness began as a way to thank new-music advocates and commissioners Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting, who generously helped the violinist purchase the valuable instrument which will be used during the two recitals. Each of the 32 composers involved wrote his or her short piece in appreciation of Koh and the Schlichtings commitment to fostering new music. The project evolved into an exploration of 21st-century virtuosity and the creative dialogue between composer and performer.

The second of the two concerts that comprise Shared Madness and its 32 world premieres will be Tuesday, May 31 at 7 pm at National Sawdust and will also be streamed live on Q2 Music.


Marc Neikrug - Flash

Mark Grey - Twenty

Sean Shepherd - wideOPENwide

Matt Aucoin - resolve

James Matheson - Capriccio

Christopher Cerrone - Shall I Project A World?

Derek Bermel - Twenty Questions

Andrew Norman - Still Life

Phil Kline - Bedeviled

David Ludwig - Moto Perpetuo

David Bruce - Marzipan

Gabriel Kahane - The Single Art Form Is Dead

John Harbison - Painting The Floors Blue

Vijay Iyer - Zany, Cute, Interesting

Kaija Saariaho - Sense

Julia Wolfe - Spinning Jenny

Look for the release of Q2 Music's "Shared Madness" podcast, with host Jennifer Koh, in spring/summer 2016.  

Hosted by:

Helga Davis

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