SICPP 2017 Guest Composer & Artist announced!

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Callithumpian Consort and SICPP are thrilled to announce next year’s SICPP guest musicians:

Georg Friedrich Haas, 2017 Composer-in-Residence

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“Two things were clear to me from an early age: the twelve tones that a piano can produce per octave are too few for me. I need smaller intervals, finer nuances. And I want to compose expression, emotional music which moves and takes hold of people,” says Georg Friedrich Haas of his work. A renowned expert of microtonal concepts that draw on those of composers such as Wyschnegradsky, Hába, Nono and Grisey, his works are often defined by their microtonal elements. However, according to the composer a specific technique can only be a means to an end and he refuses to be compositionally pigeonholed: “I don’t trust relationships that become apparent only in the score rather than through immediate sensual perception. I hope that in my music, intuition and rational control are balanced”, he explains.

Born in 1953, Georg Friedrich Haas grew up in a mountain village in the Vorarlberg region of western Austria and was already exposed to New Music as a student through his music teacher, the composer Gerold Amann. Since 2013 MacDowell Professor of Music at Columbia University in New York, he now moves geographically between two poles. He sees himself as being integrated in the traditions of the Viennese School through his teachers Gösta Neuwirth, Ivan Eröd and in particular Friedrich Cerha, and at the same time takes the aesthetic freedom of American composers such as Charles Ives, John Cage and James Tenney as an important point of reference for musical expression that goes beyond ideologies. (learn more)

William Winant, 2017 Guest Artist


William Winant is an avant-garde percussionist who has performed and collaborated with musicians musical acts as diverse as Sonic Youth, Mr. Bungle, John Zorn, and Oingo Boingo. He has studied with James Tenney, Steve Reich, and John Bergamo, played music with The Kronos String Quartet, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Roscoe Mitchell, Keith Jarrett, and Yo-Yo Ma, and has recorded music with Christian Wolff and Danny Elfman.

Winant received a B.F.A. from York University in 1978 and an M.F.A. from Mills College in 1982. From 1984-1992, he was Mills’ Artist-in-Residence with the Abel-Steinberg-Winant Trio, which has premiered more than twenty-five new works for violin, piano, and percussion at prominent festivals and recitals worldwide. Winant is a visiting Lecturer in Music at the University of California Santa Cruz and Mills College. (learn more)



Check back on the SICPP website in late fall for information on how to apply to SICPP 2017!

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