Music Now with Nina Young

Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Orwig Music Building, Room 109

Music Now guest composer Nina Young will be speaking about her recent work!

Free & open to the public


New York-based composer Nina C. Young writes music characterized by an acute sensitivity to tone color, manifested in aural images of vibrant, arresting immediacy.  Her experience in the electronic studio informs her acoustic work, which takes as its given not melody and harmony, but sound itself.  Nina’s music has garnered international acclaim through performances by the American Composers Orchestra, Inscape, Milwaukee Symphony, Orkest de ereprijs, Phoenix Symphony, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Argento, Divertimento, Either/Or, JACK Quartet, Metropolis, Nouveau Classical Project, Scharoun, Sixtrum, wild Up, and Yarn/Wire.  Winner of the 2015-16 Rome Prize in Musical Composition, Nina has received a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress, a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Award, the Jacob Druckman Prize, and honors from BMI, IAWM, and ASCAP/SEAMUS.  Nina has held fellowship residencies at the Atlantic and Aspen Music Festivals, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne’s 2014 Forum, and the Tanglewood Music Center.  

Young’s interests are now headed in the direction of collaborative, multidisciplinary works.  While in Rome, Young worked with choreographer Miro Magloire and the New Chamber Ballet to develop a site-specific piece, Temenos, around the intersection of movement, architecture, and sound at the Tempietto Del Bramante.  During the 2016-17 season the American Composers Orchestra Underground will premiere Out of whose womb came the ice (commissioned by the Jerome Foundation) – a work for baritone, orchestra, electronics, and generative video commenting on the ill-fated Ernest Shackleton Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17.  Young is collaborating with vocal bassist Andrew Munn and the Nouveau Classical Project on an evening-length, interdisciplinary cantata titled Making Tellus: Sketches of a Cosmogram for the Anthropocene – a work for voices, mixed chamber ensemble, sustainable fashion, and interactive media that addresses the current socio-political conversation surrounding human intervention and the Earth’s rapidly changing geology.


A graduate of McGill and MIT, Nina completed her DMA at Columbia University where she was an active participant at the Columbia Computer Music Center.  This fall she will join Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as Assistant Professor in the Department of Arts.  In 2016 Young joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) as Assistant Professor in the Department of Arts.  She currently serves as Co-Artistic Director of NY-based new music sinfonietta Ensemble Échappé.  Peermusic Classical publishes her compositions.



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