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Judith Lang Zaimont   
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2012

Judith ZaimontNEWS

Published Click, Flip, RUSH: Reclaiming Clarity in the Hyperlink Age, with Rachel S. Heller, February 2011. Commission from Camerata Bern: Piece for String Orchestra, JoyDance in Spring. Commission from pianist Joanne Polk: Piece for piano solo of significant length.

PREMIERES

Serenade for violin, cello, piano, Melissa White, violin, Paul Wiancko, cello, Awadagin Pratt, piano, Cincinnati, OH, Jan. 2011; also, Soli fan tutti Finale Concert, Staatstheater, Darmstadt, Germany, May 2011. String Quartet: The Figure, NYC premiere, Juilliard Contemporary Ensemble, Joel Sachs, director, Museum of Modern Art, July 2011. Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra: Solar Traveller, Minnesota premiere, Timothy Lovelace, piano, Craig Kirchhoff, conductor, U of MN Wind Ensemble, Dec. 2012.  Israeli Rhapsody for concert band, Minneapolis premiere, U of MN Concert Band, Jerry Luckhardt, conductor, March 2012. Wizards: Three Magic Masters, NYC premiere, Young-Ah Tak, piano, Carnegie Hall debut recital, March 2012.

PERFORMANCES

Music for Two (bassoon and cello), Chandler Symphony Orchestra,  Chandler AZ Center for the Arts, Jan. 2011. City Rain, Ipswich MA School District Concert Band, Gerald Dolan, conductor, May 2011.  Virgie Rainey - Two Narratives for Soprano, Mezzo and Piano, Music at the Bridge Theater, NYC, May 2011. Serenade for piano trio, From the Great Land (30-minute dramatic song cycle for mezzo, clarinet, piano, Eskimo drum), IAWM National Conference, Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Sept. 2011. Parallel Play (saxophone quartet), Arizona State University, Tempe, Sept. 2011.

PUBLICATIONS

Sonata-Rhapsody for Violin and Piano, Subito Music Corp., Jan. 2011. Calendar Collection – 12mvts. for developing pianist, Jabez Press, Spring 2011.

RECORDINGS

Eternal Evolution: Music of Judith Lang Zaimont, incl. String Quartet The Figure, Zones: Piano Trio No. 2, Astral … a mirror life on the astral plane . . . (solo viola), Serenade (trio), The Harlem Quartet and Awadagin Pratt, pianist, Navona CD, April 2011.  Art  Fire  Soul: Solo Piano works of Judith Lang Zaimont, Elizabeth Moak (Debut Solo Recording), 2-CD Set: CD #1: SONATA, Jupiter’s Moons, Wizards – Three Magic Masters, Calendar Collection, Nocturne: La Fin de Siècle; CD #2: A Calendar Set, *Cortège for Jack, Jazz Waltz, *American City, Hitchin  - a travellin’ groove, *In My Lunchbox, ‘Hesitation’ Rag, Judy’s Rag, Reflective Rag, Serenade;  * Premiere recording; March 2012. Piano Music of J L Zaimont, Christopher Atzinger, piano: A Calendar Set, SONATA, Nocturne – La fin de siècle; NAXOS. 
 

 


2011

Profile in InMaricopa.Com  magazine – April 2010 (spring issue).  Composer in Residence at Slippery Rock  University, supported in part by a Met Life creative connections grant from 4/29 – 5/2/10.  Featured Composer  at a three day weekend symposium on Zones – Piano Trio No. 2 at the University of Alabama – Huntsville on 2/12 – 2/14/10.  Master Composer in Residence  at the Intégrales  new music symposium at the University of  Southern Mississippi – Hattiesburg on 10/28 – 11/4/10.  Master Composer / Composer in Residence for an eight day residency at the University of Minnesota in 4/11.

PREMIERES

Serenade (violin and piano) by Marta Szlubowska, violin; J. Zaimont, piano in Huntsville, AL on 2/12/10.  Zaimont Suite (four movement music/art video) at Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, on 3/21 – 3/23/10.  From the Folk  (2 movements  for wind quartet) by Chandler Symphony Orchestra first chair winds in the Chandler Center for the Arts in Chandler, AZ on 4/9/10. 

PERFORMANCES

Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra, Solar Traveller by Slippery Rock University – Slippery Rock Wind Ensemble, Nanette Kaplan Solomon, piano soloist, conducted by Dr. Brian Meixner on 5/2/10; by University of Minnesota – Minneapolis Wind Ensemble, Timothy Lovelace, piano soloist, conducted by Dr. Craig Kirchhoff on 4/11; by Indiana State University – Terre Haute Wind Ensemble, Ja-Ling Lin, piano soloist, conducted by Dr. John Boyd on 12/1/09.  Snazzy Sonata by Peggy Brengle and Don Horneff in Westminster, MD on 4/11/10.  Israeli Rhapsody for concert band by University of Minnesota Concert Band conducted by Dr. Jerry Luckhardt on 4/11.  Zones – Piano Trio No. 2 by Norea Trio: Hyunjong Kang, violin; Eva Luthi, cello; Petra Besa, piano; in Langnau, Switzerland on 3/10; at Millsaps College, MS on 2/6/10; at University of Southern Mississippi on 2/10/10.  In My Lunchbox by Felicia Lin, piano at Music Teachers Association of California on 7/3/10.

PUBLICATIONS

Sky Curtains  - Borealis, Australis (fl, cl, bsn, cla, cello) published spring 2010 by Jeanné, Inc.  From the Folk (clarinet quartet) – Song, Dance published summer 2010 by Jeanné, Inc.  Reflective Rag (clarinet and piano) published summer 2010 by Jeanné, Inc.  American City – Portrait of New York (1956; 2010) six-movement suite for piano solo, publication: summer 2010 by Subito.  Sonata-Rhapsody for Violin and Piano (2009-2010) Five movements, publication: fall 2010 by Subito Music Corp.

RECORDINGS

Chroma – Northern Lights, Ghosts, Elegy, Stillness – Poem for Orchestra by Slovak National Philharmonic conducted by Kirk Trevor; Naxos  8.559619 – released  4/27/10.  A Calendar Set, Sonata, Nocturne - La fin de siècle by Christopher Atzinger, piano; Naxos, recorded at Banff 10/10.  Parma/Navona -  Chamber Music of J L Zaimont, String Quartet ‘ The Figure ‘, Zones - Piano Trio  No. 2, Astral  … a mirror life on the astral plane …., Serenade by The Harlem Quartet and Awadagin Pratt, piano at SUNY Purchase on 12/10.

 


2010

NEWS

Zaimont was Composer-in-Residence for two musical festivals in 2009, the Athena Festival, March 10-14, Murray State University, KY, and Women in Music Festival, March 23-26, Eastman School of Music. She was a guest composer and lecturer for the “Close Encounters with Music” series, giving a talk titled “The Music and Styles of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and Judith Zaimont,” March 15, Lenox Athenaeum, MA. Housewife, for two soprano soloists, SSAA chorus, and piano, is based on an original poem by Claudia Stanek and uses a libretto by Zaimont. Commissioned by the Hanson Fund/Eastman School of Music, it was introduced March 25 by the Eastman Women’s Chorus. Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra (“Solar Traveller”), for large wind, brass, and percussion ensemble, was commissioned by eight ensemble and pianist partnerships around the United States. It was introduced October 7 by Timothy Hoft with the Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble conducted by Harlan Parker, with another performance given December 1 at Indiana State University-Terre Haute. Zaimont was named “Author of the 2009 Article of the Year” by the Music Teachers National Association for “Embracing New Music” in American Music Teacher (September 2008).

PREMIERES

Astral . . . a mirror life on the astral plain . . . , reworked for violin solo, was introduced March 25, 2009, by Anyango Davenport, Eastman School of Music.

PERFORMANCES

Zones – Piano Trio No. 2, was presented February 14 by Light and Sound, Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY, and May 30, Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY. Pianist Young-Ah Tak performed Wizards: Three Magic Masters, February 15 on a solo recital for the 2009 Busan International Music Festival. From the Great Land: Woman’s Songs, a multi-movement, half-hour cycle for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, piano, and Eskimo drum, was heard in a March 24 performance by Northern Accord, Middle Tennessee State University. Israeli Rhapsody, for concert band, was performed March 30, 2009, by the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of Mark Scatterday. Astral, for clarinet solo, was heard April 5 in a performance by Julianne Kirk, Crane School of Music, Potsdam, NY.

PUBLICATIONS

Astral, for violin; by Jeanné, Inc. Housewife, for two soprano soli, SSAA chorus, piano; Hitchin’ – a travellin’ groove, for piano solo; Concerto for piano and wind orchestra (“Solar Traveller”), for large wind, brass, and percussion ensemble; all by Subito Music Corp.

RECORDINGS

Chroma: Northern Lights, for orchestra; Ghosts and Elegy, both for symphonic strings; Stillness: Poem for Orchestra; Slovak National Philharmonic conducted by Kirk Trevor; Naxos. Hitchin’ – a travellin’ groove; Nicola Melville, piano; Innova Records (American Composers Forum)


 

2009

In January 2008, the composer was signed to an exclusive publishing agreement by Subito Music Corporation . She has been invited to be the principal guest composer for two music festivals in March 2009: “New York Women Composers,” Eastman School of Music, NY; and the “Athena Festival,” March 2-9, Murray State University, KY.  “Housewife”, a new movement from Life Cycle, a suite for women’s voices for SSAA and piano commissioned by The Eastman School of Music, will be introduced at the school’s “Festival of Women Composers” in March 2009. The composer had two new essays published, “Embracing New Music,” American Music Teacher (MTNA), August/September 2008, and “Imaging the Composer Today,” an overview of the emotional payoffs, artistic decisions and fulfillments, and economic perils that characterize the career of concert-music composers in the 21st century, which will be published in the Fall 2009 edition of Symposium, volume 47, a publication of The College Music Society.

PREMIERES

Pianist Nicola Melville introduced the commisioned work Hitchin’ – a travellin’ groove, March 2008, St. Olaf College. Organist Carson Cooman included Serenade for violin and organ on his autumn 2008 tour. The Spirit Moves in Me, a commissioned work of three movements for SATB, piano, percussion, and string quartet, was introduced April 26 by the New York (NY) Virtuoso Singers and Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Harold Rosenbaum. Stillness: Poem for Orchestra, was first heard in Arizona June 1, in a performance by the Musica Nova Orchestra, led by Warren Cohen. Solar Traveller: Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra, was first heard in a series of performances by members of the commissioning consortium: Harlan Parker, Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD; Gregg Hanson, University of Arizona, Tucson; Craig Kirchoff, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; Mark Scatterday, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY; Terry Austin, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; Nanette Kaplan Solomon, Slippery Rock (PA) University; Frank Wickes, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge; Paula Holcomb, SUNY-Fredonia; and John Boyd, Indiana State University Wind Orchestra.

PERFORMANCES

The concert band work City Rain received multiple performances: November 1, 2007, Ithaca (NY) College Concert Band; February 19, 2008, Concordia Cobber Band, Fifth Annual Composers Concert, Concordia College, MN; March 6, Anoka-Ramsey Community College Concert Band, MN; April, University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus band, under the direction of Doug Bush; May 8, University of New Hampshire Concert Band led by Casey Goodwin, Durham, NH; Kettle Moraine High School Band, WI; and Lake View High School, Chicago, IL, performances at their school and at the May Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL. Israeli Rhapsody for concert band was heard in performance February 6-7, 2008, Intercollegiate Honor Band, Virginia; and March 19, by the Intercollegiate Honor Band, Minnesota. Elegy for Symphonic Strings was presented April 20 in Beijing, China, during the IAWM International Congress.

PUBLICATIONS

String Quartet - The Figure; Rememberance (text assemblage: Zaimont), SSAATTBB, choral soli, organ, percussion, cello, cor anglais; Serenade, violin, cello, and piano; Hitchin’ – a travellin’ groove, piano; Serenade, violin and organ; The Spirit Moves in Me, SATB, piano, percussion, and string quartet; Stillness (Poem for Orchestra); Solar Traveller, Concerto for piano and wind orchestra; all by Subito Music Corp. Astral, alto sax version; Doubles, soprano sax and piano; Music for Two: Five-Movement Suite, for two instruments of like register, both treble and bass clef, strings, winds or brass; Lazy Beguine and Reflective Rag, both for Society Orchestra; all by Jeanné, Inc.

RECORDINGS

Hitchin’ – a travellin’ groove, pianist Nicola Melville; Innova Records (American Composers Forum). Parallel Play; Presidio Saxophone Quartet; AUR Recordings.

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