Piece to be performed:
Kawa Ma Gyur for chamber ensemble and electronics
Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer of music for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles, dance, and multimedia collaborations. She has been praised by the New York Times for her “graceful tracery and lively, rhythmically vital writing”, the Philadelphia Inquirer for her “compositional wizardry” and “mastery with large choral and instrumental forces” and by the L.A. Times for her “fluid and glistening orchestration”. Opera News writes: “Her work is vivid and galvanizing…achieves a timeless beauty. Clearfield is a natural musical dramatist”. Her works are performed widely in the U.S. and abroad. Among her 90 works are ten cantatas for voices and orchestra including a cantata for the Philadelphia Orchestra, and she is currently writing an opera. Her recent cantata, Tse Go La (At the threshold of this life) for double chorus, electronics and chamber orchestra incorporates Tibetan melodies that she has been documenting by trekking to the remote, restricted northern Himalayan region of Lo Monthang, Nepal. Kawa Ma Gyur (The Unchanging Pillar) and Lung-Ta (The Windhorse), commissioned by Network for New Music, were also inspired by her Tibetan music fieldwork. Lung-Ta was presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama as an initiative for world peace.
Dr. Clearfield was the recipient of an Affiliated Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 2010 and was awarded 2012 fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, a Fundaciòn Valparaiso residency in Spain, a Lucas Artist Residency at Montalvo in California and a 2013 Wurlitzer Foundation award in Taos, NM. She has recently served as visiting composer at the College of William and Mary and The University of Chicago and will be visiting faculty at The University of Texas at Austin this spring. She was invited as guest composer to the International Conservatory Week Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2011. She has been awarded fellowships at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony among others. She served on the composition faculty at The University of the Arts for 25 years. Active as a pianist, she plays keyboards in the Relâche new music ensemble. She is also the founder and host of the renowned Philadelphia Salon concert series now celebrating its 26th year featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, dance, and world music and winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s 2008 “Best of Philadelphia” award.More at www.andreaclearfield.com