March 14, 2005
Gustavo Moretto was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he initiated his music career as a trumpet player, and later, formed a jazz-rock group called Alas, for which he composed all the material and played electronic keyboards. Mr. Moretto toured extensively through Argentina and Chile and recorded six L.P.'s (for RCA and EMI), and worked as a studio sessionist and guest performer with many prominent musicians in Argentina. In 1979 Mr. Moretto came to the United States, where he pursued formal training in composition. He holds a B.M. from the New England Conservatory and a D. M. A. from Columbia University. Mr. Moretto is presently a professor in the instrumental program at LaGuardia Community College.
The movements are entitled: Gerbe (bunch or spray); La Meute ( the pack of wolves); Ressac-Rompu ( broken undertow); L'abandon Etroit (narrow abandon); Bruine-Derision (sarcastic drizzle); Tirade De Pioche (pick's tirade); Pacte (the deal); Nomade (nomad); Le Massacre - Outil (massacre as a tool) Pourtinade ,commissioned by Tina Pelikan, violist, is also recorded on the ECM Label performed by Kim Kashkashian on viola and Robyn Schulkowsky on percussion.
Linda Bouchard has composed over 50 works in a variety of genres, from orchestral and chamber works to dance scores, concerti, and vocal pieces. Her works have been heard extensively on both sides of the Atlantic and have been recorded by the CBC and Analekta in Canada, ECM in Germany, and CRI in the U.S. A full compact disc of orchestral works, Exquisite Fires, was released in 1998 on the Canadian label Marquis Classics. Her works have won four SOCAN awards in Canada and her honors in the US include first prizes in the Princeton Composition Contest, the Indiana State Competition, and the National Association of Composers USA Contest. Bouchard received the Prix Opus as "Composer of the Year" by the Conseil Quebecois de la Culture and she won the Joseph-S.Stauffer Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts for her outstanding contributions in music (1997). Originally from Canada, Ms. Bouchard has resided in San Francisco for several years teaching and composing. --Linda Bouchard
To a Traveler (1971)
Andrew Imbrie has composed works for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensemble, and stage, and his music has been praised for its profound integrity, ardent expression, and an intense drive and conviction. The first of his five string quartets, written while at Princeton, won the New York Music Critics' Circle Award in 1944. Other commissions include works for the New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Halle Orchestra, San Francisco Opera, the Naumburg Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the Pro Arte Quartet. His awards include the Prix de Rome, two Guggenheim Fellowships, The Walter M. Naumburg Recording Award, and membership in the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
Vincent Chee-Yung Ho is a Canadian composer of orchestral, chamber and piano works that have been successfully performed in both North America and abroad. He is currently pursuing his DMA at the University of Southern California under the supervision of Stephen Hartke. His works have been performed by The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Arraymusic, The Arditti Quartet, The Composer’s Quartet, and the Land’s End Chamber Ensemble and have been featured at various festivals, including The Winnipeg New Music Festival, Festival of the Sound, The Markham Music Festival, The Massey Hall New Music Festival, The Strings of the Future, and The MATA New Music Festival. His many awards have included the Morton Gould Young Composer Award (ASCAP, 2004), four SOCAN Young Composers awards (Second Prize, 1999; Third Prize, 2001; two Second Prizes, 2004), and the Audience Prize from the Toronto New Music Festival (1999); he has also received prizes from the Strings of the Future and the PEEL Music festivals (both 1999).
Hamlet’s Mill (2005)
Cindy Cox has held fellowships at the Tanglewood Music Center, the Aspen Music Festival, the MacDowell Colony, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. She has received awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fromm Foundation, ASCAP Grants to Young Composers, and the International Competition for Women Composers. Her newly released compact disc on the CRI label features Geode, commissioned and recorded by EARPLAY. Cindy Cox is presently an Associate Professor at UC Berkeley and is considered one of the leading composers of her generation. Her music is widely respected for its intelligence, complexity, fluency, and for the numinous sensibility it emanates.