The New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble is excited to present our first annual James Tenney Memorial Symposium!
For our first symposium we will be welcoming two young composers, Richard Drehoff Jr. and Maxwell R. Lafontant, to join our quartet and collective from June 5th-12th, 2017 for a week of rehearsals, performances, discussions, collaboration and to experience the beauty and cultural heritage of New Mexico. We are also honored to be collaborating throughout this week with Dr. José-Luis Hurtado.
Inspired by James Tenney’s Postal Pieces, we are beginning a Postcard Exchange with composers throughout the Americas. For more information about participating, please visit our Postcard Exchange page.
Special Thanks to Kei & Molly Textiles for sponsoring our postcards!
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Please join us for conversations and concerts throughout this week!
June 9th, 2017
Santa Fe University of Art and Design
1600 Saint Michael's Drive
Santa Fe, NM
Pre-concert talk- 6pm
June 10th, 2017
Outpost Performance Space
210 Yale SE
Pre-concert talk- 6:30pm
June 11, 2017
Old Town Gazebo
Sponsored by City of Albuquerque- Cultural Services Department
RiChard Drehoff Jr.
Richard Drehoff Jr. (b. 1991) is a musician intrigued by mathematical patterns, captivated by philosophy’s deepest questions, and fascinated with the relationship between our understandings of musical and extramusical concepts.
An active composer and pianist, Richard serves as the managing director of earspace, a North Carolina-based ensemble dedicated to cultivating invigorating, site-specific performances of both modern and past works. Richard also founded the Chapel Hill Contemporary Music Ensemble, which premiered over twenty compositions during his tenure as conductor.
Richard is currently a student at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD, studying with Michael Hersch. He previously attended UNC-Chapel Hill, where he worked with Stephen R. Anderson, Severine Neff, Allen Anderson, and Lee Weisert. For more information, visit www.richarddrehoff.com.
MAxwell R. Lafontant
Maxwell R. Lafontant is a twin cities based composer. He has written music for soloists, chamber groups, orchestra, electronics, and the stage. His music has been performed from Iowa to Italy, Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi, by performers such as the Mivos Quartet, the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble, the NEXTET ensemble, Julia Bentley and many others.
Maxwell is also the co-founding director of the Libera Composers Association, whose mission is to connect high school ensembles across the country with new, well-crafted music and the composers who create it. The LCA works with high school directors not only to expose new music to high school students, but to instill a passion for contemporary thought and collaboration in the next generation of musicians. More info can be found at LCAConsortium.com.
He received his MM at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as the last graduate student of the esteemed Ukranian composer Virko Baley. He received his BA at Luther College under Dr. Brooke Joyce, where his collaborative piece with Kimberly Osberg, The Page-Turners' Retort, received the honor of performance at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.
Maxwell also works as an arranger, educator, and engraver. He is a member of ASCAP and SCI, and you can hear all of his newest music on SoundCloud.
José-Luis Hurtado's music has been performed worldwide by ensembles and soloists such as Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Jack Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, Quatuor Molinari, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Wien, Tony Arnold, Garth Knox, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and the Arditti Quartet among many others. He has been the recipient of the Kompositionspreis der Stadt Wolkersdorf (Austria), the Harvard University Green Prize for Excellence in Composition (USA), the Rodolfo Halffter IberoAmerican Composition Prize (Mexico), the Julián Carrillo Composition Prize (Mexico), Regional Winner of the National SCI/ASCAP Composition Competition (USA) and 2nd prize in the Troisieme Concours International de Composition du Quatuor Molinari (Canada). In addition to his compositional career, he is highly active as a pianist and music advocate. He is the pianist of Nueva Música Dúo (Contemporary Vn & Pno duo), founding member of áltaVoz (Latin-American composers collaborative in the U.S), and former director of The Harvard Group for New Music . Hurtado holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University where he studied under Mario Davidovsky, Chaya Czernowin, Magnus Lindberg, Brian Ferneyhough and Helmut Lachenmann. He is currently Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of New Mexico.