07-08 Composer Biographies
Alec K. Redfearn
Clark is a Providence-based composer, ethnomusicologist, and
writer about music. His graduate work was at Wesleyan University,
Connecticut, in composition with Alvin Lucier and in Chinese
music (studying the classical Chinese qin zither) with Wu
Wenguang. Additional compositional studies have included those
with Kenneth Gaburo and Henry Brant. Recipient of the Fellowship
in Music Composition from the Rhode Island State Council on
the Arts in 2002, Mitchell has specialized in music for piano,
and in ensemble music for percussion and for strings.
Recent works include
The Great Volume, a ballad opera to an original text.
His works have been performed throughout the United States,
as well as in Europe (including the former Soviet Union),
Central America, and Southeast Asia. A recording of his A
Fine Day for the Curious (and Wet), for an ensemble of
bamboo stamping tubes, has been included in WaterFire Providence
was Research Fellow in the Department of Musical Instruments
at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he curated the exhibition
Sounds of the Silk Road: Musical Instruments of Asia
(on view 2005-2006) and wrote the accompanying book of the
Read more about
Mitchell Clark here.
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|Marilyn Kind Currier was Professor
of Music at Providence College from 1973 until 1997, and appointed
Composer in Residence in 1980. Her works have been performed
at Providence College, University of Rhode Island, The RISD
Museum, and further afield in New York City's Carnegie and Merkin
Halls, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, Spain, Sweden,
and on National Public Radio.
She is the recipient of numerous awards, including two ASCAP
awards, four RISCA fellowships, two Meet-the-Composer Grants,
and three Yaddo fellowships.
Marilyn's two sons, Sebastian
are both composers.
Green, music represents power, wonder, whimsy, and infinite
possibility. This aesthetic has birthed the passion, wit,
and variation found in his works, which cross genres.
His early experiences
as an accompanist for high school music and theater groups,
an arranger of vocal jazz, pop, and gospel works, and a solo
performer of various music have all garnered his deep respect
for music of all genres, and he never lost this respect and
love. As an active performer, Anthony has participated in
and given several recitals and concerts at Boston's Symphony
Hall and Jordan Hall, as well as other venues in Massachusetts,
Rhode Island, Virginia, Connecticut, and New York.
As a composer, he
has received commissions from many colleagues, the Time's
Arrow New Music Ensemble, and ALEA III, where his piece Light
and Dark (a.k.a. Waves of Oaxaca: Reflections on Luis
Pagan) was conducted by Gunther Schuller. He received
the Boston University Honors Award for composition, was inducted
into the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society, and participated
in the Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance.
A commission to set an original children's story by Talia
Etedgee for narrator, flute, and piano, has yielded the creation
of Molly the Magnificent! which has been performed
at St. John's United Methodist Church in Dedham, New England
Conservatory, and various Boston elementary schools.
for a choral work, a flute and piano work, and a solo guitar
work were premiered at New England Conservatory and Boston
Conservatory, and his string quartet Chance, which
won an Honors Ensemble Competition, was premiered at Jordan
Hall. Anthony has also recently won Honorable Mention in the
Classical Marimba League composition competition, and his
work Idée pour marimba et piano will be premiered
at Texas A&M University-Commerce in the spring of 2008.
As an educator,
Anthony maintains a small piano studio (students aging from
5 to 26) and also tutors students in music theory and history.
He holds a Bachelors of Music degree, Summa Cum Laude, from
Boston University's College of Fine Arts, having studied composition
with Martin Amlin, Richard Cornell, and Theodore Antoniou,
and piano with Maria Clodes-Jaguaribe. He is currently enrolled
at the New England Conservatory, pursuing a Masters of Music
Degree as a student of Lee Hyla.
He is the pianist/organist
for Providence's Olney Street Baptist Church, where he works
with five ensembles.
Learn more about Anthony Green here.
Described by the Washington Post as "expressively engaging,"
and "the evening's climactic moment," Garrison Hull's music is distinguished
by breadth of melodic line, lyricism, and clarity of tonality, all
merged into a contemporary idiom.
is currently working on a work commissioned by the renowned violoncellist
Brigitta Gruenther. His most recently completed work, Violin Sonata
No. 2, written for the international renowned virtuoso duo of Michael
Appleman, violin and Alexander Paley, piano, premiered in 2004 at
Strathmore Hall, in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The
sonata was subsequently featured as the only new work at the 2004
Paley International Festival in Richmond, Virginia. His full-length
dramatic opera Nancy, commissioned by Opera Theatre of
Northern Virginia premiered in 2004. The Washington Post review
reported that Hull's opera, Nancy "stands up well
when compared with the...first operas of Verdi and Puccini."
In 2000, his first violin sonata, the Strathmore, premiered
at Strathmore Hall.
has been interviewed on Voice of America and has been a regular
contributor to the national monthly journal, 21st Century Music.
He currently writes a regular column on concert music for Rhode
Island's Motif magazine. He has also written scholarly articles
including "Between the Staves" which was published in Sonus, the
award-winning music journal. Garrison has twice been a Resident
Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He chaired
the Virginia Music Teachers Association's Commissioned Composer
Contest from 1991 through 1994. He has served as Board President
and Music Director of the New Music Society from 1988 to 1993.
studied conducting with Russell Woollen, composition with Serge
DeGastyne, and received his Bachelors Degree from George Mason University
where he studied composition with Stephen D. Burton. He is on the
Faculty of The Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. He
has served on the Board of the Rhode Island Chamber Music Series
as co-chair of the organization's Program Committee. Garrison resides
in Providence and is married to Karen Davie.
Steven Jobe has played
music since the late nineteen-sixties when he played electric
bass in a rock band with his high school friends back in Ohio.
Since that time he studied viola and Medieval music, earning a
couple of degrees along the way (B. Mus., Rhode Island College;
M.A., The Ohio State University).
Settling in Providence in 1984, he has continued to explore
traditional and historical music on the viola, hurdy-gurdy and
bassoon. In the process, he has collaborated with such musicians
as accordionist/composer Alec K. Redfearn, harmonica virtuoso
Chris Turner, violinist Laura Gulley, cellist Rob Bethel and vocalist
Composing since 1990,
Steven's works include an opera, Jeanne d'Arc (1993)
and music for dance, Bosch's Garden (2001). He composed
Four Movements for string quartet and soprano in 2005,
and was subsequently commissioned to compose the Concerto
for Bassoon with strings, harp and celesta.
Beginning in 2000,
Steven commissioned the design and construction of several large-scale
instruments, including the Bosch hurdy-gurdy. Ten feet long
with three wheels and an octave-and-a-half keyboard, it will
be integral to his work in the near future.
Learn more about Steven Jobe here.
Kelley studied viola with Lenny Matczynski, Jeff Irvine and Karen
Tuttle, and holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and The Juilliard
School. He has been a prize winner at the Primrose International
Viola Competition, a member of the Arden String Quartet, and a Teaching
Fellow in Electronic Music at Juilliard. He is currently president
of Trifecta Music for Film, a New-York based production company.
A frequent student at
the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in New Hampshire since the
age of 11, Michael has been performing as a member of the Apple
Hill Chamber Players since 1996. He lives in Providence's West End
Learn more about the Apple Hill Chamber Players here.
roots of Forrest Larson's music are in working with old pre-digital
analog electronic instruments and collecting of “found sounds” from
both natural as well as urban landscapes. In his instrumental works,
he explores the coloristic and lyrical possibilities of non-tonal
harmonies. Some pieces combine electronic sounds and live acoustic
instruments. He has written music for string orchestra as well as
works for unaccompanied violin and cello. Recently he finished a
piece for the MIT Wind Ensemble that incorporates sounds of Eastern
seabirds. In February 2007 he was invited to perform electronic
music on the experimental music series CTRL+ALT+REPEAT, which
was co-sponsored by Mem1 and Community MusicWorks. His music has
been performed at various venues in the Boston area, Ithaca NY,
at Carnegie-Mellon University, Washington and Jefferson University,
Southern Oregon University, and in Iceland.
As a violist,
Forrest Larson has played in the New England Philharmonic, Boston
Chamber Ensemble, and other chamber groups. Before becoming a violist
he played violin in the Commonwealth Vintage Dance Orchestra, performed
traditional Scottish fiddle music, and was the musician for the
Middlesex Morris Dance Troupe.
Nzinga Montgomery began her musical studies at age four on the violin
at the Third Street Music School Settlement in New York City. Thanks
to the creativity and expertise of her teachers Alice Kanack and
Nicholas Scarim, she was already seriously involved in the art of
improvisation and composition by age eleven. In 1998 and 1999, she
was a recipient of the Composer’s Apprentice Award given by
the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
After high school, Jessie pursued a bachelor’s degree in violin
performance at The Juilliard School. Midway through her studies,
she served as a composer for a new music series presented by the
New York Youth Symphony in 2001. While living in New York City,
she continued her studies with composers Derek Bermel, and Steven
Burke. She has been a composer for two independent films, one of
which was in collaboration with her father, Ed Montgomery, also
a composer and independent film producer.
Jessie resides in the West End of Providence where she is a member
of the Providence String Quartet and teaches violin, improvisation,
and composition to Community MusicWorks students.
K. Redfearn is a composer/songwriter/free improviser/accordionist
etc. who has been playing in and around Providence for close to
In addition to being the
leader of his own band, he has played in over thirty bands and been
involved with dozens of theatre, dance, and film collaborations.
He is predominantly self taught and he tends to work with musicians
of all calibers. His songs, compositions and accordion playing are
fiercely individual and his music has been very difficult to categorize.
Learn more about Alec's band, The Eyesores, by clicking here.