Source: Upcoming Events | S.E.M. Ensemble.
Thursday, February 15 at 8pm
Willow Place Auditorium
26 Willow Place
The S.E.M. Ensemble & Guests
Petr Kotik, Conductor
SEM at the 2022 Emerging Composers Workshop Performance
The S.E.M. Ensemble’s initiative to read new works by emerging composers began in 1997 and has continued, every season, to the present. A workshop gives each composer time and space to work directly with musicians and the conductor. The pieces are then given a public performance at Willow Place Auditorium in Brooklyn Heights.
Lydia Brindamour in, between
Teodora Stepančić Coleman’s Piece
Jiaqi Wang Stories of the Six Realms of Samsara
Jakub Polaczyk Withers
Jordan Dykstra Circadian Hymns in Ovid, New York
Lydia Winsor Brindamour (born 1990) – BA in music from Harvard College, MA and PhD from University of California San Diego. Her work explores cross-sensory perception, embodiment and acoustic properties of sound. She is interested in immersive contexts for live performance, challenging conventions of proscenium performance spaces and providing alternative modes of engagement for the audience. Her practice includes composition, photography, and video.
Her work has been performed at festivals in the US and Europe. Her album “empty spaces” released by Sawyer Editions was named “Best of Bandcamp” in July 2022. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
Teodora Stepančić (born 1982, Belgrade) is composer, pianist and curator. Teodora curates, organizes and performs concerts in Europe, USA, Middle East and Argentina. Sje is interested in works for the piano and different ensemble formations that speak in the voice of the outsider, a hushed voice, that does not try to draw attention to itself, that stresses generosity, attentiveness, intimacy, spirit and focus.
Jiaqi Wang (born 1999, in Beijing). He graduated from the Central Conservatory of Music Middle School in China in 2012, and the Julliard pre-college division in 2017 and the New England Conservatory of Music. Presently, Jiaqi studies composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Jakub Polaczyk, (born 1983 in Krakow) is graduate from the Academy of Music in Kraków, Jagiellonian University, and Carnegie Mellon University. In Poland, he studied with: Marcel Chyrzyński, Krzysztof Penderecki, Marek Chołoniewski, in Belgium with Jan Van Landeghem and in the USA with Reza Vali. His is currently teaching at The New York Conservatory of Music. Since 2018 Polaczyk has been Music Director of the International Chopin & Friends Festival in NYC.
Jordan Dykstra (b. 1985, Sioux City, Iowa) is a Brooklyn-based violist and composer exploring the performer-composer-listener relationship through the incorporation of conceptual, graphic, and text-based elements. He has performed and recorded with individuals and bands — including Dirty Projectors, and A Winged Victory for the Sullen with Hildur Guðnadóttir. In 2014 he received a grant to apprentice with Daníel Bjarnason, composer and conductor of the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. He received his BFA in 2016 under Michael Pisaro, Ulrich Krieger, and Wolfgang von Schweinitz at CalArts. In 2018 he received his MA in Composition from Wesleyan University under the mentorship of Alvin Lucier.