Globe-trotting composers Richard Cameron-Wolfe (New Mexico), Agustin Castilla-Avila (Spain), and Wladimir Rosinskij (Austria), along with pianist Gayle Blankenburg (California) and cellist Ruslana Prokopenko (Ukraine), travel the planet in search of “oases” - fertile environments for new collaborations, new audiences, and new musical offerings. The group will converge at Studio Z on July 30th for "Nomads-Oasis," a concert featuring music by the nomads and Minnesota composer Scott L. Miller.
Featured performers include cellist Ruslana Prokopenko (Ukraine), pianist Gayle Blankenburg (California), guitarist Agustín Castilla-Ávila (Spain) along with outstanding Minnesota musicians James DeVoll (flute), Pat O’Keefe (clarinet), and Tracey Engleman (soprano). All four of the composers will be in attendance.
Highlights of the program include two world premieres and three U.S. premieres by Castilla-Avila and Rosinskij, plus a solo piano work by Richard Cameron-Wolfe dedicated to the late composer Franz Kamin, who lived in St. Paul for many years.
Nomads-Oasis will also be presented at Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN on Friday, July 29.
Richard Cameron-Wolfe - Memory of the loss of wings (1979)
Wladimir Rosinskij - Music No. 7 (1999) *U.S. Premiere*
Agustin Castilla-Avila - True love is not a flower (2021)
Scott L. Miller - Katabasis (2018-19)
Richard Cameron-Wolfe - An Inventory of Damaged Goods (2015)
Wladimir Rosinski - Von keinem, Junge, lass dir reden *U.S. Premiere*
Agustin Castilla-Avila - Suite of Movements (2017) *PREMIERE *
Wladimir Rosinskij - Evanescencia 2 (2020) *PREMIERE*
Richard Cameron-Wolfe - Time Refracted (1990)
Agustin Castilla-Avila - Geminiden (2017) *U.S. Premiere*
Composer-conductor-violist Wladimir Rosinskij (of Austrian nationality and Russian origin) obtained his Diploma with Honors from the Krasnoyarsk Academy of Music in 1986. From 1990 to 1995 he studied at Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna with Prof. E.Urbanner (composition) and Prof. W.Klos (viola). Since 1995 he has been living in La Coruña (Spain), where he is a member of the Orquesta sinfónica de Galicia and a member of SGAE. As a conductor he has worked with orchestras throughout Austria, Spain, Ukraine, and Russia, Rosinskij’s music has been premiered in such venues as Musikverein and Konzerthaus (Vienna), Auditorio Nacional (Madrid), the Munich Philharmonic, and many others throughout Europe and Russia. His music has been performed by distinguished soloists including Frank Stadler, Sabine Winter, and Uxia Botana. In 2013 he founded Camerata de la Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.
Agustín Castilla-Ávila is a composer, guitarist, improviser, graphic artist, author and artistic researcher. As a composer, he worked in Europe, Asia and the USA. His music has been conducted by Dennis Russell Davies, Johannes Kalitzke, Tito Ceccherini, and many others. He has written solo, chamber, and orchestral music, music for plays and choreography as well as five chamber operas – with performances at prestigious venues around the world, including Brucknerhaus Linz, Glinka Hall Saint Petersburg, Harpa Hall Reykjavik, and Musiekgebouw Amsterdam). His compositions are published by Doblinger Verlag, Bergmann Edition, Verlag Neue Musik, Da Vinci Edition, Mackinger Verlag and Joachin Trekel. Castilla-Ávila‘s music has been recorded on sixteen CDs and two DVDs. He is president of the International Society for Ekmelic Music and director of the symposium "Microtones: Small is Beautiful" in Salzburg (2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021). He is currently writing the opera "Cerro Rico" for the New York Opera Society.
Composer-pianist Richard Cameron-Wolfe was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and received his music training at Oberlin College and Indiana University. After brief teaching engagements, Richard moved to New York City, where he performed and composed for several major ballet and modern dance companies, including the Joffrey Ballet and the Jose Limon Company. In 1978 he began a 24-year professorship at Purchase College, State University of New York. After resigning in 2002, he relocated to the mountains of northern New Mexico in order to dedicate his life to composing. Richard has served as an administrator for several musical organizations devoted to the promotion of modern classical music (which he prefers to call “sound art”). In recent years his focus has been on the micro-opera genre, on “madrigalesque” settings of his own aleatoric poetry, and on 48-tone microtonality.
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, cellist Ruslana Prokopenko began her music studies at age seven. Early in her student years she appeared as soloist in Haydn’s Concerto in D (Yalta, 1988), Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococó Theme (Odessa,1989) and Brahms’ Double Concerto. In 1990 she entered in the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), receiving her Doctorate in 1997. During these years Ruslana participated in the Festival of Schleswig-Holstein (Germany), with Rostropovich in Evian (France) and toured Europe with several prestigious ensembles.
She served as principal cellist of the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra (Basque), and in 2003 she became principal cellist of the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia. She is devoted to contemporary music, recently premiering Wladimir Rosinskij’s Concerto-Mystery and Last Dawn.
Pianist Gayle Blankenburg has performed extensively to great critical acclaim as a soloist and chamber musician. Among nearly a dozen award-winning CDs recorded for Southwest Chamber Music are her performances of Elliot Carter's Of Challenge and of Love (with soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson) and the Carlos Chavez Invencion for solo piano. Her recording of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the LA-based ensemble “inauthentica” has been highly praised in the media. She has performed at the Library of Congress, in NYC at Cooper Union, Tenri Institute, DiMenna Center and National Opera Center, in LA at REDCAT and Zipper Hall, at the Schoenberg Institute (Vienna), Hongtai Concert Hall (Xiamen, China), ASEAN Festival (Nanning) China, and Canterbury Performing Arts Center (Christchurch, New Zealand).
Scott L Miller is an American composer of “high adventure avant-garde music of the best sort” (Classical-Modern Music Review). Best known for his electroacoustic chamber music and ecosystemic performance pieces, his music is characterized by collaborative approaches to composition and the use of electronics, exploring performer/computer improvisation and re-imagining ancient compositional processes through the lens of 21st century technology. Three time McKnight Composer Fellow, Fulbright scholar, and Hellervik Prize winner, his work is frequently performed by soloists, ensembles, and at festivals throughout North America and Europe. Scott is a Professor of Music at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. He is Past-President (2014—18) of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U.S. (SEAMUS) and presently Director of SEAMUS Records.
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