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SICPP Faculty Bios
Callithumpian Consort
Jennifer Ashe
Scott Deal
Gabriela Diaz
Stephen Drury
Stuart Gerber
Corey Hamm
Alexis Lanz
John Mallia
Mark Menzies
Rand Steiger
Yukiko Takagi
Nicholas Vines

The Callithumpian Consort

The Callithumpian Consort is based at New England Conservatory, and was founded by Stephen Drury sometime in the 1980's.  Dedicated to the proposition that music is an experience, the Consort has performed music by John Cage, Morton Feldman, John Zorn, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Giacinto Scelsi, Ivan Tcherepnin, Iannis Xenakis, Lee Hyla, David Shea, Pierre Boulez, Franco Donatoni, Paul Elwood, John Heiss, Louis Andriessen, Christian Wolff, Earle Brown, Lukas Foss, and others.  Recordings on Tzadik and Mode Records.

Jennifer Ashe

Mustering up "rock solid technique" and "the kind of vocal velvet you don't often hear in contemporary music" (Boston Phoenix), soprano Jennifer Ashe has been praised for performances that are "pure bravura... riveting the audience with a radiant and opulent voice" (The Boston Globe).

A strong advocate of new works, she frequently performs on series such as Harvard Group for New Music, New Music Brandeis, New Gallery Concert Series, and the Fromm Festival at Harvard, and regularly sings with the Callithumpian Consort and the the Boston Microtonal Society's chamber ensemble NotaRiotous. She created the role of Sarah Palin in Guerilla Opera's premiere of Say It Ain't So, Joe by Curtis Hughes and was a semi-finalist at the 2007 Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition.

Recent projects include Lukas Foss's Time Cycle with Boston Musica Viva, and Phillipe Leroux's Voi(Rex) with Sound Icon. She also sings with renowned early music groups Blue Heron, Boston Baroque and the Handel & Haydn Society.

Ashe holds a DMA in Vocal Performance and an MM in Vocal Pedagogy from New England Conservatory, and a BM from the Hartt School of Music. Formerly on the faculties of the College of the Holy Cross and Eastern Connecticut State University, she currently teaches for Music and Movement of Newton and Music Together Arlington.

Scott Deal

Percussionist Scott Deal’s appearances include venues, festivals and conferences in North America and Europe. A performer who presents "a riveting performance (Sequenza 21), his recent recording of the music of John Luther Adams has been described as “a soaring, shimmering exploration of texture and tone...an album of resplendent mood and incredible scale” (Musicworks).

Continually inspired by new and emerging artistic technologies, Deal is the founder of the Telematic Collective, a networked group of artists and empiricists. He has performed at Almeida Opera, Supercomputing Global, SIGGRAPH, Arena Stage, Chicago Calling, Ingenuity Festival, Moscow Alternativa, and with groups that include ART GRID, Another Language, Percussion Group Cincinnati, Digital Worlds Institute and the Helsinki Computer Orchestra.

He is a Professor of Music and Director of the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He holds degrees from the University of Miami, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Cameron University.

Scott Deal is a Yamaha artist.

Gabriela Diaz

Georgia native Gabriela Diaz began her musical training at the age of five, studying piano with her mother, and the next year, violin with her father. Gabriela came to Boston to study at New England Conservatory, where she completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees, studying with James Buswell. As a Hodgkin's Disease survivor, Gabriela is committed to cancer research and treatment.

In 2004 Gabriela was a recipient of a grant from the Albert Schweitzer Foundation. This grant enabled Gabriela to begin organizing a series of chamber music concerts in cancer units at various hospitals in Boston called the Boston Hope Ensemble. Devoted to contemporary music, Gabriela has been fortunate to work closely with many significant living composers on their own compositions, namely Pierre Boulez, Magnus Lindberg, Frederic Rzewski, Alvin Lucier, John Zorn, Roger Reynolds, Steve Reich, Brian Ferneyhough, and Helmut Lachenmann.

Boston critics have mentione Gabriela as "indefatigably expressive," and "a young violin master," Lloyd Schwartz of the Boston Phoenix noted, "...Gabriela Diaz in a bewitching performance of Pierre Boulez's 1991 Anthmes. The come-hither meow of Diaz's upward slides and her sustained pianissimo fade-out were miracles of color, texture, and feeling." Others have remarked on her "vibrant playing," "polished technique," and "vivid and elegant playing."

Gabriela is a member of several Boston-area contemporary music groups, including Sound Icon, Ludovico Ensemble, Dinosuar Annex, Firebird Ensemble, and Callithumpian Consort. In 2012 Gabriela joined the faculty of Wellesley College.

Highlights of this season include recording Roger Reynolds' solo work, "Kokoro," and concerto, "Personae," the continuation of concerts with Lois Shapiro, playing the complete sonatas for violin and piano by Mozart, and the release of her recording of the Lou Harrison Suite for Violin and American Gamelan with BMOP on BMOPSound.

Gabriela can be heard on New World, Centaur, BMOPSound, Mode, Naxos, and Tzadik records.

Stephen Drury

Well-known as a champion of twentieth-century music, Institute director Stephen Drury has given performances throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America, soloing with orchestras from San Diego to Bucharest. A prize winner in several competitions, including the Concert Artists Guild, Affiliate Artists, and Carnegie Hall/Rockefeller competitions, his repertoire stretches from Bach, Mozart, and Liszt to the music of today.

The U.S. State Department sponsored two concert tours that enabled him to take the sounds of dissonance to Paris, Hong Kong, Greenland, Pakistan, Prague, and Japan. He has appeared as conductor and pianist at the Angelica Festival in Italy, the MusikTriennale Köln in Germany, Spoleto Festival USA, and with the Britten Sinfonia in England, as well as at Roulette and the Knitting Factory in New York. Drury has also performed with Merce Cunningham and Mikhail Barishnikov in the Lincoln Center Festival, at Alice Tully Hall as part of the Great Day in New York Festival, with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, and with the Seattle Chamber Players in Seattle and Moscow.

A champion of 20th-century music, Drury’s critically acclaimed performances range from the piano sonatas of Charles Ives to works by John Cage and György Ligeti. He premiered the solo part of John Cage’s 1O1 with the Boston Symphony and gave the first performance of John Zorn’s concerto for piano and orchestra Aporias with Dennis Russell Davies and the Cologne Radio Symphony. He has commissioned new works from Cage, Zorn, Terry Riley, Lee Hyla, and Chinary Ung.

Drury has given masterclasses at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Oberlin Conservatory, Mannes Beethoven Institute and throughout the world, and served on juries for the Concert Artist Guild and Orléans Concours International de Piano XXème Siècle Competitions.

His recordings include music by Beethoven, Liszt, Stockhausen, Ravel, Stravinsky, Charles Ives, Elliott Carter, Frederic Rzewski, John Cage, Colin McPhee, and John Zorn.


Corey Hamm

Dr. Corey Hamm has commissioned, premiered and recorded over 200 solo, chamber and concerto works from composers from all over the world.

His CD of Frederic Rzewski's hour-long solo piano epic The People United Will Never Be Defeated! (Redshift Records) was nominated for Best Classical Recording at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and Rzewski himself said it was "Excellent! Maybe the best recording!". He also has a new CD, Beyond Shadows (Redshift Records), with his ensemble The Nu:BC Collective, plus a soon-to-be-released CD of solo works written for him by Hamel, Morlock, Nobles, Chang, and Godin, and a CD of the music of Jocelyn Morlock on Naxos.

Corey is also part of an exciting duo with erhu virtuoso Nicole Li, PEP (Piano and Erhu Project), they have three CD volumes of over forty new works for piano and erhu written for them coming out in 2014/15 (Redshift Records). PEP will be touring China in 2015.

Corey was soloist in the World Premiere of Jordan Nobles' Piano Concerto with Bramwell Tovey and the VSO, and recently performed Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Faure's Fantasie, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Hamm is in demand as an adjudicator and teacher in Asia, and North America. He is Associate Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where he received the Killam Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching. There, he also Co-Directs the Contemporary Players. He is on the Piano Faculty of the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. His beloved teachers include Lydia Artymiw, Marek Jablonski, Stéphane Lemelin, Ernesto Lejano, and Thelma Johannes O'Neill.

Mark Menzies

Residing in the United States since 1991, Mark Menzies has established an important, world-wide reputation as a violist and violinist. He has been described in a Los Angeles Times review, as an 'extraordinary musician' and a 'riveting violinist.' His career as a viola and violin virtuoso, chamber musician and conductor and advocate of contemporary music, has seen performances in Europe, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and across the United States, including a series of appearances at New York's Carnegie Hall.

Mark Menzies is currently viola and violin professor at the California Institute of the Arts where he also coordinates their chamber orchestra, new music ensembles and conducting studies. Over the last six seasons, he has designed and performed a significant role in CalArts New Century Players' concerts at redcat, CalArt's downtown theater as part of the Disney Hall complex; a highlight was in 2011, where a 5-concert festival of Sofia Gubaidulina's music — in her presence — where, as one critic described the final concert, "...the building tension paid off with a huge reward in the closing full orchestra performance of Gubaidulina's violin concerto Offertorium with soloist Mark Menzies and the full force of the CalArts Orchestra".

Stuart Gerber

Described as having "consummate virtuosity" by The New York Times, Stuart Gerber has performed extensively throughout the US, Europe, Australia, and Mexico as a soloist an chamber musician. He is associate professor of percussion at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

As an active performer of new works, Dr. Gerber has been involved in a number of commissions and world-premiere performances. He gave the world premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen's last solo percussion work Himmels-Tür in Italy, as well as his percussion trio Mittwoch-Formel at the annual Stockhausen-Courses in Kürten, Germany. He has also given the US and Australian premieres of Stockhausen's duo version of Nasenflügeltanz for percussion and synthesizer, and the US premiere of his solo percussion work Komet. Dr. Gerber has been the faculty percussionist for the Stockhausen-Courses since 2005 and has recorded a number of pieces for the Stockhausen Complete Edition released by the Stockhausen-Verlag. In addition to his work with Stockhausen, Stuart has worked with many other notable composers, such as Kaija Saariaho, Steve Reich, Tristan Murail, Frederic Rzewski, George Crumb, Tania Lèon, Michael Colgrass, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, and John Luther Adams.

Recent performances include: solo performances at the Gulbenkian Center in Lisbon, Portugal and the South Bank Centre in London; a performance at the Savannah Music Festival with Stewart Copeland (the legendary drummer for The Police); a solo performance at the Ultraschall Festival in Berlin; as well as an appearance at the Spoleto Festival. He also is featured on the world-premiere recording of John Luther Adams' Strange and Sacred Noise with the percussion group Cincinnati (Mode Records) and Adams' Qilyaun released by Code Blue Records. Dr. Gerber has extensive recording experience and can be heard on recordings released by Bridge Records, Capstone Records, Telarc, Wesleyan University Press, Albany Record, and Vienna Modern Masters.

As pedagogue Dr. Gerber has recently presented a lecture-recital at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) and a scholarly paper at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu. He has given numerous masterclasses at conservatories and universities around the US and abroad. Recent masterclasses include: the Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, University of Texas-Austin, University of Florida, University of South Florida, University of Montreal, Southbank Centre (London), and the Sydney Conservatory and Victoria College of Arts in Australia.

Dr. Gerber is a founding member of the Atlanta-based new music group Bent Frequency, performs internationally with the Australian pianist Michael Fowler in ENSEMBLE SIRIUS, and is regularly heard as extra percussionist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin College Conservatory, where he studied with Michael Rosen, and was awarded a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music (CCM). His teachers at CCM were Allen Otte, Russell Burge and James Culley of the Percussion Group Cincinnati. He has also done advanced studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hannover, Germany, with Professor Andreas Boettger.

John Mallia

Composer, Sound Artist

I live and work in Boston, MA, and am fortunate to have a teaching position on the Composition Faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music where I work with many talented students and direct the Electronic Music Studio. Much of my compositional process is informed by spatial models and concepts. I enjoy collaborating with visual artists on multimedia works including installation. Recent projects include a collaboration with new media artist Denise Marika on a score  for her performance video Leg, and a collaboration with animator/bookmaker Misa Saburi on her work entitled The Boy In the Windy Town.  

My music has been performed internationally by organizations such as Musicacoustica (Beijing, China), Ensemble N_JP (Japan/US), ZeroOne Festival of New Media (San Jose), L.A. Freewaves (Los Angeles), Gaudeamus (The Netherlands), International Computer Music Association, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Zeppelin Festival of Sound Art (Barcelona, Spain), Festival Synthèse (Bourges, France), Interensemble’s Computer Arts Festival (Padova, Italy), Society for New Music (New York), CyberArts, and Medi@terra`s Travelling Mikromuseum (Greece, Bulgaria, Germany, Yugoslavia, Slovenia).

I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) at the University of North Texas (2004-5), and have also taught electroacoustic music and sound art at Franklin Pierce College, Northeastern University, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, College of the Holy Cross, Clark University, and Brandeis University.

Photo by Andrew Hurlburt

Alexis Lanz

Born in Nyon, Switzerland, Alexis Lanz currently resides in Jamaica Plain, MA, where he maintains a multi-faceted performing career. As an orchestral musician, he has been principal clarinetist of the Boston Ballet Orchestra since 2011, and also appears regularly as principal clarinetist of Discovery Ensemble.

An ardent promoter of contemporary classical music, Mr. Lanz is a member of both Sound Icon and the Callithumpian Consort, with which he has premiered works by many notable composers including Chaya Czernowin, Alvin Lucier, Joshua Fineburg, and Rand Steiger.

In March 2014, he appeared with the Parkway Concert Orchestra, performing Mozart's Concerto in A major. He has performed in numerous musical festivals, including the Tanglewood Music Center, where he was awarded the Gino B. Cioffi Memorial Prize, the Atlantic Music Festival, the Summer Institute of Contemporary Performing Practice, the New York String Orchestra Seminar and the National Orchestral Institute.

Alexis completed his studies at the New England Conservatory, where he received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees. His teachers include National Symphony clarinetist Edward Cabarga, and Thomas Martin of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Rand Steiger

Rand Steiger's music has been commissioned and performed by many ensembles, including the American Composers Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, Ensemble Intercontemporain, International Contemporary Ensemble, Lontano, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, NYNME, Prism Quartet, San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Talea Ensemble, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he served as Composer Fellow. Soloists he has composed for include Matthew Barley, Maya Beiser, Claire Chase, Daniel Druckman, Peter Evans, Alan Feinberg, George Lewis, Susan Narucki, Vicki Ray, and Steven Schick.

Throughout his career, Steiger has been involved in computer music research, having held three residencies at IRCAM, and enjoying a long fruitful collaboration with Miller Puckette, the leading computer music researcher of his generation. He was Composer-in-Residence at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology from 2010 to 2013.

Many of Steiger's works combine orchestral instruments with real-time digital audio signal processing. They also propose a hybrid approach to just and equal-tempered tuning, exploring the delicate perceptual cusp between a harmony and a timbre that occurs when tones are precisely tuned. Some examples of works deploying these techniques include: Ecosphere, developed during residencies at Ircam and premiered by the Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris; Traversing, written for cellist Mathew Barley and premiered by the Southbank Sinfonia in London; Cryosphere, premiered by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, A Menacing Plume, premiered by the Talea Ensemble in New York, and the Coalescence Cycle, premiered on a portrait concert at Miller Theater in New York by the International Contemporary Ensemble in 2013.

Steiger was also active as a conductor specializing in contemporary works until deciding in 2010 to concentrate entirely on composition. He lead a series of critically acclaimed concerts with the Ensemble Sospeso in New York City in the early 2000's, and with the California EAR Unit at the Los Angeles County Museum in the 1980's and 90's. Among other groups he conducted were the Arditti Quartet, Aspen Chamber Ensemble, La Jolla Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, New York New Music Ensemble, and the Nouvel Ensemble Contemporain (Switzerland). Among his recordings as conductor are operas by Anne LeBaron, Hilda Paredes and Anthony Davis, and chamber works by Elliott Carter, George Lewis, Mark Osborn, Roger Reynolds, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Morton Subotnick, Iannis Xenakis and Wadada Leo Smith. He has also conducted many world, New York and California premier performances, including works of Muhal Richard Abrams, Louis Andriessen, Milton Babbitt, Pierre Boulez, Henry Brant, Elliott Carter, Brian Ferneyhough, Michael Gordon, Jonathan Harvey, Aaron Kernis, Scott Lindroth, James Newton, Luigi Nono, Augusta Read-Thomas, Roger Reynolds, Terry Riley, Poul Rudders, Frederick Rzewski, Kaija Saariaho, Giacinto Scelsi, Elliott Sharp, Julia Wolfe, Toru Takemitsu, Jon Tavener, and Erki-Sven Tuur.

His compositions and performances are recorded on the Centaur, CRI, Crystal, Einstein, Koch, Mode, New Albion, New Dynamic, New World, Nonesuch, and Tzadik labels. Recent works for instruments and electronics are available on Ecosphere a portrait CD/DVD on EMF, and A Menacing Plume, a portrait CD on New World Records.

After serving on the Faculty of California Institute of the Arts from 1982 through 1987, Steiger joined the Music Department at U.C. San Diego, where he currently serves as Department Chair. In 2009 he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University.

Photo by Erik Jepsen

Yukiko Takagi

Yukiko Takagi received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory where she studied with Veronica Jochum and Stephen Drury.  While a student at the Conservatory she was selected to perform in several Honors programs and appeared regularly with the NEC Contemporary Ensemble.  Ms. Takagi has performed with the orchestra of the Bologna Teatro Musicale, the John Zorn Ensemble, the Auros Group for New Music, Santa Cruz New Music Works, the Harvard Group for New Music and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble.

She performs regularly with the Eliza Miller Dance Company and the Ruth Birnberg Dance Company and gives frequent duo-piano concerts with Stephen Drury.  Ms. Takagi is a featured performer with the Callithumpian Consort.  Her recording of Colin McPhee’s Balinese Cerimonial Dances was released by MusicMasters.  At New England Conservatory Yukiko Takagi has appeared on the First Monday series at Jordan Hall, and is a teacher and guest artist for NEC's Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance.

Nicholas Vines

Described as "riveting" (The New York Times), "compellingly original" (Boston Phoenix), "full, extravagant and wild" (Sydney Morning Herald), and "kitchen-sink expressionism; edgy, bright and entertaining as hell" (NewMusicBox), the works of Nicholas Vines (b.1976, Sydney) have been performed by such interpreters as Alarm Will Sound, BMOP, Ensemble Offspring, the Schola Cantorum Gedanesis Chamber Choir, the BT Scottish Ensemble and the Australian Voices.

He has received commissions from established organisations around the world, such as Callithumpian Consort, Firebird Ensemble, mmm..., Guerilla Opera, ChamberMade Opera, the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Recognition for Vines' work includes APRA/AMC Art Music, Helpmann and Green Room Awards (2011/2012, 2007, 2006), runner-up in the 2010 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, an honourable mention in the 2006 Salvatore Martirano Competition (USA), and 2nd Prize in the 'Musica Sacra 2005' Competition (Poland). Published by Wirripang, Faber Music, the Australian Composers Online Project and Alexander Street Press' Classical Scores Library, the bulk of his work is available through the Australian Music Centre.

A CD of Vines' compositions featuring the Callithumpian Consort, Torrid Nature Scenes, was released on Navona Records in May 2013. Graduating in 2007 with a PhD from Harvard University, Vines taught theory and composition there and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, before taking up a position at Sydney Grammar School. He has run the New Works Program for New England Conservatory's Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice since 2007.


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