Performers, Ensembles, Artists

We love these musicians and artists and we present concerts with them and partner with them to premiere new works by Bouman Fellows.

Clare Longendyke

United States

Pianist Clare Longendyke’s dazzling musicianship and colorful interpretations delight audiences wherever she performs. Critics have lauded her “artistic ferocity that captivated and astonished listeners,” (Waverly Newspapers), her “great virtuosity and delicacy,” and the “loving attention” she pays to the music she performs (Hyde Park Herald). 

 

Longendyke blends a passion for music’s classical tradition with an infectious commitment to what she calls “the music of our time.” Her advocacy for innovative music and programming are evident through Music in Bloom, a new music festival she founded in 2019 in Indiana. In the last decade, she has premiered over 150 new compositions and performed the music of today’s most exciting living composers—Joan Tower, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Shawn Okpebholo, Jeffrey Mumford, Vivian Fung, Gabriela Lena Frank, Amy Williams, and others. Recent recordings include Homage to Nadia Boulanger: Works for Viola and Piano with Rose Wollman, and In the City, new works for Saxophone and Piano with Andrew Harrison. Her debut solo CD featuring works by Claude Debussy, Amy Williams, and Anthony R. Green is in progress and set for release in 2023.  

 

www.clarelongendyke.com

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CYO Principals Quartet

United States

The CYO principal quartet comprises high school musicians that carry the musicality and maturity to play well beyond their years. These enthusiastic young musicians are excited by the prospect of performing new music and working closely with a composer to help bring the work to life. They bring diligence, sensitivity and a youthful joy to every project. Composers will be inspired by the exuberance and proficiency they embody.

 

Current members of the group include violinists Sophie (Junior) and Brianna (Senior) and violist Roy (Senior). The cellist will be chosen at the beginning of our season. The quartet began meeting in 2021 and performed Shostakovich's 8th String Quartet in Spring of 2022.

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The Furies

United States

The Furies (Maiani da Silva and Kate Outterbridge) is a contemporary and experimental musical duo whose mission is to bring intersectional feminism into the concert hall. The duo’s individual and collective eclectic musical identities, incorporated with elements of theater and performance art, has led them to develop their uniquely interdisciplinary approach to performance and programming. Not ones to limit themselves to their primary instruments (violins), the duo performs and arranges works incorporating anything from singing/speaking, percussion, and live-processing electronics. Most recently The Furies duo was commissioned to present a video work for CAP UCLA’s Tune In Festival 2021. The duo has also been featured in Music for your Inbox, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival and the Detroit Institute of Arts alongside Eighth Blackbird.  

 

www.thefuriesviolins.com

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Sputter Box

New York, United States

A Sputter Box show is an experience like no other. With only three performers (clarinet, voice, percussion), this ensemble can move from “mindfully constructed textures that are light as a feather, and then turn on a dime to explode into something practically orchestral without missing a beat” (Michael Genese). As the pioneers for the unique instrumentation, Sputter Box is committed to building a diverse and exciting repertoire and have commissioned over forty works since 2018. Sputter Box has been a guest artist at the University of Florida and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, was the Featured Ensemble Fellow at the 2020 Cortona Sessions for New Music, and was a 2021 Chamber Music America Ensemble Forward Grant Recipient.

 
 
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ZAFA Collective

Chicago, Illinois

The Zafa Collective was formed in 2016 by co-founders Hannah Christiansen (violin) and Casey Karr (double bass). Built upon the idea that classical music should be inclusive and accessible both in terms of programming and performance, The Zafa Collective actively seeks music from outside the canon of Western art music and from a wide variety of aesthetics. Zafa has a core group of eight musicians, and regularly performs with guest artists.  This model of flexible instrumentation allows the Collective to choose their repertoire with no limitations.

Elise Hall Competition for Emerging Saxophonists

Laredo, Texas

The Elise Hall Competition for Emerging Saxophonists aims to encourage and support the professional and artistic development of young female-identifying, trans, and non-binary saxophonists. 

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~Nois

Chicago, Illinois

Founded in 2016, ~Nois (pronounced “noise”) has become one of the premier ensembles in the United States by combining contemporary classical music and improvisation to connect with audiences in unique concert experiences. Described as “invigorating” (The New Yorker) and known for its “truly innovative musicianship” and “raw creativity” (Cacophony Magazine), ~Nois has been awarded top prizes at prestigious chamber music competitions including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the M-Prize International Arts Competition.

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Nouveau Classical Project

New York, New York

The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) is a New York-based contemporary classical music ensemble that is "bringing a refreshing edge to the widely conservative genre" (VICE). It began by collaborating with fashion designers for its concerts and has expanded to creating multidisciplinary performances. Its mission is to engage new audiences and show that classical music is a living, breathing art form. 

Isabelle O'Connell

New York, New York

Since her New York debut recital at Carnegie’s Weill Hall in 2002, Dublin-born pianist Isabelle O’Connell has developed an international career that has taken her across four continents. As soloist and chamber musician she has performed around the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Italy, U.K. and Ireland, to venues such as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Chicago Cultural Center, Cleveland Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of art, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, Belfast Festival, St David’s Hall, Cardiff and the National Concert Hall, Ireland.

Now based in New York, Isabelle is co-founder of GrandBand, New York’s new music piano sextet, described by the New York Times as: "six of the finest, busiest pianists active in New York's contemporary-classical scene”. Making their debut at the Bang on a Can Marathon in New York in 2012, they have since performed around the United States and U.K. at the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the Gilmore Piano Festival, Le Poisson Rouge, New York, the Rite of Summer Music Festival, Vale of Glamorgan Festival, Sheffield University and Cornerstone Festival, Liverpool.

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Real Loud

New York, New York

The New York–based antiphonal chamber metal band Real Loud tackles music for mirrored electric basses, electric guitars, and drum sets that draw on influences from progressive metal and spatial music. 

Real Loud demonstrates its virtuosity not just in the powerful onslaught of grooves and rapid fire rhythmic corners but also in establishing a sheen to the ensemble sound and projecting a spatialized timbral soundscape. Real Loud truly straddles several genres, appealing to devotees of each, uncovering a throughline of artistic community.

 

Real Loud

New York, New York

The New York–based antiphonal chamber metal band Real Loud tackles music for mirrored electric basses, electric guitars, and drum sets that draw on influences from progressive metal and spatial music. 

Real Loud demonstrates its virtuosity not just in the powerful onslaught of grooves and rapid fire rhythmic corners but also in establishing a sheen to the ensemble sound and projecting a spatialized timbral soundscape. Real Loud truly straddles several genres, appealing to devotees of each, uncovering a throughline of artistic community.

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Xuan

Rochester, New York

Xuan is a new media artist, filmmaker, and pianist working at the intersection of music, visual art, and technology.

Her work includes experimental animation, abstract scenography, narrative documentaries, music videos, videography, interactive installations and real time audio-visual programming. With a background as a contemporary classical pianist, she actively develops innovative, cross-disciplinary projects that broaden the immersive scope of new music through technology.

www.xuanfilms.com

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Benita de Wit

Brooklyn, New York

Benita de Wit is an Australian director based in New York and the Associate Director for Bat Out of Hell. They specialize in new work, love weird impossible ideas and get a kick out of multidisciplinary collaborations. Benita’s work celebrates immigrants, the queer community and marginalized voices and plays with live video and other media.

Benita has worked at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Classic Stage Company, Miller Theatre, Exquisite Corpse Company, Access Theater, Theater for the New City, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, LIU Post, Dartmouth College and Princeton University. Their immersive and multidisciplinary work has been performed at the New York Public Library, Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Roulette Intermedium. Benita received their MFA in Directing from Columbia University and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

www.benitadewit.com

 
 

Rubiks Collective

Melbourne, Australia

Rubiks is one of Melbourne’s most dynamic contemporary art music ensembles, bringing together Australia’s most exciting and versatile young performers. Since debuting in 2015, the ensemble has been hailed as “a formidable contribution to Australia’s growing community of contemporary music makers” (Partial Durations) and commended for “incredibly personal, strangely spiritual and ultimately deeply touching” performances (Limelight Magazine).

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