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july 24, 2019 - i care if you listen

~Nois Celebrates Music by Kinds of Kings at Roulette

by Aaron Wolff

"~Nois presented a set of commissions from the US-based collective Kinds of Kings, a group of six composers–Emma O’Halloran, Susanna Hancock, Maria Kaoutzani, Finola Merivale, Gemma Peacocke, and Shelley Washington–that focuses on amplifying and advocating for under-heard voices in the music world. According to founding member Gemma Peacocke, Kinds of Kings is “a celebration of creativity and individuality.” This ideology was not only reflected in the variety of musical voices on the program, but also animated the space itself: each individual composer felt celebrated by their friends, fans, collaborators, and fellow composers who showed up to Roulette that evening."

https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2019/11/nois-kinds-of-kings-roulette/

july 24, 2019 - national sawdust

kinds of kings residency 2019-20

"Disruptions to the status quo can trigger positive changes that result in a new equilibrium. This notion inspired Kinds of Kings’ residency project, Equilibrium and Disturbance. Over the course of four concerts, each of the group’s members will develop original compositions while building new relationships with underrepresented voices in the wider New York community." 

https://nationalsawdust.org/kinds-of-kings/

june 18, 2019 - the irish times

Musical idols, dreams and nightmares of West Cork Chamber Music Festival: irish composer emma o'halloran

by Michael Dervan

Her idea of musical heaven: "Being able to work with musicians who are excited to try things. Collaborating with performers is one of the most rewarding things for me. Having performers who are really excited to do stuff is an achievable musical heaven, but that’s my ideal." 

https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/music/i-went-on-stage-the-piano-was-locked-and-no-one-had-the-key-1.3925729

MAY 10, 2019 - ESCAPE INTO LIFE

THE ENERGY OF DISCOVERY: COMPOSER EMMA O'HALLORAN

by Dan Ursini

Constellations rewards repeated listening. Something new turns up each time. The music is very rich in ideas. As O’Halloran explained, “My music aims to capture the human experience, exploring complex emotions felt in specific moments in time. Getting to the heart of the piece is my main priority, and most often a directness and concise use of material is what drives the music forward."

https://www.escapeintolife.com/music/music-for-music-emma-ohalloran/

April 3, 2019 - i care if you listen

Active listening #5: towers by shelley washington

by Lior Willinger

Towers is for me, and for all those who reside in their own stronghold. Though we often feel confined to our own separate spires in our own separate kingdoms, I know that someday we’ll all be able to come down. Slowly but surely, we will all rise together.”

https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2019/04/active-listening-5-towers-shelley-washington/?fbclid=IwAR3_WpwD5VW8L6QZ89dp4C9PaVQyK4mrGkVX6cxvTwZfFHcvMrdEmP6YHdg

february 18, 2019 - opera sense

Beth morrison projects: next generation stars emma o'halloran, michael lanci, and jennifer williams

by Trevor Gillis

There’s no doubt about it - it’s a great time of year for lovers of contemporary opera! One of the world’s greatest producers of contemporary opera, Beth Morrison Projects, has chosen to stage two 30-minute dramas, one by Emma O’Halloran and another by Michael Lanci, two of the brightest young up-and-comers in the opera scene. I am beyond thrilled to have had the opportunity to talk to both composers, as well as the director of both stagings, Jennifer Williams, about the pieces and their individual creative processes.

https://www.operasense.com/beth-morrison-projects-next-generation/

february 6, 2019 - tampa bay creative loafing

Tampa's Terroir New Music embraces Bay area composers, culinarians in tasty ways

by Ray Roa

Susanna Hancock’s musical journey started with an unquenchable thirst. She was an alto saxophone player in high school, but the band director needed a bassoon. So, at age 16, she taught herself the awkward double reed woodwind instrument; at the same time, Hancock — now 26 years old with a Masters of Music in Theory & Composition degree from New York University — started to delve into composition, embarking on a journey to learn as much as she could handle.

https://www.cltampa.com/music/local/article/21046112/tampas-terroir-new-music-embraces-composers-culinarians-in-tasty-ways?fbclid=IwAR3XwDc_fQdVanfMAOcKOViM-5NdWzW07TSaXsa8ApjMlWUMc5npYasbwOs

january 28, 2019 - the new yorker

the female gaze

by Steve Smith

 

Fresh Squeezed Opera, now in its fifth season, has earned a reputation for ingenuity and inclusiveness by championing contemporary works that represent a broad range of creators, viewpoints, and styles. The company’s latest offering, “The Female Gaze,” showcases chamber-scale multimedia works by the composers Whitney George (who also conducts), Gabrielle Herbst, and Gemma Peacocke—each one addressing women’s roles in society and in the operatic genre from an explicitly female perspective.

https://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/classical-music/the-female-gaze-4

january 14, 2019 - BROADWAY WORLD

National Sawdust Doubles Down On Core Traits In 2019 Season

by BWW Newsdesk

 

New Zealand-born composer and co-founder of the composer collective Kinds of Kings Gemma Peacocke celebrates the release of Waves & Lines on New Amsterdam Records at National Sawdust on International Women's Day. Peacocke adapted Waves & Lines from Eliza Griswold's acclaimed collection of landays - female Afghan folk poems passed down in secret as a sung oral tradition - translated into English, I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from contemporary Afghanistan. 

https://www.broadwayworld.com/brooklyn/article/National-Sawdust-Doubles-Down-On-Core-Traits-In-2019-Season-20190114

january 7, 2019 - American composers forum

My Brain Is a Definite Patchwork”: JFund Awardee Shelley Washington

by Michael Cyrs

 

What kind of mind does it take to compose such pieces? “My brain often doesn’t let me get from A to B without stopping at A.1 or A.2 along the way,” explains saxophonist and JFund awardee Shelley Washington

https://composersforum.org/my-brain-is-a-definite-patchwork-jfund-awardee-shelley-washington/

december 25, 2018 - The Movers and Makers Podcast

Portrait Interview of Maria Kaoutzani 

by Michal Raymond Massoud

 

An interview with composer Maria Kaoutzani featuring recordings of her work.

https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/8038277?fbclid=IwAR1YigT_HSK1FL8oXX9OAItQbaui4mwArRtQtHkIjP7dLAQLi94LvaoN47Y

october 17, 2018 - The New Yorker

desdemona quartet

by Steve Smith

 

Any composers’ collective is meant to bolster and sustain the voices of its individual constituents. For the members of Kinds of Kings—Susanna Hancock, Emma O’Halloran, Shelley Washington, Finola Merivale, Maria Kaoutzani, and Gemma Peacocke, distinguished young creators who work in diverse styles—strength in numbers also amplifies their mission of providing visible, vocal support to composers who are underrepresented in conventional concert-music life because of their gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. The collective’s first joint presentation in New York features this excellent young quartet, in works inspired by mortality, race, and the historical marginalization of women.

https://www.newyorker.com/goings-on-about-town/classical-music/desdemona-quartet

 

 

october 1, 2018 - adagio for things

There will be milkshakes: gemma peacocke

by loudBOX PROduction

 

On today's episode, Michael chats with Gemma Peacocke, a rising composer who has a compositional voice full of authenticity and a heart of gold.

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/adagio-for-things/id1436131597?mt=2#

 

July 20, 2018 - columbia tribune

Signal fire: Festival composer seizes chances to innovate, advocate

by Aarik Danielsen

The cry of hearts broken yet united rises up within “Skirl,” the piece Gemma Peacocke will premiere at next week’s Mizzou International Composers Festival.

The word “means both the shrill sound of a bagpipe and the keening of the bereaved,” the New Zealand-born, New Jersey-based composer said in an email.

In her piece, as in much of the music Peacocke composes, the weight of history intersects with a moment’s urgency; mind, soul and body connect to make a sound both glorious and devastating.

 

http://www.columbiatribune.com/entertainmentlife/20180720/signal-fire-festival-composer-seizes-chances-to-innovate-advocate

July 12, 2018 - national sawdust log

Shelley Washington and Gemma Peacocke:  Confronting Sexism from Male Allies

by John Hong with interviews with Gemma Peacocke and Shelley Washington and a cameo by Emma O'Halloran

https://nationalsawdust.org/thelog/2018/07/12/shelley-washington-and-gemma-peacocke-confronting-sexism-from-male-allies/

June 13, 2018 - i care if you listen

Silent Voices, Sounding Alarms 

by Rebecca Lentjes with mentions of Gemma Peacocke and Shelley Washington

https://www.icareifyoulisten.com/2018/06/silent-voices-sounding-alarms-gendered-spaces-new-music-world/

 

June 12, 2018 - national sawdust log

In Review: Hildegard Competition Concert 

by Amanda Cook

On June 12, National Sawdust hosted the culminating event of its inaugural Hildegard Competition, which seeks to encourage inclusivity in the arts through the mentorship of women and non-binary composers in the early stages of their careers. Performed by the Refugee Orchestra Project with conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya, the concert featured existing works by the five runners-up (Camila Agusto, Alexis Bacon, Amy Brandon, Diana Soh, and Akshaya Avril Tucker) alongside National Sawdust-commissioned world premieres by the three finalists: Kayla CashettaX. Lee, and Emma O’Halloran.

https://nationalsawdust.org/thelog/2018/06/15/performance-review-hildegard-competition-concert/

 

June 9, 2018 - national sawdust log

Hildegard Profile:

Emma O’Halloran

by Angélica Negrón

One of three winners of National Sawdust’s inaugural Hildegard Competition for emerging women and non-binary composers, Emma O’Halloran is an Irish composer, producer, and performer whose work moves freely between acoustic and electronic forces. O’Halloran has written for orchestra, folk musicians, chamber ensembles, turntables, and laptop orchestra. 

https://nationalsawdust.org/thelog/2018/06/09/hildegard-profile-emma-ohalloran/

 

June 1, 2018 - new york times

This Week: Harry Styles Goes Soft Rock; ‘Dietland’ Dishes Feminist Revenge

 

This week, the storied Brooklyn venue Roulette features two concerts of music by rising composers that powerfully interrogate issues of gender and identity [...] On Wednesday, “Erasure” transforms a portrait concert of five visceral works by Gemma Peacocke into a broader, staged exploration of women’s experiences, with pieces that delve into themes like rage, marginalization and abuse.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/01/arts/harry-styles-tour-dietland-amc.html

 

May 24, 2018 - national sawdust log

Gemma Peacocke: Reaching New Audiences Through Collective Action 

by Rebecca Lentjes

New Zealand-born, Princeton-based composer Gemma Peacocke explores sound worlds that combine acoustic and electronic sound, including her song cycle Waves + Lines, which is based on female-authored Afghan folk poems, and the soundtrack and sound design for Undrown’d, a play about asylum seekers held in offshore detention centers.

On June 6, Roulette will present an evening of Peacocke’s chamber works, including three NYC premieres and one world premiere. She recently took the time to tell National Sawdust Log about her motivations and aspirations, and the concert program just ahead.

https://nationalsawdust.org/thelog/2018/05/24/gemma-peacocke/

 

May 24, 2018 - kmuc

Mizzou Music: Gemma Peacocke

by Aaron Hay

On this week’s episode of Mizzou Music, we’re joined by composer Gemma Peacocke. She’ll be a guest composer at the 2018 Mizzou International Composers Festival from July 23 to the 28. We discuss some of her past works and what we can expect to hear at this summer’s festival.

http://kmuc.org/post/mizzou-music-gemma-peacocke-0#stream/0

 

Apr 20, 2018 - rehearsal magazine

Waves + Lines

Madi Chwasta chats with the US-based composer Gemma Peacocke, as well as Tamara Kohler and Kaylie Melville from the ensemble Rubiks Collective, about Gemma's work, Waves + Lines, the role of women in classical music, and the advice they'd give to young musicians. 

http://rehearsalmagazine.com/podcast/waves-lines-episode-1

Apr 10, 2018 - cut common

Gemma Peacocke composes the poems of oppressed women

by Stephanie Eslake

It's a concept that moved Gemma Peacocke to compose a new musical work. This New Zealand-born and New Jersey-based composer wrote her Waves + Lines song cycle in 2017. It was premiered in Brooklyn. Now, it'll be presented by Rubiks Ensemble at the Metropolis New Music Festival on 20 April.

https://www.cutcommonmag.com/gemma-peacocke-composes-the-poems-of-oppressed-women/

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