Composer/Vocalist Erin Gee to Lecture
Composer/vocalist Erin Gee will give a lecture on Friday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. in the Music Building, room 230. The event is free and open to the public.
That evening Gee’s composition ”Mouthpiece 32″ will be premiered by Ensemble Dal Niente in the Ann E. Pitzer Center.
Shortlisted in the most influential composer-vocalists of the twenty-first century, Erin Gee has been awarded the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Bogliasco Fellowship. Her series Mouthpieces uses non-traditional vocal techniques, devoid of semantic language, to construct intricate and subtle patterns of a diverse array of vocal sounds. It began as one piece for solo voice in 2000, which she began performing as a graduate student, and has grown to over thirty works for orchestra, opera, vocal ensemble, large chamber ensemble, and string quartet, which have been performed internationally. Her works are taught in the composition and musicology programs of many leading universities. Gee’s career began with commissions for her own voice as a soloist and in combination with other instruments, including requests from singers wishing to perform her works. Gee’s awards for composition include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Radcliffe Fellowship, the 2008 Rome Prize, Zürich Opera House’s Teatro Minimo, and the Picasso-Mirò Medal. She has been commissioned by the Zurich Opera House for the opera Sleep, by the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group under Esa-Pekka Salonen, and for four pieces by Klangforum Wien. Gee is a Fifty for the Future Composer selected by Kronos Quartet for 2017−18.