Momenta Quartet: "American Woman" on the Composers Now Festival
As part of Tania Leon's Composers Now Festival, the Momenta Quartet will explore the unique voices of American women composers from diverse cultural and stylistic backgrounds. This event will include a panel discussion with the composers about their various experiences and points-of-view as female composers. The program will include works by Ileana Perez Velazquez, Eleanor Cory, Heidi Jacob, and August Read Thomas as well as a world premiere of a work by Elizabeth Brown.
The Momenta Quartet's mission is to bring the best of contemporary music to audiences in New York City and around the world. Our vision of new music embraces composers from all cultures and from diverse musical backgrounds, including jazz and avant-garde improvisation. Momenta devotes the vast majority of its programming to living composers, many of whom are emerging or underrepresented in the New York new music scene. We give multiple performances of their works on innovative concert programs that may include 20th/21st century masterworks and selected great music from the past.
Praised by the New York Times for its "focused, fluid performance" and by Sequenza 21 for its "fire, fantasy and absolute musical commitment," the Momenta Quartet has premiered over 50 works in the past eight years and has collaborated with over 80 living composers. Now in its ninth year in residence at Temple University, Momenta has also performed and lectured at Cornell, Columbia, Yeshiva and Hawaii Pacific Universities; Bryn Mawr, Swarthmore and Haverford Colleges; The Mannes School of Music and the Boston Conservatory; among others. The quartet has performed in England, Singapore and Indonesia and has received grants from the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Meet the Composer, the Aaron Copland Fund, the Brooklyn Arts Council and the New York State Council on the Arts. www.momentaquartet.com
Tania Leon's Composers Now Festival celebrates living composers, the diversity of their voices and the significance of their musical contributions to the cultural fabric of our society. Presented collaboratively by organizations throughout the five boroughs, the festival features a broad spectrum of performances in concert halls, jazz mobiles, opera stages, experimental spaces, conservatories, museums and other musical venues. www.composersnow.org
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