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Ep. 123: Lisa Bielawa, composer and vocalist.

Let's Talk Off The Podium

Ep. 123: Lisa Bielawa, composer and vocalist. Let's Talk Off The Podium with Tigran Arakelyan. In this podcast Bielawa talks about a recent project called Broadcast from Home, work with Philip Glass, time at Yale, various major projects and much more. Composer, producer, and vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a Rome Prize winner in Musical Composition and takes inspiration for her work from literary sources and close artistic collaborations. Her music has been described as “ruminative, pointillistic and harmonically slightly tart,” by The New York Times. She is the recipient of the 2017 Music Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters and was named a William Randolph Hearst Visiting Artist Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society for 2018.  Bielawa consistently executes work that incorporates community-making as part of her artistic vision. She has created music for public spaces in Lower Manhattan, the banks of the Tiber River in Rome, on the sites of former airfields in Berlin in San Francisco, and to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Her music has recently been premiered at the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, SHIFT Festival, and Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, among others. She will have her second residency as a performer/composer at John Zorn’s venue The Stone in March 2020. Orchestras that have championed her music include the The Knights, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, American Composers Orchestra, and the Orlando Philharmonic. Premieres of her work have been commissioned and presented by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Rider, Seattle Chamber Music Society, American Guild of Organists, and more.  Bielawa began touring as the vocalist with the Philip Glass Ensemble in 1992 and in 2019 she became the inaugural Composer-in-Residence and Chief Curator of the Philip Glass Institute at The New School. In 1997 Bielawa cofounded the MATA Festival, which celebrates the work of young composers, and for five years she was the artistic director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus.  She received a 2018 Los Angeles Area Emmy nomination for her unprecedented, made-for-TV-and-online opera Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch's Accuser, created with librettist Erik Ehn and director Charles Otte. Vireowas filmed in twelve parts in locations across the country and features over 350 musicians. Vireo was released on CD/DVD in 2019 (Orange Mountain Music) and she is also recorded on the Tzadik, TROY, Innova, BMOP/sound, Supertrain Records, Sono Luminus, and Cedille labels. For more information about Lisa Bielawa please visit: www.lisabielawa.net © Let's Talk Off The Podium, 2020


13 Aug 2020

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Classical Classroom, Episode 212: All Together Now with Lisa Bielawa

Classical Classroom

Composer, producer, and vocalist Lisa Bielawa wants you for her project, Broadcast from Home! She's often incorporated community-making and experimental elements into her compositional work, but this project is next level: each week during the pandemic, Bielawa is creating a "chapter"--a piece of music--based on the written and recorded submissions she gets from people all around the globe about their current experience. In this interview, Lisa teaches about other music made in times of plague, and talks about her crazy-ambitious creative process for Broadcast from Home, as well as how you can be a part of it!


18 Jun 2020

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1 Track Podcast #102 (S9E2) - Lisa Bielawa

1 Track Podcast

Join me this week as I talk with COMPOSER Lisa Bielawa about her 1 Track, VIREO


11 Aug 2019

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Lisa Bielawa

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Composer-vocalist Lisa Bielawa is a 2009 Rome Prize winner in Musical  Composition. She takes inspiration for her work from literary sources  and close artistic collaborations. Gramophone reports, “Bielawa  is gaining gale force as a composer, churning out impeccably groomed  works that at once evoke the layered precision of Vermeer and the  conscious recklessness of Jackson Pollock,” and The New York Times  describes her music as, “ruminative, pointillistic and harmonically  slightly tart.” Hosted by Seth Boustead Produced by Jesse McQuarters This Time from Seven Kafka Songs Carla Kihlstedt, violin & voice Double Violin Concerto, II Boston Modern Orchestra Project/Rose; Kihlstedt & Jacobsen, vlns. #11 from Synopses– “It Takes One to Know One” Robert Schulz, drumset Concerto for Orchestra, In Medias Res Boston Modern Orchestra Project/RosePurchase Nothing fr. Chance Encounter The Knights; Susan Narucki, sop.


12 Oct 2012

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