Very honored to have been apart of the New York Youth Symphony’s spring concert at Carnegie Hall last month! The concert was also praised by David Allen of the New York Times, who wrote:
“‘Bold and fearless.’ That’s the instruction to the musicians that marks the first page of Molly Joyce’s ‘Fresh’ (2014), which had its world premiere as part of the New York Youth Symphony’s spring concert at Carnegie Hall. And it could stand as a description of the orchestra’s playing throughout Sunday’s program, especially in a properly exciting performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
Ms. Joyce’s ‘Fresh,’ commissioned as part of the Youth Symphony’s valuable First Music Program for young composers, made an impression too.
About nine minutes long, it opens with a snare drumroll that gives way to a pulsating dance rhythm at disco tempo. That rhythm slowly and stealthily infects the orchestra, thumping away in high strings at the end.
‘Fresh’ teems and boils, its textures grimy in the low strings and brass at one moment, glinting the next.”
Thrilled to be back in New York City for two special performances happening over the next couple weeks!
The first is with the New York Youth Symphony conducted by Joshua Gersen, premiering my new piece Fresh, alongside Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra Overture and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (!).
I’m also very excited to be presenting a new collaborative work, YousaidShesaidHesaid, as part of VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. Created in collaboration with playwright Christopher Oscar Peña, director Austin Regan, and fortepianist Patrick Jones, Yousaid juxtaposes modern perspectives with Schubert’s masterpiece song cycle Die Schöne Müllerin. The new work traces the same timeline as Schubert’s work, but from the experience of the female character in the story, who until now has historically had no voice. This presentation will feature soprano Lucy Dhegrae along with fortepianist Patrick Jones, and will also incorporate electro-acoustic elements.
May 24, 2015 – 2pm
the New York Youth Symphony premieres Fresh
Joshua Gersen, conductor
also with Rossini’s La Gazza Ladra Overture and
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (!)
Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
May 30, 2015 – 3pm
preview of YousaidShesaidHesaid with soprano Lucy Dhegrae and fortepianist Patrick Jones
created in collaboration with playwright Christopher Oscar Peña,
director Austin Regan, and fortepianist Patrick Jones
part of VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival
Looking forward to heading to Debrecen, Hungary this summer for a week-long residency at the Kodály High School of Music, with pianist Robert Fleitz and bassoonist David Nagy! Read more about the project here.
Super honored to have been mentioned in the April 2015 edition of The Wire by Chris Woolfrey, in an article on the music scene in The Hague! Woolfrey wrote: “In Lean Back and Release, Molly Joyce combined live acoustic violin with distorted violin loops to superb effect.”
Click here to read the full article.
Very excited to be involved with the inaugural season of the Maryland Wind Festival, taking place this summer in Frederick, Maryland!
The Maryland Wind Festival is a new chamber music project created by bassoonist and conductor Tyler Austin that seeks to unite talented musicians in bringing professional quality wind music to Western Maryland and the surrounding region. The MWF Team is committed to expanding wind repertoire, particularly through commissioning pieces for wind soloists and chamber ensembles. As part of the festival’s inaugural season, they have commissioned me for a new saxophone and double wind quintet to be performed by saxophonist Don-Paul Kahl. I have worked with Don-Paul in multiple capacities before, and am thrilled to be working with him again.
You can donate online at their KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN, where you can also find more detailed information on MWF and its goals.
Beyond excited to have been commissioned by the New World Symphony, for a work for DJ and orchestra in collaboration with DJ Panic Bomber! The work will be premiered on Friday, November 14, as part of their “Pulse” night at New World Center in Miami, FL. More info and tickets here.
Super, super honored to have received a Jerome Fund for New Music Grant from the American Composers Forum, to write a piano and electronics piece for Vicky Chow! Read more about the grant and its recipients here.
Ridiculously excited and honored to be apart of the always-incredible Bang on a Can Marathon this year, held at the World Financial Center on June 22. The fabulous violinist Adrianna Mateo will be performing my violin + electronics piece, Lean Back and Release, alongside other great groups such as Contemporaneous, Dawn of Midi, Roomful of Teeth, and of course the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
Click here for the full line-up and set schedule.