A New Commission from Derek Bermel
The Poulenc Trio is thrilled to be in the advanced planning stages of a new work for Trio by the acclaimed GRAMMY-nominated composer Derek Bermel. For this project we’ll be working with a consortium of several US and international chamber music series to support to the project and host a premiere during the 2019-2020 season.
ABOUT THE NEW WORK
The new work is planned to be 13-15 minutes duration, and will incorporate Derek Bermel’s unique and exciting style. Instrumentation is oboe, bassoon and piano. The piece will take its inspiration from the photography of J. Henry Fair, whose recent work showcases areas of the US that have suffered different kinds of environmental degradation – the flooding in New Orleans, the devastation in West Virginia, etc. – but are still rich in cultural heritage. The striking and haunting photos by Fair are a paradox of the beautiful and the disturbing, where the former can arise out of the latter, and vice versa. Bermel will incorporate “found sounds” from various regions across the country incorporating American vernacular styles in to the piece.
POULENC TRIO: A HISTORY OF SUCCESSFUL COMMISSIONS
The Poulenc Trio has a history of completing successful commissions, with over 20 new works commissioned over the group’s history.
Notable examples include Trains of Thought by Viet Cuong, which premieres alongside a specially created animated film at the National Gallery in Washington DC during the 2016-17 season; Triptych by Octavio Vazquez, which the American Record Guide praised as a high point of the Trio’s recent CD, Creation; Scriabin Sits in at Birdland, a fantasy jazz work for violin and Trio by Thomas Benjamin, premiered in St. Petersburg, Russia with the Poulenc Trio and violinist Hilary Hahn, and works by Italian composer Gaetano Panariello and Georgian composer Zurab Nadareishvilli. For a full list of commissions, see the Poulenc Trio page on Wikipedia.
ABOUT DEREK BERMEL
Composer and clarinetist Derek Bermel has been widely hailed for his creativity, theatricality, and virtuosity. Artistic Director of the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Bermel is also Director of Copland House’s emerging composers institute Cultivate, served as Composer-in-Residence at the Mannes College of Music, and enjoyed a four-year tenure as artist-in-residence at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton. Alongside his international studies of ethnomusicology and orchestration, an ongoing engagement with other musical cultures has become part of the fabric and force of his compositional language, in which the human voice and its myriad inflections play a primary role.
He has received commissions from the Pittsburgh, National, Saint Louis, and Pacific Symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, WNYC Radio, La Jolla Music Society, Seattle Chamber Music Festival, eighth blackbird, Guarneri String Quartet, Music from Copland House and Music from China, De Ereprijs (Netherlands), violinist Midori, and electric guitarist Wiek Hijmans among others. His many honors include the Alpert Award in the Arts, Rome Prize, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, American Music Center’s Trailblazer Award, and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; commissions from the Koussevitzky and Fromm Foundations, Meet the Composer, and Cary Trust; and residencies at Yaddo, Tanglewood, Aspen, Banff, Bellagio, Copland House, Sacatar, and Civitella Ranieri.
His discography features three critically-acclaimed discs: an all-Bermel orchestral recording that includes the Grammy-nominated performance of his clarinet concerto Voices, (BMOP/sound); Soul Garden, his small ensemble/solo music (New World/CRI); and his most recent disc, Canzonas Americanas, with Alarm Will Sound (Cantaloupe). Bermel recently made his Cabrillo Festival debut, conducting his Dust Dances, and served as composer-in-residence at the Bowdoin Festival. Recent and upcoming are appearances or premieres include the Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong-Kong; the Seattle Chamber Music Festival; Hyllos, his evening-length collaboration with The Veenfabriek and Asko | Schönberg Ensemble, which premiered the Netherlands; performances and recordings with the JACK quartet and Music from Copland House ensemble; and as soloist with the New Century Chamber Orchestra.