GLF project

Please join us April 21st, from 6-8pm, at the Wightman Chapel (in the Scarritt Bennett Center, 1008 19th Ave S.) for a performance-discussion by Gabriella Lena Frank. She will be accompanied by Matt Walker, from ALIAS.
The event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Let me entice you with some details about Gabi:

— Commissions and performances include:  Kronos Quartet, San Francisco Symphony, Houston Symphony, Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, Carnegie Hall.
— Her work has performed by: San Francisco Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Green Umbrella series.
— She will be featured at the Tanglewood Music Festival in the summer of 2010.
— She won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009
— She won a Latin Grammy for best Contemporary Classical Music Composition in 2009
— She was featured in a PBS documentary (“Peregrinos” produced by Emmy award winning producer Aric Hartvig) that focused on her residency with the Indianapolis Symphony from 2007-9
— In 2009, she accepted a position as the Creative Advisor to the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.
— She’s our age–born in 1972.- She’s of mixed parentage: American, Lithuanian Jewish heritage, Peruvian & Chinese and she’s hearing impaired.

Details on the event site can be found here.

I’d also like to note that this performance is entirely paid for using a grant from Vanderbilt’s Interdisciplinary Scholar’s Research Grant Program. That means that a research project, launched by Jonathan Neufeld (Philosophy) and myself is paying for the composition and presentation of works of art. This is, as far as we can tell, entirely novel.

And I should note our reliance on a team of collaborators–Gabi Frank, of course, and Zen Bowers and Matt Walker at ALIAS, and our RAs, especially Katherine Everhart and Sarah Hansen. We’ve also gotten some extramural funding to make the thing go–ALIAS has secured grants from the NEA and the Schubert Club.

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