Next Festival 2021: Artistry & Musicality, June 22

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The 2021 Next Festival of Emerging Artists presents Artistry & Musicality Workshops on June 22

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Note: Registration for June 22 enables you to attend any or all of the above events. Zoom instructions, including one Zoom meeting link for the day, will be included with your registration confirmation email.

3 PM - 4:30 PM Interpretation Masterclass with Artistic Director Peter Askim

Fellows and alumni from The Next Festival of Emerging Artists perform in a masterclass for led by Peter Askim. Askim will work with young artists to hone their technique and develop their interpretations, drawing his unique perspective as composer, conductor and bassist. Performers and repertoire to be announced at a later date.

Active as a composer, conductor and bassist, Peter Askim is the Artistic Director of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists and the conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, as well as Director of Orchestral Activities at North Carolina State University. He was previously Music Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he directed the Contemporary Music Ensemble and taught theory and composition. Read full bio

4:30 PM - 6 PM Masterclass with Jeff Scott

Jeff Scott has been a member of the Alvin Ailey and Dance Theater of Harlem orchestras since 1995 and has performed numerous times under the direction of Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Scott is also the french hornist in the internationally acclaimed wind quintet, Imani Winds. Read full bio

7:30 PM - 8:45 PM KEYNOTE: Arts Citizenship with Gabriela Lena Frank

Composer, pianist and educator Gabriela Lena Frank discusses the interconnectedness of the roles of artist, advocate and citizen in today’s world. She will explore how her creative work is inextricably tied to the founding of the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music, her mentorship and care for young artists, and her emphasis on the importance of arts- and eco-citizenships. Dedicated to “inspiring emerging composers to create self-determined artistic lives” while engaging with communities in low arts access areas and practicing climate citizenship, her work is both idealistic and deeply practical. Not to be missed for those who believe that creativity emerges from everything that one is and stands for.

Currently serving as Composer-in-Residence with the storied Philadelphia Orchestra and included in The Washington Post's list of the 35 most significant women composers in history (August 2017), identity has always been at the center of composer/pianist Gabriela Lena Frank's music. Born in Berkeley, California (September 1972), to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Gabriela explores her multicultural heritage through her compositions. Inspired by the works of Bela Bartók and Alberto Ginastera, Gabriela has traveled extensively throughout South America in creative exploration. Her music often reflects not only her own personal experience as a multi-racial Latina, but also refracts her studies of Latin American cultures, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own. Read full bio

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The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is a unique contemporary music festival for the modern string player as well as composers and choreographers that has been receiving rave reviews from its participants.

The festival was founded in 2013 by composer, conductor, and bassist Peter Askim, and normally takes place over two weeks in May and June with 35 young musicians, composers, and choreographers at Music Mountain in Connecticut and at National Sawdust and NYU Center for Ballet and the Arts in New York City.

Its first seven seasons featured guest artists Tony Arnold, Miranda Cuckson, Matt Haimovitz, Jennifer Koh, Nadia Sirota, Richard Thompson, Jeffrey Zeigler, and the string quartet ETHEL, and the participation of composers including Aaron Jay Kernis, Derek Bermel, Lisa Bielawa, Liisa Hirsch, Pierre Jalbert, Phil Kline, Jessica Meyer, and Aleksandra Vrebalov, and choreographer Christopher D’Amboise.

The Next Festival of Emerging Artists and Next Fest Connects are part of Next Edge Arts, Inc., a not-for-profit organization supported by tax-deductible donations.


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