On Saturday, June 9, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) will present the world premiere of “In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves,” a new piece written by composer Judd Greenstein. Greenstein wrote the piece for violist Nadia Sirota (with string quartet). The concert also features the Phoenix Chorale, under the direction of Charles Bruffy, performing two of Greenstein’s choral works: Amergin – winner of the 2010 Trinity Composition Competition in New York – and Lamenting.
For the last twelve months, Greenstein and artist collective New Catalogue have been creating together — and this new musical work, along with a new exhibit at SMoCA, are the culmination of this year of work. The exhibit, titled This is a Present from a Small Distant World opens June 9 (through October 7, 2012). You can see the exhibit before the concert on June 9 in a pre-concert Q&A and tour of the exhibit with the curator at 7:15 pm.
Judd Greenstein is a Brooklyn-based composer of structurally complex, viscerally engaging works for varied instrumentation. A passionate advocate for the “indie classical” community in New York and beyond, much of his work is written for the virtuosic ensembles and solo performers who make up that community, and is tailored to their specific talents and abilities.
As a co-founder of the New Amsterdam record label and the NOW Ensemble, Greenstein thinks deeply about the changes he wants to see in the field and dedicates his time and talents to putting them into action. He is by turns idealistic and pragmatic, motivated by a desire to challenge artists and audiences, but also to keep pace with economic and social developments. “The world that we as composers and performers were operating in expanded exponentially,” he explains. “Now the conversation is with everyone.”
Here is his interview with New Music Box in 2011:
Hailed by the New York Times as “a bold new-music interpreter and the violist of choice among downtown ensembles these days,” violist Nadia Sirota has been praised for her “command and eloquence,” (Boston Globe) and for being one of New York’s “brightest, busiest players” (Time Out New York). She is best known for her unique interpretations of new scores and for commissioning and premiering works by some of the most talented composers of her generation, including Marcos Balter, Caleb Burhans, Judd Greenstein, Missy Mazzoli, and Nico Muhly.
In addition to performing classical concert music, Nadia has performed with such songwriters and bands as Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Stars of the Lid, The Swell Season, Sam Amidon, Doveman, Bryce Dessner, Gabriel Kahane, Ben Frost, and Valgeir Sigurðsson, and can be heard on new and recent albums by Grizzly Bear, Jónsi, The National, Ratatat, Doveman, My Brightest Diamond, and Arcade Fire‘s Grammy-winning album The Suburbs.
Here is her interview with New Music Box in 2011: