Bryce Dessner

Profile

and popular acclaim and they have played at many of the largest venues and music festivals in the Netherlands. In recent years, Dessner has collaborated with some of the biggest names from the indie pop and contemporary classical scene, such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, the Kronos Quartet, Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead and Glenn Kotche, as well as visual artists Hiroshi Sugimoto and Matthew Ritchie and choreographer Justin Peck. His compositional style, which he describes as ‘micro minimalism’, is characterised by interwoven layers of repeating patterns, but also draws on influences from folk music and composers such as Bartók and Messiaen. Dessner has composed works on commission for the New York Guitar Festival, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, BAM Next Wave Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Eighth Blackbird, the New York City Ballet, and more. He has also written various pieces for the Kronos Quartet, such as Aheym in honour of Steve Reich’s 75th birthday in 2009, and Tenebre for the Reich Festival at the Barbican Centre in London in 2011.  Bryce is the founder and artistic director of the annual MusicNOW Festival for contemporary music in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also the founder of the improvisational quartet Clogs. In January 2012, he performed the world premiere of David Lang’s Death Speaks, together with Nico Muhly, Shara Worden and Owen Pallett. In 2016, Dessner’s Murder Ballads, released on the album Filament by Eighth Blackbird, won a Grammy Award in the category Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. In 2015, he was asked to write the film score to Alejandro Iñárritu’s blockbuster The Revenant with Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto. In 2016 and 2017 the music was nominated for, respectively, a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award.  In recent years Dessner’s work has featured at the Holland Festival multiple times. His production The Long Count – a performance involving music and visuals – was revived at the Holland Festival in 2011; in 2012, he played his double concerto St. Carolyn by the Sea with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, and in 2016 the world-renowned Kronos Quartet played his composition Aheym.  Korde Arrington Tuttle is a multidisciplinary artist and playwright. He grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and received his MFA in Playwriting from The New School in New York City. Tuttle’s recent work includes Clarity (performed at the 2016 The Fire This Time Festival and winner of the 2016 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival), the downside of being fish (presented at The New School’s 2015 AfroFuturism Conference) and who is burning black churches? (performed at The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals, 2015). Tuttle’s work has also been featured at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Roundabout Underground sessions organized by the Roundabout Theatre Company, New York Stage and Film, and the 48 Hours… in Harlem event, held at The National Black Theatre. Tuttle has recently won a number of awards, including the Steinberg Playwriting Fellowship, the NYSAF’s 2018 Founders’ Award, the 2018 Falco/Steinman Commission Award and the 2018 Playwrights Initiative Fellowship awarded by the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. He was also a finalist in both the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition 2017 and the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. Tuttle is currently writer-in-residence at the Lincoln Center Theater and artist-in-residence at the Ars Nova theatre. His debut publication of a selection of haiku and photography, falling is the one thing i, was published by Candor Arts in May 2018.  Kaneza Schaal is an American, New York City based director, actress and theatre artist. Her recent work is Jack &. Schaal received many prizes, a 2018 Ford Foundation  Art For Justice Bearing Witness award, 2017 MAP Fund award, 2016 Creative Capital Award,  2008 Princess Grace George C. Wolfe Award, and was an Aetna New Voices Fellow at Hartford  Stage. Her last project GO FORTH premiered at Performance Space 122's COIL Festival and  then showed at the Genocide Memorial Amphitheater in Kigali, Rwanda; LMCC’s River-to-River  Festival; Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans; Cairo International Contemporary Theater  Festival in Egypt; and at her alma mater Wesleyan University, CT. Schaal’s work with The  Wooster Group, Elevator Repair Service, Richard Maxwell/New York City Players, Claude  Wampler, Jim Findlay, and Dean Moss has brought her to venues including Centre Pompidou,  Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, The Whitney Museum, and MoMA. Schaal is an Arts-in-Education advocate and has collaborated nationally and internationally with recent teen immigrants and asylum seekers; on intergenerational exchange between elders and teens;  and on workshops and talks at Princeton University, Yale University, Emerson College and her alma mater Wesleyan University, CT. Carlos Soto is a director, designer and performer based in New York  City. He has presented performances at Columbia University, The Guggenheim Museum,  Kampnagel Hamburg, Pace Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, Performa 09; and has been artist-in- residence at Willem de Kooning Studio, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Live Arts and The Watermill Center, among others. Soto has collaborated with American artist and  director Robert Wilson since 1997 as a performer and designer on numerous productions including Adam's Passion, Einstein on the Beach, The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic. Soto has collaborated with recording and performance artist Solange as associate director and costume designer on multiple projects, including her multi-city concert tour, Cosmic Journey/Orion’s Rise; her performance work Scales at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX; and metatronia (metatron's cube), a short film and installation-performance at the  Hammer Museum, LA. In 2018 Soto designed costumes for Robert Wilson’s Oedipus Rex; costumes and sets for The Black Clown by Davóne Tines, Michael Schachter and Zack Winokur at American Repertory Theater; UR by Sulayman al Bassam at the Residenztheater, Munich; Mile-Long Opera, a collaboration with Anne Carson, Claudia Rankine, David Lang, Ragnar Kjartarsson, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.  The vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth was established in 2009 by singer and conductor Brad Wells with the goal of exploring the expressive potential of the human voice. The group meets every year at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) to study non-Western vocal techniques with teachers from all over the world. The singing traditions they have delved into include Tuvan throat singing, death metal grunting, Hindustani music, yodeling, Korean pansori, Broadway belting, Persian classical singing, Georgian music and Sardinian cantu a tenore. Roomful of Teeth has worked with composers such as Rinde Eckert, Fred Hersch, Toby Twining, Missy Mazzoli, Julia Wolfe and Ted Hearne, and performed at venues such as the Lincoln Center, Merkin Hall, (Le) Poisson Rouge, the Carlsbad Music Festival in California and the MIT Sounding festival. The group also regularly gives workshops and masterclasses at schools across the US. Their self-titled debut album, released in 2012, won a Grammy in the category Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance. In 2013, ensemble member Caroline Shaw won a Pulitzer Prize for Music for Partita for 8 Voices, which was featured on Roomful of Teeth’s debut album. Asko|Schönberg specialises in the performance of new music, with a repertoire of works from the 20th and 21st centuries, ranging from solo pieces to larger-scale works, both in concert settings and interdisciplinary productions. Collaboration between musicians and composers is a key element of the ensemble’s work. In a dynamic working process, they explore new musical and theatrical insights, techniques and formats.  In addition to conductor Reinbert de Leeuw, Asko|Schönberg works with guest directors such as Bas Wiegers and Etienne Siebens. The repertoire ranges from the major musical innovators of the 20th century to work by the current generation of contemporary composers. In addition to names such as Andriessen, Gubaidulina, Boulez, Kurtág and Ligeti, works by Van der Aa, Ruo, Tsoupaki and Van de Putte also regularly feature on the programming. The ensemble offers opportunities to young talent by commissioning new works from up-and-coming composers every year. Interdisciplinary projects also form an important part of the ensemble’s activities. Each year, Asko|Schönberg teams up with the Noord Nederlands Toneel and Club Guy & Roni to create a multifaceted production that goes on to tour the whole country. Asko|Schönberg is the ensemble in residence at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam, has appeared on NTR ZaterdagMatinee on NPO Radio 4, at the Holland Festival and the Dutch National Opera and regularly takes part in co-productions with organisations and ensembles from the Netherlands and Europe. Asko|Schönberg performs at concert halls in the Netherlands and beyond and is a regular guest at festivals, with recent seasons taking them to Melbourne, London, Cologne, Zagreb, Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Jakarta.  ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann (Producer) is a management and production company specializing in new work development and touring. Over the past 13 years ArKtype’s work has grown to encompass renowned artists from thirty different countries, multiple genres and commercial and non-profit support structures resulting in new work for a variety of spaces. His work includes projects with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Peter Brook, Victoria Thiérrée-Chaplin, Yael Farber, Daniel Fish, Annie-B Parson & Paul Lazar, Lisa Peterson, Kaneza Schaal, Peter Sellars, Tony Taccone and Julie Taymor. For three seasons he produced the Ringling International Arts Festival in Sarasota, Florida in partnership with Baryshnikov Arts Center, was Director of Programming for Spiegelworld’s South Street Seaport seasons, and most recently served as Director of Programs at New York Live Arts. He recently premiered Sam Green and Kronos Quartet’s A Thousand Thoughts, Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis’ Trigger based in communities nationwide in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre, Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers' Cartography, Big Dance Theater / Mikhail Baryshnikov’s Man in a Case, the US premiere of Nalaga’at Deaf-Blind Theater’s Not by Bread Alone, and Andrew Ondrejcak and Shara Worden’s You Us We All. Ongoing collaborations include 600 Highwaymen, Bryce Dessner, John Cameron Mitchell, Daniel Fish, Kaneza Schaal & Christopher Myers, Aaron Landsman, Brent Green, Rude Mechs, Nona Hendryx / Niegel Smith / Carrie Mae Weems, Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen, Rude Mechs, Sam Green, Nora Chipaumire, Adrien M. & Claire B. and Compagnia T.P.O. More information at arktype.org.