Missy Mazzoli

Missy Mazzoli

Enthusiasm Strategies
2019 Duration: 6:00
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Program Notes

Enthusiasm Strategies

Missy Mazzoli
(b. 1980)

Composed for
50 For The Future:
The Kronos Learning

Artist Statement

“I think of music itself, particularly the music made by the Kronos Quartet, as a strategy for mustering enthusiasm and joy. It’s a way of setting the world in order, a method of carving up time in way that, seemingly by magic, changes our frame of mind, energizes us, and gives us courage and reassurance. In this piece, I tried to combine techniques that were both scary and familiar to me; a cascade of natural harmonics collapses into an ecstatic chorale, which then evaporates into silence. Enthusiasm Strategies was composed for the Kronos Quartet as part of their amazing and important educational initiative Fifty for the Future. I’m honored to contribute to this project and thrilled to be part of the incredible legacy of this quartet.”

Missy Mazzoli

Composer Interview

Missy Mazzoli discusses her musical background, her relationship with Kronos, the piece she wrote for Fifty for the Future, and more.

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Artist’s Bio

Missy Mazzoli

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Recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times) and “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” (Time Out New York), Missy Mazzoli has had her music performed globally by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, violinist Jennifer Koh, LA Opera, New York City Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and many others. From 2012–2015 she was Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera and Music Theatre-Group, and in 2011–2012 was composer-in-residence with the Albany Symphony.

Her 2016 opera Breaking the Waves, based on the film by Lars von Trier and created in collaboration with librettist Royce Vavrek, was commissioned by Opera Philadelphia and Beth Morrison Projects. It premiered in September of 2016 and was called “one of the best 21st-century American operas yet” by Opera News, “powerful… dark and daring” by the New York Times, and “savage, heartbreaking and thoroughly original” by the Wall Street Journal. In February 2012 Beth Morrison Projects presented Song from the Uproar, Mazzoli’s first multimedia chamber opera, which had a sold-out run at venerable New York venue The Kitchen. The Wall Street Journal called this work “both powerful and new,” and the New York Timesclaimed that “in the electric surge of Ms. Mazzoli’s score you felt the joy, risk and limitless potential of free spirits unbound.”

Recent months included the premiere of Mazzoli’s third opera, Proving Up, at Washington National Opera, the premiere of Vespers for a New Dark Age, an extended work for her ensemble Victoire and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and new works performed by pianist Emanuel Ax, the BBC Symphony, the LA Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony. Upcoming commissions include new works for Opera Philadelphia, the National Ballet of Canada, Opera Omaha, and New York’s Miller Theatre.

Mazzoli is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, a 2015 Music grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and four ASCAP young composer awards. Along with composer Ellen Reid she recently founded Luna Lab, a mentorship program for young female composers in collaboration with the Kaufman Music Center in New York. Mazzoli teaches composition at the Mannes School of Music (The New School), and her works are published by G. Schirmer.

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Hank Dutt - Mazzoli
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Missy has really expanded her palette of colors in this piece. There are a lot of harmonics and wispy, ethereal sounds, as well as driving 16ths and rich chords, but there are also moments of silence where you're just supposed to play the air. It's really cool to see a combination like that, and you really do recognize her in all of it.

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Hank Dutt

Violist, Kronos Quartet
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Kronos Quartet

World Premiere

May 30, 2019

Kronos Festival 2019

SFJAZZ / San Francisco, California More Info