The End of Time, Deconstructed

For the 2015-16 season, we are thrilled to present the End of Time, Deconstructed.  A large scale commissioning project, we have enlisted several composers to write short pieces reinterpreting a movement of Quartet for the End of Time, which we will then perform as a unit in conjunction with Messiaen’s masterpiece.  Musically, we are sharing the different perspectives each composer has on the piece.

Some of the composers on the Messiaen + team:

Tomasz Arnold

Percussionist and composer Tomasz Arnold was born in Krakow (Poland) in 1990. He started his musical education at the age of seven on violin and after four years switched to percussion.

In his home town he was a student of Ignacy Jan Paderewski Primary Music School and Frederic Chopin Music High School. 2009-2013 ha ws a student of prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where he was pursuing a double major in Applied Percussion and Composition. His percussion teachers included: Michael Burritt, William Cahn, Charles Ross and Rich Thompson; and composition teachers included: Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, David Liptak and Lisa Bielawa. He also studied jazz mallet performance with Howard Potter.

In 2013 Tomasz Arnold became a student of Manhattan School of Music in New York.

As a participant of numerous masterclasses and workshops, Tomasz Arnold has studied with world-renowned percussion artists such as: Keiko Abe, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, Peter Sadlo, John Beck, Jeffrey Moore, William Moersch, Jean Geoffroy, Mitch Markovich, Linda Maxey and Joel Hoffman.

In February 2011 Tomasz Arnold’s first marimba CD “Incoming” was released.

Sean Harold 

  1. In 1984, Sean Harold was the first man on Earth to be his mother’s son. His father was fully aware of this, though he may not have let on for fear of reprisal. II. Perhaps coincidentally, in 1984 Sean Harold’s father was the first man on Earth to be Sean Harold’s father. But this honor seems dubious in retrospect. III. In 1986, Sean Harold’s sister was the first woman on earth to be Sean Harold’s sister, though her hand in this accomplishment has been called into question, and no doubt the record books will carry an asterisk. IV. (At this juncture, it seems prudent to mention that 1995 was an entirely unfavorable year. Its details shall be omitted). V. In the early years of the new millennium, so called at the time anyway, Sean Harold became the first person on Earth to ironically outline the biographical details of Sean Harold’s life. This was in poor taste at the time, and little has since improved.

Tyler Kline

Tyler Kline is a composer and performer currently based in Tampa, FL. His compositional interests encompass a wide variety of styles and mediums, from acoustic chamber and large ensemble works to electronic works. Tyler’s compositions have been performed across the United States, and internationally in Brazil, Canada and Romania.

Tyler’s work has been presented at various festivals, conferences, and concert series, including the Atlantic Music Festival, the National Association of Composers/USA Conference, the International Computer Music Conference, the Electrobrass Conference, the Midwest Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, the Great Plains Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference, the South Central Regional Tuba-Euphonium Concert, the National Flute Association Conference, the Southeastern Composers’ League Forum, the Hyperbolic Chamber Music Series (St. Petersburg, FL), and the Blank Space Concert Series (New York, NY).

Tyler holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morehead State University (KY) and a Master of Music in Composition from the University of South Florida. His primary composition teachers have included Dr. Baljinder Sekhon and Paul Reller.

Emily Praetorius

Emily Praetorius is from Ojai, California and currently lives in New York City. She holds an MM in composition from Manhattan School of Music and a BM in composition and clarinet performance from the University of Redlands. 

Scott Rubin

Scott Rubin (b.1989) is an American composer whose music stems from negotiating relationships between the physical energy and movement required in sound production, peculiarities of auditory cognition and perception, and the discourse found when traversing different modes of music listening. He works in both acoustic and electroacoustic mediums, collaborating with dancers and other non-musician performers.

Scott’s music has been played in the United States, Canada, France, Hong Kong, and Colombia by ensembles such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble Paramirabo, Quasar Quatuor de saxophones, Meitar Ensemble, Tenth Intervention, TAK Ensemble, cellist Juan Sebastian Delgado, the Inverted Space Ensemble, Eco Ensemble, Ensemble Transmission, Duo d’Entre Deux, Splinter Reeds, the Estrella Consort, Ensemble Gô, the McGill University Contemporary Music Ensemble, Ensemble Arkea, the University of Illinois New Music Ensemble, and numerous independent musicians.

Currently, Scott is a PhD student at the University of California at Berkeley where he studies with Franck Bedrossian, Edmund Campion, Cindy Cox, and Ken Ueno. He is an active researcher at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies.

Zach Sheets

Zach Sheets enjoys a diverse musical life as a flutist, composer, and chamber musician. As a composer, his works have been performed by such groups as the Ensemble InterContemporain, the Brattle Street Chamber Players, the Callithumpian Consort, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, cellist Séverine Ballon, the Talea Ensemble, the Transient Canvas Duo, the Vermont Youth Orchestra, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, and many others. He was featured in a performance of his own solo flute work, that colors the stone, at the 2015 Spoleto Festival USA, and recently completed a new work as part of the 2015 ManiFeste Academy at IRCAM in Paris. Winner of the Belle S. Gitelman Award, the Bernard Rogers Prize, the John Green Award, and an artist development fellowship from the Harvard Office for the Arts, his music has been featured on the MATA Interval, OSSIA New Music, and SEAMUS Electro-Acoustic miniatures series. Upcoming projects include a new work for the Ogni Suono saxophone duo as part of their SaxoVoce project, and a new large-scale work for the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne in Montreal as part of their 13° FORUM Internationale des jeunes compositeurs in November 2016.

Zach currently serves as principal flutist, Lyndon Paul Lorusso Chair, of the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, and as flutist for the [Switch~ Ensemble]. An active freelancer, he has further performed with the Boston Ballet, the Albany Symphony, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, the Encounters Ensemble, Ensemble Signal, the Dunster House Opera Orchestra, and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. Zach was invited to perform in both the Astral Artists 2015 National Auditions and the Concert Artists Guild 2015 Victor Elmaleh Competition, and was the 1st prize winner of the inaugural Tal Perkes Scholarship. He holds a BA from Harvard University and a performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where he is pursuing a double-MM in flute performance and composition under Bonita Boyd and all members of the composition department.

Rebecca Erin Smith

Fulbright Scholar R. E. Smith is a young Australian composer who specialises in collaborative media and concert pieces. She works primarily with larger ensembles of acoustic instruments, at times electronically manipulated and set alight with found sounds. Most recently her concert work has been exhibited in masterclasses held by ensemble LOADBANG, renowned ‘cellist Friedrich Gauwerky, and composers Dr Lewis Nielson [Oberlin College], an Dr Robert Cuckson [Curtis Institute, Mannes College: The New School]. Rebecca’s 2015 collaborative efforts were presented at the Columbia University Film Festival, Philip K Dick Science Fiction Film Festival, and Savannah Film Festival, and in a theatrical capacity at Schapiro Theatre in May as sound designer/composer for Noël Coward’s Private Lives.

A recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music New York  (MSM), Smith earned her Masters of Music under the tutelage of Dr Marjorie Merryman, upon commencement winning the Nicolas Flagello Composition Award for most outstanding composer. The past three years has seen Rebecca awarded over $150,000 in merit-based scholarships, which were used to fund her Masters degree. In addition to a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, these include the Deolus Husband Scholarship for Composition (MSM), Manhattan School of Music Composition Scholarship (MSM), Young People and the Arts International Scholarship from the Department of Culture and the Arts Australia, the Barbara MacLeod Scholarship from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Dr Harold Schenberg Music Prize from the University of Western Australia, and the Marvin Hamlisch scholarship in composition from the Juilliard School. Her choral works have been shortlisted for NYC based ensemble C4’s 2014 commissioning competition and Paula & David Tunley Awards. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the APRA professional development awards, and named runner up in 2011 and 2015. Rebecca has worked in a compositional capacity with the Manhattan School of Music Symphony, Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, WA Youth Orchestras, Australian Youth Orchestra, and LiNK Dance Company, alongside many bands and contemporary new music ensembles in the USA and Australia. An active proponent of new music, she performs regularly as a violist within the contemporary and art music scenes in Perth and New York. She is currently working on commissions from the WA Youth Orchestra, WA Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School, sTem, and Phoenix ensembles due for 2016 premieres.