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Fuaim Seminar Series

Amy Williams, University of Pittsburgh/UCC Floods, Films and Friends: Inspirations in the Recent Music of Amy Williams

In this talk, Amy Williams – the 2017-2018 Fulbright Scholar with the UCC Music Department—will discuss and play excerpts from several pieces, including those from her Cineshape series inspired by films and incorporating live video and her piece for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She will also talk about various interdisciplinary influences and her dual career as a contemporary music pianist. About Amy Williams I am a composer and I am a new music pianist. The two are inseparable in my artistic objectives. I often write pieces with specific performers in mind, exploiting their individual technical abilities and qualities. My sound arises from a modernist aesthetic but also benefits from a polystylistic approach that is distinctly American. Current projects include a Koussevitsky commission for Tony Arnold and the JACK Quartet, a contribution to the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo’s “Microludes for Kurtàg” project, a work for the Stonybrook Chamber Players and a piece for Tim Brady’s international electric guitar quartet project. Writing chamber music is of particular interest to me, perhaps from the experience of being an active chamber musician. I am a member of the Bugallo- Williams Piano Duo, an ensemble dedicated to giving dynamic performances of challenging and under-performed repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries. The Duo’s recordings, mostly with the German label Wergo, include the world premiere recordings of Stravinsky’s arrangements of his Septet and Movements (2007), numerous Nancarrow works (2004 and 2011), pieces by Erik Oña (2007), and Edgard Varèse’s recently discovered arrangement for two pianos, eight hands of his monumental Amériques. I see this artistic duality as essential and integrated, allowing for a full creative experience and world view, which I eagerly share with my students.

Category: Arts and Cultural Events:
Time: 11 am-1 pm
Location: O' Riadha Hall, School of Music & Theatre, St Vincent's, Sunday's Well Road
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Celena O'Brien
021 4904530

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