Announcing Composers Selected from the 2016 Soloist Series Call-for-Scores
Fonema Consort and Access Contemporary Music are pleased to announce the composers selected from our 2016 Soloist Series call-for-scores. Composer Stefan Maier (Canada), Amadeus Regucera (USA) and Zesses Seglias (Greece) will compose new solo works for clarinetist Emily Beisel, flautist Dalia Chin and trombonist Weston Olencki, respectively. We look forward to beginning a new collaborative exchange with Maier and Regucera, and to deepening our collaborations with Seglias.
About the Composers
Very much aligned with Fonema’s musical mission, Amadeus Regucera‘s primary compositional influence is “the intense physicality of the instrumentalist’s utterances- whether traditional performance technique, vocalization, or paralinguistics”. Regucera’s proposed work for solo amplified bass flute will feature a strong element of theater, which he sees as “an opportunity to renew the listening experience of contemporary music and create exciting new relationships between the composer, the performer and the audience.”
As an active composer, the work of Amadeus Julian Regucera (b.1984) engages with the embodied and acoustical energy of sound and its production, the erotics of performance, the musical vocabulary of popular music, and noise. He has had the opportunity to present works at the June in Buffalo Festival (2011); the Wellesley Composers Conference (2011); the Mexican Centre for Music and Sonic Arts (CMMAS, 2010); L@TE: Friday Nights at BAM (Berkeley, 2014); the Impuls Academy (Graz, Austria, 2013); the International Summer Courses in Darmstadt, Germany (2014); the Hong Kong Modern Academy (2015); the Resonant Bodies Festival (New York, 2015) and his music has been performed by ensembles such as the JACK string quartet, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Ensemble L’arsenale, the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and vocalist Rachel Calloway with violinist Ari Streisfeld. In addition to concert music, his practice intersects with visual and performance art, most notably in the piece Communication (2013), which was featured at the Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten in Graz, Austria as part of the group show Seelenwäsche. He is also the drummer in the Oakland band, Buttons. Upcoming projects include a new piece for Ensemble Linea for the 2015 Festival Musica in Strasbourg, France.
For the past five years, Greek composer Zesses Seglias‘ music is driven by his current “concept of sound, which is a body of micro-elements that melt into a larger whole, every time sounding in accordance with manipulations of time; one could say a spherical kaleidoscope of time.” Aligned with Fonema’s interest in redefining instrumental roles and stereotypes, Seglias’ new work aims to “dissolve [a single medium – the trombone – ] into many small fragments of itself”, meaning the trombone itself, the voice of the trombonist, various mutes, and amplification. Using the trombone as both an instrument and amplifier/distorter for the voice, the work will explore “a text being delivered both as a meaning but also as sound… in other words, searching for new ways of narrativity through the material (instead of using the material to serve the narrativity).
Zesses Seglias was born in Edessa, Greece in 1984. He pursued studies in Composition and Music Theatre at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and with Beat Furrer at the University for Music and Performing Arts of Graz, Austria. He is currently a PhD candidate at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has been selected as an active participant to master classes such as Voix Nouvelles Royaumont 2014, Tzlil Meudcan 2014, Centre Acanthes 2011, Tschaikovsky Academy 2012 and more. Seglias’ music has been performed in various cities in workshops and festivals such as Time of Music (Finland), Forum Wallis (Switzerland) by various ensembles and performers, such as D. Michel-Dansac, P.-S. Meuge, Klangforum Wien (AT), Diotima Quartet (F), Trio Amos (AT), MCME (Ru), the DissonArt Ensemble (Gr), the Helsinki Chamber Choir (Fi), Vertixe Sonora Ensemble (S), UMS ‘n’ JIP (Sw), Ensemble Cairn (F) and others.
In May 2014, his chamber opera hystéra was performed in Graz under the baton of Beat Furrer. In September 2014, his piece ΣΤΕΑΡ was performed during the Voix Nouvelles Royaumont academy by Quartet Diotima; the realisation of the live electronics was made by the composer and Greg Beller at IRCAM. In July 2012, his piece [α-] for chamber choir won him the 1st prize at the International Einojuhani Rautavaara Chamber Choir Composition Workshop and Competition 2012. After attending Impuls Academy 2013, he was awarded with the Ernst Composition prize. He is a finalist at the Joseph Fux Opera Composition Competition for 2015 and is commissioned for a new opera by the Bregenz Festspielen.
Stefan Maier is a composer and guitarist from Vancouver, Canada. His compositions have been performed in North America, Europe and South America by various ensembles, soloists and institutions such as Talea, Atlas, Max Murray of Ensemble Experimental, Nucleo Musica Nova, SALT, Redshift, Aventa, and BOK. His installation work has been presented by OpenSpace Gallery (Victoria) and in various public spaces. In 2012, Stefan was involved in a group collaboration with sound-installation artist Trimpin.
In addition to his work as a composer, he is a performer of notated music and electronics. He has performed with Quatuor Bozzini, Forma Leipzig, Konzert Minimal and the Wandelweiser Composer Collective.
In 2014, he was a fellow at the Harvard Summer Composition Institute. Stefan lived in Berlin from 2013-2014 where he mentored with Rebecca Saunders and Ming Tsao. Stefan is currently working towards an MFA in Sound Art at Bard College, and studies with Chaya Czernowin by correspondence.