NEW YORK — Composer Joseph Bohigian is curating a concert for the Composer’s Voice Concert Series featuring music by Stony Brook composers on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. at The Firehouse Space in Brooklyn. The concert will feature music by Stony Brook University faculty, students, and alumni representing the unique and diverse musical voices that have come out of the Stony Brook Department of Music.
A current master’s student at Stony Brook, Joseph Bohigian is an Armenian-American composer, percussionist and pianist whose music has been heard around the world in Germany, Portugal, Armenia, Brazil and across the US. Of his time at Stony Brook, Bohigian states that the school is “very open and encouraging to composers of various styles, as reflected in its composition faculty and students. With this concert, I hope to highlight this diversity in the works of my accomplished colleagues and teachers by bringing their music to new audiences in New York.”
The April 21 concert will feature works by Stony Brook University faculty members Matthew Barnson and Daria Semegen, current students Bohigian, Alan Hankers and Andrew Conklin, and alumni Robert Voisey, Ryan Carter, João Pedro Oliveira and Philip Schuessler. These composers’ works have been performed around the world at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, ISCM World Music Days, Wigmore Hall and Aram Khachaturian Museum Hall by such ensembles as the Arditti Quartet, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, International Contemporary Ensemble and JACK Quartet.
The concert will feature performances by sTem (Meagan Amelia Brus, Eric Umble, and Sophia Subbayya Vastek), Fly String Quartet (Jaram Kim, Andrew Minguez, Alison Rowe, and Brendan Shea), soprano Beth Griffith, clarinetist Ford Fourqurean, pianists Shiau-uen Ding, Yumi Suehiro and Niloufar Nourbakhsh, and percussionists Joseph Bohigian, Ross Aftel and Brian Smith.
The Composer’s Voice Concert Series is an opportunity for contemporary composers to express their aesthetic and personal voice. Founded in 2001 by Robert Voisey, himself a Stony Brook alumnus, Composer’s Voice has presented hundreds of concerts in New York City. The series has premiered thousands of works from living composers from around the world. Works are chosen from a wide range of contemporary composers of different styles, aesthetics, and genre. The works are performed by dedicated musicians devoted to new music. Performances are recorded and archived to further promote new music, performers, and composers. Audio, video, scores, and programs can be found on the Composer’s Voice website. www.ComposersVoice.com