Join us in celebration of the winners of this year’s Hildegard Commission, National Sawdust’s mentorship initiative that highlights outstanding women and other marginalized genders in the early stages of their careers.
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Join us in celebration of the winners of this year’s Hildegard Commission, National Sawdust’s mentorship initiative that highlights outstanding women and other marginalized genders in the early stages of their careers. Five commissioned composers—DM R, Andrea Guterres, Hannah Ishizaki, Yaz Lancaster, and Kelley Sheehan—will present world premieres inspired by the poetry of the Greek poet Cavafy. These sound art-focused pieces will be performed by the National Sawdust Ensemble led by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler. After the concert, the pieces will be placed in a yet-to-be-announced, site-specific installation in collaboration with the Onassis Foundation.
Commission finalists Zara Ali, Nicole Brancato, and Foteini Tryferopoulou will each have a work from their current repertoire performed.
The five winners of the Hildegard Commission each receive a $5,000 cash prize, a commission for Pierrot-plus ensemble, a professional performance, a live recording, and one-on-one mentorship with established figures in the field: Composer, Co-Founder, and Artistic Director at National Sawdust Paola Prestini; composer Du Yun; composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón; composer and sound artist Miya Masaoka; and composer and sound artist Lena Platanos. The National Sawdust Hildegard Commission are generously made possible with private support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the Onassis Foundation, and the Endeavor Foundation, and with public support for audience development from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
National Sawdust Ensemble (NSE), led by cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, is the in-house band of National Sawdust. Made up of highly acclaimed artists who are or have been members of the Da Capo Chamber Players, New York New Music Ensemble, the Internationally Contemporary Ensemble, Imani Winds, Flutronix, and the Kronos Quartet, this instrumentally flexible group is an integral part of National Sawdust Mentorship Initiatives, playing, teaching and collaborating with emerging and professional composers. The mission of the ensemble is to give composers and artists access to the high caliber of musicianship and mentorship that is integral to National Sawdust. The NSE has also supported projects such as Liederabend, Opus Senses with Beth Morrison Projects.