Sandbox Percussion – Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion), and Jonathan Allen – is now accepting applications for the 2021 NYU Sandbox Percussion Seminar. The seminar will take place virtually from August 1- 6, 2021 and will include guests such as John Luther Adams, Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition), David Lang, Kristin Lee, and Kendall Williams. The week will include masterclasses and conversations and a culminating virtual performance of a new work by Kendall Williams. Applications are due May 31 (April 15 to be considered for a scholarship).
Duo Sila – Christina Manceor (MM ’17, Percussion) and Amanda Dame (MM ’19, Flute) – released their inaugural album, Traditions Reimagined, on February 26, 2021. The album explores the infusion of international music traditions within 20th Century music. They will host a virtual album release party on Sunday, February 28.
On Friday, July 3, at 8:00 pm ET, Sandbox Percussion – Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion), and Jonathan Allen – will be featured by Avaloch Farm Music Institute in the first installment of their Made at Avaloch series. Their two residencies at Avaloch in New Hampshire were instrumental in the development of Andy Akiho’s Seven Pillars. In this hourlong event they will discuss their work with Akiho and share a variety of videos, including the soft premiere of two brand new movements.
Inspired by the richness of Baroque music and close friendships, Alan Choo (MM ’14, Violin, Early Music; GPD ’16, Violin) and eight other Peabody alumni have formed Singapore’s first Baroque orchestra, Red Dot Baroque. The group released a major virtual collaboration – a fun educational video presenting the life, mishaps, and music of the French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. June 2020 would have marked the group’s inaugural U.S. tour, which included collaborations with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra and appearances at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Kennedy Center, and more. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour has been postponed and will be re-announced shortly.