Iddo Aharony – Amy Briggs (piano + electronics)
… and later, without a sound
Composer: Iddo Aharony; Piano and Electronics: Amy Briggs
Recorded live as part of the Project Incubator concert at Constellation Chicago, May 10, 2015
Composer’s Notes: A modest sound object (piano string harmonic). A pianist, Amy Briggs, improvising her way, hand in hand with said object, through echoing paths. A title borrowed from somewhere inside Fernando Pessoa’s “The Book of Disquiet.” The three of them, walk into a bar…
Thanks to the University of Chicago Computer Music Studio for its assistance in realizing this piece.
About the Artists
Composer Iddo Aharony’s diverse body of work includes pieces for a variety of ensembles and solo instruments, along with sound installations and compositions for contemporary dance, opera and various theater and multimedia projects. His stage work, Oedipus: Opera-Theatre, was premiered in summer 2011 at the Israel Festival of Culture in Jerusalem. Aharony’s acoustic and electronic music has been performed by leading ensembles and musicians in the United States, France, Italy, Britain, Spain and Israel, including Ensemble Dal Niente, Mivos Quartet, eighth blackbird, Pacifica Quartet and soprano Tony Arnold. It was presented at festivals such as SEAMUS, NYC Electronic Music Festival and the Valencia International Performance Festival. Among his awards are the 2014 soundSCAPE festival composition prize and commission (Italy), and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, VCCA, Blue Mountain Center and others. He is currently Composer-in-Residence for Chicago-based Fused Muse Ensemble. He has lectured and taught courses in composition, music theory and computer music at Indiana University and the University of Chicago, and served as the latter’s Computer Music Studio Manager. Primary composition teachers include Shulamit Ran, Augusta Read Thomas, Sven-David Sandström, Howard Sandroff, Jeffrey Hass, Don Freund and Joseph Dorfman. A native of Tel Aviv, Israel (born 1978), he is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition at the University of Chicago.
Amy Briggs has established herself as a leading interpreter of the music of living composers, while also bringing a fresh perspective to music of the past. A member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s MusicNOW ensemble since 2001, she has worked with composers such as Pierre Boulez, Augusta Read Thomas, Marc-Anthony Turnage, Oliver Knussen, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Osvaldo Golijov. The Chicago Tribune has called “extraordinary” her “mastery of what lay on the dense, printed page and beyond,” and the Chicago Sun-Times called her a “ferociously talented pianist.” The New York Times described her recent Lincoln Center performance of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IV as having “a live-wire intensity.” Her recordings include four critically acclaimed discs of David Rakowski’s Piano Etudes on Bridge Records, the world premiere recording of David Rakowski’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project on the BMOP label, two discs of solo piano and chamber music of Augusta Read Thomas for the ART label, music of Conlon Nancarrow, Morton Feldman, Edgar Varese, and Erik Oña for Wergo Records, and a disc of contemporary piano tangos for Parma Records. She has performed across the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and Asia. Amy Briggs earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance at Northwestern University, as a student of Ursula Oppens. In 2009 she joined the faculty of the University of Chicago as Director of Chamber Music and Artist-in-Residence. Amy is a Steinway Artist.