Note from David Yang: Ensemble Epomeo 2007-2017
David Yang reflects on 10 years with a string trio
We hope you were able to attend many of the summer events of the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival in August. Our summer festival is the only one of its kind in this area: an immersive experience for artists and audiences alike! In the course of ten magical days we observed the Festival musicians as they worked through considerable technical and artistic challenges to assemble this year’s magnificent program.
One of those musicians, violinist Miho Saegusa, is a member of the Aizuri Quartet.
She just informed us of that group’s debut recording, Blueprinting. The recording is of compositions written for the Aizuri by five innovative American composers. Miho said that her quartet worked for years on these pieces and are so excited to release this music into the world. Follow this link to their website and learn why: www.aizuriquartet.com.
Even before this past summer's Festival, Artistic Director David Yang and the board began planning for next year. We welcome feedback as we develop an equally memorable event in Newburyport for Summer 2019.
Meanwhile, mark your calendar and buy your tickets for the Festival’s December 16th "Winter Baroque" concert and listen to the sample of the Aizuri Quartet’s recordings on their website.
With Jay Reise’s retirement concert at the University of Pennsylvania coming up in a few days, I thought this would be a good time to look back at one of the most extraordinary pieces I have ever commissioned. Jay was Newburyport Chamber Music Festival’s composer-in-residence in 2015. Based on a Japanese folk tale with Rip van Winkle overtones, “The Gift to Urashima Tarō” was the result of a collaboration between NCMF and EXIT Dance.