69-year-old George E. Lewis first collaborated with the Worldwide Modern Ensemble in 2011, presenting a Composer Portrait live performance for which he composed his work, The Will to Adorn. Having served on the ensemble’s board since 2018, he’ll now be a part of as Inventive Director throughout its twentieth anniversary 12 months.
“This can be a super alternative to work with one of many world’s most interesting and most modern ensembles to advance the sector of latest music,” mentioned Lewis. “I see limitless prospects for what we are able to accomplish collectively.”
Earlier Inventive Director Ross Karre will transition to a brand new function as Govt Producer till August 2022, earlier than he begins his new place at Oberlin Conservatory of Music as Affiliate Professor of Percussion.
“George and I started collaborating with the Worldwide Modern Ensemble on the identical time, round 2011,” commented Karre. “Greater than some other artist-collaborator in my lifetime, George Lewis has a novel potential to interrupt down assumptions and develop our creativeness.”
Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia College, the place he serves as Space Chair in Composition and School in Historic Musicology. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Lewis’s different honors embody a MacArthur Genius Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the USA Artists Walker Fellowship. Lately, Lewis obtained an honorary doctorate from Harvard College along with turning into a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
As a composer and member of the Affiliation for the Development of Inventive Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis’s output encompasses digital and pc music, computer-based multimedia installations, and notated and improvisatory types. With over 150 recordings, his works have been carried out a variety of worldwide ensembles by the likes of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Mivos Quartet, and Spektral Quartet, to call just a few.
“George Lewis and the AACM have been an enormous a part of what impressed the founding of our Ensemble within the first place,” added Worldwide Modern Ensemble Board President Claude Arpels. “Along with his huge expertise, insatiable curiosity, and drive to raise a era of latest artists, George Lewis is the proper Inventive Director for our Ensemble.”
Based in 2001, New York’s Worldwide Modern Ensemble has premiered over 1,000 works and served because the earlier artists-in-residence at Lincoln Middle’s Principally Mozart Pageant, Ojai Music Pageant, and the Museum of Modern Artwork Chicago. It has obtained the American Music Middle’s Trailblazer Award and the Chamber Music America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming.