Brooklyn-based soprano-violin duo Cipher Duo (Justine Aronson and Sarah Goldfeather) will team up with cellist Nicholas Photinos (Eighth Blackbird) for an evening-length performance of both new and reimagined music.
The program will include works by Sarah Goldfeather, Amy Beth Kirsten, David T Little, Dolly Parton, and more.
Cello Master Class: Monday, December 3, 12:15-2:15 PM, Morphy Hall.
Violin-Voice Master Class, Monday, December 3, 1:15-3:15 PM, Music Hall.
Hailed by The New York Times as possessing “a deep reservoir of expressive devices” and by the Los Angeles Times as “dramatically…juicy,” soprano Justine Aronson employs artistic and technical versatility to create passionate performances. Her interpretations have consistently captured the attention of those producing new music, earning her premieres with composers including David Lang, Daron Hagen, and Ted Hearne. She has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Eighth Blackbird, Mirror Visions Ensemble, Opera Philadelphia, and Brooklyn Art Song Society, among others. Justine has recorded for the NAXOS label, and is anticipating the forthcoming commercial record release of Christopher Cerrone’s portrait album LA-based modern music collective wild Up.
Sarah Goldfeather is a Minnesota-born, Brooklyn-based composer-performer who writes music for her three ensembles, Goldfeather, Cipher, Exceptet, and beyond. Her work has been performed in the continental US and Europe, including features at The Present Music Festival in Milwaukee, Roulette Intermedium, DePauw University’s 21CM Initiative at (le) Poisson Rouge, the Ecstatic Music Festival and MATA Interval Series in New York, several features on WQXR, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago presented by Eighth Blackbird, the Times Two Series in Boston, concerts in Berlin, and tours across America with Goldfeather and Cipher. She has released two albums under Goldfeather, with a third forthcoming in 2019 as an experimental indie-rock trio configuration. In her concurrent life as a contemporary music violinist, Sarah has performed as a soloist in Madrid, Valencia, Berlin, and the TEDxMET series at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to name a few. She is the founder, co-director and violinist of the seven-piece new music ensemble, Exceptet and one half of the soprano-violin duo, Cipher, and is currently on faculty at NYU-Steinhardt.
Nick Photinos, cellist, is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of the four-time Grammy Award-winning chamber music ensemble Eighth Blackbird. Formed in 1996, the group performs 50-60 concerts annually throughout the world and has been featured at the 2013 Grammy Awards, on CBS’s Sunday Morning, Bloomberg TV, and frequently in the New York Times. Recent accolades include being named Musical America’s Ensemble of the Year for 2017 and the inaugural Chamber Music America Visionary Award in 2016. Highlights of the 2017-2018 include their debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in Jennifer Higdon’s concerto for sextet and orchestra, On a Wire; debuts in Milan and Turin, Italy and Budapest, Hungary; performances with Cincinnati Ballet; and performances across 11 US States. The 2016-17 season included debuts in Paris, at Justin Vernon’s (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner’s (The National) Eaux Claires Festival, with the San Francisco Symphony, a three-week return to Australia, as well as shows with indie-folk artist Bonnie Prince Billy (Will Oldham) and world premieres by Holly Harrison, Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lang, and Ned McGowan. In June 2017 Eighth Blackbird launched their annual summer festival, the Blackbird Creative Lab, a tuition-, room- and board- free chamber music festival. The ensemble has held multi-year residency positions at the Curtis Institute of Music, the University of Chicago, and currently holds an ongoing Ensemble-in-Residence position at the University of Richmond.
Below: Nicholas Photinos, Petits Artéfacts #3: Cuisine