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What It Is

Still Looking for the Meaning

Gregory Wiest und Akane Kubo
  • Jessie Stuart Songs

  • composed by Daniel Gilliam (* 1978)
  • Texts by Jesse Stuart (1907-1984)
  • Now do not leave me
  • Spring in Kentucky hills
  • The call to earth
  • Oh, don't you see
  • Three Dots

  • composed by Nathan Crowe (*1995)
  • Texts after Mike Hranica (1988)
  • Introduction
  • Future Future
  • Small Leaves
  • 82 Days Ago
  • Coming to and end
  • Joy
  • What it is…
  • Interlude
  • Attraction
  • Whatever is Best
  • Stupid Lost
  • Another Chance
  • The Night I Wanted to Drive
  • Return
  • Song
  • Three Hallucinations of Love

  • composed by Isaac Lovdahl (* 1993)
  • Texts by Kyle Schwartz
  • A Chain Swings from Dark Heaven
  • and
  • Rules
  • Cats

  • for Tenor, Piano and Double Bass
  • composed by Norberto Oldrini (* 1968)
  • Texts by Silvia Cassioli (* 1971)
  • O. Cattango
  • Small Cat
  • Irresolute Cat
  • second moral tail
  • Hungry Cat
  • third moral tail
  • Sad Cat
  • fourth moral tail
  • Daniel Gilliam (b. 1978) is a composer from Louisville, Kentucky. In 2016 he was chosen for a Copland House Residency Award and released his first album of art songs, The Call to Earth. Highlights in recent years include commissions and performances by Lara Downes, Kentucky Shakespeare, Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts, Longleash Piano Trio, violinist Rob Simonds (Louisville Orchestra), Kentucky Center Chamber Players, and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony with Jason Weinberger.

  • Nathan Crowe holds bachelor’s degree in music composition from St. Olaf College. His works contribute to a variety of instrumental, film, electronic, choral and other collaborative forces.

    During his undergraduate career he engaged with a wide span of contemporary and standard repertoire as he studied composition with Timothy Mahr, Justin Merritt and Reinaldo Moya and performed as an active instrumentalist for the St. Olaf Band and Orchestra. Nathan holds a distinction in keyboard harmony and counterpoint from the Nadia Boulanger Institute/European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France and has also worked with professional film composers Roger Neill and Larry Groupe at the Palomar Film Music Workshop outside of San Diego, CA. Nathan has received individual lessons in composition from Edwin Childs, Philip Lasser and David Maslanka in addition to his studies and is a frequent conductor of his own work. Nathan is currently pursuing a master’s degree in music composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the guidance of David Conte.

  • Isaac Lovdahl earned a B.M. in Vocal Music Education from Concordia College in May 2015. He sang in The Concordia Choir for three years under the direction of Dr. René Clausen, and served as bass section leader during his junior and senior years.

    Lovdahl is currently employed as the choir director at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, and is the bass section leader/soloist at St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Minneapolis. He also teaches private voice lessons. Lovdahl has also sung with the Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorale, Vox Nova Chorale, and Great River Chorale. When not directing and singing, Lovdahl enjoys composing--his choral music can be found through Santa Barbara Music Publishing, MusicSpoke, and JW Pepper. He lives in St. Paul with his cat, Kezia, and always enjoys a good basketball game and sleeping in late.

  • Norberto Oldrini (Milan, Italy, 1968) studied Musicology at Università di Bologna with Aldo Clementi, Mario Baroni, Roberto Leydi. Self-taught composer, he also trained with Detlev Glanert.

    His music is performed worldwide, with more than 200 performances: New York, Chicago, London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Budapest, Rome, Belgrade, Manchester, Hartford, Colorado Springs, Monroe, Knoxville, Bologna, Siena, Montepulciano, Perugia, and in many other cities in the U.S.A., Italy, U.K., Germany, Serbia, Portugal, Roumania, Libya, Bosnia, Belgium, for festivals and institutions such as New York University, New York Composers' Circle, University of Louisiana Monroe (LA, USA), University of Hartford's Hartt School Of Music (CT, USA), Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Contemporanea (Udine, Italy), Europäische Akademie für Musik (Montepulciano, Italy), University of Tennessee (TN, USA), Westchester Community College (NY, USA), Colorado College (Colorado Springs, USA), Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing (China), Liszt Ferenc Zeneakadèmia (Budapest), Niš International Music Festival (Serbia), Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal), Zilele Muzicii Contemporane (Bacău, Roumania), Centro Nacional de la Música (Buenos Aires), Intersonanzen (Potsdam, Germany), as well as many other theaters in the US, and have been broadcast by Italian, foreign and web broadcasters.

    Long and important collaborations are those with the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte di Montepulciano, with the clarinetist Guido Arbonelli, with the writer Silvia Cassioli, with the choreographers Natalie Johnson (Natalie Johnson Dance), Haley McElwee (Simantikos Dance Chicago), Tina Mullone (ULM Dance Repertory Ensemble), with the Teatro Povero di Monticchiello, with the journals Auditorium and Musica/Realtà.

    Among the most important performers of his music, in addition to the aforementioned, there are the RNCM Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roland Böer, Algoritmo Ensemble, Minguet Quartett, Dr. K Sextet, Ascanio Quartet, Trio Vox, Nyky Trio, Ensemble Assisi Musiche, Louisiana Trio, Implosion Percussion Group, Blow Up Percussion, C.A.T. Ensemble, Alea Duo, MAN Trio, the soloists Georgina Stalbow, Lesley-Jane Rogers, Michela Caldesi, Maria Flavia Cerrato, Robert Botti, Stephen Porter, Kenyon Wilson, Gregory Wiest. Since 1999 he lives in Torrita di Siena (Italy).