Bird’s Eye Trio: Jen Curtis, Ayane Kozasa & Paul Wiancko
Friday, December 11
World Cafe Live: 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
Rising star alert! LiveConnections has put together three of the brightest young string talents in the field to form a new ensemble, the Bird’s Eye Trio. The program features original compositions by cellist Paul Wiancko and violinist Jennifer Curtis, joined by award-winning violist and Astral Artist Ayane Kozasa. Music spans from Beethoven to Wiancko’s “Sanguine Clockwork” to the world premiere of a folk-inspired work by Curtis.
LiveConnections curates and presents six concerts annually, showcasing collaborative music designed for adventurous music-lovers. Join us for dinner and some of the most engaging new music around!
$18 general admission
$13 students with ID
(prices include service charges)
About the Artists
Violinist Jennifer Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert in Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as “one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs,” and she was celebrated as “an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for.” An improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jennifer is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and founder of the group Tres Americas Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela and the Knights Chamber Orchestra; performed in Romania in honor of George Enescu; given world premieres at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York; collaborated with composer John Adams at the Library of Congress; and appeared at El Festival de las Artes Esénias in Peru and festivals worldwide. An educator with a focus on music as humanitarian aid, Jennifer has also collaborated with musical shamen of the Andes, improvised for live radio from the interior of the Amazon jungle, and taught and collaborated with Kurdish refugees in Turkey.
Winner of the prestigious Primrose International Viola Competition in 2011, Ayane Kozasa captured the Competition’s Mozart Award for the best chamber music performance, as well as its Askim Award for her performance of the Competition’s commissioned work. A winner of Astral Artists’ 2012 National Auditions, she was named principal violist of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in 2013, and made her European debut with the Augsburg Philharmonic in Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” in April 2013, with violinist Jehye Lee. She performs as a member of the Aizuri Quartet, which was featured on LiveConnections’ concert series in 2014. She has been featured in The Strad and Strings magazines and her performances have been broadcast on “Live from the Mayne Stage” for WFMT in Chicago and on Philadelphia’s WHYY. In the fall she will appear on a CD with the Lincoln Trio on Cedille Records. You can learn more about her work at http://ayanekozasa.com. [Image: Claire McAdams]
Paul Wiancko has led an exceptionally multi-faceted musical life as a cellist, composer, collaborator and arranger. As a composer, one of Paul’s first large-scale compositions was a highly virtuosic concerto for cello, orchestra and electronics. Entitled “Tales From Bent City,” the piece blends Paul’s passion for hip-hop and improvisation with his love of the great 19th century late-romantic composers, and its New York premiere was hailed by Sequenza21 as “surprising, fun, fresh and even innovative.” Recent commissions include works for the Grammy-winning Parker Quartet, cellist Judith Serkin, violist Ayane Kozasa, pianist Clare Hammond and Barge Music in Brooklyn. Upcoming projects include scoring the new prison-drama feature film “Heartlock,” as well as a new Mars-exploration-based work for solo piano commissioned by scientist Dr. Peter Smith, the principal investigator for NASA’s Phoenix mission to Mars. For more information, visit http://www.paulwiancko.com.