20 new folk music-inspired works by 2020
Since the launch of 20x2020 in 2014, the project’s commissions have been featured on radio and internet stations across the country, from Houston Public Media to American Public Media’s nationally-syndicated radio program, Performance Today. They have reached a total audience of over 9 million, through radio/television broadcasts and live performances in schools, colleges and hospitals in the Houston region and beyond. We are grateful for the support this project has received and the many it has reached.
The 2016/17 season promises to continue the resounding success of 20x2020. By the close of the year, we will have passed the project's half-way point with 11 total works. The season’s roster of composers is bold and eclectic: Syrian-American composer-pianist Malek Jandali (20x2020 No. 8) has garnered praise for his unique musical voice and passionate commitment to helping Syrian refugee families and children; Christopher Walczak (20x2020 No. 9), Assistant Professor of Composition at Southern Illinois University, believes that new music must “articulate the thoughts, values, and pulse of the current social atmosphere in which the audience lives”; Chilean composer-guitarist Javier Farias (20x2020 No. 10), a recent recipient of Harvard University’s Fromm Music Foundation award, represents a compelling contemporary voice of the music of his native Chile and South America; finally, composers Christopher Theofanidis and Mark Wingate (20x2020 No. 11) embody the very best of what new music can and should strive for in the 21st century.
The new works of art created by these composers promise to engage, challenge, and delight. Through thoughtful thematic programing, it is also our aim that they will illuminate our individual and shared cultural heritage in meaningful ways.
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(as of October 2016)
•20x2020 No. 1: Sorrow Song and Jubilee | Libby Larsen
Inspired by African-American spirituals and the Czech composer Dvořák
•20x2020 No. 2: Splash of Indigo | Marty Regan
Intersects Japanese folk and French Impressionist music
•20x2020 No. 3: Thracian Airs of Besime Sultan | Erberk Eryilmaz
Based on folk music from Turkey, Romania, Greece, and Macedonia
•20x2020 No. 4: Three Goat Blues | Gilad Cohen
Fusion of Jewish Provencale folk with American jazz/blues (HPM interview.)
•20x2020 No. 5: String Quartet No. 2 TEXAS | Arthur Hernandez
Explores indigenous Texas and Mexican folk music
•20x2020 No. 6: String Quartet No. 4, Obala More | Alexandra du Bois
Inspired by Croatian and Yugoslav folk music (Houston Public Media interview.)
•20x2020 No. 7: Imágenes de Cuba | Arthur Gottschalk
Based on folk songs and rhythms of Cuba (Houston Chronicle feature.)
•20x2020 No. 8: Piano Quintet No. 1, Aleppo | Malek Jandali
Inspired by Syrian/Persian folk traditions (Houston Public Media interview.)
*Upcoming World Premieres*
•20x2020 No. 9: Four Dreams for string quartet | Christopher Walczak
Based on Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime poetry/art
•20x2020 No. 10: Andean Suite, for string quartet & guitar | Javier Farias
Explores Peruvian, Argentinean, Bolivian and Chilean folk dances
•20x2020 No. 11: Electroacoustic string quartet (title TBD) | Christopher Theofanidis and Mark Wingate
Based on ancient Irish Gaelic poetry