PODCASTs & INTERVIEWS
Season two, Episode one of 1 Track Podcast — where host Anthony Joseph Lanman asks composers and performers of new music the question: “If someone was interested in getting to know your music, and you only had ONE track to play for them, what track would that be?” In this episode we discuss FULL FATHOM FIVE by Liam Wade from my latest album Love Life.
Composer Garrett Hope started The Portfolio Composer to help creative artists achieve their goals and thrive in their art form. Interviews serve as masterclasses on building a career in composition and achieving success as a composer. In Episode 55, Soprano and CMASH Artistic Director Ann Moss discusses the importance of meeting deadlines and providing value through partnerships.
In the inaugural episode of exCHANGE, the official podcast of CMASH, John Grimmett speaks with Ann Moss and Isaac Allen (Hausmann Quartet) about Moss' debut album, Currents.
works in progress
alcosser song — Lament: Verse III
a song cycle for soprano and string quartet by Bay Area composer Garrett Shatzer (bespoke poetry by Sandra Alcosser) in collaboration with the Hausmann Quartet. Slated for premiere during the 2017-18 concert season.
FINITE DIFFERENCES is a long-form narrative song cycle for soprano & string quartet based on the life and work of Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer.
Composed by Kenneth D. Froelich with a libretto by John Grimmett for soprano Ann Moss and the Hausmann Quartet, FINITE DIFFERENCES received its world premiere performance on October 29, 2016 at California State University Fresno. Additional performances are being scheduled for the 2017-18 season, and plans for a professional recording are in the works. OUR VISION is for this work to serve as a platform to raise awareness of the need for greater gender inclusivity in STEM subjects, and to support civic activism that advocates empowerment of women and girls through access to science education.
Ada Lovelace, daughter of the poet Lord Byron, was a brilliant and pioneering mathematician. Her writings contain what many consider to be the first computer program—that is, an algorithm designed to be carried out by a machine. Today a programming language is named for her (Ada) and her accomplishments are honored around the world on International Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). In FINITE DIFFERENCES, composer Kenneth Froelich and Librettist John Grimmett highlight some of the most poignant moments of Lovelace’s life and career through a series of eight musical vignettes for voice and string quartet.
a song cycle for soprano and cello by composer/librettist John Grimmett in collaboration with cellist Emil Miland
REGRETS ONLY was premiered in February 2016 at Mission Blue in Brisbane CA, with subsequent performances during the 2016-17 concert season. Plans for a professional recording are in the works.
"One morning over breakfast, Ann and I found ourselves mulling on the myriad forms of written exchanges we circulate, preserve, or perhaps will ourselves to forget, over the course of a lifetime. How do we ever expect to capture human sentiment? REGRETS ONLY is a collection of ten vignettes that coalesce into a larger experience in an attempt to answer that question. I hope this cycle allows you, the listener, to laugh, to cry, to think, to stand in wonder at what it means to be human." —John Grimmett
Down the Deep Stair
a monodrama for soprano and string quartet incorporating stage lighting and movement, based on the late theater and prose writings of Samuel Beckett, composed by Jared Redmond in collaboration with the Lydian Quartet and the Hausmann Quartet. The World Premiere took place on May 7, 2017 at Brandeis University. Additional performances are planned for the 2018-19 concert season.
Jacob and Rachel
a full-scale oratorio for solo vocal quartet, chorus and orchestra by composer Miriam Miller with original Hebrew text from the Tanakh. Miriam has completed work on the composition. A demo recording was made of select movements in November 2016. The next stage involves securing grant funding and other resources to launch a full-scale professional performance.
I Shall Forget You Presently
a song cycle for soprano and piano on poetry by Edna St. Vincent Millay by Michigan-based composer Griffin Candey.
Slated for premiere during the 2018-19 Season.
a song cycle on texts of Emily Dickinson by Boston-based composer Vartan Aghababian, in collaboration with pianist Hillary Nordwell. Slated for premiere during the 2018-19 Season.