|Elizabeth Brown & Frances White
Hometown: New York, NY & Princeton, NJ
Web site: http://www.rosewhitemusic.com/
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Elizabeth Brown, a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, combines a succesful composing career with an extremely diverse performing life, playing flute, shakuhachi, theremin, and dan bau (Vietnamese monochord) in a wide variety of musical circles. Her chamber music, shaped by this unique group of instruments and experiences, has been called luminous, dreamlike and hallucinatory.
Brown's music has been heard in Japan, the Soviet Union, Colombia, Australia and Vietnam as well as across the US and Europe. She has received grants, awards and commissions from Orpheus, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Newband, the Asian Cultural Council, the Japan/US Friendship Commission, the Cary Trust, and NYFA. She is the only musician to have both played with Orpheus and also written for them; Orpheus commissioned Lost Waltz in 1997 and premiered it in Carnegie Hall. Other notable pieces include her chamber opera Rural Electrification (2006), for theremin, voice, and recorded sound, funded by a Barlow commission; Collected Visions, an installation done in collaboration with photographer Lorie Novak, which has been presented by the International Center of Photography in NYC, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tuscon; Delirium, featuring the original microtonal instruments of American composer/inventor Harry Partch, performed by Newband to open the 2001 Bang On a Can Marathon at BAM's Opera House; and Migration, for shakuhachi and strings, which was included on CRI's Emergency Music: Bang On A Can Live Volume 2, and has been widely performed. Brown was Artist-in-Residence at the Hanoi National Conservatory of Music in 2002, through a grant from the Asian Cultural Council. A solo CD, "Blue Minor: Chamber Music by Elizabeth Brown" was released in 2003 by Albany Records.
After hearing the instrument on a concert tour of Japan, Brown began studying shakuhachi (traditional Japanese bamboo flute) in 1984 and its music has been a major influence on her musical language. Featured as composer and soloist at the 2004 Big Apple Shakuhachi Conference in New York, she has given solo moonlight shakuhachi performances as Artist-in-Residence in Maine's Acadia National Park, in the sculpture quarry of the Lacoste School for the Arts in Provence, and in Isle Royale National Park, a U.S. Biosphere Reserve in the middle of Lake Superior. In July 2008 she premiered Mirage for shakuhachi and string quartet with the Grainger Quartet at the World Shakuhachi Festival 2008 in Sydney, Australia. In December 2008, she will begin a five-month residency in Japan, supported by the US/Japan Friendship Commission. Brown has been a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy and at the MacDowell Colony, and has been composer-in-residence at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival, the Cape and Islands Chamber Music Festival, and the Bennington Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East.
Frances White composes instrumental and electronic music. She studied composition at the University of Maryland, Brooklyn College, and Princeton University. She has received awards, honors, grants, commissions, and fellowships from organizations such as Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (France), the International Computer Music Association, Hungarian Radio, ASCAP, the Bang On A Can Festival, the Other Minds Festival, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Dale Warland Singers, the American Music Center, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University. She recently completed The ocean inside, a work commissioned by the Third Practice Festival at the University of Richmond for the acclaimed ensemble eighth blackbird.
Ms. White's music can be heard on CD on the Wergo, Centaur, Nonsequitur, Harmonia Mundi, and Bridge Records labels. A CD devoted to her electroacoustic chamber works, Centre Bridge, was released in August of 2007 on the Mode Records label. Ms. White's music was featured as part of the soundtrack of two of Gus Van Sant's award-winning films: Elephant and Paranoid Park.
Ms. White studies the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute), and finds that the traditional music of this instrument informs and influences her work as a composer. Much of Ms. White's music is inspired by her love of nature, and her electronic works frequently include natural sound recorded near her home in central New Jersey.