Guest Composer, Aspen Music Festival

Judith returns to the Aspen Music Festival as a guest composer this July. Members of the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble will perform Gregor’s Dream on their July 24th program in the Benedict Music Tent, together with music by Reich (Vermont Counterpoint), Respighi (Violin Sonata in B minor) and Mozart (Piano and Wind Quintet in E-flat major, K. 452). You can purchase tickets here. Judith will also give a talk for the Composition Fellows, and plans to focus on the exciting new options afforded by the combination of acoustic and digital media that she has explored in her own music, as well as on the study of music perception behind our musical experiences. Once a student at the festival herself, she encountered her first synthesizer, a Buchla, in Michael Czaikowski’s terrific class. Already fascinated by timbral exploration, this encounter provided a crucial bridge between the acoustic and electronic worlds. The opportunity to hear such a terrific range of music, and attend talks by composers such as Xenakis and Crumb, as well as attending masterclasses by performers such as Jan DeGaetani, offered unforgettable experiences.