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Program Overview

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Our flagship summer program provides early-career composers the opportunity to compose & premiere a new work, to develop their craft, and to take critical steps in their creative and career development--all under the guidance and mentorship of our world-class festival faculty. 

What sets INMF apart is our commitment to preparing composers for both the creative and practical realities of a career in the arts. In addition to the premiere and documentation of their new work, composers participate in private lessons with composition faculty, workshops with performance faculty, as well as Masterclasses, Conducting Workshops, and our innovative Evening Lecture Series focusing on career development topics.

The Summer Festival is an intensive hybrid program which includes both online and then in-person events:

ONLINE   |   July 1 - 10, 2024 

Online lessons, workshops, and talks to support composers as they complete their new work.

 

LOS ANGELES, CA   |   July 30 - August 3, 2024 

In-person rehearsals, conducting workshop, masterclasses, concert, and other events, hosted at the prestigious Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, California.

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Faculty

FACULTY & GUEST ARTISTS

*Summer Program faculty is subject to change based on availability

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BRANDON J. ROLLE

Artistic Director

A Los Angeles-based composer and conductor, Dr. Rolle's interdisciplinary

approach to composition incorporates psychoacoustics, computer programming, and electronic techniques.

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ROBERT DEMAINE

Guest Artist, Cello

Principal Cello of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Demaine is an incredibly accomplished musician and advocate of new music.

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DIANA WADE

Performance Faculty, Viola

Violist and co-founder of new-music duo Spacepants, Wade is a versatile musician with an incredible range of experience from the studio to experimental performance art.

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VLAD VIZIREANU

Executive Director

Maestro Vizireanu is an active conductor who is passionate about bringing new music and living composers to his audiences through creative programming.

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MARI KIMURA

Guest Artist, Composition

Composer, Performer, Improviser, and Inventor Mari Kimura is truly a one-of a-kind musician, trailblazing an exciting path in performative technology.

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ASHLEY WALTERS

Performance Faculty, Cello

Walters performs some of the most demanding and virtuosic new repertoire for cello, including works written through her collaboration with the composer.

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JOEL FEIGIN

Composition Faculty

Feigin's brilliant music combines a deep sense of tradition inspired by his studies with Nadia Boulanger and Roger Sessions, with an ambitious and curious musical imagination.

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ARON KALLAY

Performance Faculty, Piano

Grammy-nominated pianist Aron Kallay is a virtuosic and versatile musician, whose experience includes performing intermedia, microtonal and electroacoustic music.

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BRIGHTWORK

Resident Ensemble

Consisting of world-class musicians, Brightwork is a flexible and fearless ensemble championing the works of today's best living composers.

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JEFFREY HOLMES

Composition Faculty

Composer of post-spectral, teleological music incorporating elements of mysticism and lyrical expression. Holmes' music has been described as “Music of raw power and vision" by Fanfare Magazine.

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ERIC BYERS

Performance Faculty, Cello

Praised as “ideally eloquent” by the Los Angeles Times, cellist Eric Byers captivates audiences as a soloist, chamber musician, and composer, with repertoire spanning  J.S. Bach to today’s most innovative composers including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Thomas Adès, Andrew Norman, Caroline Shaw, and Peter Eötvös.

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AMBROISE AUBRUN

Performance Faculty, Violin

With an international career as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician, Dr. Aubrun brings exciting and intelligent approach to new music.

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ERIN MCKIBBEN

Performance Faculty, Flute

Principal flute for L.A.'s experimental classical ensemble, Wild Up, Grammy-nominated McKibben has extensive experience in new music and working with living composers.

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ANDREW THOLL

Composer-Performer Faculty

Solo and chamber musician Andrew Tholl is a performer-composer with a breadth of experience spanning studio, classical, and experimental work.

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VERA IVANOVA

Composition Faculty

Composer and faculty at Chapman University and the Colburn School, Ivanova's compositions have been performed worldwide and received many national and international awards. 

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MEGAN IHNEN

Career Development Coach

Megan Ihnen (she/her) is a mezzo-soprano devoted to the commissioning, performance, & proliferation of new music. She's also passionate about audience development, music entrepreneurship, and creative placemaking. 

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WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING

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We Are

Unlike Anything Else

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I attend lots of festivals - I even did so during lockdown - and INMF2020 really stood out. I felt that the faculty of composers and performers were exceptionally generous with their time and knowledge. More than that, however, I felt that they had a clear and current focus on the world of music making, gave honest answers to difficult questions, and actually offered me practical, usable advice on how to further my career. I came away from every session feeling energised and motivated. I would strongly recommend this festival.

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    CONTENT: This workshop covers the fundamental concepts involved with producing electronic sound, designing computer instruments to perform those sounds, and composing with/ for those computer instruments. Material is divided respectively into three main units, roughly three weeks each: Waveform Manipulation; Performative Technology; and Compositional Structure. Creative projects from the workshop can be submitted to premiere on INMF's Streaming Concert Series. Participants have access to original materials and templates in Max 8 designed for Impulse Workshop, a weekly lab for feedback, questions, and exploring new directions, and office hours with the instructor. REQUIREMENTS: Participants will need to own or have a subscription to Max 8 by Cycling '74. There is a free 30-day trial as well as monthly and annual subscription options available. For participants with a valid academic ID, there is a heavily-reduced price for the "Annual Academic" subscription option. Downloads and pricing are available here: https://cycling74.com/shop ATTENDANCE: Participants choose from available sections when enrolling. Please note that all times are listed in Pacific Time. Sessions will be held live online via INMF's Google Meet video conference or Zoom; recordings of each session will be available to participants who aren't able to attend it live. Office Hours are optional and offer an opportunity to address concepts in more depth and go over any questions. Office hours are one-on-one and scheduled by appointment. *Additional times/sections may be added for Impulse Workshops, depending on demand and faculty availability. PAYMENT: No payment is due at the time of registration. Once your spot is confirmed in a workshop, you will receive instructions on payment options. Payment plans may be available for confirmed participants. INSTRUCTOR: The faculty mentor of this workshop is Dr. Brandon J. Rolle. Artistic Director of the Impulse New Music Festival, Dr. Rolle is a composer and conductor with extensive experience researching, teaching, and composing music. Rolle has worked with some of the most important figures in contemporary music, including Pauline Oliveros, Clarence Barlow, and Curtis Roads, and his innovative work draws on psychoacoustics research, electronic music techniques, and computer programming to realize deeply-immersive sound worlds. Rolle lives in Los Angeles where he works as a composer and teaches at the Colburn Conservatory of Music and Chapman University. He holds graduate degrees in music composition from Mills College (MA) and University of California, Santa Barbara (PhD).
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Impulse New Music Festival is committed to making high-caliber musical programming, creative training, and professional development opportunities financially attainable for everyone.

This is made possible through the generous support of our community--people just like you--as well as local and national organizations. If you want to support our programs by contributing, funding a scholarship in your name, or exploring other ways to support what INMF is doing, we would love to hear from you! Reach out to us at info@impulse-festival.org




INMF's 2023 Season has been made possible by New Music USA, The Alice M. Ditston Fund, the Copland Fund for Music, California Nonprofit Performing Arts, and support from our donors.
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