February 24th – March 2nd at The Warehouse, Theed Street, London SE1
Odaline de la Martinex heads up the latest outing of this fascinating festival launched in 2006. The festival explores and celebrates the work of major American composers and reflects the variety of style that is so characteristic of contemporary American music today.
With a wide selection of well-known and successful composers, the festival reflects new music in America today, as well as diversity of gender, generation and geography. Some of the composers Ruth Crawford Seeger, John Harbison, Florence Price, George Crumb, Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland are Deans of American Music. Others though well known in the States, are emerging voices outside their native North America, and were selected specifically to treat UK audiences to a broader spectrum of the best of American music today. Featured are world premieres by Barbara Jazwinski, James Lee III, Elena Ruehr, and Sarah Rikus as well as UK Premieres to include Augusta Read Thomas, Fred Lerdahl, Jorge Sosa and many more. Many of the composers featured will be attending the festival. Most of the pieces presented will be UK or European premieres.