Sunday, May 20, 2018, 5pm:
RAM Trio Expo
The rich, colorful, and sometimes edgy nature of the trio combination of violin, clarinet, and piano will be explored in the final program of RAM’s 2017-2018 season. In RAM Trio Expo, RAM Players Maya Bennardo on violin, Thomas Piercy on clarinets, and Marija Ilic on piano coalesce into trios, a duo, and a solo for this program of music for clarinet, violin, and piano by Croatian composer and RAM’s 2018 Call for Scores winner, Ivan Božičević, David Fetherolf, Gilbert Galindo, Katherine Hoover, Frances White, and Japanese composer, Joji Yuas.
Ivan Božičević: Shaken from a crane’s bill (New York premiere & 2018 Call for Scores Winner)
David Fetherolf: Dialogue (World premiere)
Gilbert Galindo: New Work (World premiere)
Katherine Hoover: Images
Frances White: New Work (World premiere)
Joji Yuas: Solitude
The RAM Players are high caliber New York musicians who specialize in new music dedicated to delivering exciting performances of works by living American composers. Musicians in the RAM Players have been described as passionate, brilliant, sensitive, and energetic in their careers as ensemble performers and as soloists with orchestras from around the world. The RAM Players are seasoned performers of music by RAM composers and share in the supportive and collaborative spirit of RAM.
Thomas Piercy is a critically acclaimed musician with orchestral, concerto, recital and chamber music appearances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has been described by The New York Times as “Brilliant…playing with refinement and flair…evoking a panache in the contemporary works.” A versatile artist defying categorization – performing on the Emmy Award-winning Juno Baby CDs and DVDs; performing with pianist Earl Wild and Frederica von Stade; working with Leonard Bernstein; appearing in a KRS-ONE music video; playing hichiriki in Japan; recording with members of Maroon 5; premiering over 200 works composed for him; performing on Broadway and Off-Broadway, television, radio, and commercial recordings. Recordings for Albany, Capstone, DGI, Changing Tones, NJST, Tonada Records and more.
Maya Bennardo is a Brooklyn-based violinist and teacher. Maya is passionate about opening the dialogue between composers and performers, and she works tirelessly to promote and perform the music of today. She was a 2014/2015 Fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute at MASS MoCA and a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra founded by Pierre Boulez. She regularly performs with New York ensembles such as Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Ensemble Mise-En, and andPlay, the violin/viola duo of which she is a founder. Maya holds degrees from New York University (MM) and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (BM) where she studied with Gregory Fulkerson.
Pianist Marija Ilić is an active performer of the traditional repertoire and new music in New York City and has been praised as a “clear and decisive musician,” “compelling,” and “poetic,” and noted for her “quiet intensity” (New York Times). Her performances include recitals at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, Musica Viva, Kolarac Hall, and the Parliament Building in Belgrade, the Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, as well as the Music Festival of the Hamptons, Aldeburgh Festival in England, Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival, Hoch Chamber Music Series, and Trinity Church. A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Ms. Ilić holds an undergraduate degree from the Belgrade Music Academy, a graduate degree from the Mannes College of Music, and a doctorate in piano performance from Rutgers University. She is on the faculty at Vassar College and Concordia Conservatory, where she is also the artistic director for Concerts at OSilas Gallery music series. Her solo CD featuring music by Bach will be released in 2018.