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Works in Progress Sophia Brous, Yuka Honda, Khemia Ensemble
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Biography


By exploring the merging of music and visuals, Argentinian composer Carolina Heredia’s current research is focused on the production of interactive audiovisual works. A 2015 Fromm Commission recipient, her compositions have been commissioned and performed in the United States and South America by several esteemed musicians and ensembles, including JACK Quartet, Derek Bermel, Alarm Will Sound, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Duo Cortona, Alex Fiterstein, Tesla Quartet, Chiara Quartet, and Khemia Ensemble. Her music has been featured at the SONIC Festival NYC, Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowling Green New Music Festival, the Mizzou International Composers Festival, SEAMUS, Strange Beautiful Music, New Music Gathering, Crested Butte Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, and the TIES Toronto International Electroacoustic Festival, among others. Her work Virginia (2015), for solo alto and mixed choir, was awarded the Brehm Prize in choral composition, premiered by the University of Michigan Chamber Choir under the baton of Jerry Blackstone, and is currently published by the Hal Leonard company. Ius in Bello (2014), for clarinet and string quartet, will be released this year on a record by Alexander Fiterstein and the Tesla Quartet on Orchid Classics. In 2018 she became the recipient of the inaugural International New Music Competition John Corigliano Grand Prize for her work Ausencias.

Carolina Heredia moved to the United States in 2009 at 28 years old to pursue graduate education in music composition. She had received a Licenciature in Music Composition from the National University of Villa Maria (Córdoba, Argentina) and graduated from the Violin program at the Córdoba State Conservatory of Music. Before coming to the States, she had also worked as a violinist, arranger, producer, and composer for the Metropolitan Orchestra of Córdoba and was an active part of the popular music scene, performing violin with and recording for several traditional and progressive tango, folk, and rock bands. In 2017, Carolina completed her Doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Michigan, studying with Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Erik Santos, and Kristin Kuster. She was then a 2017-18 postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri School of Music. Currently, she is Assistant Professor in Music Composition and Assistant Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Heredia’s 2015 Harvard University Fromm Music Foundation Commission supported the creation of her work Ausencias/Ausências/Absences, for string quartet and fixed media, which was premiered by the JACK Quartet in March, 2016. Later that year, she was awarded a one-year fellowship at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities to further develop and extend the work into an intermedia collaboration by adding dance and interactive video, and extending its length from seventeen to thirty minutes. Heredia collaborated with Costa Rican choreographer Sandra Torijano and Interactive Video Engineer Carlos Garcia, as well as the technical team at the Duderstadt Center, including staging, lighting, and sound. The artistic impetus for this work were the final writings of Violeta Parra, Alfonsina Storni, and Ana C. Cesar, three South American poets who took their own lives. In this work, she explores the concept of suicide as an attempt to exercise a capacity for empathy and compassion as well as to destigmatize mental illness.

Heredia founded Khemia Ensemble in 2015 as a contemporary music ensemble that strives to create innovative audiovisual concert experiences involving interactive technology. The ensemble has presented at several venues across the Americas, including National Sawdust (NYC), Trinosophes (Detroit), Radio Nacional and Facultad de Música (Argentina), and Facultad de Artes (Colombia). Khemia has received support from the Foundation for the Contemporary Arts, the Eastman School of Music Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research, the University of Michigan, and the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

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Biography


By exploring the merging of music and visuals, Argentinian composer Carolina Heredia’s current research is focused on the production of interactive audiovisual works. A 2015 Fromm Commission recipient, her compositions have been commissioned and performed in the United States and South America by several esteemed musicians and ensembles, including JACK Quartet, Derek Bermel, Alarm Will Sound, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Duo Cortona, Alex Fiterstein, Tesla Quartet, Chiara Quartet, and Khemia Ensemble. Her music has been featured at the SONIC Festival NYC, Aspen Music Festival and School, Bowling Green New Music Festival, the Mizzou International Composers Festival, SEAMUS, Strange Beautiful Music, New Music Gathering, Crested Butte Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, and the TIES Toronto International Electroacoustic Festival, among others. Her work Virginia (2015), for solo alto and mixed choir, was awarded the Brehm Prize in choral composition, premiered by the University of Michigan Chamber Choir under the baton of Jerry Blackstone, and is currently published by the Hal Leonard company. Ius in Bello (2014), for clarinet and string quartet, will be released this year on a record by Alexander Fiterstein and the Tesla Quartet on Orchid Classics. In 2018 she became the recipient of the inaugural International New Music Competition John Corigliano Grand Prize for her work Ausencias.

Carolina Heredia moved to the United States in 2009 at 28 years old to pursue graduate education in music composition. She had received a Licenciature in Music Composition from the National University of Villa Maria (Córdoba, Argentina) and graduated from the Violin program at the Córdoba State Conservatory of Music. Before coming to the States, she had also worked as a violinist, arranger, producer, and composer for the Metropolitan Orchestra of Córdoba and was an active part of the popular music scene, performing violin with and recording for several traditional and progressive tango, folk, and rock bands. In 2017, Carolina completed her Doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Michigan, studying with Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Erik Santos, and Kristin Kuster. She was then a 2017-18 postdoctoral fellow at the University of Missouri School of Music. Currently, she is Assistant Professor in Music Composition and Assistant Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative at the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Heredia’s 2015 Harvard University Fromm Music Foundation Commission supported the creation of her work Ausencias/Ausências/Absences, for string quartet and fixed media, which was premiered by the JACK Quartet in March, 2016. Later that year, she was awarded a one-year fellowship at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities to further develop and extend the work into an intermedia collaboration by adding dance and interactive video, and extending its length from seventeen to thirty minutes. Heredia collaborated with Costa Rican choreographer Sandra Torijano and Interactive Video Engineer Carlos Garcia, as well as the technical team at the Duderstadt Center, including staging, lighting, and sound. The artistic impetus for this work were the final writings of Violeta Parra, Alfonsina Storni, and Ana C. Cesar, three South American poets who took their own lives. In this work, she explores the concept of suicide as an attempt to exercise a capacity for empathy and compassion as well as to destigmatize mental illness.

Heredia founded Khemia Ensemble in 2015 as a contemporary music ensemble that strives to create innovative audiovisual concert experiences involving interactive technology. The ensemble has presented at several venues across the Americas, including National Sawdust (NYC), Trinosophes (Detroit), Radio Nacional and Facultad de Música (Argentina), and Facultad de Artes (Colombia). Khemia has received support from the Foundation for the Contemporary Arts, the Eastman School of Music Paul R. Judy Center for Innovation and Research, the University of Michigan, and the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

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 JACK Quartet and clarinetist Thiago Ancelmo after a performance of Lus in Bello at the University of Iowa

JACK Quartet and clarinetist Thiago Ancelmo after a performance of Lus in Bello at the University of Iowa

 Composer and clarinetist, Derek Bermel and I after a performance of Lus in Bello at the SONIC Festival in New York City

Composer and clarinetist, Derek Bermel and I after a performance of Lus in Bello at the SONIC Festival in New York City

 Violinist Caroline Chen and I after a performance of Dejate Caer at the Bowling Green New Music Festival

Violinist Caroline Chen and I after a performance of Dejate Caer at the Bowling Green New Music Festival

 My work Incertidumbres being read at the Aspen Music Festival and School

My work Incertidumbres being read at the Aspen Music Festival and School

 The beautiful Maroon Bells hike in Aspen, Colorado while in residence at the Aspen Music Festival and School

The beautiful Maroon Bells hike in Aspen, Colorado while in residence at the Aspen Music Festival and School

Works in Progress Sophia Brous, Yuka Honda, Khemia Ensemble

Khemia Ensemble


/'kemēa/
n.
1. derived from the Ancient Greek word χημεία (kh
ēmeia) meaning "cast together"
2. a contemporary concert music ensemble based in the United States

Khemia Ensemble is a contemporary chamber ensemble focused on championing the works of living composers through vivid, multimedia performances. The members of Khemia Ensemble have come together across four countries from around the world: Argentina, Brazil, China, and the United States to form an ensemble that seeks to diversify and share the music of living composers.

The ensemble has been featured in venues and festivals such as National Sawdust, Strange Beautiful Music in Detroit, the third annual New Music Gathering, Latin IS America at Michigan State University, and the Biennial New Music Festival at the National University of Cordoba. Khemia has held residencies at the University of Michigan, Tufts University, Michigan State University, the National University of Bogota, and the National University of Cordoba as well as two consecutive years at Avaloch Farms.

Khemia Ensemble


/'kemēa/
n.
1. derived from the Ancient Greek word χημεία (kh
ēmeia) meaning "cast together"
2. a contemporary concert music ensemble based in the United States

Khemia Ensemble is a contemporary chamber ensemble focused on championing the works of living composers through vivid, multimedia performances. The members of Khemia Ensemble have come together across four countries from around the world: Argentina, Brazil, China, and the United States to form an ensemble that seeks to diversify and share the music of living composers.

The ensemble has been featured in venues and festivals such as National Sawdust, Strange Beautiful Music in Detroit, the third annual New Music Gathering, Latin IS America at Michigan State University, and the Biennial New Music Festival at the National University of Cordoba. Khemia has held residencies at the University of Michigan, Tufts University, Michigan State University, the National University of Bogota, and the National University of Cordoba as well as two consecutive years at Avaloch Farms.