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Queeries for Mohammed Fairouz

Composer Mohammed Fairouz, 26, refuses to name a favorite poem but admits to being obsessed with texts.  He’s written 13 song cycles and his first opera, Sumeida’s Song, is due out on Bridge Records soon.  He’s also collaborated with poets Mahmoud Darwish, Wayne Koestenbaum, and Nobel Prize-winner Seamus Heaney.   October will be a landmark month for Fairouz. Besides the CD release, he’ll have a portait concert at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn that includes a new string quartet played by the Boromeo (October 11). Then the Metropolis Ensemble with mezzo Kate Lindsey...
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Queeries for soprano Melissa Fogarty

Soprano Melissa Fogarty gets around – the musical world, that is.  Some of her most recent projects include a tour with a klezmer band, and a new CD, “Despite and Still” of songs by Samuel Barber, with pianist Marc Peloquin.  She and Peloquin first connected just a couple of years ago through their mutual association with David Del Tredici. Fogarty has worked regularly with Del Tredici, as well as a number of other contemporary composers, but she also has extensive experience in the early music world.  At New York City Opera, she’s performed in the new opera reading series...
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Queeries for violinist Andrew Sords

Twenty-five year old Cleveland violinist Andrew Sords has already appeared as a soloist with over 60 orchestras across the country and internationally.   During the current season will perform the concertos of Dvorak, Bruch, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky.  He’s also made the rounds with some of gltb orchestras and this summer will be on the faculty of Cleveland Institute’s chamber music festival. What’s a typical workday for you? Work for me consists of practice, emails, discussing career plans and engagements with my manager, cleaning the apartment, making sure...
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Queeries for composer/soprano Kristin Norderval

Kristin Norderval has come a long way from the received expectations of what sopranos should do. “I remember singing Frasquita in ‘Carmen’ in Sarasota,” she told the New York Times in 2001 (“Downtown Divas Expand Their Horizons.”)  ”I couldn’t bear the end of the opera, passively watching Carmen become a victim. I always wanted to run out on stage and yell: ‘There he is. Call the cops.’… I pulled back from this repertory also because I wanted to have more of a hand in shaping the artistic product, to work in a collaborative...
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Queeries for composer Clint Borzoni

Clint Borzoni began studying music at age seven and wrote his first composition at age eleven. Now 29 years old, he’s composed more than 40 pieces, including a piano concerto, percussion quartet, a couple of sting quartets and chamber orchestra works and loads of songs. A New York City resident, he received his bachelors and masters degrees at CUNY.  His musical theater work “My Life as a Bald Soprano” premiered in 2008 at the June Havoc Theater in New York. Late last year the baritone Randall Turner premiered two of Borzoni’s songs on a recital program –  given in...
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Queeries for Jeffrey Krieger, the Electric Cellist

He’s the principal cellist in the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, but Jeffrey Krieger is widely known in new music circles as an electric cellist. For some 20 years now he’s played the electrified instrument and collaborated extensively with a wide range of composers in the creation of multimedia performance works involving computer and videos. A 1993 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts made possible extensive touring in the USA, and in 1996 he received the State of Connecticut Commission on the Arts Artist Fellowship for work in multi-media. _______________________________________________________________ Where...
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Queeries for composer/trombonist Monique Buzzarté

As a trombonist and composer Monique Buzzarté has performed in traditional orchestras and chamber music settings and collaborated in the most advanced realms of new compositional and experimental techniques.  Based in New York, she was dubbed a “Soloist Champion” by Meet the Composer in 2008 for her long advocacy of contemporary works.  Since 1983, her project New Music from Women: Trombone has commissioned works by Kristin Norderval, Leslie Wildman, Susan Botti, Pauline Oliveros, Alice Shields and Sorrel Hayes, among others.  A former vice president of the International Alliance...
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Queeries for cellist Eric Edberg

Cellist Eric Edberg trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts, the Juilliard School, SUNY Stony Brook, and Florida State University and is a faculty member at the DePauw University School of Music in Greencastle, Indiana. He writes a marvelous blog about whatever musical matters are on his mind and sometimes they also involve being gay. That caught My Big Gay Eye and I reached out to him by email. Little did I know we’d met almost 20 years ago through a mutual dear friend, Mary Ellen Cohn.  Eric told me that when came out, Mary Ellen sent him a copy of my production, “Gay...
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Queeries for composer Corey Dargel

A Brooklyn resident and Texas native, Corey Dargel is a 32 year-old composer and singer.  His music has appeared on NPR and even merited a Tweet from Rachel Maddow. After catching a performance of Dargel at Here in Manhattan, Alex Ross wrote: “Gaunt in appearance and impish in spirit, he sings in a plaintive, innocent-sounding voice, his texts zigzagging between raw confession and cerebral absurdity.” What are you working on these days? I have a new album “Someone Will Take Care of Me” coming out in the spring, so a lot of time lately has been devoted to recording-studio work. I’m...
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Queeries for pianist Theresa Bogard

Pianist Theresa L. Bogard has been a specialist in women composers, performing works of Louis Talma, Margaret Bonds, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Mrs. H. H. A. Beach among many others. Her 1998 disc of music by Talma received the Gay & Lesbian American Music Award for Best Classical Performance.  A faculty member at the University of Wyoming, Bogard earned her D.M.A. at the University of Colorado and also studied at the Eastman School and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Australia.  In 1989, she was a top-prize winner in the International Mozart Fortepiano Competition in Bruges, Belgium. What...
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