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MEET THE COMPOSER: Jeffrey Mumford
During this talk, Mumford will discuss his work amid still and floating depths and creative process. This event is livestream-only, join the conversation online!
amid still and floating depths was co-commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, Gustavo Dudamel Music Director, and the Library of Congress, for the Mivos Quartet.
The title for me suggests the image of a still place, resonant with varying intensities of light, which interact with one another on many levels. Often, as these relationships evolve, there are multiple layers of unfolding modes of expression, sometimes juxtaposing and superimposing more explosive and figurative material with that which is more lyrical and sparse.
The work celebrates the many sonic possibilities of the string quartet medium, and in particular, the individual and collective brilliance and vision of the members of the Mivos Quartet.
About Jeffrey Mumford
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1955, composer Jeffrey Mumford has received numerous fellowships, grants, awards and commissions.
Awards include the “Academy Award in Music” from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, a Fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, and an ASCAP Aaron Copland Scholarship. He was also the winner of the inaugural National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition. Other grants have been awarded by the Ohio Arts Council, Meet the Composer, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music Inc., the ASCAP Foundation, and the University of California.
Mumford’s most notable commissions include those from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Koussevitzky Foundation, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the Library of Congress (co-commission), the BBC Philharmonic, the San Antonio, Chicago & National Symphonies, Washington Performing Arts, the Network for New Music, ‘cellist Mariel Roberts, the Fulcrum Point New Music Project (through New Music USA), Duo Harpverk (Iceland), the Sphinx Consortium, the Cincinnati Symphony, the VERGE Ensemble /National Gallery of Art/Contemporary Music Forum, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust, the Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning Music/USA, Cincinnati radio station WGUC, the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation, and the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress.