About Halcyon Disquiet:
A halcyon, a tree kingfisher, was thought in Greek mythology to possess the ability to calm the sea. Here, Halcyon Disquiet alludes to a hushed lurk, and a fermenting unease. Halcyon Disquiet (initially titled Ebb) arose as a collaboration with choreographer Isadora Snapp as a commission by the Charlotte New Music Festival, where Great Noise Ensemble premiered the work with dance in June 2015.
About Dana Kaufman:
The works of composer Dana Kaufman (b. Chicago, 1989) have been heard throughout North America, as well as in Estonia, the Czech Republic and Italy. Her music has been featured at venues and festivals such as Eesti Muusika Päevad (Estonian Music Days), Eesti Muusika- ja Teatriakadeemia Sügisfestival (Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Fall Festival), Charlotte New Music Festival, “Installazione di Musica Elettronica, Incontro ‘Musica Contemporanea in Unione Europea’” hosted by the Contemporary Music Center of Milan, Ravinia Festival, Chicago’s United Center (for co-arrangement of The Star-Spangled Banner at Chicago Bulls game), Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Hall, Peoria Civic Center, New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, Amherst College, the North American Jewish Choral Festival and the 2015 Women Composers Festival of Hartford; it has also been performed and recorded by ensembles such as the Great Noise Ensemble, Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, a very small consortium, New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble, Firebird Ensemble, Wet Ink Ensemble, So Percussion, and the Choir of Lutheran Church of the Ascension (Illinois).
From 2012-2013, Ms. Kaufman was a Fulbright Student Research Fellow in Tallinn, Estonia, where she conducted ethnomusicology research and studied composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre; she collected field recordings for incorporation into original musical works and also delivered lectures at institutions including the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn University of Technology, and a Fulbright Enrichment Seminar in Prague. Ms. Kaufman is the recipient of numerous awards in addition to the Fulbright Grant, including the University of Miami Dean’s Fellowship, New England Conservatory Merit Award, New England Conservatory Scholarship, First Runner-up/Finalist in the 2014 Black House New Operas Project Composers’ Competition, Third Place in the Amherst College College Song Composition Competition, Eric Edward Sundquist Prize in Composition (Amherst College), Mikhail Schweitzer Memorial Book Award (Amherst College), First Place in the Music Institute of Chicago’s Generation Next Composition Competition, and First and Third Place in the Vocal Solo and Vocal Ensemble Categories (respectively) of the All-State Illinois Music Educators Association Composition Competition, and is a winner of the 2015 Women Composers Festival New England Score Call. She was also Composer-in-Residence at Lutheran Church of the Ascension, and her co-composition, Hashkiveinu (composed with Richard Cohn), is published by Transcontinental Music Publications and performed at synagogues throughout North America.
Ms. Kaufman graduated magna cum laude, with her one-act opera/senior thesis in composition, Diary of a Madman, recommended for summa cum laude, from Amherst College in 2012, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and Russian. Ms. Kaufman recently completed her Master of Music in Composition at New England Conservatory (Academic Honors; Pi Kappa Lambda nominee) and will begin her Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition this fall at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where she is the first Frost School of Music student to be awarded a Dean’s Fellowship.