Monday, July 20, 2015

New PARMA Artist: Jay Anthony Gach

Jay Anthony Gach
We are excited to announce that composer Jay Anthony Gach has joined our roster of composers and artists.

An accomplished composer in a wide array of contemporary classical genres, Jay's music has been praised by performers and audiences throughout the world for its "vibrant textures" (New York Times), and its "wit, virtuosity, and accessibility" (Clarinet & Saxophone Magazine).

Jay lived in Europe from 1981 to 1999, winning composition prizes and fellowships in Rome, Italy; Dartington, England; and Stuttgart, Germany before returning to his native New York. His instrumental music has been played by renown instrumental soloists Richard Stoltzman and Soo Bae.

In addition, Jay has received commissions and awards from several notable organizations, including:

- American Lyric Theatre Poe Opera Project (opera commission "Of the Flesh...")
- Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University  (commission)
- Astral Foundation (Pew-Bandy) of New York and Philadelphia  (grant)
- Frederick P. Rose Music Composition Prize  (1st prize)
- American Academy in Rome Composition Fellowship  (foreign fellowship)
- New York Foundation for the Arts  (grant)
- Tanglewood Music Centre Bruno Maderna Fellowship

Jay's orchestral work has been performed domestically and abroad by a number of professional groups including (among many others) the Brooklyn Philharmonic under the direction of prolific composer and conductor Lukas Foss, who praised Jay's work as "brilliant beyond words."

We will be entering the studio this fall with Jay to record his orchestral piece, "Gangsta," to be released in 2016. Of the piece, Jay writes:
“Gangsta” is music influenced by the film noir genre of cinema. Film noir – mostly shot in gloomy grays, black and white – thematically showed the dark and inhumane side of human nature – replete with dingy realism, cynicism, doomed love, defeat and entrapment. Film noir emphasized the brutal, unhealthy, seamy, shadowy, dark and sadistic sides of the human experience. An oppressive atmosphere of menace, pessimism, anxiety, and a suspicion that anything-can-go-wrong fatalism were all stylized characteristics of film noir."

To hear some of Jay's music, check out his "Toccatina" for piano four hands via the YouTube player below. In the meantime, stay tuned for updates on Jay's music and the rest of our fall orchestral sessions!


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