Ensemble Dal Niente, in collaboration with DePaul University, is announces the Summer Residency for New Music, week-long program for undergraduate level composers and performers of new music.
Ensemble Dal Niente, in collaboration with DePaul University, is thrilled to announce the second week-long summer residency program for undergraduate and graduate composers and performers of new music.
Undergraduate composers and performers are invited to work with internationally recognized Ensemble Dal Niente, DePaul composition faculty, and guest composer Hilda Paredes for a week-long residency program. Throughout the week, young composers and performers will have opportunities to collaborate on new projects, work side-by-side with Dal Niente musicians, perform in small and large ensembles, receive individualized feedback from DePaul faculty composers Osnat Netzer, Christopher Jones, and Fred Gifford, and participate in masterclasses. Participants will receive daily instruction through lessons, rehearsals, workshops and lectures. Projects realized during the residency will be performed on evening concerts.
Hilda Paredes – Guest composer
Osnat Netzer – DePaul University
Christopher Jones – DePaul University
Fred Gifford – DePaul University
Dal Niente Performance Faculty:
Michael Lewanski – Conductor
Tara Lynn Ramsey – Violin/Viola
Constance Volk – Flute
Chris Wild – Cello
Ben Melsky – Harp
Mabel Kwan – piano
Jesse Langen – Guitar
Kyle Flens – Percussion
About Dal Niente
Ensemble Dal Niente performs new and experimental chamber music with dedication, virtuosity, and an exploratory spirit. Dal Niente’s roster of 23 musicians presents an uncommonly broad range of contemporary music, guiding listeners towards music that transforms existing ideas and subverts convention. Audiences coming to Dal Niente shows can expect distinctive productions—from fully staged operas to multimedia spectacles to intimate solo performances—that are curated to pique curiosity and connect art, culture, and people.
Now in its second decade, Ensemble Dal Niente has performed concerts across Europe and the Americas, including appearances at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC; The Foro Internacional de Música Nueva in Mexico City; Walt Disney Concert Hall for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Noon to Midnight Festival; Radialsystem, Berlin; MusicArte Festival in Panama City; The Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago; and the Darmstadt Summer Courses in Germany, where it was the first-ever ensemble to win the Kranichstein prize for interpretation in 2012. Dal Niente is also the 2019 recipient of the Fromm Music Foundation Prize.
The group has recordings available on the New World, New Amsterdam, New Focus, Navona, Parlour Tapes+, and Carrier labels; has held residencies at The University of Chicago, Harvard University, Stanford University, Brown University, Brandeis University, and Northwestern University, among others; and collaborated with a wide range of composers, from Enno Poppe to George Lewis to Erin Gee to Greg Saunier and Deerhoof.
The ensemble’s name, Dal Niente (“from nothing” in Italian), is a tribute to Helmut Lachenmann’s Dal niente (Interieur III), a work that upended traditional conceptions of instrumental technique; and also a reference to the group’s humble beginnings in 2004.