Members

Chelsea Czuchra: Flutes

Passionately dedicated to new music of all kinds, flautist Chelsea Czuchra has given premiere performances of works by some of today’s most innovative composers, including Vinny Golia, Alex Shapiro, Arthur Jarvinen and Wadada Leo Smith. She has been an active collaborator coast to coast in North America and in Europe, with activities ranging from ensemble and solo flute playing to improvisation and theater work. She has been heard in places as diverse as: Maison 44(CH), Folkwangschule Essen(D), Edinburgh Fringe Festival(Scotland), Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt(D), Vancouver International New Music Festival (CA), the Ojai Festival(USA), Percussive Arts Society,  Bang on A Can at MassMOCA, Musica Nel Chiostro(I), Galerie Rottstrasse 5(D), and the Spoleto Festival(I).  Chelsea holds a BFA from Purchase College (SUNY) and a MFA from California Institute of the Arts.

Nora Krahl: Cello

The German cellist Nora Krahl has performed throughout Europe, Turkey and in the USA at international festivals as Ruhrtriennale, Munich Biennale, Bang on a Can Summer Festival (USA) and the International Conference of ISEA 2010.

She is member of the contemporary music ensembles Antares project, Ensemble Folkwang Modern, the improvisation ensemble Multiple Joyce Orchestra, she is collaborating with the composer Johannes Schmidt (Vc and electronics) and the visual artist Sena Basoz (Istanbul). She is passionate about contemporary music, and has performed in new music festivals such as International Summer Academy for Contemporary Music Darmstadt, SICPP (Boston), and Next Generation of ZKM Karlsruhe, the summer festival of Ensemble Recherche, where she worked with the cellists Lukas Fels (Arditti Quartet), Rohan de Saram and Åsa Åkaberg. Furthermore she worked with composers as Helmut Lachenmann, Martin Bresnick, Tristan Murail, Michael Gordon and Johannes Kalitzke.

Ms. Krahl has been awarded scholarships by Ensemble Modern, Allianz Kulturstiftung, the State of Niedersachsen and DAAD (German Academic exchange Program). In 2010/11 she was artist in residence in Istanbul, awarded by “Kunststiftung NRW” (Germany).

Ms. Krahl holds a german music diploma from the Folkwang University of Music, Theater and Dance in Essen, where she studied with Professor Alexander Hülshoff. She is currently pursuing her PhD in musicology, in the field of  early electronic music.

Barbara Lieurance, Piano:

The Metroland of New York writes that Ms. Lieurance “wowed audiences” and the Maine Sunday Telegram notes that “at the end of the concert, Ms. Lieurance had. . . the audience standing.” Known for her innovative performances and her daring programming, Ms. Lieurance brings new music to concerts halls around the United States and Europe. Recently Ms. Lieurance was invited to Switzerland to perform solo piano and chamber works of Meinrad Schütter, in a festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. Last season she was invited to participate in an artist residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada. This fall she was the inaugural performer of the Distinguished Alumni Concert Series at Western Michigan University, where she performed Inside the Piano, Outside the Box, a program featuring works for bowed piano.

Ms. Lieurance’s workshops on new music and non-traditional piano performance techniques have been presented in many venues, including the Berklee School of Music (upcoming), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, and as a guest artist for the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, where Ms. Lieurance performed two tours with their Keys to Education program, bringing avant-garde music to hundreds of schoolchildren in Michigan. Among the awards that Ms. Lieurance has received are the Emerging Artist Grant from the Gilmore Foundation, the Presser Scholar Award, and the Paloheimo Foundation Award.

Ms. Lieurance is a founding member of the new music trio Antares Project (antaresproject.de). Ms. Lieurance is on the music faculty of Bridgewater State University.

News

We are excited to announce our next commission from composer Stephan Moore, to be performed in Spring 2013.