This year's Festival composer, Missy Mazzoli, was involved in 2016 with the inception of the mentoring programme Luna Composition Lab along with Ellen Reid and the Kaufman Music Center in New York. The programme, directed at young composers who are female, non-binary or gender nonconforming, aims to lower the threshold for these groups to commit to a career in composing, where they are under-represented. Each year a handful of American teenagers are selected and paired with an established female, non-binary or gender nonconforming composer. In the course of the year the participants develop their own compositions under the guidance of their mentors, and the season culminates in a weeklong festival in New York City, including world premiere performances of their works.
The concert in Håkonshallen is guest curated by Missy Mazzoli. BIT20 Ensemble from Bergen will perform several compositions emerging from Luna Composition Lab, written by composers aged between 15 and 20. The programme also includes Enthusiasm Strategies, written by Mazzoli for the Kronos Quartet and their Fifty for the Future project; and Shaker Loops by John Adams, one of the minimalist's best-known and most performed works, inspired by the sound of rippling water.
'Young women in their teens have few female composer role models, and are, in both direct and subtle ways, discouraged from entering the field.'
Image: BIT20 Ensemble (photo: Johanne Karlsrud), Missy Mazzoli (
: Caroline Tompkins)
– MISSY MAZZOLI
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