The New England Conservatory Composers Lab Ensemble (NEC CLE) is an experimental ensemble devoted to mentoring and coaching young composers. The workshop offers opportunities for direct dialogue
between the Ensemble, Visiting Composers and the Participants in order to cultivate skills necessary for successful collaboration and expansion of the compositional palette.
Next Workshop: April 24th. Deadline for submissions is April 18th. Please click on the "Application" to apply.
2nd NEC CLE Workshop Announced: April 24th
NEC CLE is pleased to announce its second CLE Workshop on April 24th with special Guest Composer, ANN CLEARE and Guest NEC Faculty Composer, KATARINA MILJKOVIC. Applications and further details now available by clicking on the "Applications" heading to your right. Applications DUE April 18th.
ANN CLEARE is from county Offaly in Ireland. In 2005, she graduated with a B.mus from University College Cork where she was awarded the Mary V. Harte Memorial Prize. In 2008, she received an M.Phil in Composition from UCC, where she studied with John Godfrey and Jesse Ronneau, and also worked as a tutor for two years. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Composition at Harvard University under the supervision of Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku.
Her music has been performed in various venues across Europe, New Zealand and America by ensembles such as Ensemble SurPlus, 175 East, The Crash Ensemble, and The Callithumpian Consort. Recent and future projects include new works for clarinettist Carol McGonnell and Argento Ensemble, ELISION, Quatuor Diotima, and ICE (Harvard residency 2011), Collegium Novum Zürich (Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik Commission 2012). Honors and awards include College Scholar Title (UCC 2006), The IMRO/Feis Ceoil Composition Competition (2007), The West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composer Awards (2008), Bank of Ireland Millennium Scholar (2009), a research grant at The EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO Freiburg des SWR during 2011, as well as various grants and bursaries from The Arts Council Ireland. Her piece, “I am not a clockmaker either”, was recently short listed for the 2010 Gaudeamus prize.
In 2007, she attended The International Summer Course for Composers at Akademie Schloss Solitude, where she worked with Chaya Czernowin, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, and Ole Ludwig Holm. From 2008 to 2009, she attended the Cursus for Composition and Music Technologies at IRCAM. Ann worked as a resident composer with The Cork International Choral Festival from 2005 to 2008.
Composer KATARINA MILJKOVIC investigates interaction between science, music and nature through collaborative musical performance. This interest led her to the mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot’s essay The Fractal Geometry of Nature and self-similar complex structures resulting in the cycle, Forest, “…a dreamy piece, along the lines of Feldman or Brown…entirely captivating” (Signal to Noise). Her generative music has been described as “a refined, hypnotic dream” (Danas) “a work of musical and visual slow-motion with only a few delicately elaborated musical metaphors” (Radio Belgrade), "ambient tone poem... that moved hypnotically through the sonic frame" (Lucid Culture).
In collaboration with Wolfram Research, Miljkovic has been working on sound mapping of the elementary rules from Stephen Wolfram’s New Kind of Science. She presented her exploration in this new field at NKS conferences in Waltham, MA, 2004, Washington, D.C., 2006, University of Vermont, 2007, Wolfram Technology Conference, Champaign, IL, 2005, The Musical and Scientific Legacies of Iannis Xenakis, 2006, Toronto, Cambridge Science Festival, 2009-2010, Boston Cyber Festival, 2007-2009, the International Conference on Mathematics and Computation in Music, 2007, Berlin, and Empirics, Computation, Mathematics, Science and Technology in Music and Acoustical Signal Analysis (ECMST ~ MASA), 2010, Berlin, Electronic Music Midwest, Chicago, IL, 2010.
Katarina Miljkovic's works have been performed at major music festivals in her native Yugoslavia, including the Belgrade Music Festivities, BEMUS, Music Biennale and World Festival of Chamber Music in Zagreb, the Rostrum of Yugoslav Music and, at the international festivals in Budapest, Romanische Sommer, Cologne and soundAxis, Toronto. Her Rondo, Sequence for String Orchestra was performed internationally by Belgrade String Orchestra in China, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Russia, and Great Britain, at venues such as the Beijing Concert Hall, the Moscow Conservatory Big Concert Hall and the Bulgaria Symphony Hall. Miljkovic’s work Swifts, for Symphonic Orchestra was performed by the Belgrade Radio Orchestra, the Athens Symphony Orchestra and broadcasted internationally. Her recent collaborative projects include works with Theater Dah from Belgrade, director Vlada Petric, Harvard University, Milan Popovic, video artist, Belgrade, choreographers Dawn Kramer and Stephen Buck, Boston, composer/performer Ko Ishikawa, Japan and percussionist, Peter Negroponte, NYC.
Miljkovic moved to Boston in 1992. She is faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music since 1996 and the recipient of the Louis Krasner and Lawrence Lesser award for excellence in teaching.