Music Mondays: Hear by Design by Anne Lanzilotti

Music Mondays Presents: Hear by Design: Music of Andrew Norman

This coming Monday, May 1st, at 7:30pm at Advent Lutheran Church I'll be playing the New York premiere of Andrew Norman's new string quartet, Still Life, on a portrait concert of his works as influenced by architecture.

Jennifer Koh, violin

Variation Trio - Jennifer Koh, violin; Scott St. John, viola; Wilhelmina Smith, cello

Rhythm Method - Leah Asher, violin; Maria Kifferstein, violin; Anne Lanzilotti, viola; Meaghan Burke, cello

Trident Ensemble - Daniel Moody, countertenor; Owen McIntosh, tenor; Edmund Milly, baritone; Jonathan Woody, bass-baritone

Aaron Wunsch, piano

From the Music Mondays website:

Composer Andrew Norman’s music of “daring juxtapositions and dazzling colors” (New York Times) has made him one of the most widely admired young composers working today. His “staggering imagination” (Boston Globe) draws inspiration from disparate sources, including architecture, cinema, and video games – resulting in music that is fun, funny, and deeply moving. The fourteen performers include violinist Jennifer Koh ("one of our most thoughtful and intense musicians," New York Times), the Variation Trio, and string quartet The Rhythm Method ("uncompromising and unreserved," - with Andrew on hand to introduce his music.


Andrew Norman: Stop Motion for String Quartet (New York Premiere)

Dufay - Nuper rosarum flores

Andrew Norman - Farnsworth: Four Portraits of a House

J. S. Bach - Two Part Inventions (arr. for strings)

Andrew Norman - The Companion Guide to Rome

Kurtág: Hommage à Ránki György

Andrew Norman - Still Life


Advent Lutheran Church
2504 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

For tickets, please visit:

An Architecture of Society: Andrew Norman by Anne Lanzilotti

I wrote a profile of Andrew Norman for Neue Zeitschrift für Musik that is in the February 2017 issue. The publisher has generously allowed me to share a PDF of the English version of the article. Here's an excerpt:

Try. Split. Suspend. Switch. Play. Many of the titles for Andrew Norman’s recent works are both a window into formal devices used in the piece and an invitation for the audience to engage in active listening. Often, Norman presents a complex texture at the beginning of a work that is slowly untangled through actions in the orchestra—actions which sometimes contradict each other as the orchestra tries to resolve the formal puzzle of non-linear narratives. Processing these contradictions in a meaningful way requires both the calm ability to recognize them, and the empathy to take on different perspectives. Contemporary music requires one to confront pre-conceived notions of sound, and challenges the listener to process these contradictions in real time. Therefore, although listening to a classical music concert is often considered a passive activity, Norman is asking the audience to make it an active one by questioning their aesthetic assumptions and being open to problem-solving. Read on

You may access the German version (translation by Friedrich Heinrich Kern) here: "Architektur der Gesellschaft: Der US-Amerikanische Komponist Andrew Norman."

Wanderweg by Anne Lanzilotti

Excited to share my debut EP, Wanderweg! It includes a piece for Noguchi sounding stones, an amplification of beautiful construction noise, a sickly, stuck cover of "Hawaiʻi Aloha," and a walk over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Music by Anne Lanzilotti

Anne Lanzilotti, viola(s), mixing

Bernd Klug, mixing & mastering 

Credits for birth, death
Anne Lanzilotti, Noguchi sounding stones
Alice Teyssier, voice
Leah Asher & Marina Kifferstein, violins
Meaghan Burke, cello
Bernd Klug, recording engineer
Recorded at The Noguchi Museum, New York 

Cover Photography: Salvatore Lanzilotti

Law of Mosaics with A Far Cry by Anne Lanzilotti

In Boston this week to play Ted Hearne's Law of Mosaics and Andrew Norman's The Companion Guide to Rome with A Far Cry! Concert Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Tickets here.

Hearne's Law of Mosaics explores the idea of mosaics to an extreme. The piece asks: What does it mean to take things out of context? Do moments of beauty taken out of context lose their meaning? Is it enough to make a beautiful thing?

See some photos of the churches that inspired The Companion Guide to Rome and read more about the piece herehere, or here if you really have a lot of time on your hands.

From A Far Cry's website:

A rare opportunity to hear A Far Cry's acclaimed album in a full live concert performance! Law of Mosaics features two brilliant works by Ted Hearne and Andrew Norman. In Norman’s Companion Guide to Rome, a 2012 Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, A Far Cry explores the composer’s favorite churches in the Eternal City as nine separate string trios. In “Law of Mosaics”, Hearne creates a magnificent sonic patchwork, imaginatively spun by A Far Cry as a unified ensemble. 
In the words of the Washington Post: [the] dense, idea-intensive “Law of Mosaics” for strings focused more on pure music, cutting and knitting together sections from other works, deliberately upending any sense of narrative to explore new paths to meaning. Hearne’s writing is virtuosic, complex and imaginative — almost to the point of brutality — and A Far Cry played it with fierce dedication.

Martin Bresnick's "Josephine (the Singer)" by Anne Lanzilotti

Excited to share this new viola version of Martin Bresnick's Josephine (the Singer) that I edited, now available through Carl Fischer Music:

Bresnick explains in his program notes:

Josephine The Singer takes it's title from Franz Kafka's last published story, "Josephine the Singer or the Mouse People" . This valedictory tale was Kafka's prescient mediation both on musical divas and also what he considered might be the future of the Jews as a persecuted minority in Europe in the 20th century.
The composition is an extended passacaglia on a subject derived from my earlier work Songs of The Mouse People. This subject itself is found to be consistent with the narrow intervals employed in most mouse melodies.

Hope you enjoy this slightly deeper "rat" version of Josephine (the Singer)! Here are a couple excerpts from the premiere (Live at NYU Black Box Theatre, New York, NY. March 12, 2015).

Music Publishing Podcast by Anne Lanzilotti

I talked to Dennis Tobenski about advocacy, commissioning, and collaboration on his wonderful Music Publishing Podcast.

Here are links to the people I mentioned during the course of our conversation: Leah AsherAshley BathgateMartin BresnickMeaghan Burke, Emily BookwalterDai FujikuraTed Hearne, Marina KiffersteinBernd KlugJennifer KohDavid Lang, James MooreAndrew NormanAnna ThorvaldsdottirScott Wollschleger, ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble)

Thanks so much, Dennis, for having me on the podcast!

Longleash at Scandinavia House by Anne Lanzilotti

Thrilled to be joining Longleash for this concert at the Scandinavia House featuring works by Anna Thorvaldsdottir and Ingram Marshall. Longleash pianist Renate Rolphing and I have been friends since were kids in Hawaiʻi! Can you spot us in this class picture...?


It's such a joy to reconnect with her in New York as adults and perform with her and the other wonderful musicians in Longleash. From Kettle Corn New Music:

Kettle Corn New Music presents up-and-coming chamber music trio Longleash, with special guest Anne Lanzilotti, in a program exploring the relationships between contemporary American and Scandinavian music. The program includes works by modern-day Nordic masters Hans Abrahamsen (Traumlieder) and Kaija Saariaho (Light and Matter), alongside New York-based composer Scott Wollschleger’s Brontal Symmetry. Guest violist Anne Lanzilotti joins the trio for works by Ingram Marshall and Anna Thorvaldsdottir. Kettle corn and beverages are included with admission. 

Obsidian Sound Sculptures at The Noguchi Museum by Anne Lanzilotti

I got another chance to play with these incredible obsidian sounding stones by Isamu Noguchi! Although they are normally not displayed publicly, The Noguchi Museum staff has been very generously allowing me to improvise on them and record the sounds to workshop a new piece I'm writing for the stones, strings and voice. The premiere of my piece will be part of a concert at The Noguchi Museum on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 3pm. Here are a couple videos from last month when I was experimenting with different ways of playing the stones:

Concert description: In honor of the exhibition of Noguchi’s two sculptures Birth (1934) and Death (1934) together in the same gallery for the first time, The Noguchi Museum presents The Rhythm Method String Quartet featuring Alice Teyssier in a program entitled The Once and Future Maiden. In the same way that Noguchi sought a lifelong balance between figuration and abstraction, the various compositional voices on this program deal with fragmented portraits of women in life and death. In addition to my new piece, the program includes works by Dai Fujikura, Leah Asher, and Franz Schubert. The concert is free with museum admission. For more information, please visit:


Anatomy Theater by Anne Lanzilotti

Performing David Lang's Anatomy Theater with ICE this week at BRIC in Brooklyn as a part of the Prototype Festival.

From the BRIC website:

Based on actual 18th-century texts, anatomy theater follows the astonishing progression of an English murderess: from confession to execution and, ultimately, public dissection before a paying audience of fascinated onlookers. Through the miracle of opera, she sings through it all. anatomy theater conjures a time when “specialists” traveled from town to town in pre-modern Europe, conducting public dissections of the corpses of executed criminals, seeking evidence of moral corruption in the interior of the human body. It is an idea that resonates today when, out of fear, we assign evil to some bodies and not others. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Oscar-nominated composer David Lang and world-renowned visual artist Mark Dion, anatomy theater is a tuneful and grisly theatrical event.

Here's a wonderful short interview with David Lang from this summer on NPR where he discusses the piece:

NYU Extended String Sextet by Anne Lanzilotti

The Extended Techniques for Strings course I teach at New York University is a survey of the broad range of techniques demanded of performers in twenty-first century music. The first semester of this two-part course is focused on acoustic techniques, seeking to broaden the students' confidence in interpreting and executing extended techniques for strings. The final "exam" is to plan, promote, and put on a concert of music by living composers with the other members of the class . . . and it's EXAM TIME!

NYU Extended String Sextet presents NEW SOUNDS featuring works by Louis Andriessen, Marcos Balter, Michael Bies, Garth Knox, Yasunao Tone, as well as premieres of new works by the performers: Debora Bang, Kate Barmotina, Tyler James, Daelyn Kauffman, Robert Pile, and Kyle Stalsberg.

Scholes Street Studio
375 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Subway: L / J, Z, M to Lorimer, G to Broadway
Tickets: Free!