Announcing the Panelists for the 2017-18 EtM Con Edison Composer Residencies

David Johnston

Richard Einhorn has written opera, orchestral and chamber music, song cycles, multimedia events, film music, and dance scores. His oratorio Voices of Light has been hailed as “a great masterpiece of contemporary music” and “a work of meticulous genius.” A bestselling CD, it has been performed over 250 times selling out such venues as the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival; Avery Fisher Hall; Kennedy Center; Sydney Opera House, and Disney Hall. Other major works include Red Angels for New York City Ballet, The Shooting Gallery, The Origin, a 90 minute oratorio on Darwin, and A Carnival of Miracles.


Rebecca Patterson has become in high demand as a low brass artist on the New York City music scene and has performed with premiere groups such as Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Christian McBride Big Band, Chris Potter Big Band, and the Mingus Big Band. She also actively subs on Broadway shows and with various orchestras and chamber groups. Rebecca also leads her own jazz quintet and co-leads a dynamic big band with trombone/vocal giant Ron Wilkins that features her compositions and has performed at various venues around New York including the world famous Birdland Jazz Club. Rebecca is an artist with Shires trombones and Giddings Mouthpieces.


Nivedita ShivRaj is a composer, performer and teacher of carnatic music, an instrumentalist and a vocalist. She collaborates with musicians of different genres of music, recorded with pop star Alicia Keyes, saxophonist Andrew Sterman, “Oceans Band,” and presents cross genre concerts with her world music band “Charanams.” She has created and presented several thematic music productions; composed music for dance productions. She presents lectures on Carnatic Music in public schools and colleges promoting carnatic music in the US. She is the founder and artistic director of RagaChitra Fine Arts, and has students in USA, Canada, UK and Australia.


New York percussionist Bill Solomon performs with Ensemble Signal, having appeared at Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, LA Philharmonic, Guggenheim, MillerTheatre, Big Ears, and June in Buffalo. He performed the solo vibraphone part for Boulez’s Répons in collaboration with the Lucerne Festival, IRCAM and EnsembleInterContemporain with Mr. Boulez as conductor.He has performed at BAM Next Wave Festival with Dawn Upshaw, Ryan Trecartin’s JazzFest at Park Avenue Armory, as soloist in Unsuk Chin’s Double Concerto, NY FashionWeek, Yale Repertory Theatre, and recitals in the UK and Oslo, Norway. Mr.Solomon also frequently performs with Talujon Percussion, Hartford Symphony, and performs with many new music ensembles. He is a member of Bent Duo with pianist David Friend. His recordings can be found on Harmonia Mundi, Mode, EUROArts, Cantaloupe, andNaxos. He received his DMA from The Hartt School, and is a founder of the QueerPercussion Research Group.



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