Waterbury-based TURNmusic presents chamber music of our time with innovative programming, excellent musicianship, and the evening’s featured composers often in the audience.
“Founder and director Anne Decker mixes her diverse musical taste and experience to create some of the most intriguing, thought provoking, and enjoyable music being played in the state.”—Steve MacQueen, Artistic Director, The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
The group is dedicated to creating inclusive concert experiences that bring our community together to celebrate the incredible work of local musicians and music creators. TURNmusic is also moved to support the work of GunSenseVT on this program.
The TURNquartet plays songs featuring the Chinese Zodiac (Rabbit, Boar, Horse, Rooster) from Sufjan Stevens’ experimental electronic LP Enjoy Your Rabbit. It has been recast into modern classic works by many of NYC’s hippest young composers.
We will also be performing Jhula Jhule by Indian-American composer Reena Esmail, who works between the worlds of Indian and Western classical music, and brings communities together through the creation of equitable musical spaces.
When MuSE first commissioned a violin and piano piece from me, to be based upon Indian folksong, I cast a wide net for source material – I scoured the internet and my large collection of Indian music, listening to everything from Bengali Bauls, Rajasthani folk singing. I even tried to find songs from Goa and Gujarat, the places my parents are from in India, typing every conceivable search term into Google. However, the material I felt most connected to in the end didn’t come to me from a distant corner of India, but in the most common way folk music can be transmitted: through the generations of my own family.—Reena Esmail, composer
In Hong Kong, composer Sean Tilburg played principal percussion with the Philharmonic Orchestra and met his wife. His Two Abstracts: So Flute and A Rabbit in Your Headlights is a duo for percussion and flute.
TURNmusic is pleased to share the music of Vermont composer Justin Rito. reaching|failing was inspired by the horrific loss of life in our country every year from gun violence. Rito’s family was affected by this struggle when his grandmother was killed in a mass shooting near Detroit in early 2000, which forever changed his view on the preciousness and fragility of life. TURNmusic supports Justin’s work and story through an in-kind sponsorship for GunSenseVT.
This concert also highlights the music of Megan DiGeorgio, winner of the 2019 TURNmusic Collegiate Music Prize! The TURNquartet players her partial pressures on this program. Megan is currently working towards her Masters of Fine Arts Degree at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.