The NEC Young Composers Forum is an open space in which young composers from anywhere in the world are invited to present their work not in the context of a performance, but rather in a presentation or lecture format. Eight young composers have been invited to talk about their music as a way for specialized audiences —composers, performers, and theorists— to learn more about what is currently happening in new music composition not only in Boston, but also around the world. Therefore, this entrepreneurial project is outwardly beneficial: not only does it benefit audiences, but it also helps young composers gain valuable skills, increase awareness about their work, and possibly make important personal connections that will help them advance their careers.

NEC YCF Session 1: Paul Clift and Alec Hall

The NEC Young Composers Forum is proud to present the music of visiting composers Paul Clift and Alec Hall.

Paul Clift was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1978. He currently lives in New York, where he is undertaking a doctorate in composition at Columbia University, receiving tuition from Tristan Murail, Fred Lerdahl & Fabien Lévy. He obtained a Master of Music at King's College, London, under the tutelage of George Benjamin. In Paris he studied with Jean-Luc Hervé & Philippe Leroux, and from 2007-09, participated in the New Music Technology & Composition Cursus programme at IRCAM, under the direction of Yan Maresz; this culminated in the premier of a new work for 6 musicians and dancer, With my limbs in the dark, created in collaboration with French choreographer Alban Richard and performed by Ensemble l'Instant Donné & Laurie Giordano during the Agora Festival. 

Paul has also participated in festivals such as Royaumont Voix Nouvelles, Centre Acanthes, Domaine Forget, IMPULS & Darmstadt Ferienkurse allowing him further study with eminent composers Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer, Michaël Levinas & Gerard Pesson among others. His works have been performed in many countries throughout the world by ensembles such as Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble Cairn, Ensemble Contrechamps, Lontano Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble & Klangforum Wien. Paul also maintains his own web-site:

Slavishly committed to an idealistic concept of engagement, Alec Hall creates things with uncertain outcomes, designed to provoke moments where subjectivities are challenged to interact with each other in unusual contexts. Motivated by the dynamics of 21st century paradoxes, his work is an attempt to reconcile the tensions between the interpretation of the art-object as a singular liaison to the Real, and the hidden paths to the same place that relationships between individuals can produce, independently of a piece. Based in New York City, Alec is currently studying composition in the doctoral program at Columbia University. He has written pieces for a number of groups and individuals, with performances throughout Canada, Germany and the United States by such renowned musicians as Charles Curtis, Anthony Burr, the International Contemporary Ensemble and the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble. Alec has studied principally with Tristan Murail and Philippe Manoury, and taken part in lessons and masterclasses with such composers as Helmut Lachenmann, Pierluigi Billone, Wolfgang Rihm, Roger Reynolds, Toshio Hosakawa, Chris Paul Harman and Enno Poppe. In addition to composition studies, Alec has also worked with a wide array of violinists, including Mark Fewer, Yehonatan Berick and Ellen Jewett, as well as improvisation studies with David Borgo. Alec holds an M.A. in composition from the University of California, San Diego and a B.Mus in composition and violin performance from McGill University.

Monday, November 15, 2010
12pm - 2pm
NEC Pierce Hall
241 St. Botolph Street
Boston, MA 02115

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