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 2: Trevor Bača and Diana Soh

The NEC Young Composers Forum is proud to present the music of visiting composers Trevor Bača and Diana Soh.

Trevor Bača was born outside Los Angeles in 1975. His concerns as a composer include lost and secret texts; broken and dismembered systems; sorcery, divination and magic; and the effects, action and beauty of light. Bača's music has been played in the US, Europe and Japan, with recent performances in New York, Berlin, Tokyo and elsewhere. Works include Aracılık (2010) for percussion trio; Mon Seul Désir (2009) for flute, clarinet, violin and cello; Lidércfény (2008) for flute, violin and piano; a cycle of works for unaccompanied flute, including Sekka (2007), dedicated to Reiko Manabe, and Čáry (2006), dedicated to Carin Levine; and Poème récursif (2005) for 64 pieces of percussion. Bača's music has been anthologized as part of Notations 21, edited by Theresa Sauer, and Bača's scores have been exhibited as art at the Chelsea Gallery in New York City and at the Hutchins Gallery on Long Island. Recent publications include an analysis of electroacoustic music by composer Steven Kazuo Takasugi in the Search Journal of New Music and Culture. Recent lecture engagements at the University of California at San Diego; University College Cork in Ireland; the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique (IRCAM) in Paris; and the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. Bača is the first-place recipient of the 2008 Ježek Prize in Composition. In August 2009 Bača completed a two-week residency at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart with performances by Ensemble SurPlus. Bača is now a PhD student at Harvard University studying with Hans Tutschku and Chaya Czernowin.

Diana Soh (b. 1984) is a young Singaporean composer whose musical interest is currently directed at exploring performance interactivity. Her music tends to be characterized by interruptive oppositions between surface activities and passivity. Her music has been performed in venues as varied as Takefu International Festival (Japan), LSO St. Luke's (United Kingdom), Royaumont and Acanthes (France), Donaueschinger Musiktager and Unerhorte Musik Series (Germany), June in Buffalo (USA), as well as throughout Singapore and New York. Her music has also been broadcasted recently on the BBC Radio 3. She has had the good fortune of working with musicians such as James Avery, Magnus Andersson, NEO Norbotten, Tony Arnold, Berlin Piano and Percussion, New York New Music Ensemble, the Arditti String Quartet, and the SYC Ensemble Singers. She is currently working towards her PhD at the University of Buffalo under the tutelage of David Felder. She is employed by the Center for 21st Century Music in Buffalo and aids in the organization of concert events. For more information, please visit
Monday, December 13, 2010
12pm - 2pm
NEC Pierce Hall
241 St. Botolph Street
Boston, MA 02115

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