Du Yun, born on this day in 1977, is one of the most successful composers of our time having won the Pulitzer Prize as well as many other awards and fellowships. Her piece Run in a Graveyard asks the flutist to interpret a score filled with both standard notation and graphic instructions in response to an electronic track carrying out a texture sweep from pointillistic bleeps to overexposed clipping. Kenneth (UofSC ’14) worked with Du Yun in his version of this piece and finds the mix of specific notes and graphic score rewarding to perform. The process of learning the piece showed Du Yun’s affinity for collaboration as she explored possible realizations with Kenneth.
Today we celebrate the birthday of Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy. Dennehy is the founder of Crash Ensemble, Ireland’s premier new music ensemble, and serves on the faculty of Princeton University. fAt was written for Irish flutist, William Dowdall and electronics in 2000.
Jenny Davis is a DMA student at the University of South Carolina.