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PluComp 2024


 

About the Program: 
 

PluComp, short for Pluralist Composition, stands as a pioneering composition summer course that takes a unique approach to music composition, shifting the focus from Eurocentric norms. In the upcoming summer course, we're honored to welcome the distinguished American composer Annika Socolofsky and the renowned Turkish composer Önder Özkoç as well as the resident composers Reza Vali and Shahab Paranj from Iran. These eminent composers will lead participants through a transformative journey, exploring various facets of music composition, including melody, rhythm, polyphony, form, and instrumentation, all from rich American, Turkish, and Iranian perspectives. 

Program Highlights: 
 

Participant composers will engage in daily one-on-one composition lessons with each resident composer in addition to the seminars and discussions. This year’s seminar schedule includes: 

Annika Socolofsky: The American vernacular music, especially the music of Dolly Parton, and the influence of this music on her works 

Önder Özkoç: Turkish Traditional Music.

Shâhab Pâranj: the rhythmic structure of the vocal repertoire of Persian traditional music. 

Reza Vali: the structure of the Iranian Dasgâh-Maqâm system and the influence of this system on his music. 

 

As the festival unfolds, resident musicians rehearse participant’s pieces leading to a live performance and recording during a concert as an integral part of the Du Vert À l'Infini Music Festival. 

Lectures will be given in English.

Congratulations to the chosen participants of the 2024 PluComp.
Colton Townsend, Yasaman Ghodsi, Domenic Salerani,
Kaveh Mirhosseini,Nicole Knorr, and Nicholas Felder.

Du Vert à L'infini Cullective 

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Katarina Leskovar

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Ayla Şahin

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Sahba Khalili Amiri

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Alinka Rowe

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Sofia De Falco

Khosrou Soltani

Composeres

Reza Vali
 

was born in Ghazvin, Iran, in 1952. He began his music studies at the Conservatory of Music in Tehran. In 1972 he went to Austria and studied music education and composition at the Academy of Music in Vienna. After graduating from the Academy of Music, he moved to the United States and continued his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, receiving his Ph.D. in music theory and composition in 1985. Mr. Vali has been a faculty member of the School of Music at Carnegie Mellon University since 1988. He has received numerous honors and commissions, including the honor prize of the Austrian Ministry of Arts and Sciences, two Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships, commissions from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, the Carpe Diem String Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players and the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, as well as grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education. He was selected by the Pittsburgh Cultural

Trust as the Outstanding Emerging Artist for which he received the Creative Achievement Award. Vali's orchestral compositions have been performed in the United States by the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Seattle Symphony, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Baltimore Symphony, the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Orchestra 2001. His chamber works have received performances by Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Carpe Diem String Quartet, Kronos Quartet, the Seattle Chamber Players, and the Da

Capo Chamber Players. His music has been performed in Europe, China, Chile, Mexico, Hong Kong, and Australia and is recorded on the Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, New Albion, MMC, Ambassador, Albany, and ABC Classics labels.

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Annika Socolofsky is a composer and avant folk vocalist who explores corners and colors of the voice frequently deemed to be "untrained" and not "classical." Described as “unbearably moving” (Gramophone) and “just the right balance between edgy precision and freewheeling exuberance” (The Guardian), her music erupts from the embodied power of the human voice and is communicated through mediums ranging from orchestral and operatic works to unaccompanied folk ballads and unapologetically joyous Dolly Parton covers. Annika writes extensively for her own voice, including composing a growing repertoire of “feminist rager-lullabies” titled Don’t say a word, which serves to confront centuries of damaging lessons taught to young children by retelling old lullaby texts for a new, queer era. Annika has taken Don’t say a word on the road, performing with ensembles including Eighth Blackbird, New European Ensemble, Albany Symphony, Knoxville Symphony, Latitude 49, and Contemporaneous. Her follow-up feminist rager-lullaby song cycle in collaboration with ~Nois, titled I Tell You Me, was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as “grotesquely gorgeous” and was included in their “Chicago's Top 10 for classical music, opera and jazz that defined 2021.” Recordings of her music are available on New Amsterdam, Bright Shiny Things, Carrier, Naxos, and Innova record labels. Her research focuses on contemporary vocal music, using the music of Dolly Parton to create a pedagogical approach to composition that is inclusive of a wide range of vocal qualities, genres, and colors. She is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Colorado Boulder, and is the recipient of the 2021 Gaudeamus Award. She holds her PhD in Composition from Princeton University.

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Composer/performer Önder Özkoç, who grew up with the folk songs his parents sang to his ears and is in search of a new expression, defines his music as an effort to find a natural waterway that has evolved by being nourished by the Turkish Music environment he has been in since his childhood.

Özkoç, who writes music for a wide variety of genres, styles, and instrument combinations, participated in many events in Turkey and abroad with his music as an invited speaker, has given lectures on maqam music, Turkish Folk Music, and Modern Turkish Music at Carnegie Mellon University and Gheorghe Dima Music Academy.

Özkoç, whose main areas of work are maqam geography music, pre-Baroque music, cultural crossings, and 20th and 21st-century music, also has studies on modal and maqam music culture-based education systems, in addition to his composition.

 

Growing up in the cultural environment of Erzurum, Kars, and Konya, Özkoç studied at Hacettepe University Economics (eng.) between 1996-2000 and at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory Composition Department between 2000-2008. Özkoç, who was musically self-taught before entering the conservatory, studied composition at the conservatory, first with Sevgi Ünal and then with Serdar Muhatov for a long time. He completed his Master's and Proficiency in Art studies in composition with Turgay Erdener at Hacettepe University. He gave lectures at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory Composition Department between 2008 and 2021. He has been working as an associate professor at Ankara Music and Fine Arts University Composition Department since 2021.

For more information: ozkoconder.com

Shahab Paranj is an Iranian composer, instrumentalist, and educator. He is considered as one of the pioneers among his generation whose composition style integrates Persian and Western composition techniques. Paranj holds degrees in music composition from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (BM), the Manhattan School of Music (MM), and the University of California, Los Angeles(Ph.D.). Recent commissions include works for ensembles such as the Russian String Orchestra, Intersection Contemporary Music Ensemble, Long Beach Opera,

Aleron Trio, San Francisco New Music Ensemble and Sopraduo. Paranj is a founder and artistic director of “du vert à l’infini” a contemporary music festival in the Franche Comte region in France. He has written an original score for the movie “Dressage,” the winner of the 2018

feature film in the Berlin Film Festival. Known as a tombak virtuoso, he has performed, recorded, and collaborated with

numerous highly respected musicians worldwide. He was a member of the Iran National TV & Radio Symphony Orchestra as a

cellist for eight years as well as the Shams Ensemble as a percussionist for fourteen years. Paranj’s research on the complex Rhythm of Persian Āvāzi style music was selected to be presented at AMS-SEM-SMT 2023 joint annual meeting in New Orleans. He has received formal recognition from the Mehr Humanitarian Society (2010) and The City and County of San Francisco (2011) for his contribution to introducing Persian music to the world.

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