Alex Weiser


Broad gestures, rich textures, and narrative sweep are hallmarks of the “compelling” (New York Times), “shapely, melody-rich” (Wall Street Journal) music of composer Alex Weiser. Born and raised in New York City, Weiser creates acutely cosmopolitan music combining a deeply felt historical perspective with a vibrant forward-looking creativity. Weiser has been praised for writing “insightful” music “of great poetic depth” (Feast of Music), and for having a “sophisticated ear and knack for evoking luscious textures and imaginative yet approachable harmonies.” (I Care If You Listen). An energetic advocate for contemporary classical music and for the work of his peers, Weiser co-founded and directs Kettle Corn New Music, an “ever-enjoyable,” and “engaging” concert series which “creates that ideal listening environment that so many institutions aim for: relaxed, yet allowing for concentration,” (New York Times) and was for nearly five years a director of the MATA Festival, “the city’s leading showcase for vital new music by emerging composers.” (The New Yorker). Weiser is now the Public Programs Manager at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research where he curates and produces programs that combine a fascination with and curiosity for historical context, with an eye toward influential Jewish contributions to the culture of today and tomorrow.

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Three Epitaphs
13' for for Singer and Chamber Orchestra , Performed by Kate Maroney and Cantata Profana, Conducted by Jacob Ashworth

Octet
8' for fl(+pic), cl, perc, pno, vln, vla, vc, db, Performed by Bang on a Can 2014 Fellows

Rumbling Waves
10' for Piano and Percussion, Performed by Vicky Chow and Matt Evans

Marks
14' for Singer and Piano Perfromed by Mellissa Hughes and Lisa Moore

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