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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Schirmer NewsSpring 2011

Schirmer signs Terry Riley and Missy Mazzoli

G. Schirmer is proud to announce the signing of two composers: minimalist icon Terry Riley and young indi-classical darling Missy Mazzoli.

Terry Riley, photo by Stuart Brinin
Terry Riley. © Stuart Brinin

Terry Riley, listed in the London Sunday Times as "one of the 1000 Makers of the 20th Century," launched what is now known as the Minimalist movement with his revolutionary classic In C in 1964. This seminal work provided a new concept in musical form based on interlocking repetitive patterns. Its impact was to change the course of 20th-Century music and its influence has been heard in the works of countless composers as well as rock groups. In 1970, Riley became a disciple of the revered North Indian Raga vocalist, Pandit Pran Nath and made the first of his numerous trips to India to study with the Master, a relationship that was to be crucial to his musical life. Riley's hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric, brightly orchestrated eastern flavored improvisations and compositions have set the stage for the prevailing interest in a new tonality.

Performers who have commissioned and/or played his works include: Rova Saxophone Quartet, ARTE Quartet, Array Music, Zeitgeist, John Zorn, California E.A.R. Unit, guitarist David Tanenbaum, drummer George Marsh, bassist Bill Douglass, the Assad Brothers, Crash Ensemble, pianists Werner Bartschi and Gloria Cheng, Calder, Arditti and Amati Quartets, Alter Ego, Paul Dresher, Bang-on-a-Can All Stars, and guitarist Gyan Riley.

A long association with the Kronos Quartet has so far produced 13 string quartets, a quintet, a concerto for string quartet, and Sun Rings (2003), a two-hour multi-media piece for choir, visuals and space sounds, commissioned by NASA.

Riley is also active as a performer, regularly giving solo piano concerts of his works from the past 30 years, appearing in concerts of Indian classical music and conducting raga singing seminars. He also plays in duo concerts with Indian sitarist Krishna Bhatt, saxophonist George Brooks, his son, guitarist Gyan Riley and with virtuoso Italian bassist, Stefano Scodanibbio. In 2008 Riley played his first pipe organ concert to a sold out audience at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, introducing The Universal Bridge, a work especially commissioned for that evening.

Terry Riley's webpage at

Terry Riley worklist


Missy Mazzoli, photo by Stephen Taylor
Missy Mazzoli. © Stephen Taylor
When Missy Mazzoli joined the G. Schirmer catalogue, Vice President Kristin Lancino stated, "The entire team at G. Schirmer is proud to launch this partnership with the enormously gifted and imaginative composer, Missy Mazzoli."

Mazzoli said, "I'm thrilled to join some of my favorite composers on the G. Schirmer roster. This is a huge milestone in my career. I feel completely supported by G. Schirmer and look forward to the years of music-making ahead."

Recently deemed "one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York" by The New York Times, and "Brooklyn's post-millennial Mozart" by Time Out New York, Mazzoli is the recipient of four ASCAP Young Composer Awards, a Fulbright Grant to the Netherlands, and grants from the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, and the Barlow Endowment.

Compositions which premiere in 2011 include a new orchestral work, performed by the League of Composer's Chamber Orchestra at New York's Miller Theater, as well as a new solo work for violinist Jennifer Koh commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Green Umbrella. Other upcoming projects include the spring 2012 premiere of her first multimedia chamber opera, Song from the Uproar, at venerable New York venue The Kitchen. Excerpts of this work were previously performed by New York City Opera as part of their VOX series, and by students at the Bard College Conservatory under the direction of Dawn Upshaw.

Mazzoli's music has been performed internationally by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, the American Composers Orchestra, New York City Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, the South Carolina Philharmonic, NOW Ensemble and many others. She has received commissions from Carnegie Hall, Bard College Conservatory, and the Whitney Museum of Art. Her music has been featured on numerous festivals including the 2007 and 2009 Bang-on-a-Can New Music Marathon, the Cabrillo Festival (Santa Cruz), the Gaudeamus New Music Festival (Amsterdam), the Ecstatic Music Festival (New York) and the ZOOM Young Composers series at New York's Merkin Hall.

In 2006 Mazzoli taught composition in the Music Department of Yale University, and from 2007-2010 was Executive Director of the MATA Festival in New York City, an organization dedicated to promoting the work of young composers. In additional to teaching, Mazzoli is an active pianist, and often performs with Victoire, an "all-star, all-female quintet" she founded in 2008 dedicated exclusively to her own compositions. Their debut EP was named one of 2009's ten best classical albums by Time Out New York.

Mazzoli attended the Yale School of Music (M.M. 2006), the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and Boston University (B.M. 2002).

Missy Mazzoli's webpage at

Missy Mazzoli worklist

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