Composer Initiative 2016

Composer Initiative:


In August 2016, LAPQ announced their first Composer Initiative. LAPQ created this project in order to educate and collaborate with composers writing new works for percussion chamber music. After an initial screening, LAPQ selected four composers to attend a one-day intensive workshop on January 28, 2017 held at Chapman University, during which LAPQ will workshop new pieces by each composer. The new pieces will be performed and recorded during a concert on January 29, 2017, and two composers will be named winners and receive $500 each.

  • Sarah Belle Reid

    Canadian trumpet player Sarah Belle Reid is active in the fields of performance, intermedia arts, music technology, and improvisation. She has performed throughout the world with artists including Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, and Vinny Golia, and with ensembles such as the Liberation Music Orchestra, KREation Ensemble, Orchestre de la Francophonie, and the Montreal Symphony Pops Orchestra. Reid currently resides in Los Angeles where she regularly performs, tours, and records in a broad range of musical genres and settings, from new music groups like The Industry and Burnt Dot, to pop and commercial artists such as Adele and Estrella TV.

    As a performer dedicated to new and experimental music, Reid has premiered over 40 works for solo trumpet, as well as multiple chamber and performance art pieces. She is a founding member of the trumpet/modular synthesizer duo Burnt Dot (, dedicated to exploring open forms of spontaneous creation and electroacoustic collaboration.

    As a composer, Reid’s work focuses on liminality and memory imprints both in sound and physical performance—a fascination inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s writings on infrathin. She has also been working on the design and development of new interfaces for musical expression, as a means of augmenting the trumpet. Reid is a co-developer of the Minimally Invasive Gesture Sensing Interface (MIGSI) for trumpet: an open-source, wireless interface that captures performance data and provides real-time extended sonic and visual control.

    As a scholar, Reid has studied with music technology leaders Dr. Ajay Kapur and Dr. Perry Cook, and published technical and theoretical papers on the subjects of interdisciplinary process and collaboration, musical interface design, and alternate methods of musical notation. Reid has been an invited speaker and guest artist at Hendrix University, University of Oregon, UC Irvine’s Women in Music Technology symposium, the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, and the international conference of New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME).

    Reid received a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts, where she is currently on faculty teaching music technology (Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence, and Design), and music theory.

  • Vasiliki Krimitza

    Vasiliki Krimitza was born on 27 August 1989 in Athens. She studied composition with Adriana Hölszky and master of composition with Tristan Murail at the University Mozarteum Salzburg in Austria. In 2012-13, she studied with an Erasmus-scholarship with Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2014 she completed the master studies with Tristan Murail. She is currently a PhD candidate in music composition at the New York University, GSAS. Her works have been performed in concerts in Austria, Germany, Frace, Italy, Greece, Albania and USA by renowned ensembles and orchestras and have been broadcasted by BR Klassik and ORF. She has been invited to give lectures about her music in numerous symposiums, master classes and seminars. Her work has been published by the Musikakademie Rheinsberg. She is winner and finalist of many composition competitions, scholarships and commissions. She participated in several master courses and composition seminars with renowned composers. She also participated in the Donaueschinger Musiktagen ‚‚Next Generation‘‘ program 2011, in the ‚‚Next Generation‘‘ concerts in ZKM Karlsruhe, in the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik 2012, Franz Liszt master classes 2014 in Weimar and IMPULS Festival master classes 2016 in Sachsen-Anhalt.
  • Ben Zucker

    Interested in the possibilities of musical relationality amongst people, objects, and histories, Ben Zucker's work crosses and intentionally plays with genre and discipline, and has been performed by the Mivos Quartet, Apartment House, the New York Virtuoso Singers, Distractfold Ensemble, and Rinde Eckert. He was recognized as a "New Composer Talent" by the International Audio Branding Academy, and his vocal work 'Time Passes' won the C4 Ensemble Student Composition Competition. Additionally, he maintains an active career as a vocalist, trumpeter, pianist, and percussionist performing jazz, new music, improvisations, and electroacoustic solo and with bands around the world, most recently documented on his debut album 'Confluere'. Ben received a BA in music and critical theory at Wesleyan University, where he received the Leavell Memorial Prize for “outstanding work in music”, and recently completed postgraduate studies at Brunel University London with Jennifer Walshe and Christopher Fox. Currently, he resides in Lafayette, California.
  • Warren Enström

    Warren Enström is a composer and bassoonist who finds joy in pushing unlikely materials together into unorthodox relationships: super balls into pianos, thimbles onto cymbals, and paper shredders into modulators. Using unconventional notations, he composes music based on gesture as a way of making sound and playing instruments. He likes snow, fresh art, and playing small jokes on life.

    Warren’s compositions have been commissioned and performed by a variety of soloists and ensembles, including Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Mantra Percussion, oboist Joshua Guarisco, and the UWM Percussion Ensemble. His installations have been shown at SEAMUS 2016 at Georgia Southern University, N_SEME 2015 at Bowling Green State University, the international Pure Data Convention at Harvestworks in New York City, and Kenilworth Open Studios 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has collaborated with choreographers Jose A. Luis and Kelsey Stolhand, videographer Kellie Bronikowski, and poet Annie Grizzle.

    (photo credit: Paul Mitchell)

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