Among Fireflies

Program Notes
Among Fireflies (2010) for alto flute and live, interactive electroacoustics takes its inspiration from a haiku by poet Wally Swist who generously granted permission to use it for the piece:
Dense with fireflies
The field flickers
Through the fog
Swist’s imagery inspired me to consider texture and perspective, which became two focal aspects of the piece. The piece’s opening gestures place the performer in a field surrounded by a multitude of fireflies – perhaps the performer is a person, or perhaps the performer is a firefly him/herself. The piece’s progression slowly separates the performer (and listeners) from the masses of fireflies, the increasing distance changing our perspective on their activity and brilliance. By the piece’s end, we view the fireflies through the fog from a great distance, where only the smallest, blurred flickers persist, but the memory of their presence remains. Among Fireflies was commissioned by the Lipa Festival of Contemporary Music at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.


Biographical Sketch
Elainie Lillios’ music reflects her fascination with listening, sound, space, time, immersion and anecdote. She has received grants/commissions from Rèseaux, International Computer Music Association, La Muse en Circuit, New Adventures in Sound Art, ASCAP/SEAMUS, LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Ohio Arts Council, National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts, and others. Awards include First Prize in the 2010 Electroacoustic Piano International Competition, Special Mention in the 2010 Prix Destellos, Prize Winner in the 2010 Medea Electronique “Saxotronics” Competition, and First Prize in the 2009 Concours Internationale de Bourges, along with other recognition from Concurso Internacional de Música Electroacústica de São Paulo, Concorso Internazionale Russolo, Pierre Schaeffer Competition, Kalamazoo Animation Festival International, International Computer Music Association, and La Muse en Circuit. Her pieces have been widely performed nationally and internationally at venues including International Computer Music Conferences, Society for ElectroAcoustic Music in the United States National Conferences, Australasian Computer Music Conference, 3° Festival di interpretazione della musica acusmatica, Inventionen Festival, Logos Foundation, Musica-Scienza, Third Biennial of Electroacoustic Music of São Paulo, Festival Futura, and others. She has been a special guest at the Groupe de Recherche Musicales, Rien à Voir, festival l’espace du son, and June in Buffalo. Elainie’s acousmatic music was released in August 2011 on Entre Espaces, produced by Empreintes DIGITALes in Montreal, widely considered the world leader in electroacoustics/acousmatics. Elainie’s music is also available on Centaur, MSR Classics, StudioPANaroma, La Muse en Circuit, New Adventures in Sound Art, SEAMUS, and Leonardo Music Journal Volume 19. Upcoming releases include Nostalgic Visions on SEAMUS Volume XXI and Veiled Resonance on Medea Electronique.
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Hailed as a "superb flutist" (New York Times), Erin Lesser has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout Canada, Europe, China, Brazil and the USA. She is a member of Alarm Will Sound, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Due East, and the Wet Ink Ensemble. Erin also completed a two-year fellowship with The Academy - A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute, and continues to perform with Ensemble ACJW as an alumni member. In September 2011, Erin became Assistant Professor of Flute at Lawrence University.
Erin has performed on music festivals and series including: Kilkenny Arts Festival, Shanghai International Electro Acoustic Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Holland Festival, International Spectral Music Conference in Istanbul, SEAMUS, NY Microtonal Festival, Monday Evening Concerts in LA, Miller Theatre Composer Portrait Series (NYC) and the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago.
Ms. Lesser is a Pearl Flute Performing Artist.