Appassionata

Program Notes
Appassionata is a film collage and musical composition. Artist Angela Grauerholz invited composer Melissa Grey to interpret a fragment of music that Ludwig Wittgenstein had scribbled down in his journal in 1931. Accompanying this music, he wrote: “That must be the end of a theme which I cannot place. It came into my head today as I was thinking about my philosophical work and saying to myself, I destroy, I destroy, I destroy.” Wittgenstein’s attempt to consider the implications of the limitations language places on human experience is reflected in this piece where the meaning remains open, and several sensibilities and forms of expression are merged into one. The film collage, by Grauerholz and Réjean Myette, was constructed as a response to Grey’s resulting composition, in a dialogue that reconsiders image-sound hierarchy.

Biographical Sketch
Composer Melissa Grey’s projects include concert works, electroacoustic performances, installations, food + music events, and collaborations with artists and architectural designers. Recent works have been published by The MIT Press and exhibited or performed at Parsons The New School for Design, Gallery MC, National Gallery of Canada, Goethe-Institut Montréal, The Stone, Spectrum, Corridor at BolteLang, Radiauteur, Dorsky Gallery, Judson Church, Whitney Museum of American Art (with Antenna International), Alphabet City Festivals 2010 AIR and 2009 WATER, Cinesonika: First International Film and Video Festival of Sound Design, Reno Interdisciplinary Festival of New Media, and others. She has curated and presented the following concerts: Circuit Bridges Concert 3: Sonic Currents (2014), 60x60 New York Minutes Mix (2012), Transrevelation (2007), and Sonic Channels (2006). In addition to her work as co-artistic director of the monthly electroacoustic concert series Circuit Bridges (Vox Novus), Grey has taught Sound Studies at The New School for Public Engagement, NYC.

Artist/photographer and graphic designer, Angela Grauerholz is Full professor at the École de design at the Université du Québec à Montréal where she has taught typography and photography since 1988, and where she has recently completed a four year mandate as director of the Centre de design. Her photographic work has been exhibited and collected widely (Canada, USA, Europe) and she has participated in many important international events including the Sydney Biennale (1990), Documenta IX (1992), the Carnegie International (1995) and the Montréal Biennale (2004). In 2006, she was awarded Québec’s Prix Paul-Émile Borduas for her accomplishments in the arts, and in 2014 she received the Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. Along with her purely photographic work, she has worked on different types of photographic archives, addressing notions of memory, of space and place, as well photographic representation.

Performer Biographical Sketch
Miolina was formed in 2012 when artistic director/violinist Mioi Takeda decided to form a violin duo with longtime collaborator, violinist/composer LynnBechtold. To date, the duo has had successful performances in NYC at The Church of the Transfiguration, Gallery MC, Greenwich House Music School, The Morbid Anatomy Museum, Parsons School of Design, Queens Library, Spectrum, St. Mark's Church, and Turtle Bay Music School, as well as at Monk Space in Los Angeles. Miolina specializes in violin duo music that employs the natural beauty and sound of the instruments, with or without electronics and video. They enjoy collaborating on new compositions with composers, as well as discovering hidden gems of the past. To date, they have worked with composers Melissa Grey, Takuma Itoh, Debra Kaye, Dary John Mizelle, Jeff Myers, Milica Paranosic, and Eric Tanguy, among others. Miolina's future productions include a performance at the Electronic Music Midwest Festival in Chicago this October; creating music for the 1928 film "Jujiro" by Teinosuke Kinugasa; and a collaborative performance with composer Martin Phelps in Paris, France. Both violinists are longtime advocates of new music, and have performed with various new music groups, including the American Symphony Orchestra, Composers Concordance, Glass Farm Ensemble, North/South Consonance, SEM Ensemble, & VIA.

Violinist/composer Lynn Bechtold has appeared in recital throughout NA and Europe, and has premiered solo/chamber works by composers such as Gloria Coates, George Crumb, John Harbison, Alvin Lucier, and Morton Subotnick. She is a member of groups including Zentripetal Duo, Bleecker StQ, Miolina, SEM, and the NY Symphonic Ensemble, and her performances have been broadcast on various TV and radio, including WNYC, 30 Rock, The CBS Morning Show, and Good Day NY. An active performer of all genres of music, she has appeared at diverse venues, from Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to LPR and Joe’s Pub. Her electroacoustic compositions have been performed around the city and she is currently working on a piece for solo violin and electronics based on the sounds of Kendo (Japanese fencing). She holds degrees from Tufts University, New England Conservatory, and Mannes-The New School for Music, where she was a student of noted violinist Felix Galimir.

Mioi Takeda has performed with new music groups including North/South Consonance as concertmaster, SEM Ensemble, and Composers Concordance, giving countless premieres. She has also performed with the Orchestra of St. Lukes, American Symphony Orchestra, Washington Square Festival, Scandia Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Strathmere Orchestra, The Japan Philharmonic, and The New Japan Philharmonic. Her performances can be heard on North/South and Naxos recordings. She was a scholarship student of Dorothy DeLay and Masao Kawasaki at the Juilliard School and she earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The City University of New York under the guidance of Itzhak Perlman. Ms. Takeda performs in a violin-duo group, Miolina, with Ms. Lynn Bechtold. miolinanyc.wix.com/miolina