drops on a living surface

Program Notes
This piece imagines the cone of a loudspeaker as a thin barrier between the physical and digital world -- a surface for drops of electricity to come alive. These drops begin quietly, almost bell-like, and accumulate into a majestic, electric rainstorm.

Biographical Sketch
JP Merz is a composer originally from Janesville, Wisconsin. He is pursuing a degree an MM in composition at the University of Colorado-Boulder. In addition to composing, he is particularly interested in music technology and free improvisation, and performs on guitar, viola and electronics with an eclectic variety of groups. His work, ten minutes, was selected as the 2013 Colorfield Festival call-for-scores winner and was premiered by the Colorfield Ensemble in Madison, WI. Other works have been performed by the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra and the Lawrence University Percussion Ensemble and read by the NOW Ensemble and the Lux Quartet. He is the recipient of the 2013 James Ming Scholarship in Composition. He has also had performances at N_SEME and NYCEMF. He holds a BM in composition from Lawrence University where he studied with Asha Srinivasan and Joanne Metcalf.

Performer Biographical Sketch
Caitlynn Winkler is a senior at Lawrence University from Sheboygan, WI pursuing degrees in flute performance and instrumental music education, and is currently studying under Professor Erin Lesser. She performs with the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, the Lawrence Wind Ensemble and the Lawrence Flute Ensemble in addition to other chamber groups and collaborative projects. She was recently awarded 1st place in the 2014 Wisconsin Flute Festival Collegiate Competition. Caitlynn is also involved in Mortar Board, the National College Senior Honors Society and enjoys camping, biking, hiking, and exploring nature in her spare time.

Leo Sussman studies with Erin Lesser at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI where he is pursuing a BM in flute performance and BA in physics. In the summer of 2013 he attended Eastern Music Festival. He was a national finalist at the 2014 National Society of Arts and Letters woodwind competition as well as first place winner of competitions at the Wisconsin (2013) and San Francisco (2012) flute festivals. He has studied with Leslie Chin and Ken Rosen in his hometown of San Francisco