Entanglement

Program Notes
Entanglement was written for and is dedicated to Nora Lewis. The work abstractly reflects on quantum entanglement, a phenomenon whereby the state of individual particles, even when separated by large amounts of space, can not be described independently from the other particles. The work presents various musical and visual material at the beginning, each of which then has a section that focuses on presenting that material. The vast majority of the audio and visual events are dependent on the instrumental performance. The work presents a web of connections across time, within each audio and visual layer, and between media.

Biographical Sketch
Christopher Biggs is a composer and multimedia artist residing in Kalamazoo, MI, where he is Associate Professor of Music Composition and Technology at Western Michigan University. Biggs’ recent projects focus on integrating live instrumental performance with interactive audiovisual media. In addition to collaborating with artists in other disciplines on projects, he treats all of his works as collaborations with performing artist by working with the performers during the creative process and considering their specific skills and preferences.

Biggs is a co-founder and the director of SPLICE Institute, which is a weeklong intensive summer program for performers and composers to experience, explore, create, discuss, and learn techniques related to music for instruments and electronics. SPLICE takes place each June in Kalamazoo, MI.

Performer Biographical Sketch
Nora Lewis is Associate Professor of Oboe at Western Michigan University, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate oboe students, coaches woodwind chamber music, teaches courses in music theory, performs with the Western Wind Quintet and Western Winds, and coordinates the Bullock Performance Institute. Lewis previously served on the faculty of Kansas State University for eight years, where she was Assistant/Associate Professor of Oboe & Music History and performed with the Konza Winds faculty quintet. During the 2015-16 academic year, Lewis also served as Associate Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Lewis is a founding member of the PEN Trio, a chamber ensemble dedicated to expanding and exploring the trio d’anches repertoire. Since its founding in 2011, the ensemble has commissioned, premiered, and promoted many new works through more than 100 performances and masterclasses in 20 states as well as internationally in China, Hong Kong, Panama, Canada, Trinidad, and Cuba. In 2015 the PEN trio was awarded an Artist Residency at Wildacres Retreat in North Carolina, supported by the Blumenthal Foundation. In partnership with TMP Publishing, the group also curates the PEN Trio Collection, which makes new works as well as critical editions of existing works available to a wider audience. The trio recently recorded its debut album, Found Objects, in New York City. The album includes new works by composers William Bradbury, Jenni Brandon, M. Shawn Hundley, and Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn.

Lewis has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Classical Orchestra, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, New Hampshire Symphony, Camerata Chicago, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). She was a founding member of Ensemble Dal Niente and held orchestral positions with the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and the Plymouth Philharmonic. She has performed in recital at St. Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, London, on the Cranbrook Music Guild artist series, Hale Library concert series, and in live recital broadcasts on Blue Lake Public Radio, WMUK Kalamazoo’s “In Concert,” and “Live from Studio B” at WFMT in Chicago.

Lewis has presented clinics, performances, and papers at national and international conferences including the Midwest Clinic, International Double Reed Society, College Music Society, CBDNA (southwest region), ClarinetFest, National Flute Association, in locations such as the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Sweden, Finland, and throughout the United States. Honors include a Big-12 Faculty Fellowship, honorary membership in Sigma Alpha Iota as a National Arts Associate, and a Yale AlumniVentures Grant to support her work with music programs in Haiti.


For ten summers Lewis taught at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She has served on the CMS National Advisory Board for performance, editor for the Midwest Double Reed Society, and is consulting editor for The Instrumentalist magazine. She received a doctor of music degree from Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, a master of music degree from Yale University, and a bachelor of music degree in performance and a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Lawrence University. Her principal oboe teachers include Michael Henoch, Richard Killmer, Ronald Roseman, Howard Niblock, and Grover Schiltz (English horn).