Losing Constellations

Program Notes
As we experience tragedies at the cusp of our comprehension, there are moments where we feel like we are losing constellations.

Biographical Sketch
Ralph Lewis is a composer whose works seek meeting points between sonorous music and arresting noise, alternative tunings and timbre, and the roles of performer and audience. His music has been presented at SEAMUS, Boston Microtonal Society, Soundscapes Symposium 2016, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Etchings Festival, Xenharmonic Praxis Summer Camp, New Music on the Point, Fresh Inc Festival, College Music Society, CHIME Festival, Ball State University’s Xenharmonic Showcase, and the Festival for People and Thingamajigs, and broadcast from Radiophrenia Glasgow, WGXC 90.7-FM, WEFT 90.1-FM, CKUT 90.3-FM, and WOBC 91.5-FM. Previous honors include residences at Wave Farm and Banff Centre for the Arts. Recent collaborations include have included works with Colin Gee and ECCE Ensemble, Amaranth Quartet, Elara String Quartet, and the Moving Architects dance company.

Lewis received University of Illinois’s 2017 Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award, a part of which he is using to expand his Urbana-based inclusive music composition program into a statewide outreach program All Score Illinois with Elara String Quartet, which has begun premiering works by the state’s young and emerging composers. Lewis is currently attending University of Illinois as a doctoral student where he has studied with Erin Gee, Scott A. Wyatt, and Erik Lund. He previously received an M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media and an M.A. in Music Composition at Mills College, where he studied with John Bischoff, Roscoe Mitchell, and Wendy Reid, a B.M. in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory and a B.A. in Classical Civilization from Oberlin College.

Performer Biographical Sketch
Formed in 2017 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Elara String Quartet studies under Nelson Lee and Liz Freivogel of the Jupiter String Quartet. Their members are Alyssa Tong, Daniel Ostrow, Terence Lo and Jacqueline Scavetta. Passionate about all types of music, they strive to not neglect any period of music. In fact, they will be premiering several new works by Illinois composers as the resident quartet of All Score Illinois. They also have a heart for the next generation of young musicians and enjoy doing outreaches in their community, showing them how amazing chamber music is. As undergraduates, they have had many incredible opportunities as solo musicians to attend several prestigious summer programs such as the Castleman Quartet Program, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Masterworks Music Festival, Green Lake Festival of Music and Encore Chamber Music, among others.