Greed

Program Notes
Greed was commissioned by and is dedicated to Abderrahman Anzaldua as part of the La Rueda de los Pecados (The Wheel of Sins) project. This project consists of seven pieces for violin and multimedia, each of which reflects upon a specific sin.

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.

His music is available on Ravello Records, Irritable Hedgehog, SEAMUS CD Series, PARMA Recordings, Electroacoustico Records, and Thinking outLOUD Records. Biggs has written music for various ensembles, including Ensemble Dal Niente, the Western Brass Quintet, the Prism Saxophone Quartet, SPLICE Ensemble, Keith Kirchoff, Pangea Piano Project, Kari Johnson, Samuel Wells, Western Michigan University Symphonic Band, and the Truman State University Wind Ensemble.

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
Negar Afazel, from Tehran, Iran. Studied Violin performance in Germany-Hannover and Tehran University of Fine Arts. Currently pursuing master’s degree at Western Michigan University, majoring in Violin Performance. The first violinist in “Quartet du Monde”, a KSO Artist Scholar and a diverse performer with many experiences in chamber music, as well as performing solo works.
I am interested in discovering new pieces, which are written by coeval composers. It is a different experience than playing the music which is written 200 years ago. The communication through these kind of compositions, is a chance to try to create a new way of expression through music, which can be even more abstract than the nature of music.