Composer Cassie Wieland presents her Roulette 2020 Jerome Commission HYMN, a work for solo piano and electronics written for and premiered by Vicky Chow. Alongside the commissioned work, Wieland will be presenting the world premiere of her completed ANATOMY series, a collection of short works for various instruments each inspired by a different part of the human body. She will be joining the ANATOMY series musicians onstage with live processed vocals.
Vicky Chow – piano
Ford Fourqurean – clarinet
Erin Rogers – saxophone
Aeryn Santillan – electric guitar
Adam Holmes – hammered dulcimer
Darian Thomas – violin
Cassie Wieland – vocals
HYMN was originally scheduled for Spring 2020, but was postponed and rescheduled due to Covid-19. Roulette’s Fall season will be presented virtually and available for free on a variety of streaming platforms. Our theater is currently closed for public performances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the safety measures that Roulette has put in place to keep staff, artists, and the public safe.
“Wieland’s visceral compositions send chills up your spine.” — The Road to Sound
Composer Cassie Wieland (she/her) delves into intimate subject matters of human connection, interaction, and expression in various ways throughout her work, ranging from exploration of found text to forming connections between natural phenomena and everyday life. Wieland masterfully experiments with timbre and texture, specifically through exploring intimate and fragile sounds, to achieve the “hand-made” sound she is often looking for: imperfect, but intentional.
Cassie has been commissioned and performed by line upon line percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, ~Nois, Unheard-of//Ensemble, Chromic duo, clarinetist Ken Thomson, percussionist Adam Groh, Ritual Action, the Illinois Modern Ensemble, and Great Noise Ensemble, among others. Her music has been featured at events such as the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the SCI National Student Conference, the Red Note New Music festival, the Electronic Music Midwest/Electronic Music Eastern festival, and the Maryland Wind Festival. Cassie has also been twice recognized as an ASCAP Morton Gould finalist and as the 2018 composer in residence for the Maryland Wind Festival. She has recently been named a 2020 Roulette Commissioned Artist and an inaugural Bouman Fellow for the 2019-2020 Kinds of Kings season. Her music has been featured on New Sounds, I Care if You Listen, AnEarful, and The Road to Sound.
Canadian pianist Vicky Chow has been described as “brilliant” (The New York Times) and “one of our era’s most brilliant pianists” (Pitchfork). The New Yorker wrote [on her recording of Michael Gordon’s SONATRA], “’Sonatra’ is a milestone of composition, and Vicky Chow’s recording of it is a milestone of pianism.” Her album “Surface Image” composed by Tristan Perich was among the top 10 Avant Music albums in “The Rolling Stone” magazine. As an artist frequently broadcasted on WNYC radio, her recorded work can be found on the ‘Nonesuch’, ‘New Amsterdam’, ‘Tzadik’, and ‘Cantaloupe’, labels. Interviews and articles featuring Ms. Chow was published in the Huffington Post, Gramophone, The New York Times, and others. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she is based in Brooklyn, New York and is currently the pianist for Bang on a Can All-Stars. She is on the Board of Advisors for Composers Now, and is also a mentor as part of the Juilliard School mentoring program. Ms. Chow is a Yamaha Artist. www.vickychow.com
Hymn, by Cassie Wieland, was commissioned by Roulette, made possible with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation. This performance is presented through Roulette’s GENERATE program, providing over 30 artists each year with in-depth creative and technical support.