Every summer, Music Omi invites approximately a dozen musicians — composers and performers from around the globe — to come together for two and a half weeks in a unique collaborative music making residency program.
Summer 2016 Residency Dates: Thursday, August 11 - Sunday, August 28, 2016
(NB: the residency program was previously earlier in the summer)
The application for the Summer 2016 Music Omi Residency will be available December 1, 2015—check back here to apply then!
Results will be announced on April 1, 2016.
Questions may be directed to Jeffrey Lependorf, Director
Omi International Arts Center, where the Music Omi residency takes place, is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley's Columbia County. Named for a neighboring village, Omi is close to the small town of Ghent, NY, as well as Albany, Chatham, and Hudson, NY, which offers train connections less than thirty minutes away.
The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include The Fields Sculpture Park and Visitor Center & Cafe, a large two-story barn and other farm structures with spaces for rehearsing; and contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local barns, all surrounded by abundant perennial beds and expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees.
A Federal Period farm house serves as a gathering center for residents, providing a full kitchen, television room and library; while the front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several computers are available on the premises.
Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to summer performance festivals, presidential mansions to farmer's markets, the environs offer a singular blend of rural quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the neighborhood are often available for excursions of interest to residents.
Links to useful websites in the area:
Columbia County Tourism
(voice & harmonium / India)
Kummar Chatterjee is a traditional Indian vocalist. He has performed across the USA, Australia, Brussels, Dubai, Singapore, and in every part of India. He started his music at the age of 7, learning from his uncle, who was a great exponent of traditional music in India. He completed his masters from Allahabad University 1984, then completed Nipun from Bhatkhande, Lucknow. For the last 10 years he has been doing research on sound frequency and its effects on the mind, body and soul. He is currently studying the effects of music on illness, working with Parkinson, Alzheimer, mental depression, and cancer patients. For more info: www.kummarchatterjee.com
(saxophone & clarinet / New Zealand)
Reuben Derrick grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he is based as a performer, sonic artist and composer and active in New Zealand and Australian exploratory music communities. His Doctor of Musical Arts thesis,"Acoustic illuminations: recorded space as soundscape composition" (University of Canterbury, 2014), draws upon field recording and improvisation in New Zealand, Australia and Sri Lanka. In 2007/08 he toured New Zealand and recorded with "The Crust," a trio performing original arrangements of music by Steve Lacy. In 2007 his commissioned work for jazz ensemble and pipe organ was performed in the Christchurch Cathedral. Since completing a music degree in 2000 (Sydney Conservatorium) he has embraced an exploratory and multi-disciplinary focus and performed collaboratively and solo at music festivals and concert series such as the Now Now (AU), Bomb the Space (NZ), and VitaminS (NZ). Improvisational highlights include encounters with Shoji Hano, Kris Wanders, Clayton Thomas, Jeff Henderson, Richard Nunns, Mike Nock, Jaap Blonk, Richard Nunns, Peter Broetzmann and Rod Cooper. Multi-disciplinary collaborations have featured dance, circo-arts, poetry and film. For more info: reubenderrick.yolasite.com/
(voice / Nigeria)
Andrew Egbuchiem made his debut as a voice soloist in a performance of Handel's "Judas Maccabeus." He since performed in several oratorios by Handel and other composers as a soloist and with choirs. Between 2008 and 2012, he has been a regular performer at the "Promoting Classical Music in Nigeria Concert Tour." In 2012, he participated at the International opera singing competition in Karlovo and performed for the German community in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, earning a diploma of participation at the Euterpe of Rose Karlovo International Opera Singing Competition 2012. He also participated at the Licia Albanese Puccini International Opera Competition in 2014 in the United States while a resident artist for the "Singers of United Land Project." He was Involved in an International residency program—Singers of United Lands—in the USA from December 2013 to June 2014, where he toured through the eastern half of the United States, as well as in Kenya, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Poland and Latvia for six months.
(composer & electronics / USA)
Tyler Gilmore is a composer and electronic musician. He has worked with Cuong Vu, Jenny Hval, Matt Wilson, Ron Miles, Peter Sommer, Ken Filiano, John Fedchock, and many others. Gilmore founded Brooklyn-based recording label Not Art Records. He has recorded two albums with his ensemble Ninth and Lincoln, including Static Line. He won the 2009 ASCAP/Columbia College Commission in Honor of Hank Jones and won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010. His music has been reviewed in DownBeat and performed internationally by groups including Jon Faddis's Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the New England Conservatory Jazz Composer's Orchestra, Bobby Watson and The UMKC Concert Jazz Ensemble, The Playground Ensemble, and others. His work is published by Minor Ninth Music.
Tyler grew up in rural Wyoming, attended the University of Northern Colorado and the New England Conservatory, and is now based in Brooklyn, NY. For more info: www.tylergilmoremusic.com
(voice & electronics & percussion/ Argentina)
Tatiana Heuman is always looking for ways to connect movement, rhythm and perception with music. Currently she is mostly devoted to working on her soloist project QEEI as a composer, singer and producer. In 2014 she released her debut EP: NEEMPHA with the net label Aural Sects. She began her musical studies playing the trumpet and shortly after that she discovered free improvisation and experimental music. She formed a band named Ricarda Cometa (frenetic and danceable music through improvisation). In 2010 Tatiana started playing drums and percussion. During 2013 Ricarda Cometa played its latest release in concerts, played live as the opening band for The Yeah Yeah Yeahs in Buenos Aires and travelled to the Integraciones Festival in Lima, Perú. In 2013 Tatiana played drums and sang in Astrosuka, an experimental electronic pop duo, where she was the producer as well. In 2013, Astrosuka released an EP and LP. In 2014 Tatiana was chosen for the Buenos Aires Bienal for playing drums and singing in the play "Trust" (by Falk Richter) staged in the CETC in the Colon theater. For more info: qqeeii.tumblr.com/
(composer & violin / Austria)
Irene Kepl studied classical violin and jazz in Linz, Austria and now lives and works in Vienna. Her work focuses primarily on contemporary classical music, free improvisation, composition, Jazz and groove based musics.
Kepl has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals including: Klangspuren Schwaz, Festival 4020, Jazzfest Vienna, Festival Unlimited, 12points Festival/SE, Donau Festival Ulm, DanceKiosk Hamburg/GER, and Jazz Festival Petrovac/ME. Her music has been broadcast on various radio stations in Austria and abroad. Recently she received the Gustav Mahler Composition Prize and the Theodor Körner Prize for composition, as well as writing commissioned works for the Wiener Festwochen and Brucknerhaus Linz. As an improvising musician she has worked in this setting with Malcolm Goldstein George Cremaschi and Moe Staiano/USA, Korhan Ehel/TR, and Petr Vrba/CZ amongst others. She is the founder of the string quartet Violet Spin, the Duo Irene Kepl & Mark Holub (SLAMrecords) and of the monthly concert series "Musik in Raum" in Upper Austria, which features contemporary music. Further work includes commissions for theatre, film and sound installations. For more info: www.irenekepl.at
(piano / Germany)
Till Mertens was born in Berlin in 1957, is now the father of five children, and has been improvising his whole life. He began with piano at 5, later adding guitar at 10, drums at 14, clarinet at 18, saxes at 20, followed by some other instruments, and now he's studying the violin. He received a classical education (composition, piano and sax) at the music-academy and university of Kassel. He has been player and producer of various pop, rock and ethno-music projects (including Hamid Baroudi for over 20 years), and given many solo piano improvisation concerts and CD releases. Since 1989 has also been involved in film music and sound production, as well as several music/dance and music/theater projects, and installation of sound-sculptures, including the music and a nature project called "rainforest music" (3 CD release). His recent music project is made from a large pool of improvising musicians with a mix from classical, amplified, electronic, no input mixing etc. called "TriTop." For more info: till-mertens.com
(voice & piano / Russia & Switzerland)
Marina Sobyanina is a composer, piano player and singer of Russian origin, currently residing in Switzerland. Having finished a BA in jazz singing (HKB, Bern, CH), an MA in Art History (RSUH, Moscow, RU) and college for classical piano players (Moscow, RU), she is now studying composition in Bern (MA). Sobyanina performs as a vocalist and piano player in different interdisciplinary projects, including theatre, dance and movie productions. For her peculiar singing techniques she has been many times mentioned by European music journalists in numerous publications, invited for different experimental projects, and has even shared the stage with Bobby McFerrin in his improvisational opera "Bobble" (Moscow, RU). Marina is also active as a composer, writing music for theatres, films and different line-ups, from big bands to chamber and symphonic orchestras. Latest projects are: the ballet "Henri" for symphonic orchestra and choir (Dec.19,20,21 2014, Ekaternburg State Theatre, RU); music for the feature film "Repetitions" (Moscow Int. Movie Festival, 2014); and a string quartet for the Sirius String Quartet, (from NY, USA) (Bern, CH, September 2014). For more info: soundcloud.com/marina-sobyanina
(Bassoon / Mexico)
Maribel Suárez is a bassonist and improviser living in Mexico City, where she studied at the Conservatorio de las Rosas and Escuela Superior de Musica. She made her musical path in contemporary music working new repertoire with young composers, she has premiered numerous pieces for bassoon solo and in ensemble, and she developed the project ensemble "Chamizo," with a focus on contemporary improvisation. She has made numerous interdisciplinary collaborations with plastic arts, theater, electro-acoustics, and visual arts. Recently she assisted The 46th International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany with Pascal Gallois (France). The need for more contemporary bassoon activity is clear to her, and she is strongly committed to making this her task. For more info: fagotnomada.wordpress.com
Ji Young Park
(cello / South Korea)
Ji Young Park attended Gyeongbuk Arts High School for classical music, Keimyung University-Poland Chopin Conservatory for classical music, and Chugye University for contemporary music and jazz. In Paris, France she studied improvisation with Laurent de Wilde and took part in the Sacheon International Jazz Workshop with Andrew Cyrille, Ralph Alessi, and Vardan Ovsepian for Free Jazz. She has released a solo album on ILIL SOUND and a free duo improvisation recording with Vardan Ovsepian. She has played numerous concerts in Europe and Korea. For more information: www.ililsound.com
(oud & voice / Iran)
Yasamine Shahhosseini received her diploma from the Tehran Music School, and her undergraduate degree from Tehran Univerisyt. She has performed oud on many music albums from a number of composers in Iran, performed in numerous concerts in Iran, Australia, Italy, and Iraq, gaining First Place in the first music festival of music schools in Tehran in 2005, ithe second Iranian National Youth Music Festival in 2009, and in 7th Youth Music Festival in 2013.
Jochem van Dijk
(composer & electric bass / Netherlands & USA)
From a background in pop music, circus music, composing music for the theatre and Ethnomusicology in his homeland of the Netherlands, Jochem has been active musically in NYC since 2004 as a composer and since 2011 as a performer. He has contributed compositions to the following Fay Victor CDs: Darker than Blue (2000), Lazy Old Sun (2004), Cartwheels Through The Cosmos (2007), Freesong Suite (2009), and Absinthe & Vermouth (2013). Recently, he was a recipient, along with Fay Victor, of a grant to compose and stage a piece at the Tricentric Festival (Neighborhood Dynamics, April 2014). He also performed, produced and co-composed the Greene Ave Music CD "JAN" (November 2014). For more info: www.jochem.us
Carl Ludwig Hübsch
Music Omi expresses its gratitude to the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, Friends of Music Omi, the Rajshekhar Parikh Fellowship Fund, and Francis Greenburger.
Omi's residency programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts
Jeffrey Lependorf, Director of Music Omi, received a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory. His teachers include Richard Hoffmann, Fred Lerdahl, Jack Beeson, Chou Wen-chung and Mario Davidovsky. A composer of operas and chamber music, he is also a certified master of the shakuhachi, a traditional Japanese bamboo flute. His music has been performed around the globe—literally: a recording of his "Night Pond" for solo shakuhachi launched into space when the shuttle Atlantis took off on May 15, 1997 and remained for a year aboard the Russian space station Mir. He began shakuhachi study with Kinko master of shakuhachi Yoshinobu Taniguchi, who gave him the venerable name "Koku" ("empty nothingness"), and studied subsequently with Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin and Ralph Samuelson. He has performed or been performed across the United States, Europe and in Japan. Some of his recordings can be found on iTunes and Amazon.com.