May 18: Hayley-Laufer Duo at A Musical Feast, "Wandrer II: Feelinglessness"

1300 Elmwood Avenue

From left: Dorothea Hayley, Ka Shu (Kenneth) Tam, Manuel Laufer, and Roberto Azaretto

The Hayley-Laufer Duo returns with a second concert collecting revolutionary contributions to the 21st-century art song repertoire. Premieres by Colombian composer Camilo Méndez, Venezuelan composer Freddy Flores Ávila, and Canadian composer Anthony Tan explore the outer reaches of the technical and expressive possibilities of the Lied genre. The program also features Jonathan Harvey’s monumental and mesmerizing Nachtlied, alongside newly minted works for soprano and piano by UB student composers Ka Shu (Kenneth) Tam and Roberto Azaretto.

Program
Matthew Chamberlain, New Work (2019)
Anthony Tan (b. 1979), A Manual of Qualities (2016)
Camilo Méndez Sanjuan (b. 1982), New Work (2017)
Jonathan Harvey (1939-2012), Nachtlied (1984)

Selected Works by UB Student Composers:
Roberto Azaretto, New Work (2019)
Ka-Shu (Kenneth) Tam (b.1991), Phoenix Hairpin I (2018)

This performance is made possible by a collaboration between A Musical Feast and UB's Creative Arts Initiative (CAI). It is the culmination of the artists' Spring 2019 CAI residency. 

Drawn to the new, the audacious, and the complex, the Hayley-Laufer Duo challenges the boundaries of voice-and-piano composition by commissioning exciting young artists while cultivating a core repertoire of twentieth and twenty-first century masterworks. Their decade-long collaboration has brought them to the USA, Canada, Europe and South America, and traversed centuries of song repertoire with an emphasis on the electrifying music of today.

ABOUT DOROTHEA HAYLEY 
Dorothea Hayley has been a soloist with the Vancouver Symphony, the Bourgas Symphony, the Allegra Chamber Orchestra and Ca-priccio Basel. She has performed in festivals such as the Happening Festival, Gulangyu Piano Festival, Performer’s Voice Symposium, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival and the Atempo Festival of Caracas, and with organizations like the SMCQ, Chants Libres, CIRMMT, Codes d’accès, Vancouver New Music, the Little Chamber Music Series That Could and the Land’s End Ensemble. Dorothea recently completed an artist residency at the Banff Centre, and was a visiting artist at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. Dorothea holds a Doctor of Music degree from Université de Montréal, and teaches voice at Vancouver Community College. She is the Artistic Co-Director of the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival.

ABOUT MANUEL LAUFER 
Manuel Laufer has presented world premieres at Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Bang on a Can, June in Buffalo, and Festival Atem-po (Caracas and Paris). He has concertized extensively playing contemporary chamber music, performing canonic works by compos-ers including Babbitt, Cage, Crumb, Lachenmann, and Xenakis in addition to newly commissioned repertoire. His solo work champi-ons modernist voices from his native Venezuela, placing particular emphasis on composer Diógenes Rivas. Currently appointed to the Collaborative Piano Faculty at NYU Steinhardt, Manuel has performed with orchestras on both sides of the Atlantic, and appears yearly in the Blueridge Chamber Music Festival and the NYU Summer Piano Intensive. He holds degrees from McGill University and University of California, Irvine, and received a Ph.D. in Piano Performance from NYU Steinhardt.