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Lisa Cella: The Low Flutes Project
March 27 at 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Department of Music presents flutist Lisa Cella, professor of music at UMBC, who will present her Low Flutes Project, which seeks to find, create, record, and present new works that shatter boundaries in sound and technique for alto and bass flute. Through commissioning, performing, and recording, she adds her voice to a body of repertoire, helping to inspire the new generation of composers to explore deeply these two instruments that have captured her passion. This concert includes the premieres of the winners of a 15 Minutes of Fame composition competition and pieces from a call for scores, including:
- Desert Places by Florence Anna Maunders
- A Escada Estreita for alto flute and electronics by João Pedro Oliveira
- A series of new fifteen one-minute pieces, including works by Philip Czapłowski, Stephen de Filippo and other composers
A champion of contemporary music, Lisa Cella has performed throughout the United States and abroad. She is Artistic Director of San Diego New Music and a founding member of its resident ensemble NOISE. With NOISE she has performed the works of young composers all around the world. Lisa is co-artistic director of NOISE’s annual festival of modern music entitled soundON. Lisa co-founded the flute collective inHALE, a group dedicated to developing challenging and experimental repertoire for two and three flutes. inHALE was an invited ensemble at the National Flute Association Convention in San Diego in August of 2005. She, along with Franklin Cox, is a founding member of C2, a touring flute and cello duo. As a soloist, she has performed both nationally and internationally and is a faculty member of the Soundscape Festival of Contemporary Music in Maccagno, Italy and Nief Norf based in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her undergraduate work was completed at Syracuse University and she received a Master of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Conservatory. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in contemporary flute performance at the University of California, San Diego. Her main teachers include John Oberbrunner, Robert Willoughby, and John Fonville. She is a professor of music at UMBC and a founding member of its faculty contemporary music ensemble, Ruckus.
The 15 Minutes of Fame project has been generously supported by UMBC, Vox Novus and Robert Voisey, and by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Fidelity Foundation, The Rogers & Hammerstein Foundation, and Anonymous.