We are beyond pleased to introduce you to our composer in residence, Stephen Dembski. He will be joining us in Sitka for the premiere of his three settings of Lee Rudolph poems on our August 19 vocal music concert; his work will also be featured on August 17 at the Larkspur and in our final evening concert on August 20. We can't wait to perform his music, and The Uncommon Music Festival is greatly indebted to him for his support on every level. Please take a moment to visit his website and listen to some of his music - and please come meet him in August in Sitka!
Exposed early on to Euro-American concert music, Stephen Dembski later took up Anglo-American folk music, and then Afro-American improvisation. Eventually, work with Cecil Taylor and Milton Babbitt bolstered the integration of neo- platonic formalism and abstract expressionism that has long informed his compositions. While the Penguin Guide to Jazz refers to his work for improvising musicians, under his “conduction,” as “exquisite,” his Euro-tradition music was praised by the NYTimes as “sensuous” and “ecstatic,” and by Pacifica Radio as simply “moving and beautiful.”