As part of the Alaskan sesquicentennial celebrations, the Uncommon Music Festival commissioned Homer-born composer Conrad Winslow to write a composition for vocal quartet with piano. His piece, The Stone Harp, sets two poems by former Alaskan poet laureate, John Haines.
We will perform The Stone Harp twice: on Friday, August 4th, at 7pm, and Saturday, August 5th, at 7pm. Check out our events page for more information!
Conrad Winslow is a composer whose musical forms are bold, legible and emotionally direct. His music combines precipitous edges with subtle shifts of syntax. He draws influence from architects and playwrights to structure pieces like places to inhabit. Raised in Homer, Alaska, he first learned to make a world from scratch by watching his parents build a log cabin home in the woods.
His instrumental music has been commissioned by Alarm Will Sound, Carnegie Hall, the American Composers Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the New York Youth Symphony, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute (for choreographer Justin Peck), the Juilliard Orchestra, the New Juilliard Ensemble, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, and Gaudete Brass Quintet, among many others.
Awards and support have come from The Minnesota Orchestra, New York Youth Symphony, Yale Glee Club, ASCAP, The Jerome Fund, The Juilliard School, and New Music USA. Gaudete Brass quintet released his Record of a Lost Tribe on Cedille records in February 2017. A debut album of chamber music with Cadillac Moon Ensemble and producer/guitarist Aaron Roche, entitled The Perfect Nothing Catalog, is slated for release in Fall 2017. Winslow also directs Wild Shore New Music, presenting new music in Southcentral Alaska.