Missy Mazzoli has produced new works for eighth blackbird, Kronos Quartet, the League of Composers Orchestra, violinist Jennifer Koh as commissioned by the LA Philharmonic, and the Santa Fe Chamber Players, and has received additional commissions from Carnegie Hall and the Whitney Museum of Art. The winner of four ASCAP Young Composer Awards and a Fulbright Grant to the Netherlands, she was recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” by The New York Times. In February 2012, she premiered her first full-length opera, Song from the Uproar, at The Kitchen in New York. The Wall Street Journal called the work "powerful and new", while The New York Times said that, "in the electric surge of Ms. Mazzoli's score you felt the joy, risk, and unlimited potential of free spirits unbound.” Her new, 25-minute opera entitled SALT, a multimedia collaboration based on the biblical story of Lot’s wife, premiered at UNC Chapel Hill in October 2012.
Mazzoli’s 2013-2014 Season included many exciting new projects. Carnegie Hall recently commissioned her to write a new work for her band Victoire, Wilco drummer/percussionist Glenn Kotche and vocalists Mellissa Hughes, Martha Cluver and Virginia Warnken. This new work, based on poems by Matthew Zapruder, premiered at Carnegie Hall on February 22, 2014, as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival. The season also included premieres of newly commissioned works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and pianist Emanuel Ax, who performed her newest solo piano piece on tour across the country.
Mazzoli attended the Yale School of Music, the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, and Boston University, and is published by G. Schirmer.
August 14-16, 2014, 8PM: Kate Weare Company – San Francisco, CA
ODC Music Moves Festival, ODC Theater
The Kate Weare Company performs choreography to Missy Mazzoli’s Still Life With Avalanche, performed by eighth blackbird.
October 4, 2014: Shai Wosner at Cafe de la Danse – Paris, France
Festival (Piano) Oxygene, Cafe de la Danse
Pianist Shai Wosner performs Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos at the Festival (Piano) Oxygene in Paris, France.
November 17, 2014, 7:30 PM: New York Philharmonic CONTACT! Series – New York, NY
In a concert curated and hosted by John Adams, Missy Mazzoli’s Dissolve, O My Heart is performed, along with works by Timo Andres, Daníel Bjarnason, and Ingram Marshall. A Co-Presentation of the New York Philharmonic’s CONTACT! Series and 92nd Street Y.
February 5, 2015, 8PM: Miller Theatre Composer Portrait – New York, NY
As part of the Miller Theatre’s Composer Portrait series, this concert highlights Missy Mazzoli’s diverse works for strings, from solo pieces for cello and violin to works such as Harp and Altar, a love song to the Brooklyn Bridge that fuses string quartet with pre-recorded electronics and the poetry of Hart Crane.
March 2015: Victoire Sophomore Album Release
Album release of Vespers for a New Dark Age by Missy Mazzoli, on New Amsterdam Records featuring Victoire, Glenn Kotche (Wilco) and Lorna Dune. More info TBA.
March 20, 2015, 7:30PM: Song from the Uproar at Da Camera – Houston, TX
Zilkha Hall, Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Da Camera presents the Houston premiere of Song from the Uproar: The Lives and Deaths of Isabelle Eberhardt, featuring mezzo-soprano Abigail Fischer, NOW Ensemble, and conductor Steven Osgood.
March 22, 2015, 3PM: Meredith Monk and Friends at Carnegie Hall – New York, NY
Missy Mazzoli and Victoire perform at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall as part of a concert featuring Meredith Monk’s music, and her friends and collaborators.
May 9, 2015, 8PM: Victoire with Glasser and Noveller – Minneapolis, MN
Walker Art Center
Victoire joins forces composer/electric guitarist Noveller and synthpop chanteuse Glasser for an evening that explores the sonic intersections of woman and machine, manipulation and composition. The evening features solo sets from each artists and culminates in a collaborative finale. Co-presented with the Walker Art Center.
May 10, 2015, 8PM: Victoire with Glasser and Noveller – Cincinnati, OH
Contemporary Arts Center
Victoire joins forces composer/electric guitarist Noveller and synthpop chanteuse Glasser for an evening that explores the sonic intersections of woman and machine, manipulation and composition. The evening features solo sets from each artists and culminates in a collaborative finale.