Damselfly trio: flute, harp, voice

Friday, February 28, 2020
7:30 PM
Cultural Arts CA1075 Beckwith Recital Hall
Event Type
Music Dept.
Seymour, Ann
Department of Music

Damselfly Trio
The Damselfly Trio is a chamber ensemble dedicated to the music of living composers and poets/writers. The group recently held a performance residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute, where they worked with composers Pierce Gradone and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. In 2018, Damselfly toured North Carolina and Ireland featuring their concert program “The Little Songbook Project,” which included the premiere of Buaine na Gaoithe, a new work by the Irish composer Ryan Molloy and poet Martin Dyar. In addition to concerts, Damselfly presented outreach events in Craven County public schools and in other local community organizations in North Carolina and Ireland. 

"The Little Songbook Project" is a collaboration with the Damselfly Trio and a diverse collective of composers and word-makers (poets, writers, text artists). A central focus of the project is to give voice, sonically and in words, to artists of all walks of life and experience. In each book, the performers reflect on earlier works for their unique instrumentation, and juxtapose these with new pieces written for Damselfly.

Building on works by George Crumb (Federico’s Little Songs for Children), Tania Leon (Journey), Ursula Mamlok (Der Andreasgarten) and others, Damselfly commissioned Pierce Gradone, Lindsey Jacob and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon for new works for Book One in 2018-19. The new compositions feature poetry or text by Nichole O. Nichols (Jacob), Juan Rulfo (Zohn-Muldoon) and Stephanie Anderson (Gradone). Book Two commissions will include new works by Valerie Coleman, Katharina Rosenberger, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon and Jesse Jones.
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Chelsea Czuchra, flute
Chelsea Czuchra is an active performer in Europe and North America as a freelance orchestral player and collaborative musician in the realms of new music, various world musics and improvisation. Current projects include the Cochlea Duo with Lindsay Buffington, harp, commissioning new works for flute and harp, "The Little Songbook Project" with Liz Pearse, soprano and Cochlea Duo, and an ongoing project commissioning works for vocalizing/moving flutist. For different commissioning projects, Czuchra has received grants from the Nicati-de Luze Foundation, Basel City/Land, and the Swiss Interpreter’s Society.
     Czuchra has performed at the Zeiträume Festival Basel, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, PASIC, Vancouver Int’l New Music Festival and Darmstadt Festival. She has performed with chamber music ensembles at universities including University of Kentucky (Lexington), University of Tennessee (Knoxvillle), Berea College, University of Southern California, UCSB and CSU-LA among others. Radio appearances include KXLU in LA, Radio X in Basel, Switzerland and Relevant Tones at WFMT Chicago.
     Czuchra studied at UNCSA with Philip Dunigan, NC Governor’s School, Purchase College (BFA) with Sandra Miller and Stefani Starin and at the California Institute of the Arts with Rachel Rudich. Other flute mentors include John Fonville, Dorothy Stone, James Newton, Marianne Stücki and Lisa Cella.
     Based in Basel, Switzerland since 2000, Czuchra maintains an active teaching schedule, working with flutists of all ages in the Swiss and international communities.
Lindsay Buffington, harp
Lindsay Buffington enjoys an active freelance career in Switzerland and abroad, and plays regularly as a soloist and with groups including orchestras, chamber groups, choirs and big bands. She has performed with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra, Christoph Walter Orchestra, Mädchenkantorei Basel, Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein, Ensemble Boswil, Ensemble Paul Klee, Basel Sinfonietta, The Sparkling Diamonds, Camerata Musica Luzern, Ajay Mathur Band, Sinfonietta de Lausanne, Orchester Spiez, and the Instrumental Ensemble Goldau among others. She is a co-founder of Deux en Harpe, with the Swiss harpist Céline Gay des Combes and Cochlea Duo, flute and harp.
     Buffington attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studied harp with Rebecca Anstine Smith, former principal harpist at the Kennedy Center Opera House. Following two years of studies at the university, she spent 2005-07 at the Conservatory of Lausanne in Switzerland, studying with the French harpist Chantal Balavoine Mathieu. She returned to the University of Maryland to finish her Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, in December 2007.
     Buffington returned to Lausanne in 2008 to study with Mathieu and complete her Master of Music in Performing Arts at the Conservatory with the highest honors in 2010. She received the Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy in 2012 at the Hochschule Luzern-Musik, studying with Swiss harpist Xenia Schindler.
     Buffington teaches harp at the Musikschule Horw and Musikschule Hochdorf in Kanton Luzern, is a private harp teacher at the International School of Basel, and and as a substitute teacher in music schools throughout Switzerland. Past employers include the Musikschule Stadt Luzern, Musikschule Werdenberg and Musikschule der Region Thun.
Liz Pearse, soprano
Liz Pearse is a musician of many pursuits. As a performer, her uniquely colorful and versatile voice has led to performances of wide-ranging works from medieval to modern, and though she is known as a specialist in contemporary vocal repertoire, she also deeply enjoys a well-aged song. Pearse has recently begun a long-term project commissioning and performing works for singer at the piano (though she still enjoys the collaborative process), and presents her second full-length recital of such pieces, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Poulenc’s Le bestiaire featuring newly-commissioned animal portraits, in 2019.Pearse is one-fourth of Quince Ensemble, a treble-voice quartet dedicated to "charting bold new directions in vocal chamber music" (John von Rhein, Chicago Tribune). Their third album, Motherland, was released by New Focus Recordings in spring 2018.
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