Lois V Vierk

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Lois V Vierk (born August 4, 1951 in Hammond, Indiana) is a post-minimalist or totalist composer who lives in New York City.

She received a B.A. degree in piano and ethnomusicology from UCLA in 1974. She then attended Cal Arts, studying composition with Mel Powell, Leonard Stein, and Morton Subotnick, receiving her M.F.A. in 1978. She has conducted extensive study of gagaku music, studying for ten years with Suenobu Togi in Los Angeles, and for two years in Tokyo with Sukeyasu Shiba (the lead ryūteki player in Japan's Imperial Court Orchestra).

She has written many chamber works for different ensembles which are multiples of the same instrument. Her work uses glissando prominently and builds exponentially in level of activity. More recently she has written for mixed instrument ensembles, such as in her piece Timberline commissioned by the Relâche Ensemble, and Red Shift which appeared on the CD Bang on a Can Live Vol. 2. She has also composed for gagaku ensemble.

Vierk received a 1993 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.

River Beneath the River
Studio album by Lois V Vierk
ReleasedApril 25, 2000
GenreTotalist, Experimental
Length72:33
LabelTzadik Records
ProducerGregory Hesselink, Scott Lehrer, and Lois V Vierk
Lois V Vierk chronology
Simoom
(1990)
River Beneath the River
(2000)

River Beneath the River[edit]

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River Beneath the River was released in 2000. The album contains music written over a ten-year span including the title track originally commissioned by Kronos Quartet though not played by them. The liner notes were written by Robert Carl. Track listing:

  1. River Beneath the River – 14:13 - Eva Greusser (violin), Patricia Davis (violin), Lois Martin (viola), Bruce Wang (cello); commissioned by the Barbican Centre for Kronos Quartet
  2. Into the Brightening Air – 24:15 - Eva Greusser (violin), Patricia Davis (violin), Lois Martin (viola), Bruce Wang (cello); commissioned by Karen Bamonte Danceworks with support from Meet the Composer
  3. Jagged Mesa – 21:349 - Gary Trosclair (trumpet), Bruce Eidem (trombone), Christopher Banks (bass trombone); commissioned by Risa Jaroslaw & Dancers with support from Meet the Composer
  4. Red Shift – 12:16 - Ted Mook (cello), David Seidel (electric guitar), Jim Pugliese (percussion), Lois V Vierk (synthesizer); commissioned by Experimental Intermedia with support from the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust

Simoom[edit]

Simoom
Studio album by Lois V Vierk
Released1990
RecordedEmerald City Studios, San Francisco, 1988
GenreTotalist, Experimental
Length52:00
LabelExperimental Intermedia
ProducerArther Stidfole
Lois V Vierk chronology
Simoom
(1990)
River Beneath the River
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

Simoom was released in 1990. The liner notes, written by Arthur Stidfole, contain a short introduction to the composer, descriptions of the compositions, and biographical information on the performers. Track listing:

  1. 五 Guitars (Go Guitars) for 5 electric guitars; David Seidel (electric guitars) – 12:06
  2. Cirrus for 6 trumpets; Gary Trosclair (trumpets) – 18:43
  3. Simoom for 8 cellos; Theodore Mook (cellos) – 20:34

Films[edit]

  • New York Composers: Searching for a New Music (1997). Directed by Michael Blackwood. Produced by Michael Blackwood Productions, in association with Westdeutscher Rundfunk.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. Simoom at AllMusic

Further reading[edit]

  • Zorn, John, ed. (2000). Arcana: Musicians on Music. New York: Granary Books/Hips Road. ISBN 1-887123-27-X.

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