We are excited to announce that Anthony R. Green, Shawn E. Okpebholo, and Evan Williams are the winners of our second annual Call for Collaborators! Sound of Late will present a concert of their works on June 29, 2019 as part of the Wayward Music Series at the Chapel Performance Space in Seattle, Washington.
The program will feature the world premiere of a new composition by Green entitled Collide-oscope V. Written for Sound of Late, the piece is inspired by the poem “Let the Light Enter” by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.
Continuing their relationship with Evan Williams, whose work Grime was featured during the ensemble’s 2015–2016 season, Sound of Late will perform his work the waters wrecked the sky as part of the program. The piece is scored for solo clarinet and based on a poem by Emily Dickinson.
The ensemble will also perform a work by Shawn E. Okpebholo entitled On a Poem By Miho Nonaka: Harvard Square for solo flute. For his work, Okpebholo responded to a poem by the Japanese poet Miho Nonaka.
Additional programming will be announced in March 2019.
Unlike a traditional call for scores, Sound of Late requested that composers apply in teams with their colleagues. Each team proposed a new work by one of their members that would receive its world premiere alongside music by the other members.
You can read more about the winning composers below:
Anthony R. Green
The creative output of Anthony R. Green (composer, performer, social justice) includes musical and visual creations, interpretations of original works or works in the repertoire, collaborations, educational outreach, and more. Behind all his artistic endeavors are the ideals of equality and freedom, which manifest themselves in diverse ways in a composition, a performance, a collaboration, or social justice work.
As a composer, his work has been presented in over 20 countries by such notable artists as Gabriela Díaz, Eunmi Ko, Transient Canvas, Ossia New Music Ensemble, and Alarm Will Sound, to name a few. His work has been supported by multiple residencies worldwide, plus awards from ASCAP, the Argosy Foundation, Meet the Composer, New Music USA, the American Composers Forum (as a McKnight Visiting Composer), and more.
Green is also associate artistic director and composer-in-residence of Castle of our Skins, dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music.
Shawn E. Okpebholo
Shawn E. Okpebholo is a widely sought-after and award-winning composer whose music has been described as has having “enormous grace…, fantasy, and color,” as he comfortably composes in various styles and genres.
Recent awards include: second place in The American Prize Composition Competition (orchestral division), winner of the Adams-Owens Composition Prize, and the Flute New Music Consortium Composition Competition. His music has been performed all over the world, on five continents, and all across the U.S. Okpebholo regularly receives commissions from noted soloists, chamber groups, and large ensembles — artists who have performed his work at some of the nation’s greatest concert halls, including Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
He earned his masters and doctoral degrees in composition from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music where he also studied music theory. He completed a bachelor’s degree in composition from Asbury College with additional studies in film scoring at New York University.
As an academic, he has guest lectured and given master classes at numerous universities across the country and in Nigeria. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Wheaton College-Conservatory of Music.
The music of Evan Williams has been performed across the country and internationally by members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the International Contemporary Ensemble, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Splinter Reeds, Fifth House Ensemble, and at festivals such as SEAMUS, N_SEME, the Electroacoustic Barn Dance, and the New York City Electronic Music Festival. In addition, he has been commissioned by notable performers and ensembles including the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, and many more.
His honors include recognition from the National Federation of Music Clubs, ASCAP, a Classical Roots Residency with the Detroit Symphony, and Fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Williams holds degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Bowling Green State University, and Lawrence University. Williams currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Composition/Technology and Director of Instrumental Activities at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. He has also taught at Lawrence University, Bennington College, and the Walden School.