The Red Light Composers CollectiveChristopher Cerrone (b. 1984, Huntington, NY) is a Brooklyn-based composer of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electronic music. Recently praised as a "rising star" (The New Yorker) and "dangerously talented" (New Haven Advocate), Cerrone’s delicate, intricate works often evoke the many writers who have inspired him: Italo Calvino, Louise Glück, Kurt Vonnegut, Jorge Luis Borges. His music has been heard across the US and Europe, most recently at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall. His music has also been commissioned performed by New York City Opera, the New York Youth Symphony, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, violinist Hahn-Bin, the Virginia Arts Festival, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Loadbang, and the Yale Philharmonia, among others, and he is co-artistic director and composer-in-residence for the New York City-based ensemble Red Light New Music. He recently received the Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2010 and 2011 ASCAP/Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and three CAP Grants (2009-2010) from the American Music Center. Upcoming projects include a new work for Ensemble ACJW commissioned by Carnegie Hall and a new piece commissioned by a consortium of percussionists throughout the US. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at Yale University, where he also taught music composition and electronic music. www.christophercerrone.com
Vincent Raikhel is a composer currently living in Brooklyn, New York. His compositions often employ models and patterns extracted from the natural world, creating interacting processes and networks of musical dimensions. His works include solo, chamber, and orchestral pieces as well as installations and compositions that are performed in natural environments. In 2005 Vincent co-founded Red Light New Music with Scott Wollschleger, a contemporary music series and ensemble based in New York City. Vincent has been a member of the Red Light composer collective and has served as co-Artistic director of the organization since its inception. In 2010 Vince co-edited Original Tradition: The Influence of Nils Vigeland, Composer and Teacher, a compilation of essays and music with Liam Robinson. His 2009 composition Espejos for solo Vibraphone was supported by funds from Meet the Composer. Current projects include a cello concerto entitled Cryovolcano being written for Red Light cellist John Popham as well as a dramatic multi-media installation/composition for the percussion quartet for Matra Percussion. Vincent is currently collaborating with composers Bob Pierzak and Nicholas Deyoe in creating a collection of visual analyses of the late works of Morton Feldman. Recordings of his music are available on Carrier Records. Vincent received his Bachelor in Music from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Nils Vigeland and Reiko Füting. He received the Nicolas Flagello Composition Award upon his graduation. In 2006 Vincent moved to Berlin where he pursued his MeisterSchüler studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin with Walter Zimmermann. In 2010 Vincent received his Masters in the Arts from the University of California, San Diego where he studied with Philippe Manoury. www.vincentraikhel.com
Liam Robinson is a composer and performer living in New York City. His compositions often deal with a relationship with text or other external stimuli, including theatrical, sculptural and installation elements. He is constantly working with the delicate balance between an attraction to external association and a dedication to pure sound. As a pianist, accordionist, and vocalist, Liam performs regularly with Jean Rohe, the Becca Stevens Band, and as a solo performer. He can be heard on the acclaimed debut of the Becca Stevens Band, Tea Bye Sea and on Jean Rohe's worldly and literate Lead Me Home. Liam is an avid folk musician and dance caller, and has recently formed a duo act with Jean Rohe in the performance and instruction of traditional songs and dances. Liam is currently Artistic Co-Director of Red Light New Music. In collaboration with colleague Vincent Raikhel, Liam recently co-edited the collection of writings, art, and music Original Tradition: The Influence of Nils Vigeland, Composer and Teacher, a book dedicated to his former teacher at the Manhattan School of Music, where he received his BMA.
Scott Wollschleger (b. 1980), a native of Erie, PA, received his Masters of Music in composition from Manhattan School of Music in 2005, where he studied with Nils Vigeland. Recent performances include The Logos Foundation, Ghent, Belgium, Symphony Space, Issue Project Room and The Stone, New York City. In 2009 Mr. Wollschleger was a recipient of a Meet the Composer grant for his participation in AMP's "Pairing" series at The Tank in New York City. For this event, Mr. Wollschleger presented a lecture-concert on his own work and the work of John Cage and Erik Satie. In 2010 he was given a special award by the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music for his collaborations with pianist David Broome. Mr. Wollschleger co-directs Red Light New Music, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to presenting new music. www.scottwollschleger.com