“The Language of Landscapes,” cello & percussion
New Morse Code (Hannah Collins, cello; Michael Compitello, percussion) is the confluence of two magnetic personalities who have taken up the admirable task of creating a hub for the performance, commissioning and promotion of new music. New Morse Code is best described as two musicians of extraordinary depth and skill untethered by their instrumental constraints. Their 2017 debut album, Simplicity Itself on New Focus Recordings, was described by icareifyoulisten.com as “an ebullient passage through pieces that each showcase the duo’s clarity of artistic vision and their near-perfect synchronicity,” while Q2 Music called the album “a flag of genuineness raised.” Their projects have received support from Chamber Music America and New Music USA. In 2019, they released the title suite of Matthew Barnson’s portrait album, Vanitas on innova Recordings, and collaborated with Eliza Bagg, Lee Dionne, and andPlay on and all the days were purple, Alex Weiser’s Pulitzer Prize-finalist work on Cantaloupe music. Hannah teaches at the University of Kansas, and Michael teaches at Arizona State University. They currently serve as assistant directors of Avaloch Farm Music Institute, and they were recently named the winners of the 2020 Ariel Avant Impact Performance Prize.
Program: “The Language of Landscapes”
- Christopher Stark (b. 1980), “The Language of Landscapes,” 22’
- Viet Cuong (b. 1990), new commissioned work, 8’
- Andy Akiho (b. 1979), new commissioned work premiere inspired by OSIRIS-REx with new video component by Hannah Wasileski, 30’