Laura Kaminsky, New York-based composer of contemporary chamber, vocal, and orchestral music, with social-political topics like environment and war

Kaminsky completes two new commissions: Dreaming Absinthe and undercurrent for upcoming premieres

Kaminsky completes two new commissions: <em>Dreaming Absinthe</em>  and <em>undercurrent</em> for upcoming premieres
Cygnus Ensemble

Cygnus Ensemble. Photo: Jeffrey Hornstein.

Dreaming Absinthe, commissioned by Cygnus Ensemble with support from the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music for a premiere at the Morgan Library & Museum on December 8, 2015 in conjunction with the exhibition “Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars.”

julie-rosenfeld

Violinist Julie Rosenfeld

This is Kaminsky’s third collaboration with Cygnus Ensemble, a unique consort comprising flute, oboe, two guitars, violin and cello. Previously, she wrote Catastrophe, for the “Sounding Beckett” project at Classic Stage Company in  2012, and followed that with Homage to Havel for the 2013 Cutting Edge Concerts Series. Following her substantial 2009 duo for violin and piano, Wave Hill, Kaminsky returns to the idiom with a new work for violinist Julie Rosenfeld and pianist Peter Miyamoto, undercurrent, commissioned by the University of Missouri School of Music, where it will premiere in April 12, 2016.