University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

MAYA Trio to perform at the Museum of Art March 3

Maya, a trio formed in the summer of 2005, brings to the Myra Series a rhythmically driven combination of flute, harp, and percussion, performing classical and new music, world music, and incorporating improvisations into its performances. MAYA will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in North Dakota Museum of Art as part of "Myra Presents: Sunday Concerts in the Galleries" — formerly known as the North Dakota Museum of Art Winter Concert Series. The Trio comprises John Hadfield (percussion), Bridget Kibey (harp), and Sato Moughalian (flute). A second concert will be held at Mayville State University on Monday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Maya actively commissions music from a broad variety of composers with a special emphasis on emerging composers, and has received receiving grants and awards from American Composers Forum, Argosy Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Spanish Ministry of Culture, and Jarvis and Constance Doctorow and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundations.

Maya In The Spirit (Perspectives Recordings) was released in December 2007. Of the trio’s second recording featuring music of Neil Rolnick on his album The Economic Engine (Innova), The New York Times said: “The brightly spirited ‘Uptown Jump’ (2006), a study in rich, tactile textures and inventive variation, juxtaposes jazz moves with ragalike percussion patterns. MAYA, a trio of flute, harp and percussion, plays it with grace and energy.” A third CD, including Robert Paterson’s The Book of Goddesses was released by American Modern Recordings in December. Maya has toured nationally and performs regularly in New York City.

Percussionist John Hadfield’s dedication to bending genres has taken him from the jungles of Indonesia to concert halls and clubs across the world, performing with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Michael Gordon Band, Saturday Night Live Band and Bang on a Can. Time Out New York wrote “John Hadfield’s percussion is so impeccable…” He has collaborated on or led over fifty recordings and is on the Jazz faculty of New York University.

Harpist Bridget Kibbey, a winner of the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition and an Avery Fisher Career Grant, is a leader among harpists active in contemporary music and has premiered work by composers, including Kati Agocs, Harrison Birtwistle, Pierre Boulez, Kaija Saariaho, Augusta Read Thomas, Charles Wuorinen, and Benjamin Yusopov and tours frequently with Dawn Upshaw. She is the founding harpist of International Contemporary Ensemble.

Flutist Sato Moughalian has performed worldwide as a chamber musician and soloist. She is a member of the Quintet of the Americas, American Modern Ensemble, and is Artistic Director of Perspectives Ensemble, frequently collaborating with composers in large-scale premieres of commissioned works, as well as presenting works in cultural context. She has recorded chamber music for Sony, New World, Newport, Albany and Innova, and is one of the most active freelance orchestral flutists in New York.

Tickets for the Concert Series are available at the door or in advance at the North Dakota Museum of Art. Non-member tickets: $15 per concert. Member tickets: $13 per concert. Student and military tickets are $5 per concert. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Help ensure the survival of the Concert Series by becoming a Concert Series Sponsor for an additional $50. The Winter Concert Series is underwritten by grants from the Myra Foundation.

-- Brian Lofthus, Museum of Art, 777.4195, blofthus@ndmoa.org.


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