Esther Lamneck, clarinetist
The New York Times calls Esther Lamneck “an astonishing virtuoso.” She has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras, with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, with renowned chamber music artists and an international roster of musicians from the new music improvisation scene. A versatile performer and an advocate of contemporary music, she is known for her work with electronic media including interactive arts, movement, dance and improvisation. Ms. Lamneck makes frequent solo appearances at music festivals worldwide and maintains an active solo career performing and presenting Master Classes in Universities and Conservatories throughout the United States and Europe. An artist who is sought after by the leading composers of our times, her collaborations have led to hundreds of new compositions in many genres including solo works for the clarinet and the tárogató. Dr. Lamneck is a full music professor at NYU and artistic director of the New York University New Music and Dance Ensemble, an improvising flexible group which works in electronic settings using both fixed media and real time sound and video processing.
Elizabeth McNutt, flutist
Passionately devoted to the music of the present, flutist Elizabeth McNutt is internationally recognized for her performances of innovative contemporary and electroacoustic music. While she primarily performs as a soloist, she also performs regularly with The Tornado Project (with clarinetist Esther Lamneck) and the Calliope Duo (with pianist Shannon Wettstein). She has premiered approximately 200 compositions, and worked with such recognized figures as Pierre Boulez, Brian Ferneyhough, Harvey Sollberger, Philippe Manoury, Roger Reynolds, Joji Yuasa, and Joan Tower, among countless others. She has given solo recitals in Europe, Asia, and throughout the U.S. Her solo CD pipe wrench, on the Electronic Music Foundation Media label, has been described as "astounding" (Flute Talk), "high-octane" (Musicworks), and "a delightful listen" (SEAMUS Newsletter). Her other recordings are on the CRI, SEAMUS, Ravello, Navona, Innova, and Centaur labels; her writing has been published in Organized Sound, The Flutist Quarterly, and Music Theory Online Journal. McNutt directs Sounds Modern, a concert series at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and at the Chinati Foundation of Marfa, TX. She is currently on the faculty at the University of North Texas, where she teaches flute and directs the new music ensemble Nova. http://elizabethmcnutt.com