February 2, 2019

Guest Recital: Aether Eos, featuring violinist and violist Leah Asher and pianist Christopher Goddard
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: COFAC Recital Hall
Description: Free and open to the public.


Duo (1999) - Rebecca Saunders (b. 1967)

Last Light (2018) - Luke Carlson (b. 1983)

In-pulse (2018) - Chin Ting Chan (b. 1986)
I. Reflex
II. Beams
III. Crank
IV. Catch
V. Throw


Solo (2019) - Leah Asher (b. 1986)

The children of fire come looking for fire (2012) - Eric Wubbels (b. 1980)


Violinist/violist, composer, and visual artist Leah Asher is an avid performer of contemporary music and creator of new artistic works. Leah has performed throughout the U.S. and Europe with artists and ensembles such as Jennifer Torrence, Sanae Yoshida, Mary Auner, AJO ensemble, NOSO Sinfoniettaen, The Arctic Philharmonic, The Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, eighth blackbird, and The Rhythm Method. She has been featured as a concerto soloist with NOSO Sinfoniettaen and Oberlinís Contemporary Music Ensemble. A passionate collaborator, Leah has worked closely with composers such as Lewis Nielson, Rebecca Saunders, Frederic Rzewski, Edward Hamel, Phillipe Manoury, and Christian Wolff. Leah served as solo violist of the NOSO Sinfoniettaen and co-principal viola of the Arctic Philharmonic 2013-2016 and joined as violinist of The Rhythm Method in 2016. Leah completed her undergraduate degree at Oberlin College and Conservatory, studying violin with Gregory Fulkerson, and completed her Masterís in Contemporary Performance at Manhattan School of Music, studying with Curtis Macomber.

Christopher Goddard is a Canadian composer and pianist. As a performer and advocate of contemporary music, Christopher Goddard has presented dozens of premieres by his colleagues, appearing with new music groups such as Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Columbia Composers, Penn Composers Guild, the Wet Ink Ensemble and others. He has participated in the Samos Young Artist Festival, the Avant Music Festival in New York and was a member of the Lucerne Festival Academy. He performed with TACTUS, the contemporary music ensemble at the Manhattan School of Music, while studying with pianists Christopher Oldfather and Anthony de Mare. As a composer, Christopher Goddard has been recently commissioned by Esprit Orchestra (Toronto), No Exit New Music Ensemble (Cleveland) the Royal Conservatory/Koerner Hall for the 21C Festival and by the City of Reutlingen. He currently serves as Artistic Director of Ottawa New Music Creators.
Related Web Site: Aether Eos
Contact Information:
 Joanie Herbert
 Phone: 309-298-1843
 Email: JE-Herbert@wiu.edu
Source: School of Music

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