Join us Wednesday, July 20 at the Castle for ’21st Century Music: a panel discussion with four musical artists around their work and issued of contemporary music-making’. William Dougherty, José Manuel Serrano and Ana Sokolović will join a panel discussion moderated by Shirt / George Steven.

William Dougherty, Music, USA
William (Bill) Dougherty is a composer, writer, and sound artist. His music invites listeners to engage with the “inner life” of sounds. Drawing from early recording technology, his work often explores elements of decay, distortion, and erasure. His music has been presented at festivals including IRCAM’s ManiFeste, musikprotokoll, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Donaueschingen Musiktage, and the New York Philharmonic Biennale. In 2021, he was recipient of the Luciano Berio Rome Prize in Music Composition from the American Academy in Rome. That same year he earned his DMA from Columbia University.

José Manuel Serrano, Music, Argentina
José Manuel Serrano conducts composition studies with Mariano Etkin, María Cecilia Villanueva and Salvatore Sciarrino. His music has been played at international music festivals like Tage für Neue Musik Zürich; Wiener Konzerthaus; MATA Festival, Spoleto Festival USA; Gustav Mahler Music Weeks; New Directions Festival; Dark Music Days; music@villaromana; Mise-en Festival; Forum Wallis; “XXIII Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de la Habana”; Music Current; musica aperta; L’Imaginaire Festival; Teatro Argentino de La Plata; among others.

Ana Sokolovic, Music, Serbia
An important figure in contemporary music, Quebec-based composer Ana Sokolović has distinguished herself internationally through her imaginative, rhythm-driven music, with repertoire from operas and orchestra works to solo and chamber pieces. Originally from Serbia, Sokolović writes music infused with Balkan rhythms and influenced by multiple artistic disciplines. In 2022, Sokolović was awarded the first Canada Research Chair in Opera Creation at l’Université de Montréal and she became the new artistic director of the most important Canadian organization dedicated to contemporary music, SMCQ.

Shirt / George Steven, Music, USA
Working across rap music, performance, video, painting and sculpture, Shirt’s practice often resembles the interplay between Black Dada, Conceptual Art and Rap Music, becoming a bricolage of language, sound, and object wherein notions of authorship and publics are blurred to create a more expansive readership. Exploring modes of social critique through a deep investment in radical imagination and found practices, Shirt’s work considers ways of unlearning and seeks to propose questions such as: Who gets to be called an artist? and What is considered art? He lives and works in Brooklyn.

Wednesday, July 20 2022
Welcome cocktail at 6:00pm
 Presentations begin at 6:15pm

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Please wear masks inside the Castle.