Composition Colloquium: Oren Boneh, UC Berkeley

Colloquium | September 21 | 3 p.m. |  Hargrove Music Library

 Department of Music

Composer and trumpeter Oren Boneh writes music characterized by its energy and dynamism. Its foundation is made up of vastly contrasting characters, ranging from abrasive and mechanical to humorous and supple. The music plays with listener expectations of the characters’ behaviors in order to create unpredictability and friction.

Oren has been commissioned and performed internationally by ensembles such as Vertixe Sonora, Alarm Will Sound, Ensemble Meitar, Proton Bern, Ensemble Reconsil, Ensemble Regards, Ensemble Pentaèdre, the Playground, the Music From Copland House Ensemble, Architek Percussion, the Eco Ensemble, the Empyrean Ensemble and the Nebula Ensemble and at festivals such as Sonorities, Spaziomusica, Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, NYCEMF, Pulsar and the Electroacoustic Barn Dance. First Prize winner of the 2017 Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Competition for his piece, Winter Walks that Gravel my Voice, Oren has been selected in numerous competitions such as the Franco Donatoni International Competition, the ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, the Loadbang Commission Competition, and Protonwerk No. 8. Oren has been a composer fellow at the Missouri International Composers Festival, Cultivate at the Copland House, Soundstreams, Tzlil Meudcan, CEME, Festival Mixtur, ExperimentalStudio Matrix and at the Millay Colony for the Arts, the Visby International Centre for Composers and the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.

Current and upcoming projects include a work for Quatuor Tana for string quartet and electronics, a commission from the Divertimento Ensemble for soprano, baritone and ensemble using a poem by Pier Paolo Pasolini, and commissions from Ensemble Proton Bern, Loadbang and Earplay.

Oren is currently pursuing a PhD in composition at the University of California, Berkeley where he works with Franck Bedrossian, Edmund Campion, Ken Ueno and Cindy Cox. Supported by a Fulbright fellowship during the 2015-2016 year, Oren worked in Dresden, Germany studying composition and working at the Dresden Music Cognition Lab. Oren has previously studied at McGill University with Brian Cherney and Philippe Leroux, the Royal Danish Academy of Music with Hans Abrahamsen and Juliana Hodkinson, and the University of Denver with Chris Malloy and William Hill.