Intersection 2018 Composition Winners
John G. Bilotta
John G. Bilotta was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, but has spent most his life in the San Francisco Bay Area where he studied composition with Frederick Saunders. His works including chamber, vocal, orchestral music and operas, have been performed in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. His recordings are distributed by Naxos. John serves on the Board of Directors for Goat Hall Productions and on the Executive Committee for the Society of Composers, Inc.
As a composer, Durwynne Hsieh’s projects include commissions and performances by orchestras, chamber music groups, and other performers throughout Northern California and across the U.S. His music was recently featured on Black Cedar Trio’s debut album, A Path Less Trod, and on Farallon Quintet’s Farallon Quintet Originals album, and his largest project to date, a full-length ballet, will be staged by Benicia Ballet Theatre in 2018. His music has been put to diverse uses as dance accompaniment, musical theater pieces, wedding ceremony music, underscore for cooking webisodes and science tutorial programs, and as incidental music for a Shakespeare play. Durwynne took an eclectic mix of music courses, studied composition with Elinor Armer, and studied cello with Colin Hampton and Luis Garcia-Renart. He also holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and has worked as a college biology teacher and as a technical writer. www.durwynne.com
John Ivers is a bay area composer, clarinetist, sound artist, and improvisor known for his dynamic compositions and aural explorations. Traversing both acoustic and electronic mediums, his work explores intricate musical textures, symmetrical constructions, dynamic melodic motion and structured improvisation. Ivers' work has been featured at the soundSCAPE, highSCORE, Walden, and Atlantic music festivals. John is currently pursuing an MA in Music Composition at Mills College studying with Zeena Parkins and Roscoe Mitchell.