Hello and happy February!
That’s right, I am so happy it’s February because, let’s face it, January was a really long year. I’m also happy because it’s the shortest month of the year, which means pretty soon it will be spring, then summer, and then fall—and what a fall it’s going to be! Here’s what’s going on:
We at Wild Shore had a bittersweet winter. The bitter part was saying “Bon Voyage” to Wild Shore co-founder, Conrad Winslow, as he set off for Berlin for the next three years. We will miss him dearly but are so excited to watch as he and Michael Amico (a close advisor of Wild Shore) take Berlin by storm.
The sweet side of this story is that we get to welcome Mary Kouyoumdjian to the Wild Shore team! Mary has been a close friend, colleague and collaborator to all of the Wild Shore founders over the years, and has traveled to Alaska several times. She is the perfect fit and we are thrilled that she said, “Yes!” Mary and I will take on the titles of Co-Artistic Directors, Katie will remain our fearless Executive Director, and Conrad will stay on the team as a member of the Advisory Board.
After our winter of change, we are ready to put the pedal to the metal to make our 2019 season one of the best ever (do I say that every year?). Our 2019 season will explore the theme of Light/Dark and will feature the music of, including a new commission by, the incredible Anna Pidgorna, who is heading up to Alaska this March for her first residency. CIPHER Duo will be our ensemble in residence, and together with the Wild Shore Trio we will fill out the program with music by Sarah Goldfeather and Kate Soper. One of the things I’m most excited about for this season is the workshop period of our Homer residency in September, and getting all of these brilliant and talented artists into a room together. Together we will build a through-directed evening of music, art objects, and…we’ll have to find out!
Thank you so much for your support, which comes in many forms. We can’t wait to share our 2019 season with you. Stay tuned for news on NYC performances and some big things cooking for 2020! With that, I’ll leave you with some words by our new Co-Artistic Director, Mary Kouyoumdjian:
"As a long time fan of the work Wild Shore New Music has been doing, I am delighted and honored to join and work alongside this adventurous team of new music advocates. Alaska's incomparable landscape and residents hold a very special place in my heart, have generously offered a welcomed perspective beyond my own, and have inspired so much reflection and creativity. I hope to not only share some of my favorite creative voices with Alaska's incredible communities, but I hope to continue to learn from them and look forward to listening."