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Thursday, April 8, 2021
Fuse Quartet at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, WI)


Fuse Quartet will perform Flutter (SATB sax quartet) on a program of fascinating works for combinations of saxophones.

If you'd like to hear what else I've been working on, check out my Works page!

Works

Solo Instr. | Chamber | Vocal // Choral | Visual // Installation | Large Ens.

***Listener experience will be enhanced by the use of quality headphones/speakers

SOLO INSTRUMENTAL

2020 (2020) 20"
Solo Clavietta
A winner of the "20 Seconds of 2020" composition competition

Spark (2020) 10'
Solo Violin
Written in collaboration with Lane Champa
Premiered virtually on Northwestern's Fall Composition Showcase, December 2020

There's a bug (2020) 3'
Solo trumpet with pre-recorded trumpet and video
Created in collaboration with Kate Amrine (trumpet) and Kevin Joest (video)
Commissioned by Kate Amrine for her "New Music in the Time of COVID-19" series
Premiered virtually (audio only) August 2020
Premiered virtually with video December 2020

Translucent Threads (2019) 8'
Baroque organ and live electronics
Written in collaboration with Zhen Piano
An American Guild of Organists student commission
Premiered in Christ Church (Rochester, NY) May 2019

Color Study III: Organics (2018) 7'30"
Baroque organ and pre-recorded electronics
Written in collaboration with Zhen Piao, with additional assistance from Martin Herchenröder
Premiered in Christ Church (Rochester, NY) September 2018

CHAMBER

Solo Instr. | Chamber | Vocal // Choral | Visual // Installation | Large Ens.

Hocket/us (Forthcoming) 8'
String quartet

Flights (Forthcoming) 8'
SATB Saxophone quartet
Developed in collaboration with Joseph Connor and David Schreck

Flutter (2020) 12'
SATB Saxophone quartet
Developed in collaboration with Fuse quartet

Scritch (2019) 5'
Two percussionists on amplified foam blocks
Premiered on a Student Composers' Concert at Bienen School of Music, November 2019
+ Second performance on Bienen's New Music Showcase, February 2020

Move (2018) 5'
Four performers on a stage

Chr_stm_s M_s_c (2018) 4'30"
Sleigh bells and five other instruments
Premiered on a Composers' Concert at the Eastman School of Music, September 2018
+ Second performance on OSSIA New Music's Winter Wind Down concert, December 2018

Wives of the Famous Composers (2016) 5'
Flute, Bassoon, Cello, Percussion, and Spoken Voice
Premiered by IOTA ensemble at I/O Fest, January 2017
+ Second performance on a Composers' Concert at Eastman School of Music, September 2017

Musings (2016) 7'
Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Percussion, and Piano
Premiered at Atlantic Music Festival, July 2016

Spring will come (2016) 5'30"
Four C Flutes (and two piccolos)
Premiered at New Music on the Point, June 2016

VOCAL // CHORAL

Solo Instr. | Chamber | Vocal // Choral | Visual // Installation | Large Ens.

On the beach at night (2020) 3'
SATB Choir a cappella
Text: "On the beach at night," by Walt Whitman (public domain)

Tales of Corporate America (2020, ongoing) 6'
Six performers over Zoom
Text: excerpts from Katherine Bruton's Facebook post series, "Surviving Corporate America," adapted by Claire DiVizio

Original, 6-minute version developed in collaboration with Joseph Connor, Elliott Lupp, Benjamin Penwell, Ruud Roelofsen, and Hans Thomalla
+ Ongoing work to extend and further develop the piece is in collaboration with Claire DiVizio, Joshua Lewis Smith, Jessie Lyons[etc.]

Electric (2020) 5'
Soprano and Piano
Text: "animal electromagnetism," by Claire DiVizio

Premiered on a Student Composers' Concert at Bienen School of Music, Feburary 2020



+ Second performance as part of Chicago Fringe Opera's virtual Sounds of Pride event, September 2020

Almost Lovers (2018) 15'
Mezzo/Soprano Voice(s) and Prepared Piano
Text: excerpts from composer's side of online dating conversations

Written in collaboration with Claire Caverly (soprano), Kyrsten Chambers (mezzo-soprano), Kathie Kane (mezzo-soprano), Alexis Peart (mezzo-soprano), and Sean William Calhoun (piano)
Premiered in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, October 2018

A Birthday (2017) 3'
SATB choir a cappella
Text: "A Birthday," by Christina Rossetti (public domain)

Premiered on Anna Becker's MM Degree Recital at the Eastman School of Music, March 2018

And like coins (2016) 3'
Tenor and piano
Text: graffiti from Point CounterPoint (Leicester, VT)

Premiered in Hatch Recital Hall at the Eastman School of Music, September 2018

Thought of Norea (2016) 8'
SSA choir a cappella
Text: "The Thought of Norea," from the Nag Hammadi Library (public domain)

Premiered by IOTA Ensemble at I/O Fest, January 2016

Creation Telling (2015) 14'
SATB double choir and soloists
Premiered by the Williams College Concert Choir in Thompson Chapel, May 2015 (Brad Wells, conductor)
+ Revised and condensed for a second performance by the Williams College Baccalaureate Choir, June 2015

VISUAL // INSTALLATION

Solo Instr. | Chamber | Vocal // Choral | Visual // Installation | Large Ens.

Chickens R Us (2018) flexible duration
Live video improvisation and two loudspeakers
Premiered by the Eastman Audio Research Studio at the Eastman School of Music, May 2018

Whisper Room (2016) flexible duration
Sound installation for various (found) speakers and pre-recorded whisper tracks in a darkened room
Created for I/O Fest 2016
Installed in the '62 Center for Theater and Dance at Williams College, January 2016

My Bonnie Lass (2015) until required to remove
Visual installation for hundreds of Elizabethans CDs
Installed on the academic-building-facing wall of Lehman Hall at Williams College, May 2015

Clocks (2014) flexible duration
Sound installation for various (found) analog wall clocks and pre-recorded ticking sound
Installed in the Bernhard Music Center at Williams College, October 2014

LARGE ENSEMBLE

Solo Instr. | Chamber | Vocal // Choral | Visual // Installation | Large Ens.

Ricochet (2019) 5'30"
Chamber orchestra
2.2.2.2 - 2.2.0.0 - 2p - h - str


Play (2020) 18'
Brake drum soloist and sinfonietta
1(pic).0.1(bcl).1(cbsn) - 1.1(pic).1(btbn).0 - 2p(1solo) - pno - 1.1.1.1.1

Premiered in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, April 2019 (Andrew Lauler, percussion soloist; Garrett Wellenstein, conductor)

Tapes (2019) 12'
Bass/clarinet, tenor saxophone, 2 trumpets, euphonium, 3 percussionists, and fixed media
Premiered on the OSSIA New Music spring concert in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, April 2018 (William Talley, conductor)
An OSSIA New Music 2017-2018 Student Commission project



Color Study I: S(t)eep (2017) 9'30"
Chamber orchestra
1(pic).1.1.1 - 1.1.1.1 - 2p - pno - 1.1.1.1.1

Premiered by the Graduate Composers Sinfonietta in Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, April 2018 (Garrett Wellenstein, conductor)

Color Study II: Pique (2017) 13'
Orchestra
2(1pic).2.2.2 - 4.2.2.1 - 4p - h - pno - str

Riparium (2016) 8'
Wind ensemble
2(2pic).1.2.2 - 2.2.2.1 - 2p+timp

About

Originally from Astoria, Oregon, Jasmine Thomasian (they/them) is a Chicago-based composer passionate about sound, identity formation, and the interpersonal dynamics of Western art music. Their artistic output spans a range of musical aesthetics, as they approach the search for new sounds and new ways of relating to sounds/instruments/people from a variety of directions. Jasmine particularly enjoys taking on projects that challenge them to think and create in new ways, especially when these projects involve collaboration with musicians or other artists.

Current and recent collaborators include:

Jasmine has had premiers at New Music on the Point (2016), Atlantic Music Festival (2016), and I/O Fest (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017). They have been premiered by OSSIA New Music; the Williams College Concert Choir, Student Symphony, and Baccalaureate Choir; and malai ensemble. Their first sound installation was premiered in Williams College’s Bernhard Music Center in 2014, with a second installation at I/O Fest in 2016.

In addition to their work as a composer, Jasmine is an experienced arts administrator. Jasmine is currently Board Operations Manager for Thompson Street Opera Company, a Chicago-based organization which exclusively performs works by living composers. Jasmine has also been a chair of the Student Composers Committee (Northwestern University); co-director of the Graduate Composers Sinfonietta (Eastman School of Music); co-producer of “Music Matters,” a new-music radio show on WAYO FM (Rochester, NY); founder and director of malai ensemble (Williams College); and co-director of the Williams College Student Symphony.

When they're not composing or arts-administrating, Jasmine enjoys baking, attending virtual game nights, learning to conduct with Alexandra Enyart, and cuddling with their Yorkie mix.

They also enjoy teaching! In addition to their past experiences as a tutor and teaching assistant, this year (2020-2021) Jasmine is teaching 2nd Year Aural Skills at Northwestern University.

Education
PhD | Northwestern University [expected 2024] - Hans Thomalla, Jay Alan Yim
MA | Eastman School of Music [2019] - Matt Barber, Robert Morris, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Oliver Schneller
MA | Union Theological Seminary [2017] - studied privately with Shawn Jaeger
BA | Williams College [2015] - David Kechley, Eric Nathan, Ileana Perez-Velazquez

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