Tuesday Night New Music is a student-run, faculty-supervised concert series that offers the opportunity to hear music by the next generation of composers: current New England Conservatory composition students. The series is directed by Benjamin Park and Josh Mastel under the supervision of composition chair Michael Gandolfi.
Founded by Lee Hyla in the early 90s, Tuesday Night New Music is funded in part this season by a grant from the New England Conservatory Entrepreneurial Musicianship Department. This season will also see a continuing collaboration with visual artists studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Boston native Benjamin Park first started composing music in high school, but it was not until arriving at MIT that Ben started studying and writing music more seriously. After declaring his physics major, Ben added ambitions for a second degree in music. Electing to follow his passion for music, Ben subsequently enrolled at the Hartt School, earning his master's degree and artist diploma there before matriculating at NEC in 2014. He is currently a student of Kati Agócs.
Recent highlights include a performance of his violin concerto, Huldufólk (The Hidden People), in the 2015 Dark Music Days Festival in Reykjavík, Iceland, with Gróa Margrét Valdimarsdóttir on the solo part. Ben also teaches music theory part-time at Boston College.
Austin-grown, Boston-based composer Joshua Mastel is in his third year of undergraduate study with Kati Agócs at the New England Conservatory of Music. Mastel’s music continually premieres at NEC and around Boston, with past performances including As Within, So Without at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and his 2013 string quartet, Presence: Poem of a Dream, in historic Jordan Hall. Through the summer of 2015, he studied privately with composer Tommie Haglund in Stockholm and Halmstad, Sweden, where he wrote his work, flora & fauna, for orchestra. An active improviser, guitarist, and mandolinist, Joshua has recorded and performed with bands and new music ensembles in Austin, San Antonio, Denver, and Boston. This past August, Joshua received a premiere by the 15.19 Ensemble in Pavia, Italy as part of the highSCORE composer’s festival. Joshua Mastel has been directing Tuesday Night New Music since 2015.
Boston-based composer Michael Gandolfi has a broad range of musical interests encompassing not only contemporary concert music but also jazz, blues and rock, by which route he first became a musician. The span of his musical investigation is paralleled by his cultural curiosity, resulting in many points of contact between the world of music and other disciplines, including science, film, and theater.
Mr. Gandolfi has received commissions from the Atlanta Symphony, the Fromm Foundation, Boston Musica Viva, Speculum Musicae, and the Koussevitzky Foundation, among many others.
In addition to fulfilling commissions, Mr. Gandolfi also teaches: he’s currently chair of the Composition Department at the New England Conservatory of Music and is a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center.