Nights Caps International—Meet the Composers
Roger Zahab instigates complex relations through his activities as composer, violinist, conductor, teacher and writer.
His work has been performed throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia by such soloists and ensembles as cellists David Russell and Lawrence Stomberg, kayagum artist Heesun Kim, violinist Nathalie Shaw, flutist Lindsey Goodman, pianists Robert Frankenberry, Eric Moe and Bennett Lerner, guitarists John Muratore and James Marron, and The Furious Band, California EAR Unit, IonSound Project and PNME.
As a violinist, Zahab has given more than a hundred first performances and championed music by a wide range of composers from John Cage to Eric Moe, Kwabena Nketia and Tison Street to Judith Weir and Christian Wolff. Recordings as violinist and composer are available on the Truemedia, Albany and Koch International Classics labels. His version of John Cage's Thirteen Harmonies for violin and keyboard instrument is published by C.F.Peters Corporation.
Monic Gabrielle Cecconi-Botella is a French pianist, music educator and composer. She was born in Courbevoie and studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Maurice Durufle, Jean Rivier and Henri Dutilleux. After completing her studies, she worked as professor of music theory at the Conservatoire of Aubervilliers, and in 1983 became a professor of music analysis at the Paris Conservatoire.
In 1966 Cecconi-Botella was awarded the Grand Prix de Rome. Her opera Noctuaile won a Grand Prix du Disque from the Académie Charles-Cros. In 2008 she founded the Festival Seasons of the Voice in Gordes, Provence.
Chansons de la folie douce: Lorgnons et lunettes
Poem by Philippe Soupault and René David
Music by Monic Cecconi-Botella
Guo Yanwa was born in 1989 as the daughter of Guo Wenjing, one of the most respected composers in China. Although her father advised her at first to pursue a career as an author, she began studying composition at the Central Conservatory in Beijing in 2007. At her first concert at the concert hall of the Central Conservatory, she performed as a singer with the famous Chinese punk rock band “Reflector.” Since taking up her studies, Guo Yanwa has worked regularly with the Beijing New Music Ensemble. In 2011, her Piano Trio was given its world premiere on the premises of its commissioner, the Central Conservatory. In 2010-2011, her String Quartet had three performances, including one at the Beijing Concert Hall. In addition, Guo Yanwa has composed orchestral music, music for short films and TV as well as video city guides commissioned by the Chinese government.
Dwayne Fulton, a native of Pittsburgh, PA, has served as the Minister of Music and Fine Arts at Mount Ararat Baptist Church since September 2002.
Under his leadership he oversees the entire Fine Arts Department which is comprised of music, drama, dance, sound and video. He is also responsible for selecting music for services, training and development of spiritual leaders and partiicpants in the various departments and managing the operation of the fine arts and its components.
Fulton, a well known musician in Pittsburgh, has also served at the University of Pittsburgh, Trinity Baptist Church, Petra International Ministries, and Faith Restoration Ministries. Fulton is also the founder and president of Kingdom People Productions, a music production that ministers to body, soul and spirit through songs of life, love, inspiration, freedom, and triumph. Fulton has produced and co-written on a number of music projects such as: “The Journey” by Kingdom People, “Called to Relationship” by MABC Mass Choir, “Restore The Soul” by Anita Levels, and “Only Jesus” by MABC Remnant Concert Choir.