2017-18 season highlights and new projects

eight musings . . . revisiting memories (2005)
            Hanna Hurwitz, violin
            Howard Hanson Hall
            Eastman School of Music
            Rochester, N.Y.
            September 7, 2017
            Lawrence University
            Appleton, WI
            September 29, 2017

eight aspects of appreciation II (2012)
            Caroline Chin, violin / Brian Snow ‘cello
            Cirigliano Studio Theatre
            Stocker Arts Center
            Lorain County Community College
            Elyria, OH
            October 10, 2017

eight musings . . . revisiting memories
Tara Lynn Ramsey, violin
            Chicago, IL
            October 29, 2017

billowing pockets brightly layered (2000, rev. 2007)
            Michael Katz. ‘cello / Yoon-Jae Lee, conductor
            Ensemble 212
            New York, N.Y.
            November 11, 2017

 . . . becoming clear (2017) (premiere)
            Burchard Tang, viola
            Print Center
            Philadelphia, PA
            November 12, 2017

the promise of the far horizon (2002, rev. 2013)
            Mivos Quartet
            Millennium Stage
            John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
            Washington, D.C.
            December 7, 2017

a garden of flourishing paths (2008, rev. 2017)
            OSSIA Ensemble
            Eastman School of Music
            Rochester, NY.
            February 22, 2017

eight aspects of appreciation II
            Miranda Cuckson, violin
            Claire Bryant, ‘cello
            Rice University
            Houston, TX
            February 24, 2018

billowing pockets brightly layered
            Patrice Jackson Tilghman, cello / Leon Burke III , conductor
            University City Symphony Orchestra
            All Saints Catholic Church
            St. Louis, MO.
            February 25, 2018

two rhapsodies for ‘cello & strings (2010, rev 2013)
            Deborah Pae, ‘cello / David Ellis, conductor
            Earth & Air Chamber Orchestra
            St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
            Cleveland Heights, OH
            April 6, 2018

New Projects
. . . a new concerto for 'cello & string orchestra (tentatively titled brightness dispersed) commissioned by 'cellist Mariel Roberts, to be premiered by her and the String Orchestra of Brooklyn during the 2018-19 season in New York.

. . . a new work for orchestra commissioned by the BBC Philharmonic, to be premiered during the 2018-19 season in Manchester, UK


             Born in Washington, D.C. in 1955, composer Jeffrey Mumford has received numerous fellowships, grants, awards and commissions.

Awards include the "Academy Award in Music" from the American Academy of Arts  & Letters, a Fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation,  and an ASCAP Aaron Copland Scholarship.  He was also the winner of the inaugural National Black Arts Festival/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition.

Other grants have been awarded by the Ohio Arts Council, Meet the Composer, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund for Music Inc. , the ASCAP Foundation, and the University of California.

Mumford's most notable commissions include those from the San Antonio Symphony, Washington Performing Arts, the Fulcrum Point New Music Project (through New Music USA), Duo Harpverk (Iceland), the Sphinx Consortium, the Cincinnati Symphony, the VERGE  Ensemble /National Gallery of Art/Contemporary Music Forum, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ole Bohn, the Haydn Trio Eisenstadt (Vienna), the Network for New Music, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a consortium of presenters consisting of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts  at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Chamber Music Columbus (OH.) and Omus Hirshbein, the Nancy Ruyle Dodge Charitable Trust, the Meet the Composer/Arts Endowment Commissioning  Music/USA the National Symphony Orchestra (twice), Cincinnati radio station WGUC, the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation, and the McKim Fund in the Library of Congress.

                His music has been performed extensively, by major orchestras, soloists, and ensembles, both in the United States and abroad, including London, Paris, Reykjavik, Vienna, & The Hague.

Recent and forthcoming performances include of fields unfolding . . . echoing depths of resonant light, by ‘cellist Christine Lamprea and the San Antonio Symphony, Ensemble 212 (NYC) and the Detroit Symphony, and performances of chamber and orchestral work, as part of the June in Buffalo Festival (2017), billowing pockets brightly layered by 'cellist Michael Katz and Ensemble 212, and Patrice Jackson-Tilghman and the University City Symphony, two rhapsodies for 'cello & strings by Deborah Pae and the Earth & Air Chamber Orchestra. As well, noted Italian pianist, Pina Napolitano will include his two Elliott Carter tributes in her European concerts this and next season, with plans to record them as part of a disc of American piano music.

            Current projects include, verdant cycles of deepening spring, a violin concerto for Caroline Chin, a new string quartet for an international consortium (including ensembles from London, Berlin, Stuttgart, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Glasgow, Boston & New York, of radiances blossoming in expanding air, for ‘cello & chamber orchestra, for Deborah Pae,. unfolding waves, a piano concerto for Italian pianist Pina Napolitano and the SMASH Ensemble based in Spain, and the ongoing set of “rhapsodies” for ‘cello & strings.

His 2013 residency at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, included three concerts featuring his music as well as lectures at three area universities and his alma mater, the Sidwell Friends School. He was (2008) Composer-in Residence at the Alba (Italy) Music Festival and The Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East (Bennington, VT), and returned there in 2013. As well, his program notes (commissioned by the Boston Symphony and Tanglewood) for three works of Elliott Carter were published as part of a celebration of Mr. Carter’s music.

Mumford has taught at the Washington Conservatory of Music, served as Artist-in-Residence at Bowling Green State University, and served as assistant professor of composition and Composer-in-Residence at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He is currently Distinguished Professor at Lorain County Community College in Northern Ohio. 

Mr. Mumford is published by Theodore Presser Co. and Quicklight Music.

What the critics say:
" . . . filled with incredible imagination and beautiful orchestrational detail - really superb"
 - JoAnn Falletta, Music Director, Buffalo Philharmonic, Virginia Symphony & Ulster Orchestra

”. . . has an unerring knack for fashioning rigorous works as changeable as cloudscapes, bursting with color, nuance and poetry”.
- Steve Smith, N.Y. Times

 “ . . . a philosophy of music making that embraced both raw passion and a gentle imagistic poetry . . his pieces carry musical evocations of the effects he describes”
- Alan Kozinn, N.Y. Times

“ . . .  a composer who makes something mesmerizing and beautiful out of harmonic ambiguity . .   Compelling listening”
“. . . a coloristic glow created by the leisurely unfolding of layered lines  . . . contemplative with gleaming touches evoking poetic sonic imagery”
- Donald Rosenberg, Cleveland Plain Dealer

“ . . . a gracious use of instruments and a style of writing that is abstract yet attractively figurative”
- Joseph Dalton, Time Out New York

"The work depicts clouds in motion… Largely static, often pointillistic . . . skillfully exploits sonorities and moods, with reflective passages interrupted by threatening sounds."
- Derrick Henry, Atlanta Journal / Constitution

"The harmonies are dense but never impenetrable, the orchestral colors are downright prismatic, the dissonances are aggressive and angular yet brimming with poetry and nuance."
“ .  . . a fine strong piece . . a near Medieval purity of line. . . “
- Tim Page, Washington Post

”The result is a piece that exults in frequent shifts of color and sharply delineated gestures, the violin unleashing silvery soprano-register lines that dovetail with shimmering pitched percussion and sostenuto brass and wind passages.”
- Christian Carey, Musical America

“ . . . complex and richly imaginative music in which an almost romantic sensibility seems to radiate through a thoroughly contemporary surface.”
- Stephen Brookes, Washington Post

“ . . . stretches the listeners’ ears and imaginations”
- Mary Hoffman, Columbus (OH) Dispatch

". . . this music...has a deeply thoughtful, even soulful integrity. . ."
 “… Mumford is a composer to watch."
- Robert Carl, Fanfare

“Mumford is an astute craftsman who understands the different timbres and their subtlety”
- Sorab Modi, The STRAD