5. Accordion Commission

Matti Pulkki and I are super pumped to announce that we've been commissioned by the American Accordionists' Association (AAA) for a new large-scale solo work for accordion. Founded in 1938, the AAA has commissioned works by composers such as Cowell, Foss, and Krenek. Matti will be performing the work at various venues in Helsinki and New York; and as part of the grant, he will lecture in NYC on contemporary accordion composition and the role of accordion in Scandinavian (though primarily Finnish) art music.

I met Matti at the 2016 Darmstadt IMD, and am so happy to have met such a wonderful friend and intellectually-stimulating performer. Below is a video of Matti performing Lothar Klein's Esercizi along with various press materials: