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Zaimont Suite
Four movement art/music video suite based upon the works of husband and wife -- artist Gary Zaimont and composer Judith Lang Zaimont; videography by Michael Bregman.

Posted widely on the internet, Fall 2009.  Shown at Festival of Women Composers, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, March 2010.

  • Mvt. 1 “The Joy of Dance” Sets Verlaine’s ‘Clair de lune’.

  • Mvt. 2 “Borealis” Mysterious night visions.

  • Mvt. 3 “Beasts” Menacing growlers and howlers.

  • Mvt. 4 “Serenade” Slow shifting colorfield artworks, with troubled currents hinted at beneath.

  • ♦  Recordings

  • Naxos American Classics    8.559619    Released April 2010

  • Judith Lang Zaimont
    Chroma - Northern Lights;   Ghosts;   Elegy;   Stillness - Poem for Orchestra

    Slovak National Symphony Orchestra - Kirk Trevor, conductor

  • MSR Classics    For release in 2011

  • Judith Lang Zaimont - Chamber Works
    String Quartet - The Figure;   ZONES  Piano Trio No. 2;   Serenade;   ASTRAL ...a mirror life on the astral plane...

    The Harlem Quartet with pianist Awadagin Pratt

    ♦  Premières / Performances; Composer Residencies

    2009-2010: premières/performances; masterclasses; lectures

  •  Peabody Conservatory, October 2009
  • Concerto ‘Solar Traveller’ world première
  •  Indiana State University, December 2009
  • ‘Solar Traveller’ state première
  •  University of Alabama, Huntsville, February 2010
  • Serenade (duo) world première; ZONES weekend seminar
  •  Slippery Rock University, April-May 2010
  • ‘Solar Traveller’ state première
  •  University of Southern Mississippi, November 2010
  • ‘Solar Traveller’ state première
    Central Composer for contemporary festival “Intégrales”

    Also: Performances (Selection)

  • WIZARDS - Busan Festival, Korea : Young-Ah Tak, pianist, summer 2009, and tour 2008-2009
  • “Bubble-Up” Rag, Prescott Summer Festival ( Arizona), 2009
  • Snazzy Sonata - Germany, Fall 2009
  • From the Great Land, Tennessee, November 2009- January 2010
  • Snazzy Sonata - Italy, Germany, January 2010
  • ZONES - Bern, Switzerland, February 2010
  • From the Folk - Chandler Symphony Players (Arizona) , April 2010
  • Snazzy Sonata - Maryland, Virginia, April-May 2010
  • ZONES - Jacksonville, Mississippi, March 2010
  • Serenade - New York City, April 2010

  • ♦  Composer Residencies; Premières

  •  March 23-26, 2009  --  Central Composer at the 2009 Women in MUSIC Festival at the Eastman School of Music
  • Lenox Athenaeum, Lenox, Massachusetts

    Zaimont's music and commentary featured during the 3-day Festival: Lectures, masterclasses, open rehearsals, radio, community intersections, a full concert of Zaimont's music plus other performances.
    == Events included two world premieres.

  •  March 15, 2009  --  Composer Lecture on the music of Fanny Hensel and Judith Zaimont
  • Lenox Athenaeum, Lenox, Massachusetts

  •  March 10-13, 2009  --  FEATURED COMPOSER at the biennial ATHENA FESTIVAL
  • Murray State University, Kentucky

    Lecture, masterclasses, full concert of Zaimont compositions. Seminar on her style, and delivery of the Festival Keynote Address.

    ♦  Publications

    Zaimont Works Now Published Exclusively by Subito Music Corporation

  •  New Titles in 2009-2010

  • Concerto for Piano and Wind Orchestra ‘Solar Traveller’
    Sonata-Rhapsody for Violin and Piano
    Serenade (violin, cello, piano)
    American City - Portrait of New York
    From the Folk - clarinet quartet (in connection with Jeanné, Inc.)
    Astral ... a mirror life on the astral plane ... violin solo (in connection with Jeanné, Inc.)

    WORDS - Articles, Speeches, Dissertations

    “Considering STYLE”
          University-wide Lecture, Slippery Rock University
          April 29, 2010

    Delivered by the composer as part of a Composer in Residence visit, supported by a MetLife Creative Connections grant through Meet the Composer.

    2009 MTNA Article of the Year Award to Zaimont’s essay, “Embracing New Music”
          Awarded at the MTNA National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia
          April 01, 2009

    The essay appeared in American Music Teacher magazine (Sept. 2008 issue).

         It probes the underlying reasons why recent music forms such a small percentage of the repertoire students wind up performing in concert. Using as springboard the observation that “All music was once new music,” she explores the effects of the splintering of the music profession into the separated specialties of performer, scholar and composer during the 20th century, and how this ultimately can condition and limit what works students get to study and perform. She observes that “In music whose idioms we know well we navigate with artistic comfort. But in other idioms we are less certain – perhaps less certain both of the music’s intrinsic quality and of its suitability to sustain the long acquaintanceship inherent in practicing it up to performance level.”

         Recognizing that listeners have no problem with advanced sound complexes when these are employed for dramatic or atmospheric effect in film and video, she then offers inspired yet practical ideas and solutions for getting past any hesitation a teacher or performer may experience at meeting a recent piece for the first time, unadorned on the score page. She then goes on to profile three successful current music commissioning projects around the U.S. geared to connecting younger performers with the concert music of our time.

    “Composer : Living American Woman”
          Published Fall 2009 in Conference Proceedings

    Zaimont's Keynote Address before a November 2005 National Conference on Women in the Arts, University of Missouri, Saint Louis, MO.

    Headline Update for Fall 2007-Spring 2008

    ◙ “Is HARD an Issue?”
    Zaimont essay requested for publication in Notations 21: An Anthology of Innovative Musical Notations (Theresa Tisano, ed.; New York: Mark Batty Publishers March 2008)

    Volume also includes offprints of select pages from two Zaimont compositions, The Magic World: Ritual Music for Three, and “A Closed Fist” from SPIRALS for String Trio).

    ◙ “Imaging the Composer Today” - IAWM Journal - September 2007
    Clear-eyed view of the emotional payoffs, artistic decisions and fulfillments, and economic perils, that characterize the career of composer in the 21st century.
    Zaimont essay, composer profile and list of works.
    Reprint of the Keynote Speech (Trotter Lecture) delivered before the College Music Society national meeting, September 2006, San Antonio.


    • Summer 2007 issue of Clavier - Composer Interview “I love a Parade”

    • Remaining on the Internet:
    "The Matter of Style" NewMusicBox - August 2007
    "To what wxtent is a style something knowingly applied by a composer?"

    "A Woman of Valor" - composer interview
    Milken Archive of Jewish Music

    Doctoral papers on Zaimont works, current and recent

    “Zaimont’s Piano Music: Impronta Digitale and Jupiter’s Moons.”
    -- Jonathan Tauscheck (University of Iowa, in progress 2010)

    Completed in 2009:

    “Zaimont’s Piano Music: WIZARDS and Jupiter’s Moons.”
    -- Janet Norman (Arizona State University)

    “Zaimont’s approach to the Piano – music for differing technical levels: Jupiter’s Moons and In My Lunchbox.”
    -- Rebecca Pennington (University of Kansas)

    “Veriditas: Enlivened Creativity in selected works of Judith Zaimont, Libby Larsen and Juliana Hall.” Music for voice.
    -- Sharon Johnson (University of Minnesota)

    Also on the Internet:

    “The Compositional Style of Judith Lang Zaimont as found in Nattens Monolog (Night Soliloquy), scena for Soprano and Piano with text by Dag Hammarskjold ” Music for voice.
    -- Joo Wun Jun (Louisiana State University, 2005)

    Headline Update for Fall 2007-Spring 2008

    ♦ Publication:
    Zaimont Works Now Published Exclusively by Subito Music Corporation

    ♦ Podcast: November 2007
  • Half-hour Composer Interview "On the Mic"
  • listen at

    ♦ Première: April 26, 2008 NYC
    The Spirit Moves In Me (three movements)
    Text assemblage: composer. For SATB, and chamber orchestra.
    Conducted by Harold Rosenbaum New York, NY
    Commissioned by the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music

    Premièred in Fall 2007

    ♦ String Quartet - The Figure (Two movements, 16:00)
  • Commissioned by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • premièred by Harlem Quartet, September 15-17, 2007 New York State
    Syracuse University, Eastman School, Cornell University

  • Commissioned by the Portland Symphonic Choir
  • Text assemblage: composer. For SSAATTBB, choral soli, organ, percussion, cello and cor anglai
    premièred October 26,27 2007 Oregon

    ♦ Hitchin’ – a travellin’ groove
  • Commissioned by Nicola Melville for new recording / publication project
  • premièred September 28 2007 Minnesota

    ♦ SERENADE for Violin and Piano
  • Première Syracuse University September 15, 2007 New York

  • ♦ Two New CDs
  • Parallel Play, recorded for AUR by
    The Presidio Saxophone Quartet
    -- Disc released February 2008

  • Hitchin’ – a travellin’ groove, recorded for Innova by
    commissioner, pianist Nicola Melville
    -- Disc released March 2008

  • ♦ ISRAELI RHAPSODY for Concert Band
    Chosen for Performance/Workshop and Recording by the Intercollegiate Honor Bands of both Virginia and Minnesota – February 2008

    ♦ Goldilocks and The Three Bears - March 15-16, 2008
    Hartt College – University of Connecticut graduate opera studio winter production.

    ♦ ELEGY for Symphonic Strings
    to be performed by Chinese National Orchestra at new Dome Theatre in Beijing - April 20, 2008


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