Finding joy in variety, Liz Pearse is a musician of many pursuits. Liz began her exploration of the endless possibilities of the voice after a childhood spent playing any instrument she could lay hands upon. As a performer, her uniquely colorful and versatile voice has led to performances of wide-ranging works from medieval to modern, and though she is known as a specialist in contemporary vocal repertoire, she also deeply enjoys a well-aged song. Liz has recently begun a long-term project commissioning and performing works for singer at the piano (though she still enjoys the collaborative process!), and looks forward to presenting her second full-length recital of such pieces, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Poulenc’s La bestiaire featuring newly-commissioned animal portraits, in 2019.
Cochlea thrives on harpist Lindsay Buffington and flutist Chelsea Czuchra’s combined interest in a broad spectrum of music, including original works and transcriptions for flute and harp, as well as a commitment to commissioning new works for this ensemble. Founded in 2013, the Duo is based in Switzerland, and maintains strong connections to artists and presenters in North America. The Cochlea Duo has twice been in residence at the soundSCAPE Festival in Maccagno, Italy (2015, 2016) and has recently given performances at the 2016 National Flute Association convention in San Diego, “An Die Musik” in Baltimore, in Lausanne and other Swiss venues, as well as a regional tour in 2016 in eastern North Carolina. Grants received include commissioning funds from the Nicati-de Luze Foundation.
Cochlea’s repertoire includes original music by Toru Takemitsu, Gareth Farr, Astor Piazzolla among others, and commissioned works by Michèle Rusconi and Jesse Jones. Lindsay and Chelsea's performances have been featured on KXLU Los Angeles and Radio X in Basel. Their 2018-2019 concert program "Vespertine" features music by Andy Scott, Jocelyn Morlock, Hamilton Harty, Jesse Jones, Gion Antoni Derungs and Toru Takemitsu.
Upcoming Cochlea projects include the “Little Songbook Project” with soprano Liz Pearse, which features works by Ursula Mamlok, George Crumb and other composers originally commissioned by the Jubal Trio. “Little Songbook Project” will commission new works for the Cochlea Duo and Liz Pearse over a multi-year cycle, by composers including Valerie Coleman and Jesse Jones among others, featuring extant and new poetry. In July 2018, the trio and the composers Pierce Gradone and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon will be in residence at Avaloch Farm in Boscawen, New Hampshire. “Book One” of the project will tour North Carolina in fall of 2018, presenting new pieces by Pierce Gradone, Lindsey Jacob and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.
As a composer and performer, Ryan Molloy’s work has been performed to international audiences on four continents for over fifteen years, including major concert venues such as Lucerne Hall, KKL (Switzerland), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), National Concert Hall (Ireland), Holywell Music Room (England) and Ulster Hall (N. Ireland). In great demand as an accompanist, he has recorded over a dozen albums and his repertoire spans numerous genres from traditional Irish music to contemporary classical music. Currently a lecturer in composition at Maynooth University, Ryan studied at the University of Oxford and latterly at Queen’s University Belfast where he completed his PhD ‘The Traditional Contemporary Dichotomy in Irish Art Music: A New Compositional Approach’ under the supervision of Dr Simon Mawhinney and Prof. Piers Hellawell.
Ryan’s compositional work has won numerous prizes and has been broadcast both nationally and internationally on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Ulster, RTÉ Lyric FM, Radio 1 and Ráidió na Gaeltachta as well as on BBC 2, UTV and BBC World. Several of Ryan’s works have been chosen to represent Ireland by the International Society for Contemporary Music, at the ISCM Musicarama in Hong Kong in 2015 and at the ISCM World New Music Day in Vancouver in 2017. From 2012 to 2014, Ryan’s compositional work was supported by a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship in association with Moving on Music.