Open House Chicago Composers Announced

ACM is partnering with the Chicago Architecture Foundation again this year for their exciting Open House Chicago event.  We’re working in two buildings: the Golden Triangle and Sedgwick Studios.

A composer has been commissioned for each building and will write a new piece of music for it and then on the day of the event, October 14, we’ll have musicians in each building playing the piece every 15 minutes for self-guided tours.

This year’s composers, chosen from a pool of nearly 200 submissions, are Joshua Marquez and Roydon Tse who will write for the Golden Triangle and Sedgwick studios respectively.  Read about them below and get full details on the project here.

Joshua Marquez (b. 1990) is a Filipino-American composer whose music explores the liminal space between tone and noise.  Searing a sonic imprint of cultural identity, his tranquil investigations of the noise spectrum represent the internal conflicts of multiculturalism and the Asian American struggles of alienation and assimilation through the fusion and fission of disparate timbres.  Hailed as “cutting-edge” (The Gazette) and “haunting” (The Daily Iowan), Marquez’s polemic deconstruction of sound is consumed by ever-evolving rituals of disintegrated perspectives.

Marquez’s music has been performed and recorded, internationally, by ensembles and musicians such as the JACK Quartet, Brno Philharmonic, Carmine Marcello Rizzi (violin), Iwona Glinka (flute), Akropolis Reed Quintet, Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, University of Iowa Center for New Music, Gate City Camerata, Quintet Sirocco, and the National Chamber Orchestra of Armenia.
His work has earned prizes and awards such as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Arts Residency Fellowship, a 2016 Sayat Nova International Composition Competition Prize, a 2013 Stony Brook Premieres! First Prize, an Iowa Social Justice Grant, and an Iowa Arts Across Borders Grant in addition to other honors.

Recent performances include the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYC), the National Student Electronic Music Event (GA), Birmingham New Music Festival (AL), Brave New Works (CA), Fulcrum Point New Music (IL), SCI Concerts, Stony Brook Premieres! (NYC), Circuit Bridges (NYC), John Donald Robb Composers’ Symposium (NM), An Art Artistry (GR), and the International Ferienkruse für Neue Musik Darmstadt (DE) in venues such as Symphony Space (NYC), Abron Arts Center (NYC), the Englert Theatre(IA), Detroit Opera House (MI), Weatherspoon Art Museum (NC), the Canada International Film Festival, and the Utopia Film Festival (MD), among others.

Joshua is currently the Artistic Director for the interdisciplinary arts nonprofit, GRIT Collaborative.  Marquez served as a Resident Composer for the Saint Mary’s College Summer Composition Intensive in Notre Dame, IN (2013-2017), having previously taught at the University of Iowa and the Preucil School of Music.

Hailed as a composer “glittering with professionalism” (Vancouver Sun), Roydon Tse (b.1991) is passionate about communicating to audiences from all backgrounds with his music, from the first time listener to the new music connoisseur. His music takes inspiration from a wide array of subjects, from the realm of psychology and memory, to religious narratives and architecture.

A recipient of multiple awards and honors, he is the prize winner of three SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, the Washington International Composition Prize, and was named one of “30 under 30 Hot classical Canadian Musicians” by the CBC in 2017. His music has been performed around the world by the Brussels Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Land’s End Ensemble, and the Cecilia String Quartet in addition to many distinguished soloists.

Notable events in the 2017/18 season include the premiere of his concerto for Sheng by the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, and the performance of “Memories” for harp and marimba by soloists of the Paris Opera Orchestra. Born in Hong Kong, Roydon received composition degrees from the University of British Columbia (B.Mus) and the University of Toronto (M.Mus), where he studied with composers Norbert Palej, Christos Hatzis, Dorothy Chang, Stephen Chatman, and Gary Kulesha.

He is an associate composer of the Canadian Music Center and lives in Toronto where he is currently completing his D.M.A. at the University of Toronto.