Fromm Players 2021


2021 Fromm Players at Harvard 

This year the Fromm Players at Harvard will showcase performances and interviews curated by Anne Shreffler and Vijay Iyer. The performances will feature works by Rebeca Saunders, Jeffrey Mumford, Dongryul Lee and  Natasha Barrett, performed by violinist Miranda Cuckson, and pianist Conor Hanick, as well as works composed and performed by Yvette Jackson, Roscoe Mitchell and Imani Uzuri.

APRIL 16, 2021

Co-curated by Miranda Cuckson and Anne Shreffler

Streamed on April 16 at 8:00pm on Harvard's Music Department YouTube Channel

Miranda Cuckson, violin, and Conor Hanick, piano


Rebecca Saunders, Duo for violin and piano (1996/1999)

Jeffrey Mumfordfleeting cycles of layered air for solo violin (2020, world premiere)

Dongryul LeeA finite island in the infinite ocean (2020, world premiere)

I. Intonazione 

II. A finite island in the infinite ocean 

Natasha BarrettAllure and Hoodwink for violin, piano, and electronics (2014)


Video interviews: 


Interview with composer Dongryul Lee and violinist and co-curator Miranda Cuckson


Interview with composer Jeffrey Mumford and violinist and co-curator Miranda Cuckson


Interview with composer Natasha Barrett and violinist and co-curator Miranda Cuckson


Interview with composer Rebecca Saunders and violinist and co-curator Miranda Cuckson


Please view the Program Notes.


Fromm Players at Harvard 2021 - A note from the curators


For the very first virtual Fromm concert, we are happy to present violinist Miranda Cuckson and pianist Conor Hanick in recital. The program features works by Natasha Barrett and Rebecca Saunders and world premieres of two solo violin works written especially for Miranda Cuckson: Dongryul Lee's A finite island in the infinite ocean, and Jeffrey Mumford's fleeting cycles of layered air. We invite you to undertake an exploratory journey for the mind and the senses and experience the varied sound worlds of this program - from the knife-edge timbres of the Saunders to evocations of far expanse and speed in the Lee and the Mumford, to the watery, luxuriant electronics of the Barrett.


The prerecorded concert will be streamed on April 16, 2021 at 8 pm Eastern Daylight Time, and will be available indefinitely after that date.


Video interviews with all four composers, as well as one with our two featured performers, will offer additional information and perspectives about the works to be performed.


The program notes were researched and written by students in Anne Shreffler's seminar "Music of the Last Ten Years" (Spring 2021).


We wish to thank:

Harvard's Media Production Services, especially Jeffrey Valade, Mike Mayo, and Johnny DeKam, for the preparation of the concert video and interview videos

Natasha Barrett, Dongryul Lee, Jeffrey Mumford, and Rebecca Saunders for their willingness to record the interviews

Grace Edgar, Enrique Marquez, and Nancy Shafman from the Department of Music for all their help in organizing the many facets of this project.

Ryan Caruso, Charles Hagaman, and the video team at National Sawdust, for their recording and filming of the concert

Yamaha Artists Services, for providing the piano


-Miranda Cuckson and Anne Shreffler, co-curators



APRIL 30, 2021

2021 Fromm Players at Harvard

Curated by Vijay Iyer

Streamed on April 30 at 8:00pm on Harvard's Music Department YouTube Channel.

Featuring Yvette Jackson, Roscoe Mitchell, Imani Uzuri