Music Omi

About Music Omi

Every summer, Music Omi provides fellowships to approximately fifteen professional musicians—composers and performers from around the globe—to come together for two and a half weeks in a unique collaborative music making residency program.

Music Omi encourages its participants to share ideas, perform each other's works, and write music for one another, while exploring their own musical vision and broadening their artistic and cultural horizons.

A singular feature of the Music Omi experience is the presentation of public performances during and at the conclusion of the residency to share some of their collaborative work with the public.

Music Omi provides lodging, including a private room, and delicious meals for the fellows during their stay, though accepted fellows must secure their own travel funds. All awarded fellows commit to remaining for the entire residency.

How to Apply

Music Omi 2017 Summer Session: August 10 - 27.

 

Applications for the Summer Music Omi session are no longer being accepted.

 

2017 Music Omi fellows will be announced in March. This year's Alumnus-in-Residence is Ron Warren.

 

Questions may be directed to Jeffrey Lependorf, Director

Accomodations



Omi International Arts Center, where the Music Omi residency takes place, is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley's Columbia County. Named for a neighboring village, the hamlet of Omi is close to the small town of Ghent, NY, as well as Albany, Chatham, and Hudson, NY, which offers train connections less than thirty minutes away (we provide transportation to and from the Hudson, NY train station).

The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include The Fields Sculpture Park and Visitor Center & Cafe, a large two-story barn, and other farm structures with spaces for rehearsing, plus contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local barns, all surrounded by abundant perennial beds and expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees.

A Federal Period farm house serves as a gathering center for residents, providing a full kitchen, library and laundry facilities. The front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several computers are available on the premises. Lunch and dinner are served daily for communal meals, and a fully stocked kitchen provides plentiful food for breakfasts and snacks.

Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to summer performance festivals, presidential mansions to farmer's markets, the environs offer a singular blend of rural quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the neighborhood are often available for excursions of interest to residents.

2017 Fellows


Lindsey Abudei (Nigeria)
is a Neo-Soul singer and songwriter whose influences are from the 70s, the Motown Era and the 90s;Influences that seep through her two projects, Brown, her EP(2013) and recently, her debut album, "...And The Bass Is Queen" (2016).

Tom Arthurs (UK/Berlin), one of Europe's brightest and most versatile young talents, is a trumpeter-composer-improviser active in jazz and improvised music circles – increasingly renowned for his glowing sound and relentless creativity. He has released on ECM, ACT, Intakt, Unit, Babel and Creative Sources, composed for string quartet and the BBC Concert Orchestra (as BBC New Generation Artist 2008-10), and has performed with everybody from John Taylor to Eddie Prévost, The Unthanks to Jan Bang, and Julia Hülsmann to Ingrid Laubrock. Tom also holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh following his ethnographic work on Berlin's Improvised Music scene.

Yuan-Chen Li (Taiwan/USA) Yuan-Chen Li's musical style and language is cultivated through a sensitivity to human expression. Her Taiwanese upbringing, a Buddhist spirit, Western musical ear, and the symbolic aspects of nature and art, have inspired her work. The sense of time and momentum in her music is not easily categorized as purely classical or contemporary. Her appreciation of principles about transformation, often found in classical Chinese poetry, brings an inclusiveness to modern music valuing both discipline and emancipation.

Stephen Cohen (USA) is a performing and recording artist, composer, singer/songwriter, and visual artist. His first album, The Tree People, recorded in 1979, has been discovered in this century and reissued by record companies inJapan and Spain. His newest recordings are the CD, "3 String Stephen Plays Cigar Box Guitar", the vinyl EP "Talk to Me", and the single "Miniature Planet". Stephen has performed in concert and at festivals across the United States. His short film, the Cistern Symphony, which he created with a team of musicians and artists, was selected and shown at the 2016 AVI Festival in Israel.

Farzin Dehghan (Iran) is a young kamancheh (traditional Iranian bowed string instrument) virtuoso originally from Isfahan, Iran. He currently studies at Berklee College of Music. Farzin has self-taught himself the kamancheh and Persian Classical Music repertoire (The Radif). However, Master Musicians such as Kayhan Kalhor and Hossein Alizadeh have mentored Farzin and consider him as an emerging artist. Also, Farzin is currently studying the Arabic music repetoire with maestro Simon Shaheen, a Palestinian oud virtuoso. Farzin has performed throughout the US as a soloist and as an ensemble member. In October, Farzin will tour the US and Canada alongside Majid Derakhshani, a Persian Classical Music master.

Hassan Estakhrian (USA) is a composer, performer, intermedia-producer, music technologist, and educator. He is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and band leader. Hassan collides rock/funk/jazz with experimental/chamber music and incorporates technological elements such as Nintendo Wiimotes and interactive visuals. Hassan's compositional aesthetic is represented by a variety of quirky creations. Animal avatars flown across a 3D simulated environment with Wiimotes manipulating parameters of music, a musical card game with graphic notation, songs about turkey sandwiches and social inequality, a choir of singing hands, and a chamber piece for eight trombones are just a few brief examples of his varied body of work.

Otto Fischer (Nigeria/UK), a unique guitarist also known as a highly individual songwriter (indeed, Derek Bailey released his first album, Songs, on his "Incus" imprint), has performed with a variety of top musicians, both from the UK and the US. His completely individual style led to him being dubbed "a sort of digitized electric griot" in a review of a recent performance at New York's 'Stone'. 

Hilliard Greene (USA), double bassist, has been performing jazz, classical, rock, blues, R&B, tango, Celtic and avant-garde music for more than 30 years in major cities throughout the United States and Canada, South America, Europe, Russia, and Asia. Greene studied at the University of Northern Iowa and Berklee College of Music. He has performed, recorded and toured as bassist and Musical Director with Jimmy Scott, and served as Concert Master for Cecil Taylor's group "Phtongos". He is currently full-time faculty at the Collective School of Music in New York City. He is featured on more than fifty recordings, and five as a leader.

Hasan Hujairi (Bahrain) is a composer, sound artist, and writer based in Seoul, South Korea. His performances and installations often build on his "post-esoteric (oriental) art music manifesto" (2011). He is presently pursuing his DMA in Korean Music Composition at Seoul National University's College of Music. Hasan's academic background includes a BSBA in Finance from Drake University (Iowa, USA) and a Masters degree in Historiography from Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo, Japan). He acted as curator at Al-Riwaq Art Space (Bahrain) and is involved in other independent art initiatives in Bahrain. Hasan is also an active oud player.

Tapuwanashe Munyayi (Namibia) is an award-winning performing artist, songwriter and activist born in Harare, Zimbabwe. His mixed southern African background exposed him to various styles and his main influences have been Afrofusion jazz, Soul, Pop and Traditional music. Over the past years he has collaborated with various artistes with whom he recorded and performed internationally. He developed an early keen interest in local cross-cultural exchange programs and partnerships, performing with established musicians and artists. A self-taught mbira, marimba, djembe and African drums player, who also sings in Shona and English, his extended musical repertoire includes the panpipe and acoustic guitar.

Ailís Ní Ríain (Ireland, Unlimit Art Fellow) is a composer and improvising pianist who aims to produce work that challenges, provokes and engages. A regular collaborator with artists in other artforms, her artistic interests are diverse and combined with an unwavering desire to develop her artistic practice with each new project or commission. Her music has been performed at London's Purcell Room, The Royal Festival Hall, The National Concert Hall in Dublin, Carnegie Hall in New York and featured on BBC & RTÉ radio. She composes in a variety of forms including music-theatre, concert music, electro-acoustic, opera and site-specific installation music for unusual historic buildings.

Alberto Novello (Italy) is a Nuclear Physics and Multimedia Artist. He has worked at the Philips Research Labs, and TU Eindhoven in Music Psychology and studied electro-acoustic composition with J.C. Risset, P. Berg and J. Ryan. He has assisted Nicolas Collins and Alvin Lucier. The focus of his practice is how humans perceive sound: what unconscious mechanisms we use to make sense of reality, and how can one alter the audience's perception through sound. His works have been presented in international festivals (Spectrum, Venice Biennale), institutes for experimental music (CCMAS-Mexico, Logos-Belgium,STEIM–Amsterdam, Dom–Moskow, IEM-Graz) and conferences (NIME, ICMC, ICMPC, Seoul Computer Music). 

Efraín Rozas (Peru/USA) is a musician/researcher, specialized in the combination of new technologies and Latin American genres. He holds a PhD in composition and ethnomusicology from New York University, funded by the McCracken fellowship. He has published the book/video documentary "Fusión: a soundtrack for Peru", and has released several albums internationally. He has performed at the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, and played with his experimental salsa band "La Mecánica Popular" at Central Park Summerstage Fania Records anniversary in New York, and the Levitation Festival. His work has been featured at CNN, BBC, Washington post, Daily News and NPR. 

Jeremy Rose (Australia, Australian Arts Council Fellow) is on of Australia's leading saxophonists and composers, having performed nationally and internationally at festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs. His music effortlessly crosses cultural borders and musical styles, and his work as a composer is equally cognizant and successful in classical music composition, jazz, world music, and contemporary music. Jeremy is a founding director of Earshift Music, releasing over a dozen albums of original music with his projects including The Vampires, The Strides, the Jeremy Rose Quartet and the Compass Saxophone Quartet. He also regularly performs with Cameron Undy's 20th Century Dog, contemporary classical ensemble Ensemble Offspring and Phillip Johnston's Septet and Greasy Chicken Orchestra.

Silvia Sauer (Germany) is a singer, improviser and performer, fascinated by musically exploring the extent of expression and the facets of human voice. In the course of years her quest includes among others: jazz and world music, live-performances of silent movies worldwide (by invitation of Goethe-Institutes), multimedia projects with dancers and musicians, collective free improvised music and humorous solo-performances in a variety of theatrical contexts with her loop station (as "voice-theater"). She integrates this wide range of music genres in her personal artistic style of expression and improvisation, which is characterized as a free, un-dogmatic and playful bridging of boundaries. 
 
2017 Alumnus-in-Residence
 
Ron Warren (USA) has been fortunate enough to discover an extremely varied, rich and deep path as a musician and Native American flute player. He has had the opportunity to work with lineups of incredibly gifted musicians, dancers, writers and other artists in a great variety of settings ranging from powwow grounds to club to concert hall. There are three main areas of activity that have sustained and nourished him over the years: Creative work (mostly composing, improvisation and writing about music), sharing that work through performances and recordings, using his experiences and studies to help others progress on their own path, through classroom teaching, lessons, workshops, etc.

Past Residents

2016 Musicians

2015 Musicians

2014 Musicians

2013 Musicians

2012 Musicians

2011 Musicians

2010 Musicians


Past Alumni-in-Residence

2016 Nadje Noordhuis
2015 Carl Ludwig Hübsch
2014 Wilfrido Terrazas
2013 Ute Voelker
2012 Cécile Broché
2011 Sebastian Gramss
2010 Taylor Ho Bynum
2009: Soo-Jung Kae
2008: Katie Down
2007: Adam-Simmons
2006: Carsten Radtke
2005: Hazel Leach
2004: Laura Andel
2003: Scott Fields
2002: Ursel Schlicht
2001: C. Bryan Rulon
2000: Bill McHenry

Sponsors

Music Omi expresses its gratitude to the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, the Australian Council for the Arts and the Friends of Omi. Supported in part by the Berlin Senate Cultural Affairs Department.


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Program Board Committee

Laura Andel
Baikida Carroll
Ingrid Jensen
Joan Kaghan
Arthur Kell
David Kra
Rick Moody
Lee Repko
Ursel Schlicht
Ross Willows

Jeffrey Lependorf, Program Director

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Jeffrey Lependorf, Director of Music Omi, received a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory. His teachers include Richard Hoffmann, Fred Lerdahl, Jack Beeson, Chou Wen-chung and Mario Davidovsky. A composer of operas and chamber music, he is also a certified master of the traditional Japanese shakuhachi flute. His music has been performed around the globe—literally: a recording of his "Night Pond" for solo shakuhachi launched into space when the shuttle Atlantis took off on May 15, 1997 and remained for a year aboard the Russian space station Mir. He began shakuhachi study with Kinko master of shakuhachi Yoshinobu Taniguchi, who gave him the venerable name "Koku" ("empty nothingness"), and studied subsequently with Ronnie Nyogetsu Seldin and Ralph Samuelson. He has performed or been performed across the United States, Europe and in Japan. Recordings can be found on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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