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.
Music: Guerilla Basilica Improvisations
Join us for a mid-afternoon, world music avant-garde celebration as we welcome our newest cohort of Art Omi: Music international musician fellows. As part of their initial weekend together, the musicians will participate in a Cagean game of "guerrilla improvisations"—performing on the spot in spontaneously created ensembles picked from a hat by you, the audience!
Music Concert in The Fields Sculpture Park
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
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.
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).
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.
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.