Week Three at YAP

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Thanks for giving me the chance to rejoin YAP this summer & for the crazy amount of planning that's evident in such a well-crafted online program. I was talking to [a YAP friend] about it after you called, and he said something to the effect of (paraphrasing), 'If it's even possible that an online program would be genuinely musically enriching, Yellow Barn would be the one to make it happen.' Wholeheartedly agree — I've had a blast so far :) —2020 Young Artists Program participant

Yellow Barn's 2020 Young Artists Program, our first distance learning program, might have finished for the time being, but the work explored and the connections made are strong enough to carry us to next June, when we look forward to welcoming every musician in this year's program to join us in Putney—at long last.

In their last week, participants had the opportunity to speak with composer Lei Liang, currently residing in California where he is on the faculty of the UC-San Diego, one more example how this year's program gave participants the rare opportunity to work with faculty and guest faculty from across the United States and abroad.

Most of all, the final week included a marathon of performances ranging from solo performances of works for musicians and electronic tape, world premeires of new works by YAP composers created during the program, and the conclusion of this year's John Cage Songs project, which gave all of us a unique look into the lives of YAPpers in their natural habitats! Over 81 performances,took place during YAP this year, including four new solo works from each of the six composers.

Four of these performances are included below, and many more will be appearing on social media in the coming days. Enjoy, and look forward to seeing more of these inspiring musicians next summer.

Mark Applebaum: Aphasia
Nupur Thakkar (Schumburg, IL)

Michelle Li (Edison, IL): Shadow Play
World Premiere
Joshua Weinfeld, percussion (Nashville, TN)

Mario Davidovsky: Synchronisms No.3 for cello and electronic sounds
João Pedro Gonçalves, cello (Lisbon, Portugal)

John Cage: Song #35
Rolando Gómez (Princeton, FL)