Hailed as “hypnotic” and “engaging” by Cleveland Classical, Berrow Duo is the dynamic combination of flute and cello committed to the creation of new works. New York City-based performers Leia Slosberg, flute, and Thea Mesirow, cello, bonded over their desire to push traditional playing boundaries with the incorporation of text and extended techniques in instrumental music. Together, they focus on the promotion of women and femme-identified composers and artists to create new works through close collaboration. They have been presented by Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, the Cleveland Uncommon Sound Project, the 2018 Music Department Conference at NYU, the SENSE Concert Series in Baltimore, MD, and the Mise-En Place Curator Series. Their 2019/2020 season will included four premieres by Emily Praetorius, James Hamilton Lowrie, and AJ Stillabower. Berrow Duo is passionate about experimentation, exploration, and the expansion of expression in instrumental music.
Quartet121 is a New York City-based string quartet dedicated to the performance of new works. Molly Germer (violin), Julia Jung Un Suh (violin), Lena Vidulich (viola), and Thea Mesirow (cello) met while pursuing their degrees in the Contemporary Performance Program at Manhattan School of Music. In their first official season, they performed at venues throughout NYC such as Tenri Cultural Institute, Manhattan School of Music, Central Park Summerstage, and Brooklyn Steel, among others. They visited Columbia University and Manhattan School of Music to workshop music with young composers and traveled to Alberta, Canada as part of the Banff Centre’s Evolution of the String Quartet summer festival. Quartet121 is supported by the Alice M. Ditson Fund. They are also a recipient of Chamber Music America’s Ensemble Forward Grant, made possible with generous support from the New York Community Trust. This award supports a mentorship from the renowned Mivos Quartet in order to learn and perform contemporary repertoire throughout 2020.
Actualizing Communities, organized and performed by Thea Mesirow and Aaron Foster Breilyn, is a project which attempts to demonstrate the effect that community, audience, and space have on the performance of contemporary music. The project includes the commissioning of four new pieces by Antoine Beuger (Dusseldorf), Jeff Brown (Berlin), Emmanuelle Waeckerle (London), and Aaron Foster Breilyn (NYC), and pieces by Eva Maria- Houben, Pauline Oliveros, and Reiko Füting. This program will be presented in the communities of each commissioned composer in cities throughout Europe between December 7th and 14th, 2019 as part of the Actualizing Communities Tour. Plans are being made for further commissions and performances in the US.