The presentation of recorded performances of the thesis compositions by the students in the PhD program at Stanford University is one of two MBZ programs given by the Decoder Ensemble from Hamburg, both taking place on 16 July at the Jedinstvo Plant.
The collaboration between the Decoder Ensemble and the Stanford University Department of Music was to feature three one-act operas, presented both at Stanford and the Music Biennale Zagreb. Due to COVID-19, an in-person residency presented logistical challenges, so the project pivoted to virtual operas, which were produced this March in Berlin with Heinrich Horwitz as creative director. The authors of the operas are Davor Branimir Vincze from Croatia, and Julie Herndon and Chris Lortie from the US, and their works were inspired by the life and work of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, by boxing and organ trade, as well as by email correspondence.
You can find out more about the ensemble, the composers and their pieces in our MBZ Story.