Composer Chaya Czernowin (1957) was born and raised in Haifa, Israel. She studied at the Tel Aviv University with Abel Ehrlich and Izhak Sadai, as a DAAD stipendiat in Berlin with Dieter Schnebel, and in the United States with Eli Yarden, Joan Tower, Roger Reynolds and Brian Ferneyhough, receiving her PhD from the University of California in San Diego in early 1990s. She was a professor in composition at the University of California and at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, before being appointed, in 2009, as Walter Bigelow Rosen Professor of Music at Harvard University, in addition to which she regularly teaches on multiple masterclasses around the world. Her students know Chaya as a warm-hearted, uncompromising and loved teacher-friend with a contagious smile and a bubbling sense of humor. Experiencing the music of Chaya Czernowin has been compared to instinctive embodied awareness that precedes words. Based on physical immediacy, her music communicates from somewhere deep underneath, beyond musical styles, motifs, or metrics. The music possesses a primordial gaze, and it attempts “to be seen, touched and felt through the ear.”
Time of Music’s and defunensemble’s co-commission work from Alexander Schubert has been moved to the festival programme of 2019. Commission from one of the most noted young composers and artists in Europe was scheduled to have its first performance at a concert in Viitasaari Theatre on Wednesday 4.7. Schubert will visit this year’s Time of Music festival, prepare the commission and give a lecture at the Electronics Lab course about his works and working methods. defunensemble will play his piece “Star Me Kitten” in their concert on Friday 6.7.