Zen will write the program notes for the following concert:
‘Music for a Gothic Space’
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC
Kent Tritle, conductor
MACHAUT Messe de Nostre Dame
Motets of Josquin des Prez
Enchanting music for a Gothic space! Machaut’s late medieval Messe de Nostre Dame, hauntingly beautiful motets of Josquin des Prez and the meditative sounds of Gregorian Chant resound ethereally in the world’s largest Gothic cathedral (concert info courtesy of the Musica Sacra website)
Zen Kuriyama has been invited to give a talk on the relationship between Gerald Finzi and Cedric Thorpe Davie at the Music Centre at the University of St Andrews (Scotland) at 1430 on 9 October 2019. Title of the talk is ‘“Dear Ceddie”: Discovering Gerald Finzi through his correspondence with St Andrews’ Master of Music, Cedric Thorpe Davie.’ Free and open to the public.
On Sunday, September 8, Zen begins his tenure as the new Choir Director at The Congregational Church of Weston, UCC. Located just down the road from Brandeis University, all are welcome and invited to join the choir!
Zen will attend the 2019 Historical Notation Bootcamp, to be held the week of August 5–9 at Cornell University’s Department of Music and Carl A. Kroch Library, with the generous support of Yale University and Cornell University. The four-and-a-half-day seminar offers a practical and theoretical overview of medieval musical notations, from neumes to early print sources. Participants will acquire the basic skills needed to work with historical musical sources, make sense of source-based analyses, and sing from original notation.