Composer Highlight: Jesse Diener-Bennett

We’re thrilled to be performing two pieces by Jesse Diener-Bennett; Ninth for Two and A The Tree, Tree tomorrow. Jesse Diener-Bennett is a writer and composer writing and composing in Brooklyn, New York, New York. Madly in love with linguistics, he often works in the space between lyrics and poetry, music and words, meaningfulness and meaninglessness.

What is something you would like the audience to know about your piece?

When writing A The Tree, Tree, I was constantly thinking about breath. The piece is really a series of “breath-in, breath-out” phrases. It is very physical, very immediate. Ideally, lean in and listen to it like you’d listen to someone close to you saying something important – openly, attentively, and without overthinking it.

What was your inspiration/mind set when writing your piece?

This is the latest in a series of pieces for speaking solo instrumentalist, and the first for a string player. I talked with Maya about the way she thinks of breath and voice when playing the violin, and these conversations, along with my fascination with the connection between speech sounds and timbre, provided the spark for the composition. As a woodwind player, It’s been so rewarding to work with Maya and to think about the very complex, metaphorical/physical/metaphysical relationship that string players have with their voice.

Do you have any non-music related traditions that you do to get your creativity flowing?

Changing scenery is a necessity for me. If I’m at home and I’m stuck on a project, I go to a café. If I get stuck there, I go to a bar. Being in different physical spaces unlocks different headspaces, so much for me that I rarely compose for more than an hour or two in the same location.

How do you take your coffee and what’s your favorite coffee accompaniment?

I’m a pretty boring coffee drinker – I like it with a little cream and no sugar. On CRAZY days I’ll get a cortado. An everything bagel with cream cheese pairs perfectly with coffee. Or with anything else for that matter.

Composer Highlight: Dennis Sullivan

Dennis Sullivan is a composer and percussionist in NYC and I’m premiering his new work Uncreation this Saturday. It’s been so amazing working with Dennis on this piece I though you all would like to get to know the man behind the sounds.

What is something you would like the audience to know about your piece?

The piece is concerned with mapping unusual timbral qualities onto the flute that we otherwise don’t hear.  It is a piece concerned with zooming way in on small actions and innards.

What was your inspiration/mind set when writing your piece?
The inspiration is directly linked to the explanation above.  I like the sounds of little mechanisms at work.  I like all of the sounds our mouths make before, in-between and after our words.  Small, sometimes uncomfortable little sounds.
Do you have any non-music related traditions that you do to get your creativity flowing?
No rhyme or reason, really.  I will say, dense, aggressive and heavy music gets my blood flowing and usually results in me getting SOMETHING done.  That could mean writing Anne a piece.  That could mean cleaning the bath tub.
How do you take your coffee and what’s your favorite coffee accompaniment (food/snack/cake/etc)?
BLACK.  My favorite accompaniment to coffee is usually a bit more coffee.

Maya and Anne Play New Music


We’re playing a concert of new and recent works!

Pierre Boulez Anthemes I
Jesse Diener-Bennett A The Tree, Tree (World Premiere)
Jesse Diener-Bennett Ninth for Two
Franco Donatoni Cigli II
Salvatore Sciarrino Hermes
Dennis Sullivan Uncreation (World Premiere)

Maya Bennardo, Violin and Anne Dearth, Flute
Scholes Street Studio
375 Lorimer Street
November 19, 8 pm
$10 suggested admission

Be sure to check our Facebook event for any updates:

Concert Announcement!

It’s a new year, a new season, and I’m playing some music in Michigan next month. flute-organ-concert-announcement-october-16-2016-landscape

Dr. Timothy Huth is an organist in the Detroit area. He actively promotes concert music for the organ as well as new works. He previously was the organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Dearborn for nearly ten years before moving on to other opportunities. He received his DMA from the University of Michigan where he studied with Marilyn Mason.

The venue, the main sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, houses a rare concert (Aeolian Skinner) organ. This wonderful venue also provides an extraordinary visual and listening space for flute and the two instruments together combine to achieve musical heights that are truly unique. The concert consists of both duets and solo pieces prepared that will soar and sing in this architectural gem (An Alden Dow landmark structure).

Check out the Facebook event for updates as we get closer to the date!

I’m so excited to be going home and for the chance to work with Tim Huth again. We’ve played together a lot, beginning when I would play in church as a wee undegrad at UMmich. We’re playing some really interesting pieces; I’m performing a (new-to-me!) work by Salvatore Sciarrino which should sound amazing in the large open church, and Tim’s premiering a new organ piece by Jesse Diener-Bennett.

Hope to see you there!

Anne and Chuck play Duos!


  • June 4th 7:30pm  
  • Third Life Studios
  • 33 Union Square, Somerville, MA
  • Suggested admission $10

Works by Scelsi, Jolivet, Kerekes, Kirsten and Johnson.



Anne Dearth (making her Boston debut!) and Chuck Furlong are presenting an evening of modern works for flute and clarinet, interspersed with the Counting Duets by Tom Johnson. A very diverse program, performance art works such as Pirouette on a Moon Sliver by Amy Beth Kirsten are contrasted with European avant-garde works Sonatine by Andre Jolivet and Ko-Lho by Giacinto Scelsi.

Chuck Furlong is an active performer in the Boston and New York areas. He has performed with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, North End Music and Performing Arts Commission (NEMPAC) Opera Project, and Boston Opera Collaborative. In the fall of 2014, he co-founded Soundry, an ensemble dedicated to performing contemporary music rarely heard in Boston. His most recent project, Rested Field, is a free improv trio exploring acoustic and electroacoustic soundscapes.

In New York, Chuck has performed with Contemporaneous, played Pierrot Lunaire as part of the Austrian Cultural Forum’s Arnold Schoenberg series and performed in the Nouveau Classical Project’s In & Around C at Gallery 128. Chuck has also been involved with Bang On A Can, performing as a fellow at the 2013 and 2014 Summer Festivals and playing at the 2012 marathon. With two other 2014 Summer Festival alumni, he helped to create Exceptet, an ensemble using the instrumentation of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du soldat. Most recently, Exceptet performed at Merkin Concert Hall as part of the co-presented Ecstatic Music/MATA Interval Festival.