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PSNY Welcomes Elijah Daniel Smith

                                                                                       Photo: Colin Mohr 

Project Schott New York (PSNY) is delighted to announce the signing of a publishing agreement with composer Elijah Daniel Smith.

Praised by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a “rising star,” composer Elijah Daniel Smith is quickly establishing himself as one of today’s leading young composers. His music, which has been described as “gnashing and relentless” (Chicago Tribune), and as “a compilation of sounds that defy their source” (Picture This Post), ranges from orchestral compositions to multimedia and interdisciplinary collaborations.

       Fuse Quartet performs the world premiere of Perihelion by Elijah Daniel Smith at Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall at Northwestern University

Elijah’s affinity for dense and complex textures, rhythmic ambiguity and fluidity, and rich gravitational harmonies shines through in all of his creations. His music has been premiered and performed by world renowned ensembles such as The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, Mivos Quartet, Bergamot Quartet, Sō Percussion, Sandbox Percussion, Contemporaneous, ~Nois, DITHER, Copland House, Ensemble Linea, Ecce Ensemble, Fuse Quartet, Earspace, and the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. Upcoming commissions and projects include new works for Alarm Will Sound, Yarn/Wire, and the L. Mattson Collective.

Elijah is currently pursuing his PhD in Music Composition at Princeton University.

Listen to Elijah Daniel Smith's music on SoundCloud here.

Musicologist Ted Gordon recently interviewed Elijah David Smith for PSNY. Watch their conversation here:

     PSNY Interview - Elijah Daniel Smith

PSNY is thrilled to begin a publishing relationship with Elijah Daniel Smith, beginning with four new works. Click the links below to preview and purchase these scores.

Perihelion (2020) for saxophone quartet

Submergences (2019) for string quartet

Looking into Silence (2022) for string quartet and soprano soloist

Shifting Ground (2020) for percussion quartet

PSNY Welcomes Shelley Washington


We are delighted to announce the signing of composer Shelley Washington to Project Schott New York (PSNY)! 

Shelley Washington writes music to fulfill one calling- - - - to move.

Composer Shelley Washington has emerged as an important and powerful voice of her generation. With an eclectic palette that draws from classical, jazz, rock, American folk, and other contemporary musical spaces, Washington seeks to tell memorable sonic stories that comment on current and past social narratives, both personal and observed. Her music explores emotions and intentions, incorporating intricate rhythms to encourage layered listening through grooves, melody, and harmony. In addition, she addresses social injustices in the hope of creating a public dialogue. 

Washington’s music has been performed across the United States and beyond. Upcoming projects include a new work for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and a full length opera for Long Beach Opera. Recent projects include a commission from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to arrange Julius Eastman’s Joy Boy, premiered in spring 2019, and a new recording of a chamber version of Joy Boy for wild UP new music for their upcoming album, Eastman vol. 2: Stay On ItNine Mothers, a new concerto for Eighth Blackbird and the Cincinnati Symphony, premiered March of 2022,  written by all three members of her composer collective, Kinds of Kings.

(BIG Talk performed by Shelley Washington, José Antonio Zayas Cabán)

Her string quartet, MIDDLEGROUND, was included on PUBLIQuartet’s Grammy-nominated album, Freedom, and Faith, released in 2019.

(MIDDLEGROUND performed by PUBLIQuartet on their album, Freedom, and Faith)

Other notable recent premieres include her multi-movement suite, UNIFORMS, for Bearthoven at Le Poisson Rouge, her electric guitar quartet, The Workers’ Dreadnought, at National Sawdust, and a work for solo cello and kick drum, Seething, for Amanda Gookin performed at The Wallis in Los Angeles and the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. 

She currently holds a fellowship from Princeton University and received degrees from NYU Steinhardt (MM) and Truman State University (BA, MA) As an educator, she has taught with the New York Philharmonic Very Young Composers program and the Young Composers and Improvisers Workshop. In addition, she served as Artistic Director for the Noel Pointer Foundation, where she created new opportunities for music composition. Washington is currently artist faculty at New York University Steinhardt in the concert composition program. 

(Shelley Washington's Towers, performed and commissioned by Lior Willinger)

Washington is an active performer and collaborator. She is a member of Los Angeles based ensemble, Wild Up, and has recently performed and recorded with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Pieta Brown, and the 37d03d Collective. Washington is also vocalist, saxophonist, and guitarist in her Brooklyn-based band, Good Looking Friends.

PSNY is thrilled to begin a publishing relationship with Shelley Washington, bringing her work to new performers who can continue to explore the vivid and electrifying qualities of her music. Click the links below to preview and purchase these scores.

BIG Talk for two baritone saxophones (2017)

MIDDLEGROUND for string quartet (2015)

MO'INGUS for solo baritone saxophone (2016, rev. 2019)

SAY for string quartet (+/- vocal quartet) using voice and body percussion (2018)

SEETHING for solo cello with kick drum (2018)

Towers for solo piano (2018)

James Díaz Releases UNO on Bandcamp

James Díaz has long worked within the interstices between scoring, live performance, and recording—exploring the sonic possibilities that emerge when the fluidity of sound is exploited in every available medium and dimension. His latest album, UNO, documents compositions that Díaz has crafted between 2016–2019, performed by the collaborators with whom he wrote many of these works, and recorded at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Keeping with Díaz's practice of using both recorded and live sound to construct his work, some of the compositions on this album were also further refined by Díaz in his studio, resulting in a meticulously produced album of hybrid works. 

For example, Díaz crafted I [am] not, a work for bass clarinet and electronics, in collaboration with the clarinetist Tyler Neidermayer. While this work is completely scored, it does contain options for the performer to choose in the moment of performance; it also calls for the performer to experiment with a large set of extended techniques, which Díaz later expanded using studio techniques such as pitch-shifting, vocoding, harmonizing, compression, and other processes to achieve his desired sounds. The movements' titles hint at the play of instrumental identity; the bass clarinet is brought into relation with a didgeridoo, a snare drum, a guitar, and the human voice. 

Other works on this recording include Díaz's string quartet INFRASTRUCTURES, composed in collaboration with and performed by Quartet121a song for, performed by Julia Suh; and in times of passive voice [en tiempos de voz pasiva], here performed by cellist Carolina Diazgranados.

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