Black’s compositional output is characterized by a dialectical conception of autonomy in the sense that it is precisely (ver)ties that promote the independence and distinctiveness of her musical language. These include relationships on a purely human level, inspirations from other sources, including extra-musical ones (scientific texts, unusual sounds of very different origins), and the use of digital technology, in which the musical processes are distributed between the human performers and the technical actors.
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Annesley Catherine Black, born in Ottawa/Canada in 1979, studied jazz and electronic music at Concordia University in Montreal from 1998 to 2004 and composition with Brian Cherny at McGill University. She then continued her studies in Germany with York Höller and Hans Ulrich Humpert (composition) in Cologne and until 2008 with Mathias Spahlinger (composition), Orm Finnendahl (electronic music) and Cornelius Schwehr (applied music) at the Musikhochschule Freiburg. This was followed by 4 years as assistant sound director at the Experimental Studio of SWR. Since then Annesley Black has also worked as a sound director for ensemble recherche and canto battuto, among others. Annesley Black lives in Frankfurt a. M. and has been a lecturer there at Dr. Hoch’s Conservatory as well as at the Kronberg Academy since 2013.
Black’s compositions have been performed at festivals such as the Ultraschall Festival Berlin, the Darmstädter Ferienkurse, and the Donaueschinger Musiktage. Performers of her works include Ensemble Modern, ensemble mosaik, and the hr-Sinfonieorchester.
Annesley Black is the recipient of the Busoni Prize for Composition, the Stuttgart Composition Prize, and the Composers’ Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, among others.
Co-production by ensemble courage and HELLERAU -European Centre for the Arts, funded by the City of Dresden Office for Culture and Monument Protection and by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon State Parliament.