Tania León, began her career as a pianist for the Harlem Dance School later joining the Dance Theatre of Harlem, though until the last two decades she was mostly known for her instrumental, operatic and works for chamber ensemble. León describes herself as “… tired of all (our) labels…I am not a feminist, am not a black conductor, and am not a woman conductor. I am nothing that the people want to call me. They do not know who I am. The fact that I am using this physical costume does not describe my energy, does not describe my entity.” (Lundy, “Conversations With Three Symphonic Conductors: Dennis DeCoteau, Tania León, Jon Robinson,” Black Perspective in Music)
Her piano compositions "play" with rhythmical, harmonic, and gestural ideas in the same way her beloved Dance Theatre of Harlem plays with the limitations of gravity. The composer’s incorporation of dance, harmony, and gesture will be discussed in works by León including Momentum, Going.. Gone, and Tumbao. In addition, Dr. Deborah Nemko will perform Momentum and Tumbao in their entirety.
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Meeting ID: 967 9721 8269
About the speaker
Pianist Deborah Nemko regularly appears in concert throughout the United States and abroad as soloist and collaborative artist. Nemko has performed in prestigious venues including the Carnegie Hall, The Library of Congress, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, and the Bethanienklooster in Amsterdam. Reviews of her performances describe her “beautiful and incisive playing.” After completing her 2015 Fulbright Fellowship to the Netherlands for her project, “Suppressed and Forgotten Dutch Composers of World War II,” she developed innovative recitals and workshops on Dutch Composers of the Holocaust. She has presented on women composers for the Royal Music Association International Conference, the IAWM International Conference and the NCKP International Conference.
A committed educator, Dr. Nemko has served as visiting faculty at Utrecht Conservatory. Nemko is Professor of Music at Bridgewater State University and faculty member of New England Conservatory’s Piano Preparatory and Continuing Education School. This year she will perform and present in Italy at the Talent Music Course in Brescia. In addition, Deborah served on the faculty of the International Master Classes in Belgium with Madame Diane Anderson, the Grumo International Music Festival and is currently faculty in the Talent Summer Music Courses in Brescia, Italy. Deborah is the recipient of the prestigious Bridgewater State University Presidential Fellowship, is currently a Marion and Jasper Whiting Fellow, and is founder of the International Alliance for Women in Music Bridgewater State Collegiate Chapter.
Deborah Nemko earned her doctoral degree from the University of Arizona under the tutelage of noted concert pianist, Dr. Nohema Fernandez.