An all-female composer project and recording from Deviant Septet
Directly addressing the issue of underrepresentation of female composers in both the classical and new music spheres, Deviant Septet is planning to record a new album consisting of works composed by women and written specifically for our ensemble. In addition to existing pieces by Caroline Shaw, Elizabeth Ogonek, Sarah Grace Graves, Aristea Mellos, and Zoe Yucong Wang, we are commissioning Brooklyn-based composers Mary Kouyoumdjian and Shelley Washington to round out the repertoire for the album. At the core of Deviant Septet’s mission is collaboration with composers who wish to explore and create new works utilizing Stravinsky’s unique Soldier’s Tale instrumentation. With the release of this recording and subsequent touring, we hope to do our part in changing the status quo, documenting the distinctive musical styles of this diverse group of artists. The music recorded here will appeal to a broad audience: one that sees itself reflected in the artists being presented.