Mark Menzies

Residing in the United States since 1991, Mark Menzies has established an important, world-wide reputation as a violist, violinist, pianist, and conductor. He has been described in a Los Angeles Times review as an ‘extraordinary musician’ and a ‘riveting violinist.’ Viola and violin professor at the California Institute of the Arts where he also oversees orchestra and conducting projects, Mark Menzies is also very involved in various chamber music and new music initiatives in the Los Angeles area, including the Formalist Quartet, Trio Terroir, and so forth.
As a composer, Mark writes mainly for friends and colleagues. Recent premieres have included formatura for orchestra (in honor of James Tenney); dancing:~ on water for vibraphone/singer, chorus and orchestra for performance by Jodie Landau and the Cantori Domino choir; and swongering butterfly (also remembering Mort) for violin, clarinet and tape, with the tape part a collaboration with a composition of Brendan Byrnes, premiered at the Ensemble Sospeso “The Renaissance is Now” series in New York, spring 2012. In the summer of 2012, Mark was composer-in-residence at the Spiel festival in Austria for which he composed 11 works – titled 11 elegies and a love song – for the musicians and other artists (including the local cow population) participating in the festival.

wasteland concerts

  • April 4, 2014

Batya MacAdam-Somer

Batya MacAdam-Somer (b. 1983) grew up within the vibrant musical community of Houston, Texas, where she studied violin with Judy Offman and Fredell Lack. She began her college studies at the Moores School of Music, University of Houston and went on to earn a BA from the Manhattan School of Music in 2005 in the studio of Sylvia Rosenberg. Batya completed her MA at the University of California, San Diego in 2009. She has participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy, Aspen Summer Music Festival, International Festival Institute at Round Top and the Bach Festival of Leipzig, Germany playing under conductors Pierre Boulez, Kurt Masur, Charles Dutoit, and David Robertson. Her involvement with composers and contemporary music has led to work across the country with organizations Art of Elan, Glottalopticon, wild UP, Red Light, Foundation for Modern Music, TACTUS, and the New Music Collective. She can be heard playing Michael Roth’s soundtrack on the documentary Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, and is thrilled to be a member of the G Burns Jug Band. Batya is currently pursuing a DMA at UCSD, studying under János Négyesy.

wasteland concerts

  • February 7, 2014