Works performed by Earplay:

A Veil Barely Seen

A composer of both instrumental and electronic music, Frances White (b. 1960) studied composition at the University of Maryland, Brooklyn College, and Princeton University. She has received awards, grants, and commissions from organizations such as Prix Ars Electronica (Austria), the Institut International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges (France), the International Computer Music Association, Hungarian Radio, ASCAP, the Bang on a Can Festival, the Other Minds Festival, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, The Dale Warland Singers, the American Music Center, The Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. Additionally, she has received resident artist fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and The Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Ms. White’s music can be heard on the Wergo, Centaur, Nonsequitur, and Harmonia Mundi labels. Recently, her music was featured as part of the soundtrack for Gus Van Sant’s award-winning film Elephant.

Frances White studies the shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and finds that the traditional music of this instrument informs and influences her work as a composer. Much of Ms. White’s music is inspired by her love of nature, and her electronic works frequently include natural sound recorded near where she lives, in central New Jersey.

[from program for September 26, 2005 concert]