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New Morse Code is dedicated to enriching contemporary culture by advocating for new expressions in music and art. We strive to present bold, engaging performances of new works while catalyzing collaboration with instrumentalists, actors, dancers, and visual artists.

"Collins and Compitello are much more than accomplished instrumentalists. They are, it seems, not just playing for the future of music, but vibrantly living in and shaping it."
                                                    - New Haven Independent
 

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About


About


Photo: Michiko Tierney

Photo: Michiko Tierney

New Morse Code is devoted to bold and engaging performances of music worth sharing.  Omnivorous, rigorous and inventive, Hannah Collins and Michael Compitello activate the unexpected range and unique sonic world of cello and percussion to catalyze and champion the compelling works of young composers.

To Hannah and Michael, collaboration involves drawing upon mutual influences while generating and refining material together over an extended period of time.  Through close work with colleagues such as pianist-composer Paul Kerekes, steel pan virtuoso and composer Andy Akiho, Hawaiian composer and visual artist Tonia Ko, and Pulitzer Prize-winning violinist/vocalist/composer Caroline Shaw, New Morse Code generates a singular and personal repertoire which reflects both their friends’ creative voices and their own perspectives.  Current projects include collaborations with composers Samuel Carl Adams, Matthew Barnson, Patrick van Deurzen, Stephen Gorbos, and Robert Honstein.

Together, Hannah and Michael were finalists in the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition and recipients of a Classical Commissioning Grant from Chamber Music America with composer Christopher Stark.  In addition to developing new repertoire for concert programs, New Morse Code also creates music for larger interdisciplinary projects. In 2012, New Morse Code worked with a team of artistic collaborators from the Yale Schools of Music and Drama to create Basement Hades: Songs of the Underworld, a contemporary retelling of the Orpheus myth which blurs the boundaries between concert, play and multimedia event, which was hailed as “stunningly moving” by the New Haven Review.  More theater projects are currently in development with playwright Justin Taylor, composer Kevin Clark, and documentarian/composer George Lam.  

Through its outreach initiative New Morse Kids, the duo has inspired young listeners with eye-opening performances and engaging presentations at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Yale’s Morse Summer Music Academy, the ARTS Experience Festival at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New Haven Educational Center for the Arts, Community MusicWorks, and Greenwood Music Camp.  They have given classes and worked with composers at universities across the United States, including Michigan State University, Furman University, Southwestern University, Cornell University, Catholic University of America, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the Yale School of Drama.

Hannah and Michael are co-directors of the Avaloch Farm New Music Initiative, a summer residency program in Boscawen, New Hampshire designed to provide resources and support for performers and composers collaborating on new works.  Please see avalochfarmmusic.org for more information.  They both teach at the University of Kansas. 

 

New Morse Code is:

Hannah Collins: Cello

Michael Compitello: Percussion

 

Press Materials:

Short Bio (pdf/doc)

Press Kit (pdf)

High Quality Press Photos (click to download):

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Media


Media


Video

Caroline Shaw: Boris Kerner.   Video by Four/Ten Media.

 

Robert Honstein:  Patter.  Featuring Katie Hyun.  Video by Four/Ten Media.  

 

Martin Bresnick:  Songs of the Mouse People.  Recorded live at National Sawdust, November 2016.

 

Nick Didkovsky: Caught by the Sky with Wire.  Recorded live at Washington College.  April 2015.

 

Andy Akiho: 21.  Recorded live at Washington College.  April 2015.

 

Tonia Ko: Hush.  Recorded live at Washington College.  April 2015.

Caroline Shaw:  Boris Kerner.  Recorded live at Washington College.  April 2015.

Osvaldo Golijov: Mariel.  Recorded live at Norfolk Chamber Music Festival.  August 2012.

 

Andy Akiho: Karakurenai.  Recorded live at Ruckus NYC.  September 2012

 

Caroline Shaw: Boris Kerner [Trailer].  Recorded live at Princeton.  November 2012

 

Paul Kerekes: Turning (World Premiere) for NeMoCo + Piano, with Paul himself at the keyboard.  Recorded live at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, July 14, 2012.

 

Joan Arnau Pàmies: [14(a/c)_∞p] (World Premiere) for New Morse Code with Anne Lanzilotti, viola.  Recorded live at MIKROS, 109 Gallery, Brooklyn, April 30, 2013.


Audio

 

New Morse Code with violist Anne Lanzilotti:

 

New Morse Code with pianist/composer Paul Kerekes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Calendar


Calendar


Upcoming:

September 19, 2017
Simplicity Itself Pre-Release Show
7:30pm, Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania St, Lawrence, KS 66044
Lawrence, KS

September 22, 2017
Simplicity Itself Street Release Date
New Morse Code debut album available on
New Focus Recordings!

September 23, 2017
Simplicity Itself Album Release Show
7pm, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 W 37th St, New York, New York 10018
New York, NY

 

October 29, 2017
CCM Guest Artist Recital
8pm, Werner Recital Hall
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH

October 30, 2017
CCM Workshop/Readings
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, OH

November 9, 2017
Percussive Arts Society International Convention
Focus Day: Percussion Works Since 2000
Indiana Convention Center
Indianapolis, IN
Performing Robert Honstein's Down Down Baby

November 19, 2017
New Morse Code and Triplepoint Trio
7:30pm, Swarthout Recital Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
Featuring new collaborative works by Doug Perry, Jonny Allen, and Sam Suggs

February 20, 2018
NMC: Music of Matthew Barnson
7:30pm, Swarthout Recital Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

March 5, 2018
NMC and Roberta Gumbel
KU Faculty Recital Series
7:30pm, Swarthout Recital Hall
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
New work by Susan Kander

March 22, 2018
NMC:  Music of Matthew Barnson
Stony Brook University
Details tba

June 30, 2018
Times Two Series
8pm, The Record Company
Boston, MA
Split bill with Transient Canvas

More projects to be announced soon!

 

Past Events

 

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