S o u n d e n e r g y b i o
“They are comprised of three refreshingly visionary artists who delight in asking the hard questions and coming up with profoundly compelling and inspiring answers! An utter delight to work with, they are doing important work in the cause of expanding the repertoire, with insight and intelligence. They play with passion, informed by a thorough knowledge of each piece they play, and their sound is gorgeous.”
-Jeffrey Mumford, composer
Sound Energy is a dynamic, Boston-based string trio committed to exploring new sounds, new collaborations, and new music. Established in 2013 by founding members Micah Brightwell (violin) and Ashleigh Gordon (viola) with the subsequent addition of Benjamin Swartz (cello), SE is constantly searching for ways to push the traditional violin-viola-cello combination to represent the bold, daring voices of 20th- & 21st-century composers.
SE has worked closely with award-winning composers Jeffrey Mumford and Marti Epstein, has commissioned rising stars John Aylward, Anthony Green, Noam Faingold, Evan Kassof, Daniel T. Lewis, and Daniel Miller, and has performed on the Equilibrium Concert Series, Advent Library Series, and at Clark University in Massachusetts. With a repertoire spanning Anton Webern to Andrew Norman, Sound Energy stands at the forefront of a new generation in contemporary music with ambitious upcoming projects including tours, residencies, and large-scale commissions - all in a continued effort to explore the energy of sound.
Highlights of the 2016-17 season include four world premieres; a joint concert with bass clarinet-marimba duo Transient Canvas; a portrait concert in collaboration with Castle of our Skins featuring the music of Jeffrey Mumford with support from a New Music USA grant; and a guest artist feature at The Boston Conservatory performing the music of Marti Epstein. Focused on bringing familiarity and new sounds to new audiences, SE brings the sound worlds of Xenakis and Scelsi to living rooms and concerts halls alike.
Sound Energy members hail from as far as New Zealand with studies in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, The Netherlands, and Germany. As individuals, they’ve performed internationally in Hong Kong, London, and Mexico with ensembles such as Ensemble Modern, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Callithumpian Consort, and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. They’ve attended festivals including Britten-Pears, Aspen, Tanglewood, and Kneisel Hall, and hold degrees from New England Conservatory, Royal Academy of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Peabody Conservatory, Johns Hopkins University, Rice University, Baldwin-Wallace University, and the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie.