Since it began four years ago, the Music Academy’s annual Alumni Enterprise Awards Program
(AEA) has been supporting alums who are making a difference in their fields. Funding innovative endeavors in areas including artistic expression, audience development, education, community engagement, social justice, and technology, the AEA awards offer grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000. So far, 26 alumni have been awarded $320,000 to support their winning projects.
Clara Lyon, violin (’03, ’04) and Doyle Armbrust, viola (’01, ’03) of the Spektral Quartet were some of several 2020 AEA winners for their project Enigma
is an immersive, 360-degree visual album featuring the music of composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir and the visual work of video artist Sigurdur Gudjonsson. A 360-degree dome video will be adapted for personal viewing devices such as VR headset.
Spektral Quartet recently headlined an online event held for supporters of the Music Academy, wherein they both performed parts of Thorvaldsdottir’s Enigma
and spoke with attendees about the progress of their AEA project. This week Clara and Doyle are participating in the Music Academy’s Innovation Residential
, an online educational incubator and mentorship opportunity for recipients of the Academy’s AEA and Fast Pitch Awards that further expands leadership possibilities for their projects and careers.
update below comes courtesy of Doyle Armbrust, who pulls back the curtain on the recording process and how the pandemic has affected the project. Clara and Doyle were also kind enough to provide a special Spektral Quartet curated playlist. They describe first six tracks as representing “Spektral Collaborators That Are Inspiring Us Right Now” and include works by Lebanese-American composer and jazz pianist Tarek Yamani; Haitian-American composer, flutist, and vocalist Nathalie Joachim; Puerto Rican composer and saxophonist Miguel Zenón; New York-based Australian vocalist Charmaine Lee; American composer and pianist Anthony Cheung; and American composer and cellist Tomeka Reid. The final five tracks are “Perrenial Spektral Road Trip Tunes,” inviting us all to join sonically them on the 644-mile road trip described below.
LISTEN TO THE PLAYLIST