VICTOIRE is a family of musical misfits living in New York City, helmed by composer/keyboardist Missy Mazzoli. This “all-star, all-female band” (Time Out New York) of strings, keyboards, clarinets and electronics performs Mazzoli’s hypnotic blend of dreamy chamber pop, minimalism and rich romanticism. Their debut album Cathedral City, released in 2010 on New Amsterdam Records, envelopes the listener in a tapestry of classical influences, distorted guitars, multi-layered vocals, vintage keyboard sounds and stuttering samples. Cathedral City was named one of 2010′s best classical albums by the New York Times, Time Out New York, the New Yorker and NPR, and Pitchfork praised the group for “condensing moments of focused beauty and quiet conviction from the pandemic distractions of modern life.“ In the past two years Victoire has performed all over the US at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Chicago’s Millennium Park, Le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, Roulette, the Whitney Museum, and the Bang on a Can Marathon. In 2011 they embarked on their first European tour with The National, Efterklang and Owen Pallett, and returned to Europe last Fall for a tour of Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands with My Brightest Diamond. They also recently performed in Sweden as part of the 2012 M.A.D.E. Festival and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) as part of the Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival, curated by Bryce and Aaron Dessner. Victoire is Missy Mazzoli (compositions, keyboards), Mellissa Hughes and Caroline Shaw (voice), Olivia De Prato (violin), Eileen Mack (clarinet), Lorna Krier (keyboards), and Eleonore Oppenheim (double bass). For more information, visit www.victoiremusic.com or www.missymazzoli.com.
Missy Mazzoli, founder, composer and keyboard player in Victoire, was recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” by the New York Times, and “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart” by Time Out New York. Her music has been performed all over the world by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, the American Composers Orchestra, New York City Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra, the South Carolina Philharmonic, NOW Ensemble and many others. Upcoming projects include the spring, 2012 premiere of her first multimedia chamber opera, Song from the Uproar, at venerable New York venue The Kitchen. In 2011 she will premiere a new orchestral work, performed by the League of Composer’s Chamber Orchestra at New York’s Miller Theater, as well as a new solo work for violinist Jennifer Koh, commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Missy was also recently commissioned by Carnegie Hall, Bard College Conservatory, and the Whitney Museum of Art. She is the recipient of four ASCAP Young Composer Awards, a Fulbright Grant to the Netherlands (2002-2004), and grants from the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, and the Barlow Endowment. In 2006 Missy taught composition in the Music Department of Yale University, and from 2007-2010 was Executive Director of the MATA Festival in New York City, an organization dedicated to promoting the work of young composers. For more information visit www.missymazzoli.com.
Violinist Olivia De Prato was born in Vienna and started her early musical studies in Udine, Italy. After recently moving to New York City she has quickly established herself as a passionate performer of contemporary and improvised music. She has performed in Europe, South America, China and the United States as a soloist with orchestra as well as an ensemble player. Olivia is a member of the new music ensembles Signal, Victoire and MIVOS quartet that focuses on the performance of the contemporary string quartets repertoire. She has closely collaborated with composers such as Steve Reich, Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Evan Ziporyn, David Lang, Todd Reynolds, Meredith Monk, Ned Rothenberg, Brad Lubman, Dai Fujikura, Bernard Rands, Luca Francesconi, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Helmut Lachenman, Beat Furrer, Krystof Penderecki, Pierre Boulez, Benedict Mason, Peter Eötvös and Philippe Manoury. Olivia recently released albums on John Zorn’s Tzadik label and NewAmsterdam records. www.oliviadeprato.com
Clarinetist Eileen Mack grew up in Australia and moved to New York City in 2004. She is an active conspirator in the new music scene in the city, regularly performing with the political band/ensemble Newspeak, the Red Light Ensemble, and Victoire. She has played at a wide range of venues, from Carnegie Hall and the Amsterdam Concertgebouw to small bars in Williamsburg, and appeared as a soloist at the 2006 Bang on a Can Marathon and the 2008 Canberra International Music Festival. Before moving to the US, Eileen was a freelance orchestral musician, and performed with a number of contemporary ensembles in Australia. She received a Masters degree in 2006 from the Manhattan School of Music, and is currently a doctoral student at Stony Brook University.
Lorna Krier is one of the most versatile young keyboardists in New York performing music from experimental to pop on anything from analog synthesizers to toy pianos to Steinways. Lorna has been described as “a pianist specializing in contemporary music, who has become an expert synthesizer player and is helping break down the boundary between new classical and indie rock” (Lukas Ligeti). Acting as an advocate for new music, she has worked with some of the nation’s finest young composers and performers to create exciting new works. She is co-founder of the synth project, Love Like Deloreans, the original keyboardist in Victoire, as well as a freelance performer in Brooklyn. www.lornakrier.com
Eleonore Oppenheim is a versatile bassist-about-town, equally at home in several genres, and a staple of the “new music scene” as well. Her playing has been described as “…quietly virtuosic…with subtle expressivity…” (Alan Kozinn, NY Times), “…with particular eloquence,” (Joshua Kosman, the San Francisco Chronicle), and “…skillfully negotiated…astonishingly poised.” (Joshua Rosenblum, the Charleston Post and Courier). For more, look her up at www.eleonoreoppenheim.com.