Contour(t) (2005-6)
trumpet and vibraphone/marimba

Written in the summer of 2005 for Stephen Altoft and Lee Ferguson of the duo Contour.   Contour(t) is inspired in part by "It's about that time" by Miles Davis.   A chordal scheme repeats itself sub rosa . A restless old chaconne trapped in a surreal dream.   Wandering into rooms peopled by various musical characters.   Occasional resonances of harmonies are glimpsed through he sinuous polyphonic contortions.   Various accelerating and decelerating tempi curves cut across the texture.   The use of simultaneous tempi is meant to create aural depth - how far into the distance can the eye/ear of the observer follow the contours?

cold, suspended, timeless

while ticking continues somewhere

somewhere a weak music box dies away



Composer/pianist Ketty Nez completed in 2002-3 a residence of several months at the École Nationale de Musique in Montbéliard, France, where she worked with faculty and students on projects of live electronics and improvisation. Her chamber opera An Opera in Devolution: Drama in 540 Seconds was premiered at the 2003 Festival A*Devantgarde in Munich. New projects include commissions for various ensembles in France and at the University of Iowa, where she currently teaches as Visiting Assistant Professor of composition and theory. This fall she joins the faculty at Boston University.

In 2001 she was a visiting composer at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), and in 1998, she participated in the computer music course at the Institute de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris. Prior to her studies at IRCAM, she worked for two years with Louis Andriessen in Amsterdam, where she co-founded the international contemporary music series Concerten Tot and Met.

Her music has been played at festivals in the US as well as abroad, including Bulgaria, England, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, and Japan. She spent the year 1988 in Japan, studying with Michio Mamiya and writing for traditional Japanese instruments. She has participated as fellow in the Aspen Music Festival (in 2001, 1991, and 1989), the 1998 June in Buffalo Festival, the 1997 Britten-Pears School Composition Course (Aldeburgh, England), the 1996 California State University Summer Arts Composition Workshop, the 1995 Tanglewood Music Center, and the 1990 Pacific Composers Conference (in Sapporo, Japan).

Her education includes a doctorate in composition from the University of California at Berkeley, a master's degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the Curtis Institute of Music, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bryn Mawr College.