Hailed as “dazzling” by the Boston Globe, Dr. Amy Advocat is clarinet / bass clarinetist with Boston Modern Orchestra (named 2016 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America), with whom she has performed, recorded, and premiered numerous new works (the GRAMMY nominated orchestra has performed over 100 World Premieres and produced 50 CD recordings in its 20 years). She was a featured soloist with BMOP on two occasions and was a featured soloist and performer on the BMOP Club Concert series, where she performed solo works written for her at the Oberon Theater and Club Cafe.
Ms. Advocat is a founding member of the bass clarinet and marimba duo, Transient Canvas, with whom she has commissioned and premiered over 80 new works since 2011, and tours nationally and internationally. Their innovative performances have been praised as “superb” by the Boston Globe and “disarming” by Cleveland Classical, with the San Francisco Chronicle lauding “the versatile imagination they both display and inspire in others.” They have released two albums on New Focus Recordings: Wired, “a must-add to any new music lover’s library” according to I Care If You Listen, and Sift, which KLANG New Music called “one of the more refreshing things I’ve heard in recent years.”
Highlights of their 2019-20 season include the world premiere of Exposure, a new chamber opera by Bea Goodwin and Daniel Felsenfeld; concerts with the RED NOTE New Music Festival (Illinois), Tetractys New Music (Texas), the Hammert Series (Kansas), Ethos New Music Society (New York), Nextet (Nevada), and New Music at the Short North Stage (Ohio); residencies at Brigham Young, Temple, Lawrence, and Buffalo State Universities and the University of Missouri Kansas City; and collaborations with Semiosis String Quartet and the Peridot Duo.
Past seasons include featured performances at the Alba Music Festival, Music on the Edge, Composers, Inc., Charlotte New Music Festival, North Carolina NewMusic Initiative, SoundNOW Festival, Music at the Forefront, Outpost Concert Series, New Music Nights at Spectrum, the Corwin Chair Concert Series, First Fridays, Mizzou New Music, New Hampshire Music Festival, Re:Sound, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and the Guerrilla Composers Guild, among others. They have performed and presented at several professional conferences including PASIC, SEAMUS, SCI Region 1, and two New Music Gatherings. In Boston, they have been featured on the Equilibrium, Original Gravity, Opensound, New Gallery, Lowell Lecture, and Times Two concert series.
Highly sought after for her unique interpretations of new music, Amy Advocat has performed with Alarm Will Sound, Guerilla Opera, Collage New Music, Dinosaur Annex, Sound Icon, Firebird Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, ALEA III, The New Fromm Players at Tanglewood, Boston Microtonal Society’s NotaRiotous, Glass Farm Ensemble and the Second Instrumental Unit. Equally at home with more traditional classical music, Amy Advocat has also performed with Odyssey Opera, Emmanuel Music, Boston Pops, Harrisburg Symphony, Opera Boston, New Hampshire Music Festival, Monadnock Music, National Lyric Opera, Boston Philharmonic, and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Amy Advocat was twice a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and has participated at the Spoleto USA Festival, Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP), New York String Orchestra Seminar, Virginia Arts Festival, and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
Her recordings can be heard on New Focus Recordings, Innova, BMOP/Sound, Mode, Tzadik, Navona, and New World Records.