I prefer uncertainty. I am drawn to similar themes again and again in my music: letting-go, improvisation, relinquishing of control. Above all, I take inspiration from the natural world, and particularly humans' relationships to nature. Nature confronts us with its power to resist concepts of beauty; I am not interested in the cultivation of nature, but in its pulling away from human apprehension. I prefer silt to dunes, brush to gardens, non-precious stones to gems; my gaze is constantly pulled to the periphery, which remains stubbornly beyond human grasp. Nature neither fulfills nor refuses our desires, but in seeing an ideal in it, we insist on searching for a path into and through it. I want my music to continue this search, but deliberately distant from where we find beauty reflected back at us. My scores should act simultaneously as documentation and accumulated debris. In this way, my music both symbolizes and embodies nature in sound.
Mischa Salkind-Pearl is a Boston based composer of instrumental and vocal music. His music is informed by questions of humans' relationships to nature; through the musical qualities which grow from this relationship, feelings of mystery, anticipation, and the unexpected are common threads in Mischa's music. A CD of his music, I Might Be Wrong, was recorded by the Ludovico Ensemble and released in May, 2016. The Boston Globe wrote of his opera Troubled Water, premiered in September 2015 by Guerilla Opera, that “the invoked virtues, literary and musical, so fascinatingly and congruently avoid the conventionally operatic." Boston Classical Review listed Troubled Water as the Best Premiere of 2015. His work will be included and performed as part of Akron Art Museum's Intersections exhibition during Fall 2016. Mischa's works have been performed throughout the United States, Japan, Germany, and Italy, and have been featured at music festivals and concert series in Boston, New York, Atlanta, San Francisco, Fairbanks, Tokyo, Freiburg, Pavia, and elsewhere. Ensembles and soloists he has composed for include Guerilla Opera, ensemble mise-en, Chamber Cartel, Callithumpian Consort, Alea III, Ludovico Ensemble, Transient Canvas, Dinosaur Annex, Diagenesis Duo, cellists Rhonda Rider and Jennifer Bewerse, saxophonist Philipp Stäudlin, percussionists Masako Kunimoto and Trevor Saint, violinists Lilit Hartunian and Sharan Leventhal, and pianists Mari Kawamura and Elaine Rombola. His music has been programmed and performed by Ensemble SurPlus, Uusinta Ensemble, the Boston Conservatory Sinfonietta, the Wellesley Composers Conference, SICPP, and conductors Jeffrey Means, Russell Ger, Eric Hewitt, and Yohei Sato. He holds a BA in Music from Skidmore College, a Certificate in American contemporary music from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), and an MM in Composition from the Boston Conservatory. His primary teachers have included Linda Dusman, Marti Epstein, and Dalit Warshaw, with additional studies under Anthony Holland and Carlo Alessandro Landini. Mischa is co-founder and artistic director of the Boston area Equilibrium Concert Series. He is on faculty at the Boston Conservatory as a member of the Composition, Theory, and English as a Second Language departments. He is composer-in-residence for the Ludovico Ensemble.