Kari Henrik Juusela
selected works featuring cello
wybrane utwory na wiolonczelę
1. Cornered – Movement 1 – Quadraphonic String Quartet
2. A Shadow on the Rails – K-Bow Cello, Chamber Orchestra, and Soprano
3. Crossing Twilight – Sampled Cello and Flute
4. Purge – Electric Cello and Big Band
5. Chasing Karma – Cello and Violin
6. The Premonition – Soprano, Cello, and Bass
7. My Papa’s Waltz – Soprano, Cello, and Bass
8. Wadada Melody – Electric Cello and Voice
KARI HENRIK JUUSELA is a Finnish/American composer, performer and educator who presently serves as the Dean of the Professional Writing and Music Technology Division at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to his work at Berklee, he was the Associate Dean, Director of Composition and Almand Chair of Composition at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida.
Juusela’s compositions have been performed around the world in concerts and festivals ranging from Moscow Autumn to the Florida Composers Fest. His music has won many awards in competitions including the 1995 Vienna International Full-Length Opera Competition directed by Claudio Abbado; First Prize, 2005 International Trumpet Guild Composition Competition; First Prize, 2003 International Red Stick Composition Competition; Finalist 2004 Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Contest; First Prize for mixed ensemble, London Chamber Groups 2003 „Piece of the Year Competition”; Second Prize, 2004 San Francisco American Art Song Competition Established Professional Category; First Prize, 1989 GASTA String Quartet Composition Competition; Grand Prize and First Prize in 1998, and five awards in both the 1996 and 1990 Composer’s Guild Composition Contests; and numerous awards from ASCAP. He was awarded the 1997 Stetson University Hand Award for Faculty Research and Creativity, received a 1997-98 Florida Council for the Arts Individual Artists Music Composition Fellowship, and has been the recipient of many other composition awards and honors.
Recordings of his music include: Ng Sings Juusela, MuusJuus Music; Tri-Polar Order, MuusJuus Music; Apollo and Daphne, for solo cello, (Metamorphosis, Beauport Classical); Varjot, for Orchestra, (Made in America, ERM Media); Dream Forests, for piano trio, (Berklee Press and Beauport Classical); An American Prelude and Fugue, for wind trio, on Tres Vientos,(Lakeside Records); Crossing Twilight, for computer-generated tape, on Stages, a University of Maryland CD; Ilta Pala(a), for solo guitar, on Chamber Works, (Capstone Records); Mill Town Johnny, for Chorus, cello, bass and piano, on Tip O’ the Hat II, a Stetson University School of Music CD. His works have been performed internationally by ensembles and organizations including the Cuartetto Latinoamericano, The CORE Ensemble, London Chamber Group, Violin Futura, VnC Duo, Jacksonville Symphony, violinist Beth Newdome, guitarist Stephen Robinson, cellist David Bjella, tenor Stephen Ng, organist and harpsichordist Boyd Jones, Contemporary Composers Forum, College Music Society, The International Trumpet Guild, Florida Electro-Acoustic Festival, Society of Composers Inc., SEAMUS, International Trumpet Guild, Florida Electro-Acoustic Festival, Society of Composers Inc., SEAMUS, Southeastern Composers League, and many professional and university orchestras and chamber ensembles. Dr. Juusela holds degrees from The University of Maryland, Georgia State University and Berklee College of Music. His composition teachers include Mark Wilson, Tom Delio, Charles Knox and T.J. Anderson. Juusela has studied African music with Komla Amoaku, Indonesian music with Lewis Peterman, Indian music with Nandkishor Muley and Rusty Gillete, and jazz improvisation with Wadada Leo Smith, John LaPorta and Charlie Byrd.
Juusela’s music is published by ISG Publications, MuusJuus Music, and Yelton Rhodes Music.