Lynn Bechtold

Hi! I’m Lynn and I’m a violinist and composer based in NYC. Prior to the quarantine in mid-March, I was about to embark on a busy few months of concerts and travel, many with my violin duo Miolina, and others with some of my other groups, or as a composer or freelance musician. I’ve always been active as a performer and educator, so I’m grateful for my teaching jobs right now, at schools which all have administrations that have really supported their faculties in these trying times. And I’m quite proud of many of my students, who have focused on their music lessons and excelled at remote recitals and assignments.

Now that we’ve all come to realise that this will be our new norm for a while, I think the original panic and alternating modes of being a super busy bee on some days and then a completely depressed and idle lump lounging on the sofa on other days has diminished. Of course, we are all still worried for the state of performing arts around the world, but everyone I know is using the time to be as creative as possible, and to explore new collaborations and ideas.

While I’m lucky to be called to perform in a wide range of musical styles, at venues such as Madison Square Garden or Lincoln Center, I specialise in contemporary/experimental music, often with electronics. Some of the main groups with whom I perform, and with whom I have been active these last 6 months, include violin duo Miolina and Composers Concordance Ensemble. I’ve also focused on some upcoming solo projects and new compositions.

Miolina took on a couple of fun projects in the spring. One of them was for Concrete Timbre’s Covid-eo Project on YouTube. We submitted my composition Projet Imaginaire 1.4, and artist Robert Morton created a lovely video to go along with the music. Ours is Covid-eo #14, but it’s worth checking out all 21 of them!

Right now, we are planning some streaming concerts, working on a future project with Kizuna Dance Company, and hoping to wrap up some recording projects while we wait to see when our concerts from last spring in Boston, NYC, and on the West Coast will be rescheduled.

With Composers Concordance Ensemble, I performed several concerts this summer of solo and duo works that I composed, as well as by composers Seth Boustead, Charles Coleman, Dan Cooper, Mark Kostabi, Machiko Ozawa, Milica Paranosic, and Gene Pritsker. The concerts were done with social distancing in mind, with performers gathering in a private garden, a spacious house, or on a rooftop near Wall Street. It was great to play together and audiences were able to watch remotely via live-stream.

As a composer, I couldn’t have been happier to have my work performed by the talented musicians of Access Contemporary Music, based in Chicago, on their 15th annual Sound of Silent Film Festival. While the original performance was cancelled, the musicians and directors put together a great live-stream that premiered in late June. My collaboration on filmmaker Winnie Cheung’s dance film What If can be heard here, at 16:44.

In addition, I was super happy to join forces once again with NYC/UK/Argentina based artist Cecilia Mandrile. I did music and sound for her short film Born in Lockdown. It is a heartening film about connecting to people around the world with her art during the pandemic.

This was our second collaboration, and it was nice to work together again!

I think right now we all have to rely on each other, sharing both hopes and fears, while we keep dreaming and planning for what’s to come. It will be difficult, that is for sure, but art and music are much needed for the world’s sanity and well-being, and they’re not going to go away. Many little projects that came up since March have kept me focused and optimistic. I think when the quarantine is over, there’s going to be a lot of really great music and art to pay attention to, and the celebration when we can all gather together again is going to be amazing!


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