Berrow Duo is the dynamic combination of flute and cello committed to the creation of new works. New York City-based performers Leia Slosberg, flute, and Thea Mesirow, cello, bonded over their desire to push traditional playing boundaries with the incorporation of text and extended techniques in instrumental music. Together, they focus on the promotion of women and femme-identified composers and artists to create new works through close collaboration. Their 2017-2018 season included their international debut in Montreal, ON presented by the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, as well as a performance presented by Metropolis Ensemble, a weekly pick by I Care if You Listen, a performance as part of New York University’s Music Department Conference in February 2018, and a visit to Baltimore to participate in a multimedia installation. The 2018-2019 season will include a joint curatorship with Aviary Duo at MISE-EN_PLACE, and collaborations for new works with composers Emily Praetorius, James Hamilton Lowrie, AJ Stillabower, and ZongYun We. Berrow Duo is passionate about experimentation, exploration, and the expansion of expression in instrumental music.
Thea Mesirow is a cellist with a diverse musical background and an artistic sensibility. Motivated by a passion for connecting with people through sound, she performs contemporary and classical music, as well as rock, pop, musical theatre, and recording for film. As both a soloist and collaborator Thea has been fortunate enough to work with composers such as Michael Pisaro, Evan Ziporyn, Christopher Adler, Reiko Füting, Annie Gosfield, and Sophia Gubaidulina, among others. A member of The Nouveau Classical Project, and one-half of Berrow Duo, she is a strong advocate for women in music.
Leia Slosberg is a New York based flutist committed to the performance and creation of new music. Throughout her career she has premiered countless works by young composers from across the United States and abroad. Her performances have brought her to a variety of venues and she is as comfortable on the stage of Carnegie Hall as she is in a DIY performance space. Dedicated to the expansion of the flute repertoire, in 2015 Leia appeared as a Guest Artist at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC where she presented a recital of commissioned works for solo flute featuring text and vocal effects.