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Dancing strings! Electro-cabaret! 3D video!

Groundbreaking laptop ensemble Sideband and Bay Area techno-songstress Amy X Neuburg will team up at Roulette on Thursday, May 16th at 8:30 to bring you a night of dancing string controllers, electro-cabaret, and 3D video sonifications. Neuburg and Sideband will each bring their own individual repertoires that combine elements of live electronics, acoustic performance, and innovative HCI objects. They will also share the stage for Sideband founder Dan Trueman’s piece Clapping Machine Music Variations and a new guided improvisational work by Neuburg specifically created for this collaboration at Roulette. Sideband will be performing pieces by Anne Hege, Daniel Iglesia, Konrad Kaczmarek, Jascha Narveson, Lainie Fefferman, and Dan Trueman, all works from their upcoming album. ($15 admission | $10 members/students/seniors)


In a note of enjoyable trivia: though they never knew it till recently, turns out composer/Sidebandit Lainie Fefferman and Bay Area techno-songstress Amy X Neuburg were both born of mathematician dads and grew up on the same block in Princeton, New Jersey.


Amy X Neuburg (Oakland, CA) has been developing her own brand of irreverently genre-crossing works for voice, electronics and chamber ensembles for over 25 years. Best known for her innovative use of live looping technology with electronic percussion, her 4-octave vocal range and her colorful lyrics, Neuburg has performed at such diverse venues across the world as Other Minds, Bang on a Can, the Berlin Intl. Poetry Festival, the Wellington and Christchurch Jazz Festivals (NZ), the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Her acclaimed Secret Language of Subways song cycle with cello trio has been presented by Yerba Buena Center, the SF Symphony After Hours, and the LA Philharmonic Left Coast Festival. Neuburg’s commissions include works for Del Sol String Quartet, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Robin Cox, Present Music, Solstice, Sqwonk, and numerous dancers and media artists. As vocalist she toured Europe and Japan with three Robert Ashley operas and has premiered many contemporary voice works. Neuburg studied at Oberlin College & Conservatory and the Mills College CCM. Among her many grants and honors she is a recent recipient of the Alpert/Ucross prize.

Born of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), Sideband first came together as an ensemble for their Carnegie Hall premiere with the American Composers Orchestra and their collaborative concert at The Kitchen with So Percussion and Matmos. Using specially designed and custom made hemispherical speakers and a fleet of laptops, Sideband turns each member of its ensemble in to an island of sound, returning a sense of acoustics and space to the normally flat world of electronic music. Sideband is an evolving project that inspires composers, performers and audience members to reevaluate the role of computers in performance.  The first ensemble of its size and kind, our parent ensemble, the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), has inspired the formation of laptop orchestras across the world, from Oslo through Dublin, to Bangkok and Hong Kong through Stanford. PLOrk has been covered by the New York Times, Wired Magazine, NPR, The Guardian (UK), and many others. In 2008, PLOrk was awarded a major grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

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