Posts Tagged “electronic music”
Friday, April 29th, at 92YTribeca
200 Hudson St, New York City
8PM pre-concert discussion with composers
The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) will perform seven new works, each exploring the innovative and infinite realm of ensemble electronic music.
The concert will feature laptops as musical instruments, augmented by wireless networks, multichannel speakers, live video for 3D glasses, hacked video game controllers, and much more. In this truly contemporary ensemble, each work highlights different sonic, conceptual and technological methods. It’s an event unlike any other new music concert.
PLOrk has specially commissioned composers who work at the intersection of music and technology, a place where almost any musical or performative idea can be realized. The concert will feature works by local composers Blake Carrington, Michael Early, Daniel Iglesia, Paula Matthusen, Jascha Narveson, Alex Ness, and Jeff Snyder. Please join PLOrk for a pre-concert talk with the composers before the show.
Founded in 2005 by Dan Trueman and Perry Cook, the ensemble has toured major venues in both NYC and abroad ,and received a major grant from the MacArthur Foundation. Performers who have worked with PLOrk include Zakir Hussain, Pauline Oliveros, Matmos, So Percussion, the American Composers Orchestra, Laurie Anderson and others.
Tickets are available online at 92YTribeca.org
More information on PLOrk at plork.cs.princeton.edu
Sunday, April 10th @ 7pm
REDCAT, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, Los Angeles, CA
The EAR Unit, Los Angeles’ fearless new music ensemble, performs David Dvorin‘s “As Alice” with live electro-acoustic manipulations of tea cups, saucers, playing cards, clocks, doors, cats, dogs, baby sneezes and children’s voices along with interactive video. In special coordination with REDCAT, the Los Angeles premiere will feature an immersive performance of the twenty-five minute new work by the trio (violin, piano, electronic percussion), which includes specially mixed surround sound, and visuals projected onto 8 foot suspended spheres.
“As Alice” uses Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to reflect upon a series of childhood situations or acts of imaginative play with both aural and visual references. The electro-acoustic score was created solely from recorded sounds chosen because of their association with the Alice story, and include recorded conversations with Dvorin’s six year-old daughter. All of the collected sounds (including voice) were manipulated, processed, and ultimately used as fodder for invented (or imagined) instruments that are performed live by the percussionist in conjunction with the violin and piano.
Dvorin collaborated with Switzerland-based visual designer Ted Davis on the creation of interactive visual elements that are projection mapped onto large spherical objects situated around the performers. The raw visual material consists of both Cecil Hepworth’s age-deteriorated 1903 film of Alice in Wonderland, as well as whimsical illustrations drawn by Dvorin’s young daughter. Similar to the music, these images are also processed, triggered, and controlled by the musicians interactively, and react to their performance.
From the composer:
“I strongly feel that imaginative play is the source of all creativity in our lives. As children we relish the pleasures of pretending to be something we’re not, visiting a fabricated universe, constructing ‘rules’ and situations with which to interact, and ultimately transcending oneself, if just for a moment, in play. I recognize these same thrills when composing music: pretending, fabricating, constructing and hopefully transcending. Perhaps that is why I am still in love with children’s literature, whimsy, and nonsense. We are “as Alice”, exploring the fantastical without asking “why”; in imagination, dreaming and waking have no delineation.”
APRIL 1: Performances by LUKE DUBOIS (Premiere), LUKAS LIGETI (Premiere), STEFANO BASSANESE (U.S. Premiere), NICOLAS COLLINS, MIYA MASAOKA, ELLIOTT SHARP, and PAMELA Z
APRIL 2: STEVE HOROWITZ’s Release Party For Stations of the Breath
APRIL 2 & 3: Installations Of Works by Dan Becker, Anthony Coleman, Fred Frith, Annie Gosfield, Seth Horvitz, Dafna Natalli, Veniero Rizzardi, Frank Rothkamm, Carl Stone, Hans Tammen, and more.
WHITE BOX, 329 Broome St., New York City
Presented by Electronic Music Foundation, The Extended Piano Festival presents a series of concerts and installations highlighting the unique and rarely composed-for Disklavier. A robotic, MIDI controlled, grand piano, the Disklavier allows composers to create works with techniques and dynamics beyond human capabilities and to be presented without a performer. These characteristics make it an instrument challenging for composers and particularly qualified for installed works.
On Friday, April 1 at 8 p.m., Elliott Sharp will curate an evening of old and new works for the Disklavier, displaying the instrument’s wide range of possibilities. The evening will feature:
* Luke DuBois: Equilibrium (Premiere).
* Lukas Ligeti: Premiere
* Stefano Bassanese: Arbelos (U.S. Premiere), performed by Jenny Lin on piano, assisted by Veniero Rizzardi.
* Nicolas Collins: The Talking Cure, for recitation, electronics and Disklavier.
* Miya Masaoka: Balls, an arrangement for Laser Koto, Disklavier and extra large Ping Pong balls.
* Elliott Sharp: Nolnoc for bass clarinet, Disklavier, and electronics.
* Pamela Z’s pf, a structured improvisational work for voice, electronics, disklavier, and ultrasound controller. Pamela Z will also perform a version of Unknown Person (from Baggage Allowance) with an added diskavier interlude.
On Saturday, April 2nd at 8 p.m., Steve Horowitz will celebrate the release of Stations of the Breath: Music for Disklavier (2010) – a disc highlighting the composer’s activities on the Yamaha Disklavier, both in solo performance/composition and in duet settings. Live performers include Dave Eggar on cello, Elliott Sharp on guitar/bass clarinet, and on percussion. “The moods are straightforward, the ideas are right on the surface, and the execution is well worth experiencing” (Sequenza21).
In addition to the two nights of performances, Sharp and Horowitz will curate a body of installed works for the Disklavier to be presented for audiences to visit at their leisure during daytime hours, on April 2 & 3. These will include pieces by composers Dan Becker, Anthony Coleman, Fred Frith, Annie Gosfield, Seth Horvitz, Dafna Natalli, Veniero Rizzardi, Frank Rothkamm, Carl Stone, Hans Tammen, and more.
April 1-3, 2011
Performances on April 1 and 2 are at 8 p.m.
Gallery hours: Saturday from 12-4 p.m.; Sunday from 12-6 p.m.
$15/$10 for students/seniors and EMF members.
The installations are free of charge and open to the public.
Yamaha Disklavier grand piano provided courtesy of Yamaha Corporation of America.
The Boston New Music Initiative presents a concert of new electronic and electroacoustic music, multimedia, and video works selected from an international call on Saturday, December 11 at 7:30 pm at the Lilypad in Cambridge (1353 Cambridge St.).
+Noises Everywhere by Jason Bolte
+To Unformed by Kyong Mee Choi, featuring pianist Aaron Likness
+Slumber by John Gibson
+And They Sing This by Stephen Gorbos, featuring clarinetist Aaron Kirschner
+Amorphisms by Moon Young Ha with animation by Dennis Miller
+window: a vision in multiple stages by Jeff Herriott, featuring bass clarinetist Aaron Kirschner
+Dandelion by Nikolai Antonie, featuring violinist Andie Springer
+Étoiles de mer by Kirsten Volness, featuring cellist Rose Bellini and percussionist Bill Solomon.
Don’t miss this exciting evening of new art and live performance!
Tickets: $10 at the door or purchase online to receive a discount!
Doors open at 7:15 – seating is limited.
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Introducing Collide-O-Scope Music, a new contemporary ensemble music series with a focus on the interplay of diverse media.
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Thursday, November 12, 2009
8PM at Roulette
20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)
“Alchemies between music and theater, text, movement, and ritual”
- Benjamin Frandzel, San Francisco Classical Voice
The 21st Season of Thomas Buckner’s innovative series of new music continues on November 12, 2009, featuring work by two American masters of integrating composition, electronics, and live performance: Earl Howard and Edmund Campion.
Saxophonist, composer and electronic sound constructionist Earl Howard’s work seamlessly integrates meticulously sculpted electroacoustic textures with the visceral immediacy of live improvisation. Howard presents Strasser 60 for synthesizer solo, 2455 for saxophone solo, and Crupper, an electroacoustic duet w/ Koto player Miya Masaoka.
“Howard successfully moves his composition[s] through different zones of rhythm and harmony without diminishing the buoyant ‘presentness’ which characterizes freely improvised music”- Ben Watson, The Wire
Earl Howard by Robert Kim
Edmund Campion by Phillippe Gontier
ALSO: Coming Up on December 10: Interpretations Presents
FLUX Quartet performs David First / Dom Minasi String Quartet
Interpretations Online: www.interpretations.info
For more information on Roulette:
20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)
General admission: $15
($10 students, seniors, Harvestworks & DTW members; free for Roulette and Location One members)
For reservations, call 212-219-8242 or visit www.roulette.org
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