Thursday, November 8, 2007

Technosonics: digital music and video in CVL, 11/9/07

Technosonics - MUSIC (In/Of/About) PLACE
Friday, November 9th, 2007, 8:00pm - Live Arts, FREE

TechnoSonics VIII, presenting cutting edge digital music and video, comes to LiveArts on Friday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m. This FREE concert brings you creative energies from UVA's supercharged composers-in-residence Matthew Burtner, Ted Coffey and Judith Shatin, as well as a brand-new video by UVA media artist Lydia Moyer, a new laptop improvisation by Scott Smallwood and sax brilliance by Michael Straus. Also on the program is an alchemical animation video and music collaboration by Kyoko Kobayashi and Todd Pitt.

This year's theme is MUSIC (In/Of/About) PLACE, focusing on how digital music and media can make vivid our experience of place. Matthew Burtner, just back from performances at the Stone and other New York venues, will perform his (dis)Locations with multimedia saxophone extraordinaire Michael Straus. Ted Coffey, whose multimedia installations with Rebekah Wostrel were recently shown at the 1708 Gallery in Richmond premieres a suite from his new work Lullabies & Protest Songs for chamber ensemble and live electronics. Judith Shatin, whose For the Birds was just performed on the Ear to the Earth Festival in New York, presents her Civil War Memories: Inside Out, a musicalization of a reading by historian Ed Ayers from a Civil War diary with the premiere of Lydia Moyer's haunting video. Returning from a Wave Farm residency in the Catskills, Scott Smallwood creates immersive sonic textures from ambient environmental recordings. And Kyoko Kobayashi uses music and animation to turn Todd Pitt's photography and guitar sounds into a swirl of ethereal noctilucence.

TechnoSonics VIII shows the ongoing creativity coming from the Virginia Center of Computer Music at the University of Virginia, where faculty, students, and our Technical Director wizard Dave Topper keep things hopping.

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