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Release: Jan. 14, 2000
UI Electronic Music Studios presents new works by student composers Jan.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Works by undergraduate and graduate student composers
at the University of Iowa School of Music will be featured on a free concert
presented by the UI Electronic Music Studios at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 in
Clapp Recital Hall.
One work on the program will break new ground for the UI. The performance
of "Slope-Cluster-Spira" for flute and computer by undergraduate
John Ritz will mark the first time at the UI that a live computer has followed,
accompanied and processed in real time the music of a performer on stage.
The composer -- a senior in music and media production, an audio engineer
in the UI Recording Studios and a research assistant in the Electronic Music
Studios -- explained: "Pitch, amplitude and duration are all aspects
(of the live performance) that control the electronics, and all of these aspects
are controlled by the performer. This gives the performer the ability to actually
control the accompaniment, rather than simply playing along with it."
Four graduate students will have works that feature live performers accompanied
by computer-generated, digitally processed music. Their part of the program
also showcases the international nature of the composition program:
"Arte Combinada" for bass trombone and tape by Alexandre Lunsqui
features a dialogue between the live performer and processed sounds that were
generated by the bass trombone. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Lunsqui has
had works performed in Brazil, Switzerland and the United States.
Composer Evangelia Kikou says that her "Antihisi" for piano and
tape "reflects states of interaction among two levels of activity created
by a real performer (piano) and an imaginary one (tape). The interaction moves
gradually from a state of isolation, in which each builds its own individual
world, to a state of identification, in which both coexist for a short time
Kikou studied chemistry and classical guitar at the University of Ioannina
in her native Greece, and later earned degrees in music theory, composition
and musicology. She subsequently attended seminars in piano, composition and
electronic music in Greece and Germany before coming to the UI as a doctoral
Edgar Crockett teaches composition, music theory and jazz studies at Black
Hawk College in Moline, Ill., while he is completing a doctorate at the UI.
His "Three Vignettes for trumpet and tape" was composed in the UI
Electronic Music studios in the spring of 1999, using sound sources that originated
with experiments with the composer's trumpet playing and voice.
Dimitri Papgeorgiou, a native of Thessaloniki, Greece, is an Iowa Fellow
completing a doctorate in composition at the UI. He is a graduate of the University
of Music and Drama in Graz, Austria, and has had works performed in Greece
Papgeorgiou's "KYLANG" for bass and tape is dedicated to the performer,
doctoral bass student Kyle Gassiot. The title is a compound derived from Kyle
and the German word "klang," meaning "sound." According
to the composer's description of the piece, "the sound of the bass acts
as both collaborative partner and the initiative of sound throughout the work.
Physical actions performed by the player result in sound 'reactions' echoed
by the tape."
Two works by undergraduate students were composed directly on computer:
"Voyager's Wake" for synthesized orchestra and tape by Michael Cash
and "Sarah laughed" for tape by Evan Mazunik.
In addition to the student compositions, the program will include "Media
Survival Kit," a tape piece by the highly regarded computer music pioneer
The Electronic Music Studios have been part of the composition program at
the UI School of Music for more than 30 years. By offering a traditional emphasis
on the compositional aspects of electronic media, the studios have helped
prepare Iowa's graduates for composing, research and teaching careers at colleges
and universities throughout the United States.
Director Lawrence Fritts has brought the latest generation of technologies
to the studios. Students and faculty now have access to three multiple-platform
workstations that integrate SGI, Kyma, and Macintosh digital audio technology.
Carefully maintained Moog, Arp and EMS analog synthesizers, along with other
analog processing and control devices from the past 30 years, have also been
integrated into the new systems to ensure that Iowa's composers have the broadest
possible range of technologies available as compositional tools.
Fritts is a leading figure in electronic and acousmatic music. His works
have been performed in Chicago by the Contemporary Chamber Players, the University
of Chicago New Music Ensemble, New Music De Paul and New Music Chicago. His
electronic works have also been featured in a series of concerts at Columbia
College and have been broadcast in the United States and Europe. He has been
interviewed on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Company
about the history of electronic music.
For information on UI arts events, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiowacr on
the World Wide Web. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at http://www.uiowa.edu/~music/.
The web page of the Electronic Music Studios is located at http://theremin.music.uiowa.edu/~web/.