With Gavin Bryars at Big Ears

Thrilled to perform with the Gavin Bryars Ensemble at the Big Ears Festival. The performances included Jesus Blood (never failed me yet) and The Sinking of the Titanic.

More about the works here:

http://www.gavinbryars.com/Pages/jesus_blood_never_failed_m.html

Bryars’ inspiration for the work came from a report that the wireless operator Harold Bride on the Titanic had witnessed the house band continue to perform as the ship sank. In April 1912, Bride had told the New York Times: “The band was still playing. I guess all of the band went down. They were playing “Autumn” then. I swam with all my might. I suppose I was 150 feet away when the Titanic on her nose, with her after-quartet sticking straight up in the air, began to settle – slowly….the way the band kept playing was a noble thing…..and the last I saw of the band, when I was floating out in the sea with my lifebelt on, it was still on deck playing “Autumn”. How they ever did it I cannot imagine. That, and the way Phillips (the senior wireless operator) kept sending after the Captain told him his life was his own, and to look out for himself, are two things that stand out in my mind over all the rest..”
Bryars imagined that the sound would continue to reverberate as it disappeared under the waves. Writing in 1993, Bryars said “the music goes through a number of different states, reflecting an implied slow descent to the ocean bed which give a range of echo and deflection phenomena, allied to considerable high frequency reduction”.

Master class and performance with the UTEE at Appalachian State

The EE is again on the road on 2-17! The ensemble will present a show of chamber improvised music with electronic media at Appalachian State University.

UT Electroacoustic Ensemble

Mark Drake – voice, electronics
Alex Gray – EWI, saxophone, computer
Brandan Harden – synthesizer
Tyler Hyers – keyboard
Clayton Hopkins – percussion
Elise Stephens – video
Jorge Variego – computer
Harry Ward – keyboard

Dr. Jorge Variego – founder director

Program

     Solo 

    Jorge Variego – clarinet

     Duo  

    Elise Stephens – live visuals
    Alex Gray – EWI, saxophone, computer

Trio

    Mark Drake – voice, electronics
    Clayton Hopkins – percussion
    Harry Ward – keyboard

February 2017

    UT Electroacoustic Ensemble

 

Vantablack by the UT Electroacoustic Ensemble is out!

VantablackThe first student produced CD Vantablack by the UT Electroacoustic Ensemble is here! I couldn’t be more proud of this group!!
Live recording: Chris Jerger, Brandan Alexander Harden
Mastering engineer: Coy Parton
Graphic design: Alex Ring Gray, Landin Fleres Lynd
Gurudev Ball-Khalsa (electronics)
Christian Barnett (guitar, electronics)
Miriam Budayr (computer)
Bryce Duncan (saxophone)
David Floyd (clarinet)
Taylor Forward (electronics, percussion)
Alex Ring Gray (saxophone, electronics)
Brandan Alexander Harden (computer, synthesizer)
Emory Hensley (percussion, computer, visuals)
Tyler Hyers (piano)
Gage Lippi (keyboard)
Coy Parton (computer)
Luke Schwarzentraub (electronics)
Elise Stephens (visuals)
Ryan Stennes (waterphone)
Skye van Duuren (trumpet)
Jorge Variego (computer)

The prologue of my upcoming book written by David Cope

Es para mí un placer presentar el nuevo libro de Jorge Variego sobre la composición algorítmica. Como alguien que ha pasado la mayor parte de su vida trabajando en el campo de la composición y de la programación, es una delicia apreciar otro modo de ver la historia de la música y de la música algorítmica.

Jorge ha incluido una gran variedad de compositores y teóricos como Guido D’Arezzo, Fux, Hiller, Xenakis, Gerhard Nierhaus, Gottfried Michael Koenig, y tantos otros que han desarrollado un rico vocabulario  para los estudiantes y para los profesionales, a quienes también han servido de modelos. Jorge transita cómodamente muchas disciplinas, como la sociología, la política y la filosofía, formulando una propuesta de largo alcance.

Las entrevistas con personalidades en el campo de la composición algorítmica son un golpe de genio: las conversaciones conviven con el texto y se introducen en él de una manera notable. Por su parte, los ejemplos de código son un espacio reservado para los lectores que necesitan recurrir a aplicaciones prácticas de los temas en estudio.

Jorge ha entretejido diferentes aproximaciones a la composición algorítmica y ha logrado que suenen complementarias. Cada capítulo es independiente y a la vez parte de un todo orgánico. Sumando, además,  el uso de ejemplos musicales, cuadros y figuras,  hace que el libro sea excepcionalmente útil. Personalmente entusiasmado con este nuevo aporte, destaco que el mismo llena un vacío de libros en español sobre el tema. Cuanto más se comprendan los conceptos, los procedimientos, la música y los compositores involucrados en la música algorítmica, más florece la profesión, como debiera ser …

– David Cope

UT Contemporary Music Festival

UTCMF16

Festival Schedule:

Masterclass with Yarn/Wire

All students and faculty welcome!

Thursday, 10/20/2016 at 12:40pm

Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

UT Contemporary Music Festival Opening Concert

UT Contemporary Music Ensemble presents works by Berio, Zorn, Simalchik, and Applebaum

Thursday, 10/20/2016 at 8:00 PM

Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

UT Contemporary Music Festival Gala Concert

Guest artist recital; featuring artist-in-residence Yarn/Wire and UT Contemporary Music Festival Call for Scores winner Travis Weller

Friday, 10/21/2016 at 8:00 PM

Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie L. Haslam Music Center

UT Contemporary Music Festival Concert

Ensemble concert; featuring the UT Electroacoustic Ensemble and the UT Contemporary Music Ensemble

Saturday, 10/22/2016 at 2:00 PM

Emporium Arts Center

100 South Gay Street

Knoxville, TN

Two concerts at UT and UGA

Two amazing concerts at the University of Tennessee 9-14 and at the University of Georgia 9-16 with violists Daphne Gerling and Hillary Herndon. The repertoire included the world premiere of my new work “The invisible hand” for viola duo and electronics and works by Kenji Bunch, Scot Slapin and Douglas Bassett.

 

Nacusa – SCI Snapshot Starts on 5-19

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NACUSA 2016 National Conference Schedule of Events

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Directors Andrew Sigler and Jorge Variego


UTK Personnel

Mark Drake – chatterbird liason
Robert Clark – On-site logistics
Alex Gray – Media expert
Brandan Harden, Skye van Duuren – Stage Manager
Miriam Budayr – Program Manager
Coy Parton – Tech manager


SCI Concert One
Thursday May 19, 5:00 p.m.
Powell Hall

From the Mist for alto saxophone and tape – Brandan Harden
Brandan Harden, saxophone

Blackberry Winter – Cody Brookshire
Richard Knepp, guitar

Tubstep for tuba and electronics – Zack Grass
Zack Grass, tuba

Isolation Studies 1 and 2 for clarinet and tape – David Floyd
David Floyd, clarinet

Splitting Dimensions piano and electronics – Ben Robichaux
Ben Robichaux, piano


Guest artist presentation: Jeff Morris, Texas A&M
“Collaborating with Machines: Hybrid Performances
Allow a Different Perspective on Generative Art”
Thursday May 19, 6:30 p.m.
Location TBD


SCI Concert Two
Thursday May 19, 8:00 p.m.
Powell Hall

r.b. (2016) multimedia – Emory Hensley
Emory Hensley

Fire Birth Promenade for fixed media – Stephen Medlar

Tears of Tesla 2: Electric Boogaloo for accordion and electronics – Stewart Engart
Stewart Engart, accordion

Bedtime for voice and computer – Sarah Hemminger
Sara Hemminger, vocals

UT Electroacoustic Ensemble


SCI Concert Three
Friday, May 20, 2:00 p.m.
Powell Hall

Imbalance – Martín Gendelman

Convivium – Kevin Lyons

Reprieve – Michael Ursery

Rio Amazonas – Dalton Daniel

Above the Clouds – Cydney Gardner

Libertango – Piazzola
(arr. Dalton Daniel)


NACUSA Composer/Performer Concert One
Friday, May 20, 5:00 p.m.
Powell Hall

Euphonic Soundscape – Ken Davies
Cody Ford, euphonium
fixed media

Mnemosyne – Joseph Rebman
I. Calliope – Muse of Epic Poetry
II. Melpomene – Muse of Tragedy
III. Terpsichore – Muse of Dance
IV. Erato – Muse of Love Poetry
V. Clio – Muse of History
VI. Euterpe – Muse of Elegiac Poetry
VII. Polyhymnia – Muse of Hymns
VIII. Thalia – Muse of Comedy
IX. Urania – Muse of Astronomy

Joseph Rebman, harp
Cleo Leung, flute

Two Lost Loves – Andrew Hannon
Andrea Cheeseman, clarinet
fixed media

Convergences – Joshua Tomlinson
fixed media

Shaded Rhythms – Daniel Morel
Luis Víquez, clarinet

The Sound of Scarlet – William Price
James Zingara, trumpet

Traces – Bret Bohman
Scott Bartlett, bassoon
fixed media


NACUSA Composer/Performer Concert Two
Friday, May 20, 8:00 p.m.
Powell Hall

Metamorphosis IV – Valentin Bogdan
Valentin Bogdan and Julia Mortyakova, piano

hammers – Adam Scott Neal
Adam Scott Neal, piano

Dialog #4 – Joe Alexander
I. Moderato
II. Andante
III. Allegro
Joe Alexander, tuba
Cody Ford, euphonium

Bunyip – Tom Dempster
Paula Van Goes, saxophone
fixed media

Fantasy and Reflections on an Air – Zack Pentecost
Tom Torrisi, guitar

Cantus II – Richard Montalto
Richard Montalto, wind controller

Three Candles – John Allemeier
Mira Frisch, cello
Scott Christian, marimba


SungEun Park – Piano
Saturday, May 21, 11:00 a.m.
Choral Room

Humoresque – Rodion Shchedrin
Alquimia – Andrew Sigler
Affabile – Wieslaw Rentowski
The Garden of Eden, III. The Serpent’s Kiss – William Bolcom
Get Rich Quick – Ian Dicke


NACUSA Board Meeting
Saturday, May 21, 12:30 p.m.
Director’s Conference Room


Chatterbird Repertoire Concert
Saturday, May 21, 2:00 p.m.
Powell Hall

Magic with Everyday Objects – Missy Mazzoli

Celine Thackston, flute
Emily Bowland, clarinet
Bryan Clark, electric guitar
Patrick Atwater, bass
Alessandra Volpi, piano

Music for Sarah – John Fonville
Celine Thackston, flute

Garden of Love – Jacob TV
Paula Van Goes, saxophone
electronics

Night Shift – Bryan Clark
Celine Thackston, flute
Emily Bowland, clarinet
Maya Stone, bassoon
Bryan Clark, electric guitar
Joshua Dent, cello
Patrick Atwater, acoustic bass
Alessandra Volpi, piano
Jesse Strauss, typewriter

8-bit Divertimento – Stephen Gorbos
Maya Stone, bassoon
electronics, video projection

Latest and Greatest – Ian Dicke
Celine Thackston, flute
Maya Stone, bassoon
Chuck Callahan, violin
Alessandra Volpi, piano
Jesse Strauss, percussion
video projection


Composer Panel
Saturday, May 21, 4:30 p.m.
Powell Hall


Chatterbird Call for Scores Concert
Saturday, May 21, 8:00 p.m.
Powell Hall

Slipstream – John Mayrose
Paula Van Goes, saxophone
Bryan Clark, electric guitar
Jesse Strauss, marimba
Alessandra Volpi, piano

Icons, movement I – Roger Briggs
Celine Thackston, flute
Emily Bowland, clarinet
Maya Stone, bassoon

Bald Mountain Breakdown – Tyler Capp
Chuck Callahan, violin
Joshua Dent, cello
Alessandra Volpi, piano

Gradient – Baljinder Sekhon, II
Paula Van Goes, saxophone
Alessandra Volpi, piano

Fast Standing Still – Jeff Morris
Paula Van Goes, saxophone
Patrick Atwater, bass
fixed media

Specific Gravity – Lansing McLoskey
Celine Thackston, flute
Emily Bowland, clarinet
Paula Van Goes, saxophone
Chuck Callahan, violin
Joshua Dent, cello
Jesse Strauss, percussion
Joseph Lee, conductor

The More Things Change – Ingrid Stölzel
Emily Bowland, clarinet
Chuck Callahan, violin
Joshua Dent, cello
Alessandra Volpi, piano
Jesse Strauss, percussion
Joseph Lee, conductor

Push/Pull – Nicholas Omiccioli
Celine Thackston, flute
Emily Bowland, clarinet
Chuck Callahan, violin
Avery Bright, viola
Joshua Dent, cello
Jesse Strauss, percussion
Alessandra Volpi, piano
Joseph Lee, conductor