Concert XXII

 

LOUi in concert

 

Saturday, May 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m. at The Stark Opera Hall
 

Program

4'33" (original score)
John CAGE
4'33" was premièred by pianist David Tudor on August 29, 1952, in Woodstock, NY. This composition is in three movements of respective durations 33", 2'40", and 1'20". In this work, John Cage experiments with musical form: whereas in most three-part classical and romantic works the first movement is the longest, it is here significantly shorter than the second and third.
    The piece may be performed in any instrumentation. To listen to other versions, you may visit the iTunes store, where more than 20 different versions are available for purchase.
Guitar School
Jean-François CHARLES
for guitar ensemble with live electronics, dedicated to Steve Grismore
This composition is my first contribution to the guitar ensemble literature.
Nao Music
LOUi
Nao is 23 inches tall, and weights 9.5 lb. For its first performance with the laptop orchestra, Nao is conducting the musicians.
Chimerique
Jonathan WILSON
The goal of the composer for Chimerique is for the performers to listen and react to phrases associated with this word. This word is found in Patricia Hartland's translation of Ravines of Early Morning by Raphael Confiant. French for "chimerical," Chimerique can be defined as 1: something that takes delight in illusions, or 2: something that is utopian, or unreal. From the beginning the conductor speaks a number of phrases, each one belonging to the paragraph in which the description of "chimerique" is elaborated in the story. Each phrase is spoken individually. When a phrase is spoken, the performers work with two different patches in Max/MSP. One patch is for additive synthesis (the creation of timbres via oscillators). The other is for granular synthesis (the redistribution of grains of recorded sounds) using musical instruments as source material. With these patches the performers create a response to each phrase through improvisation. They have additionally specific instructions notated on their parts in each section while they are improvising. It is to be expected that these phrases will be heard out of context, but it is the expectation of the composer that the performers will create a context for these phrases through associations spontaneously formed in the course of their improvisations.
Jam
LOUi & Jhe Russel
The Laptop Orchestra works both on composition and improvisation. Sharing musical moments with special guests has been one of our activities this year. We are thrilled to finish this year¹s semester with one more collaboration with a poet and words.
 
LOUi ensemble
Nima Hamidi (setår & live electronics)
Joseph Norman (electric guitar & live electronics)
Kris Peysen (electric guitar & live electronics)
Jacob Simmons (classical guitar & live electronics)
Carlos Toro-Tobon (analog synthesizer & live electronics)
Andrew Willette (violin & live electronics)
Jonathan Wilson (saxophone & live electronics)
Guests
Carlos Cotallo-Solares (electric guitar)
Steve Grismore (electric guitar)
Patricia Hartland (readings)
Jhe Russel (M.C.)
Denise Szecsei, Alic Szecsei, Silvia Tinelli (robot programming)
Peter Chanthanakone (Live Visuals)
Musical direction
Jean-François Charles