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Sound Artists and Electronic Musicians this Fall at MICA

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This fall, the Sound Art concentration at MICA is excited to be hosting performances, workshops and lectures by three leading artists in the field of electronic music and sound art.

Kaffe Matthews
Wednesday September 21, 2011
Artist Talk 6:30-7:30pm Brown 206 – Live Performance Brown Center Atrium 8-9pm – Free
Acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of electronic improvisation and live composition, Kaffe Matthews has been making and performing new electro-acoustic music worldwide with a variety of things and places such as violin, theremin, Scottish weather, desert stretched wires, NASA scientists, melting ice in Quebec and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Currently she is researching 3D composition for outdoor enjoyment through Hammerhead sharks in Galapagos and sustainable vibratory interface design with ‘music for bodies’. Kaffe has released 6 solo CD’s on the label Annette Works and has collaborated and performed with agf, Ryoko Kuwajima, MIMEO, Sachiko M, Ikue Mori, Marina Rosenfeld, Oren Ambarchi and Christian Fennesz.
Kaffe Matthews appear courtesy of the High Zero Foundation, Baltimore.

Pamela Z.
Monday October 10, 2011
Artist Talk 1pm Brown 206 – Free
Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampling technology, and video. One of the pioneers of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers in her solo works that combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, and sampled concrète sounds. In her current performance work, she uses MAX MSP and Isadora software on a MacBook Pro along with custom MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound and image with physical gestures. Her performances range in scale from small concerts in galleries to large-scale multi-media works in flexible black-box venues and proscenium halls. In addition to her performance work, she has a growing body of inter-media gallery works including multi-channel sound and video installations.

Matthew Burtner
Friday October 14, 2011 – 12pm.
Performance and Workshop
– Falvey Hall – Free
Matthew Burtner is an Alaskan composer and sound artist specializing in concert music and interactive media. His work explores ecoacoustics,(dis)embodiment, and extended polymetric and noise-based systems. Burtner invents and develops new technologies for creative and educational applications. In 1999, he invented the Metasaxophone, an acoustic/electric/computer instrument extending the saxophone into the world of electro-acoustics. Paul Wagner of the Saxophone Journal describes the Metasaxophone as “a new instrument with innovative and exciting possibilities for the saxophone world… the music is as mysterious and fascinating as the instrument itself.” His work with imbedded computer systems and sensor technology led him to create other unique instruments, most notably the theatrical ecoacoustic instruments for his large-scale staged multimedia operas. As an Invited Researcher at IRCAM in Paris he developed sensor-based software/hardware interfaces for multimedia performance. In 2008 he invented NOMADS (Network-Operational Mobile Applied Digital System), a system now developed by the Interactive Media Research Group (IMRG) at UVA in collaboration with David Topper and Steven Kemper.

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