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Friday, March 27 • 7:15pm - 9:45pm
Reception, ASU Art Museum

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Opening Address: Heather Landes, Director of ASU School of Music
Opening Address: Gordon Knox, Director of ASU Art Museum

by John Cage

Performed by the ASU Percussion Studio
Simone Mancuso Director, Danielle Moreau, Alex Wier, Alexandros Fragiskatos, Neil Hathaway, 

Composed in 1977, this work was originally used as music for the eponymous choreographed piece by Merce Cunningham, with stage decor and costume design by Morris Graves. It was used again in 1983 for the Cunningham work entitled Inlets 2, with stage design by Mark Lancaster. In this work, players are instructed to tip amplified conch shells of varying sizes that have been partially filled with water in order to produce gurgling sounds. The work also calls for the sound of burning pine cones (live or recorded) and a single tone produced on a conch shell, used as a trumpet. The work was part of the “Sounday” event. This work exemplifies Cage’s interest in "contingency", in his definition meaning "improvisation using elements in which there is a discontinuity between cause and effect." 

Restless Mjøsa........................Stephan Moore and Scott Smallwood
Two improvising computer musicians, Stephan Moore and Scott Smallwood, manipulate field recordings collected in February 2014 in Hamar, Norway, along the lakefront and in the town. Their performance engages aural memory, as they attempt to distill an impression of the environment through a selective layering of their recorded sounds.  

Shifting Nature (2012) 
........................Leah Barclay
Leah Barclay has composed an electroacoustic performance piece based on environmental field recordings made during her Sound Mirrors project, in which she travelled through Australia, India, Korea, China and Brazil capturing the sounds of significant rivers and collaborating with their surrounding communities. The source materials range from hydrophone recordings of the Amazon River Dolphin in central Brazil to pilgrims chanting at dusk on the banks of the Pamba in southern India. Shifting Nature explores rivers as the lifeblood of communities and underscores the value of listening in our current state of ecological uncertainty, weaving diverse cultural and natural soundscapes into a dense and unpredictable sonic environment.

Hydatos (2012) ........................ João Pedro Oliveira 
Hydatos is a greek word that means “water”.
This piece is inspired on the first verses of the Old Testament (Genesis Chapter 1:2)
“And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
The video part relates to the theme of water in an abstract and concrete way, sometimes suggesting water images, sometimes suggesting metaphors. The audio part was synthesized and uses several abstract references to water sounds. The work has been performed in several festivals and concerts in Europe, Asia, North and South America

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Leah Barclay

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Griffith University
Co-Chair, Sonic Environments (www.sonicenvironments.org)

Simone Mancuso

Simone Mancuso, percussionist and conductor, was born and raised in Italy. He has been internationally recognized for his interpretations of contemporary classical pieces with prizes including the Kranichstein-Stipendienpreise from the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt in 2002... Read More →

Stephan Moore

Stephan Moore is a composer, improviser, audio artist, sound designer, teacher, and curator based in Brooklyn and Providence. His creative work currently manifests as electronic studio compositions, solo and group improvisations, sound installation works, scores for collaborative... Read More →

João Pedro Oliveira

João Pedro Oliveira studied organ performance, composition and architecture in Lisbon. He completed a PhD in Composition at Stony Brook University. His music includes one chamber opera, several orchestral compositions, a Requiem, 3 string quartets, chamber music, solo instrumental... Read More →

Scott Smallwood

Scott Smallwood was born in Dallas, Texas, and grew up at 10,000 feet in elevation in the Colorado Rockies. At the age of 10, his father gave him a cassette tape recorder, and ever since, he has been fascinated by the possibilities of recorded sound. He listens and makes recordings... Read More →

Friday March 27, 2015 7:15pm - 9:45pm MST
ASU Art Museum 10th St and Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ

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