ALEXANDRA GARDNER: Music for Solo Instruments with Electronics
The 2016-17 season of Musical Ecologies concludes Thursday May 11th with Baltimore-based composer Alexandra Gardner. Drawing inspiration from sources such as mythology and contemporary art forms, and her training as a percussionist, Gardner composes for a variety of instrumental settings, and often mixes acoustic instruments with electronics. Tonight she will present four works: Juniper for solo shakuhachi, New Skin for alto flute and computer, electric blue pantsuit for amplified violin and computer sound, and Bloom for cello and electronics. Joining her will be performers Elizabeth Brown (shakuhachi & alto flute), Cornelius Dufallo (violin) and Evelyn Wadkins (cello), and the evening will begin with a conversation hosted by series curator Dan Joseph.
Musical Ecologies is a monthly symposium on music and sound held every 2nd Thursday (except where noted) at the Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Curated and hosted by composer Dan Joseph, each event typically focuses on a single artist who presents a work or project either in the form of a talk or lecture, a multimedia presentation, a performance, or combination thereof. Each presentation is preceded by an extended conversation with the curator and audience.
About the artist:
Praised as "mesmerizing" (The New York Times), and "pungently attractive" (The Washington Post), the music of composer Alexandra Gardner have been featured at festivals and venues throughout the world, including performances at the Aspen Music Festival, Warsaw Autumn Festival, MATA, Beijing Modern Festival, Centro de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Look & Listen, Conservatory of Amsterdam, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, The Library of Congress, and The Kennedy Center. Her music has been commissioned and performed by acclaimed ensembles and musicians such as SOLI Chamber Ensemble, cellist Joshua Roman, Percussions de Barcelona, NOW Ensemble, pianist Jenny Lin, the Chicago Composer's Orchestra, and the Seattle Symphony. She has been a composer-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Harvestworks, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and The MacDowell Colony. Her music is recorded on the Innova, Ars Harmonica, and Naxos labels. Gardner holds degrees from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (M.M.) and Vassar College (B.A.).
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