Electro-Acoustic Recital Series

December 7, 2007, UT@Austin Campus

Carol and I attended last year, too.
Photo 1: The scene
Photo 2: The focus of attention on the Quadrachord
Photo 3: Mr. Dresher, with definite charisma
Photo 4: Mr. Davel, marimba lumina-ist
Photo 5: Quadrachord and in the foreground the marimba lumina

front of EARS program

The program

Thema: Omaggio (2002) 2-channel audio Paul Rudy
Splinters Back-Feet-Forward
Gregory Cornelius, Saxophone
Nick Sibicky, laptop
Jonathan Sylvan, laptop
In The Name(less) (2001/2002) Paul Dresher, quadrachord & electronics
Joel Davel, marimba lumina & electronic
Paul Dresher
The Young Hunter 8-channel radiophonic essay Bruce Pennycook
Gobo for Oboe and Electronic Sounds (2007) Rebecca Henderson, oboe Russell Pinkston
Glimpsed From Afar (2006) Paul Dresher, quadrachord & electronics
Joel Davel, marimba lumina & electronic
Paul Dresher


Carol and I had too much time to read the program. We were put off by all the apologies. The 1st photo shows the control console for Omaggio, The Young Hunter, and Gobo for Oboe. In the foreground is Jack Stamps. I misinterpreted his early presence in the auditorium to mean some of his work would be on the program. Instead he was the grip for the show. Alas, my expectation was so heightened by the prospect of a Stamps work, that this show's effect on me was disappointing until Mr. Russell's Gobo for Oboe.

Shame on you Jack Stamps! Your presence is a sun before which candles cannot be apprecitated for what light they can give.

Program Notes

The University of Texas at Austin School of Music and Performing Arts Center present the fall performance of their Electro-Acoustic Recital Series (EARS) on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. in McCullough Theater, part of the Performing Arts Center on the University of Texas Campus. Admission to the concert is free. The performance will showcase a wide range of approaches to electronic music, including improvisation, fixed-media digital audio works, video, and works for acoustic instruments with digital audio.

Highlights on this year's program include the presence of Paul Dresher and Joel Davel, two leading forces in electro-acoustic music.

Paul Dresher exemplifies the spirit of West Coast music both in the richness of his sound world as well as the inventiveness of his mind. Paul has invented new instruments, both mechanical and electronic, each of which has expanded his musical thinking. To that he adds a background in North Indian and Balinese traditions, all of which results in music of exceptional individuality and beauty. A 2006-07 recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition, Dresher has been commissioned by the Library of Congress, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Spoleto Festival USA, the Kronos Quartet, the San Francisco Symphony, California EAR Unit, Zeitgeist, Walker Arts Center, University of Iowa, Meet the Composer, Seattle Chamber Players, Present Music, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Music America, National Flute Association, and the American Music Theater Festival. His music has been performed throughout North America, in Asia and Europe, at such venues as the New York Philharmo nic, Munich State Opera, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Festival d'Automne in Paris, Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, CBC Vancouver Radio Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Arts Summit Indonesia '95, Festival Interlink in Japan, and five New Music America Festivals. Born in Los Angeles in 1951, Dresher earned his undergraduate degree in music from UC Berkeley and his MA in composition from UC San Diego where he studied with Robert Erickson, Roger Reynolds, Pauline Oliveros and Bernard Rands. For many years he studied music of Asia and Africa, learning Ghanaian drumming from C.K. and Kobla Ladzekpo, Hindustani classical music from Nikhil Banerjee. Dresher's recordings are available on the Lovely Music, New World (with Ned Rothenberg), CRI, Music and Arts, 0.0. Discs, BMG/Catalyst, MinMax, Starkland, and New Albion labels.

Joel Davel has toured and recorded with a variety of new music and jazz groups featuring original music and premiers by some of todayıs leading composers. He has also composed for and appeared as an on-stage accompanist for several theater and dance companies both as soloist and most recently in duos with composer and instrument-builder, Paul Dresher. His primary interests are in non-traditional instruments, interdisciplinary work, and performing original contemporary music both written and improvised. Davel is noted for his solo electronic performances. Mr. Davel has made frequent appearances as a solo electronic percussionist at the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation as well as at other events such as the Other Minds Film Festival, at the Experience Museum in Seattle, and on tour in Russia. As a technician, Davel has worked on the building and design of innovative electronic music instruments including the creation of the Marimba Lumina an instrument that emulates and extends the vo cabulary of conventional mallet instruments. Based in Oakland, California, percussionist Joel Davel originally hails from Milwaukee,Wisconsin spending these formative years always within 100 miles of Chicago. He holds percussion and electronic music degrees from Northern Illinois University and Mills College.

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