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UI Electronic Music Studios join in Electro-Acoustic Music week with Nov. 8 concert

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Electronic Music Studios at the University of Iowa School of Music will participate in American Electro-Acoustic Music Week with a free public concert of new works by UI composers at 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8 in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The performance will feature 10 pieces that use various electronic media, both alone and in combination with live performers. Among them are works for tape, instruments and tape, voice and tape, and video. Composers include students at the UI, as well as Lawrence Fritts, the director of the Electronic Music Studios (EMS).

American Electro-Acoustic Music Week is a celebration of electro-acoustic, or electronic music, taking place at universities and performing arts centers across the North America. It was organized by the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music/United States (SEAMUS), a non-profit national organization of composers, performers and teachers of electronic music.

The program of the Nov. 8 concert will consist of the following works:
--"Steps of river hunting in the flood" for tape by Scott Adamson;
--"The Rose Village" for video by Matthew Malsky;
--"Procession" for voice and tape by Joss Nichols;
--"A Mobile Strung with Bird then Bird" by Jesse Seldess;
--"Nine Secrets" for guitar and tape by John Ritz;
--"Reverence Evolution" for percussion and tape by Scott Morgan;
--"Eleatics" for tape by Fritts; and
--"Stress Relations" for two violins and tape by Mark Chubb.

SEAMUS has members representing every part of the country and virtually every musical style. Electro-acoustic music is roughly synonymous with electronic music, meaning styles of music that are dependent on electronic technology for their creation and/or performance. SEAMUS includes members who are recognized leaders in their fields, and all are dedicated to the use of the most advanced technology as the tools of their trade. The organization seeks to provide a broad forum for those involved or interested in electronic music.

Lawrence Fritts has been director of the Electronic Music Studios at the UI School of Music since 1995. His recent acousmatic work "Minute Variations" has recently been released on a CD on the Innova label, along with works by other leading acousmatic composers. The piece was presented at the Futura 98 Festival Acousmatique in Lyons, France. It has also been recently performed in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Glasgow and Thessaloniki, Greece, as part of the International Computer Music Conference.

Fritts holds a doctorate in musical composition from the University of Chicago, where he studied with some of the leading figures in contemporary music. His music has been performed in Chicago by the Contemporary Chamber Players, the University of Chicago New Music Ensemble, New Music DePaul and New Music Chicago. His electronic works have been featured in a series of concerts at Columbia College and have been broadcast in the United States and Europe. He has been interviewed on National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Company about the history of electronic music.

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