CONTACT: PETER ALEXANDER
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0072; fax (319) 384-0024
UI Electronic Music Studios will present international program Feb.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Electronic Music Studios from the University
of Iowa School of Music will present a program of new music by students,
faculty and guest composers at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 in Clapp Recital
Hall on the UI campus.
The program comprises music written for computer and electronic media,
representing the latest developments in computer-music composition. The
program is literally international in scope, with composers from the United
States, Greece, Denmark, Korea and Malaysia.
A total of 16 new works will be presented on the program, including
works by Lawrence Fritts, director of the Electronic Music Studios; Mikel
Kuehn from Bowling Green State University; and Rasmus Bruuse Lunding from
Graduate student composers on the program will be Dimitri Papageorgiou,
a doctoral student and UI fellow from Greece; Alexandre Lunsqui, J.J. Hudson,
Evangelia Kikou; Shinjung Kim, Vatchara Vichaikul; Edgar Crocket and Albin
Jones. Undergraduate students on the program will be Hagan Myers, Demian
Bourne, John Ritz, Scott Morgan and Michael S. Cash.
Mikel Kuehn holds master's and doctoral degrees from the Eastman School
of Music. His music has received awards and grants from ASCAP, BMI, Eastman,
Indiana University, the League of Composers/ISCM, the MacArthur Foundation,
Meet the Composer and the University of Illinois. A MacDowell Colony Fellow
and former co-administrator of the Eastman Computer Music Center, Kuehn
recently joined the faculty of Bowling Green State University.
Rasmus Bruuse Lunding started his musical career on late punk scene
in Aarhus and soon gained recognition as one of the more weird and intuitive
guitar players in Denmark. Later, his musical horizon widened through encounters
with rock, jazz, and improvisational groups in Aarhus and around Europe.
Recently Lunding has devoted his time to composing, and he began composing
computer music in 1995. He says his main inspirations come from people
like Henry David Thoreau and Danish writer Thorkild Bjornvig and their
approach not only to their work but to life itself. His work was included
in the International Computer Music Conference 97, and he has been featured
on several group and solo recordings.
Lawrence Fritts is director of The Electronic Music Studios and assistant
professor of composition and music theory at the UI. He received his Ph.D.
in composition from the University of Chicago. His recent electronic music
has been presented at international festivals including International Computer
Music Conferences in Greece and Ann Arbor, Festival d'Art Acousmatique
in Lyons, Discoveries in the UK, and the International Conference on Musical
Informatics in Italy. His music has been broadcast internationally and
is recorded on CD by Innova Recordings and Frog Peak Music.