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UI Electronic Music Studios will present international program Feb. 19

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 Aarhus, Denmark.

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.