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Release: March 23, 2001
Computer music pioneer James Dashow will present electro-acoustic music
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- James Dashow, a pioneer in the field of computer music,
will present and discuss electro-acoustic works by Italian composers on a
free program presented by the University of Iowa Electronic Music Studios
at 8 p.m. Monday, April 2 in Clapp Recital Hall.
During his visit to the UI, Dashow will meet with students in the composition
and electronic music areas at the School of Music. His music will also be
featured on a concert by the UI Center for New Music, at 8 p.m. Sunday, April
1 in Clapp Recital Hall.
Six musical works will be presented on the April 2 performance:
--"Natura Morta con Specchio" (Still life with mirror) for piano
and live electronics by Giuseppe Gavazza;
--"Controfiato" (Exhale) for dancers sigh, by Michelangelo
--"Studio n. 2a" for bass recorder, live and electronically processed,
by Emanuele Casale;
--"IV Felix Regula" for violin, flutes and clarinets, live and
electronically processed, by Roberto Doati;
--"Natura allo Specchio" (Nature in the mirror), Part I of "Sound
and Fury," music for a theater of noises, sounds and voices, after Shakespeares
"Tempest," by Agostino Di Scipio; and
--"Le Tracce di Kronos, i Passi" (Traces of Kronos: Steps) for
clarinet, dancer and computer, by .Dashow.
An American currently living near Rome, Dashow was one of the founders of
the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale (Center for Computerized Sounds) at
the University of Padova, Italy. He has taught at MIT, Princeton University
and in Madrid, and he lectures extensively in the U.S. and Europe. He served
as the first vice-president of the Computer Music Association and was for
many years the producer of a radio program on contemporary music for Italian
He has written theoretical and analytical articles for various professional
publications and is the author of the MUSIC30 language for digital sound synthesis.
His music has been recorded on many different labels. He has received grants
and awards from foundations in the United States and Europe. Most recently,
he was awarded the prestigious Prix Magistere at the 30th Festival International
de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques (International Festival of Electro-Acoustic
Music and Art) in Bourges, France.
The Electronic Music Studios have been part of the composition program at
the UI School of Music for more than 30 years. By offering a traditional emphasis
on the compositional aspects of electronic media, the studios have helped
prepare Iowas graduates for composing, research and teaching careers
at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
Director Lawrence Fritts has brought the latest generation of technologies
to the studios. Students and faculty now have access to three multiple-platform
workstations that integrate SGI, Kyma, and Macintosh digital audio technology.
Carefully maintained Moog, Arp and EMS analog synthesizers, along with other
analog processing and control devices from the past 30 years, have also been
integrated into the new systems to ensure that Iowas composers have
the broadest possible range of technologies available as compositional tools.
Fritts is a leading figure in electronic and acousmatic music. His works
have been performed in Chicago by the Contemporary Chamber Players, the University
of Chicago New Music Ensemble, New Music De Paul and New Music Chicago. His
electronic works have also 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.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts.
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