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Release: March 23, 2001

Computer music pioneer James Dashow will present electro-acoustic music April 2

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 dancer’s sigh, by Michelangelo Lupone;

--"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 Shakespeare’s "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 National Radio.

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 Iowa’s 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 Iowa’s 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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