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Nov. 22, 2006

Live Acoustic And Computer Music Will Be Combined In Dec. 9 Concert

The University of Iowa Center for New Music and Electronic Music Studios will collaborate in presenting a concert of works featuring live acoustic performance together with electronic or computer-generated sound, at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.

The concert will feature two guest artists: Esther Lamneck, playing clarinet and the Hungarian tarogato, a single reed woodwind instrument with a hauntingly beautiful sound; and Robert Rowe, a UI alumnus who is both composer and performer of music for computer.

The concert will be free and open to the public.

The Center for New Music (CNM) and Electronic Music Studios (EMS) have long been part of the creative area in the UI School of Music. The CNM, founded in 1966 with a seed grant from the Rockefeller Foundation, is directed by David Gompper, a faculty member in the theory and composition area of the UI School of Music. The EMS, which have been part of the composition program at the UI School of Music for more than 30 years, are directed by Lawrence Fritts, one of whose works will be presented on the concert.

Five works will be on the concert program, all of them featuring Lamneck performing with electronic or computer music:

-- "Le Tracce Di Kronos, I Passi" (The tracks of Kronos) for clarinet and computer generated sounds by James Dashow;

-- "Musicometry I" for clarinet and computer processed sounds by Fritts;

-- Rowe's "Cigar Smoke" for clarinet and computer;

-- "Crack Hammer" for clarinet and electronic sounds by Zack Browning; and

-- Rowe's "Shells" for tarogato and computer.

Complete program notes for the concert may be found online at: .

The NY Times called Lamneck "an astonishing virtuoso." She has appeared as a soloist with major orchestras including the Houston Symphony and conductors including Pierre Boulez. A versatile performer and an advocate of contemporary music, she is known for her work with electronic media including interactive arts, movement, dance and improvisation. She maintains an active career performing and presenting master classes in universities and conservatories throughout the United States and Europe.

One of few performers who plays the tarogato, she performs frequently in new music improvisation festivals and has several recordings including "Manuscritti," distributed by FMP in Berlin, and a CD of new compositions for the tarogato on the Romeo/Qualiton label. New compositions written for the instrument explore all the facets of new music performance, ranging from improvisation, electronics and interactive computer programs to works that suggest the influence of Slavic and Hungarian folk music.

She currently serves as director of instrumental studies and the graduate music/dance program in Italy for New York University.

Rowe received bachelor's degrees in music history and theory from the University of Wisconsin, a master's in composition from the UI and a doctorate in music and cognition from MIT. From 1978 to 1987 he lived and worked in Europe, associated with the Institute of Sonology in Utrecht, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the ASKO Ensemble of Amsterdam, and with L'Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM; Institute for music/acoustic research and coordination) in Paris, where he developed software.

In 1990 his composition "Flood Gate" won first prize in the "live electroacoustic" category of the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition. In 1991 he became the first composer to complete the Ph.D. in Music and Cognition at the MIT Media Laboratory. He is currently associate director of the Music Technology program at New York University.

A flexible organization devoted to the presentation of the music of the past 100 years, the CNM is part of the UI Division of Performing Arts. The center supports its own performing ensemble, including both faculty and students of the School of Music, and presents concerts of recent music by guest artists. Its programming has included world premieres as well as acknowledged contemporary masterworks. In 1986 the center received the Commendation of Excellence from Broadcast Music, Inc., the world's largest performing rights organization, and it has received grants from the Aaron Copland Fund and the National Endowment for the Arts. More information is available at

By offering a traditional emphasis on the compositional aspects of electronic media, the EMS have helped prepare Iowa's graduates for composing, research and teaching careers at colleges and universities throughout the United States. The studios consist of three facilities representing a broad range of current and historical technology, including 9.1 surround sound and interactive, real-time digital synthesis and processing capabilities, as well as Moog and Arp synthesizers. More information is available at the EMS Web page,

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. For more information, see

The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You may visit the UI School of Music web site at

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