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October 10, 2010

UMBC Presents the Livewire New Music Festival and Symposium

October 27-30, 2010

Contact: Thomas Moore
Director of Arts & Culture

Livewire logoUMBC's Department of Music presents Livewire, a festival and symposium celebrating new music from the 21st century, from October 27th through 30th. In dozens of concerts, lecture-recitals and presentations, the musicians of Livewire will explore untrodden paths as they premiere, perform and discuss new works from around the world created during the first decade of the new millennium, a period of both political and economic upheaval.

Among performers are the Ruckus ensemble, the Damocles Trio, the Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo, the Synchronous Trio, UMBC faculty Matthew Belzer, Lisa Cella, Tom Goldstein, Gita Ladd, Maria Lambros, E. Michael Richards and Airi Yoshioka, and many other eminent ensembles and soloists.

Festival highlights include a series of evening concerts:
Oct 28 - International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) Annual Concert
Oct 28 - Ruckus, the contemporary music ensemble in residence at UMBC
Oct 29 - The Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo (piano/percussion)
Oct 29 - Livewire Latenight, an improv session
Oct 30 - Synchronous Trio
Oct 30 - Damocles Trio
A video opera by composer Thomas DeLio and poet P. Inman, sam, will be discussed and presented during the festival.

Papers and discussions during the symposium reflect diverse topics, including "Dubstep and its children: the hardcore continuum in the first decade of the 21st Century," "Creating Masculinity in Native American Hip-Hop," and "The Calculated Groove of Postminimal Percussion."


Wednesday, October 27

12-1 pm — Student concert (Recital Hall)

Thursday, October 28

5 pm — Lecture (Fine Arts 508)
Kyong Mee Choi (Roosevelt University): Spatial Relationships in Electro-Acoustic Music and Painting

IAWM logo6 pm — International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM) Annual Concert (Fine Arts 508)
Electroacoustic Music by Women Composers
Waterland (1990/2010) - Veronika Krausas, Australia/USA
Ombrarchetto (2003) - Magdalena Dlugosz, Poland
Emergent (2009) - Carrie Leigh Page, USA
Mouthpiece (2005) - Judith Ring, Ireland
Pigeon Heart (2005) - Marie-Hélène Bernard, France
Reminiscence R2 (2010) - Ida Helene Heidel, Norway

8 pm — Concert by RUCKUS, the faculty contemporary ensemble at UMBC (Recital Hall)
Lisa Cella, flute; E. Michael Richards, clarinet; Airi Yoshioka, violin; Maria Lambros, viola; Gita Ladd, cello; Audrey Andrist, piano; Tom Goldstein, percussion; Stephen Caracciolo, conductor
102nd & Amsterdam - Douglas Boyce
The Mystery of r/r/r - Sofia Kamayianni
Hymne - Anneliese Weibel
Adagio Amore - William Kleinsasser
Probably Colors - Leonardo Polato
Post-concert question and answer session.

Friday, October 29

Installation (Fine Arts 508)
In rotation:
Caterina Calderoni: Nameless Flowers
Student works from Soundscapes 2010 at the Conservatorio "G. Nicolini," Piacenza, Italy

9-10:30 am — Lectures: From the Mind of the Composer (Fine Arts 011)
Liane Curtis (Brandeis University): Ruth Lomon at 80: A Celebration of Her Work
Mark Zanter (Marshall University): Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris, Conduction and the Culture of Composition
Mark A. Lackey (Peabody Conservatory): The Cross-Cultural Music of Evan Ziporyn

10:45 am-12:45 pm — Lectures: Diverse Musical Cultures (Fine Arts 011)
Liz Przybylski (Northwestern University): Creating Masculinity in Native American Hip-Hop
Kevin Blankenship (UCLA): Dubstep and its children: the hardcore continuum in the first decade of the 21st Century
Kyle Adams (Indiana University): Who Composed the Grey Album, or, What Did Danger Mouse Do?
S. Alexander Reed (The University of Florida): Resembling the Machine: Technology, Subculture, and Industrial Music in the 21st Century

2-4:30 pm — Lecture Recitals: Complexity in Music and Machines (Fine Arts Recital Hall)
Steven Kemper (University of Virginia): Expressive Machines Musical Instruments (EMMI): Music and Robotics
Will Redman (Towson University): The Way Music Looks
Manuel Laufer (New York University): Modernist Complexity in New Venzuelan Art Music: The Contribution of Diogenes Rivas

4–4:45 pm — Lecture Presentation (Fine Arts 212)
Thomas DeLio and P. Inman: Screening of the video opera sam with introductory remarks by the composer and poet

5:00 pm — Concert: Solo Currents (Fine Arts Recital Hall)
The Noise I Just Made (2010) - Matt Belzer - Matt Belzer, saxophone
Light in Each One (2008) - Stuart Saunders Smith (UMBC Professor of Music) - Lisa Cella, alto flute
Sonorous Body (2009) Liza Lim - E. Michael Richards, clarinet
L’Ultima Memoria (The Last Remembrance) (2009) Caterina Calderoni - Gita Ladd, cello
Solo et + (2009) Farangis Nurulla Khoja - Airi Yoshioka, violin (with electronics)

7:30-8:15 pm — Lecture Demonstration (Fine Arts 508)
Per Bloland (Oberlin Conservatory): The Electromagnetically-Prepared Piano and its Compositional Implications

Hoffmann-Goldstein Duo8:30 pm — Concert by the Hoffmann/Goldstein Duo (Recital Hall)
Tom Goldstein, percussion (UMBC faculty) and Paul Hoffmann (Rutgers University)
O Star Spangled Stripes (2005) - Linda Dusman
Ariel* (2004) - Ronald Surak
transients / images (2006) - Thomas DeLio
BlueStrider (1994) - Jeffrey Harrington
Genderang Senja {Evening Drums} (1990) - Ben Pasaribu
You're Not a Composer (1999) - Tom Goldstein
From Waldmusik: Wissahickon, Pulpit Rock, French Creek* (2009) - Christopher Shultis
*world premieres
Post concert question and answer session with composers and performers.

10:30 pm — Livewire Latenight
Latenight Improv with Jesse Stewart, waterphone, and UMBC students

Saturday, October 30

9-10:30 am — Lectures: Perceptions and Realities (Fine Arts 215)
Jeremy Beck (JD, University of Louisville): Composers, Sampling and Copyright: Does "Thou Shalt Not Steal" Infringe on Creativity?
Eric Slegowski (American University): Form and Perception in the 21st Century
Jesse Stewart (Carleton University): Improvisation and the Academy

10:45 am-12:15 pm — Lecture Recitals: Improvisation and Postminimalism (Recital Hall)
Phil Fried (New York): Interactive Trends: Improvisation
Andrew Bliss (University of Tennessee) and Christopher Adler (San Diego): The Calculated Groove of Postminimal Percussion

1:30 pm - Interlude (Fine Arts 212)
Thomas DeLio and P. Inman — Screening of the video opera sam

2:00-4:00 pm — Lectures: Creating Connections (Fine Arts 215)
Steve Antosca (VERGE Ensemble, Washington, DC) crossingPoint: connecting music with technology, architecture, and the arts
Timothy Y. Hsu and Jerry A. Ulrich (Georgia Institute of Technology): Different Uses and Forms of Novel Technology in the Choral Concert
Christina L. Reitz (Western Carolina University): Higdon's Violin Concerto: Combining the Old and the New
Caterina Calderoni (Conservatorio "G. Nicolini" Piacenza, Italy): Mimesis and Simulation: Illusory Effects in Music and Film

4:30 pm - Interlude (Fine Arts 212)
Thomas DeLio and P. Inman — Screening of the video opera sam

5:00 pm — Concert by the Synchronous Trio (Recital Hall)
Christie Finn, soprano (UMBC alumna); Joshua Akira Nakazawa, cello; Jason Ballman, piano
The Last Poems of Wallace Stevens - Ned Rorem
9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker- Harrison Birtwistle
5 Pieces for Soprano, Cello, and Piano - Jason Ballmann
Four Songs to e. e. cummings - Morton Feldman

Damocles Trio - Photo: Michael Dames

8:00 pm — Concert by the Damocles Trio (Recital Hall)
Adam Kent, piano, Airi Yoshioka, violin (UMBC faculty), Sibylle Johner, cello
Palimpsest: A Composition of Maps - Douglas Boyce
Diverging Flints - Linda Dusman
Vukovar Trio - Laura Kaminsky
Trio (World premiere) - Anthony Korf
Gathering - Eric Nathan
Miniatures for Piano Trio - David Witmer
Post-concert question and answer session with composers and performers.

For all concerts: $7 general admission, $3 seniors, free for students, free with a UMBC ID. Tickets are available through MissionTix at or 410-752-8950. Tickets will also be available at the door (cash or check only). Symposium events are free admission.

All events will be held in UMBC's Fine Arts Building.

Public Information
UMBC Arts website:
UMBC Department of Music: 410-455-2942

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Posted by tmoore at October 10, 2010 9:36 PM