Here’s a preview of one of the works that will be heard on the March 18 concert. Composer and performer Levy Lorenzo says the following about his work:
As a musician and engineer, I seek to use technology to build true musical instruments that will allow new forms of human musical expression in live performance.
This piece is solo improvisation with an instrument that I built which uses 2 Teacups, Light and Electronics. The Left Teacup controls volume and envelope, the Right Teacup controls pitch, and the orientation of the Teacup Platform with respect to the front facing light controls rhythm. Data is produced by light sensors located under the upside-down Teacups, as well at the sides of the Teacup Platform. This data then passes through a hardware interface (MakeController) to software (MAX/MSP) where the audio parameters are digitally manipulated.
I have extensively practiced this instrument and performed improvisations in both solo and chamber concert settings. As one of many experiments to come in the philosophical and technical research of new musical instrument design, it has been successful in that I feel a strong connection between the teacup technique and sounds that I want to create.
Program 2 – From Light into Darkness
The second concert of the Hartford New Music Festival includes works concerned with light and darkness, as well as the exploration of sound through electronics and extended instrumental and vocal techniques.
This program takes place on March 18 at 7:30pm at The Studio@Billing’s Forge, 563 Broad St, Hartford, CT 06106. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door:
Paramecium III (2010) for solo tuba and electronics by Benjamin J. Mansavage Klein
performed by composer
torsion (2003/5) for solo bassoon and tape by Olga Neuwirth
Jon Stehney, bassoon
59 ½” for a string player (1953) by John Cage
Robert Black, double bass
Paint It Black (1988) for solo double bass by Michael Gordon
Robert Black, double bass
Improvisation for Teacups and Light (2009) for solo live electronics by Levy Lorenzo
performed by the composer
Where/When (2010) for FM Koala and bassoon by Levy Lorenzo and Jon Stehney
performed by composers
For Andie Springer Showing the Form of a Melody, “Standing in the Shadows” by Robert Ashley (2010) for violin and guitar by Robert Ashley
Andie Springer, violin and James Moore, guitar
Scenes from Nek Chand (2001/2) for just intonation national steel string guitar by Lou Harrison
James Moore, guitar
Jabberwocky (1990) for voice and percussion by Susan Botti, poem by Lewis Carroll
Lauretta Pope, vocal/actor and Bill Solomon, percussion