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Artsounds: ElectroKatharsis
Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009
Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd. Kansas City, MO 64111

Epperson Auditorium, 7:30 PM

ElectroKatharsis is KcEMA’s third ArtSounds event, pairing Electronic Music with Live Drama.  This event finds four short pieces, composed by present and former UMKC students, collaborating with a variety of performers.

In Jon Robertson’s "and the TV said..." the actor, Nihan Yesil, has a nonsensical conversation with a television.  Richard Johnson’s “Heloise” is a dramatic reading of the correspondence between 12th century lovers, the abbott Abelard and abbess Heloise, performed by Corrie Van Ausdal, and set to electronic sound art. Caroline Miller’s “Ofelia” finds a drowning woman, played by Liz Comninellis
dreams of different life forms. "The Lake" is a short opera for soprano, mezzo-soprano and electronics. The libretto was written by playwright Emily Conbere and the music by Jorge Sosa.  The work tells the story of two women who arrive to a lake made of ink. They realize that the lake is an oracle and that their destiny is being written in its waters. The piece focuses on the question of whether we control our own destiny or if destiny controls us.  "The Lake" will be directed by Richard Gammon and brought to liBotero (soprano) and Laura Mercado Wright, (mezzo-soprano).

Part I - CALL

Friday, October 2, 7-10pm (reception at 7, event begins at 8) – free!
Urban Culture Project’s La Esquina 
1000 West 25th Street, KCMO | 816.221.5115

One night event: Tuesday, October 20, 7-10pm (doors open at 7, event begins at 8) – free!
American Jazz Museum’s Blue Room 
1616 East 18th Street, KCMO | 816.474-2929

CALL and RESPONSE is a series of two multidisciplinary performative events organized collaboratively by Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project and the American Jazz Museum.  Generating from the desire to bring artists from different media, genres, communities and backgrounds together to share, inspire one another, and build new audiences, CSF’s Urban Culture Project and the American Jazz Museum have come together to jointly organize this two-part, two-location series, which spotlights a mix of writers, spoken word poets, jazz musicians, electronic musicians, and composers. 
CALL and RESPONSE participants are writers/poets Robert Baumann, Glenn North, Shavonne
“Queen” Standifer, Kynan Ramsey, Faith Scott, and Jordan Stempleman; the Kansas City Electronic
Music and Arts Alliance (Performers/Composers: Eric Honour and Ian Corbett); and the contemporary jazz ensemble Synergy. 
The theme for the two events is “Call and Response,” which references a performative, participatory
type of communication exchange, and alludes to a rich history of music and storytelling traditions.
From Wikipedia: “Call and response is a form of spontaneous verbal and non-verbal interaction
between speaker and listener in which statements ('calls') are punctuated by expressions
('responses') from the listener. In African cultures, call and response is a pervasive pattern of
democratic participation — in public gatherings, in the discussion of civic affairs, in religious rituals,
as well as in vocal and instrumental musical expression. It is this tradition that African bondsmen and women have transmitted over the years in various forms of expression — in religious observance; public gatherings; even in children's rhymes; and, most notably, in black music in its multiple forms: gospel, blues, rhythm and blues, jazz and jazz extensions, hip-hop and go-go.”
While the concept and practice of “call and response” will inform both evenings events, the first
event, which takes place on First Friday in October at UCP’s la Esquina venue on the Westside,
will specifically take the idea of “Call” as inspiration, while the second event, on Third Tuesday,
October 20 at the Jazz Museum’s Blue Room will relate directly to the notion of “Reponse.” Both
evenings will include solo pieces by each of the performers as well as collaborative efforts. 


KcEMA @ Electronic Music Midwest Festival
Thursday, November 5, 2009, 7:30 PM
2009 Electronic Music Midwest festival
Performing Arts Center, Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas 66112

KcEMA and EMM are are joining forces to showcase local Kansas City area electronic composers, musicians, and artists at the annual Electronic Music Midwest Festival.  The concert will feature works by eight local K.C. artists.

"Slow Splintering" for string quartet and fixed media by Jacob Gotlib loosely follows the sonic and physical trajectory of glass shattering.  David Olen Baird's "Seventy Thousand: May 12, 2008,"  is dedicated to the victims of the 8.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Sichuan Province in China, and uses recorded vibrations of the quake as the basis of the work.  Mauricio Salguero will be performing Federico Garcia-Castells' "Chain Reaction" for Clarinet and Electronics.  Katherine Kogl's “Kaleidoscope” is an audio‐visual experience that displays the physically analogous properties of light and sound in a consistent temporal medium.  Caroline Miller's composition "sunshine" is an eight-channel surround-sound work that takes advantage of the multi-channel sound system at the EMM festival.  Soprano Katie Woolf will be performing Scott Blasco's "Sustinui Te" based on Psalm 130.  A meditation on the traditional Gagaku piece, Etenraku, Richard Johnson's "water meditation on Etenraku" will be performed by flutist Rebecca Ashe.  Saxophonist Elizabeth Bunt will be performing Christopher Biggs' (music) and Barry Anderson's (vidoe) abstract audio-visual work "Promethea."

KcEMA Newbie Commissions
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Doors open at 7:00 PM, Concert begins at 7:30 PM
$10, $5 Students
Urban Culture Project’s La Esquina 
1000 West 25th Street, KCMO | 816.221.5115

Inaugurating its electronic commissioning program, KcEMA commissioned three Kansas city area composers relatively new to the electronic medium.  KcEMA selected Zhou Juan, Yuan Peiying, and Caroline Miller to recieve KcEMA Newbie Commissions because each had shown great compositional facility in general and promise writing music with technology.  In order to support local performers KcEMA commissioned the works for Kansas City based performers Jedd Schneider, tenor voice,  Brad Baumgardner, bass clarinet.  In addition to these new works, the concert includes pieces by Jorge Sosa, Scott Blasco, Tim Eshing, and international award-winning composer Jason Bolte.

On the Newbie Commissions program there are three World Premieres. Jedd Schneider will perform Zhou Juan’s That night, 195 people were killed, a response to the violence that took place on July 5th in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China, where the composer was born, and Caroline Miller’s setting of John Donne’s sensual Elegy XX: To His Mistress Going to Bed. Brad Baumgardner will perform Peiying Yuan’s Fractal Excursions, a piece structured around the inspiration of fractals.

Tenor Jedd C. Schneider is delighted to perform with the Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance. Currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Missouri ‐Kansas City Conservatory of Music, he is a fervent advocate of new music and enjoys giving prémières of works by emerging composers.  Having performed numerous opera rôles at UMKC, Mr. Schneider is a chorister with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He made his professional début with the LOKC in the world prémière of Mechem's John Brown and sang the rôle of Normanno in the Mobile (AL) Opera production of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Mr. Schneider is on the music faculty at Avila University and serves as a member the board of directors of the newEar contemporary chamber ensemble. In addition to his vocal and pedagogical endeavors, Mr. Schneider is a burgeoning musicologist, and worked on the steering committee for the 2nd International Conference on Minimalist Music. Among his research interests are finding compositional trends and innovations linking the music of organists/composers, notably Dietrich Buxtehude, Anton Bruckner, Olivier Messiaen, and Poul Ruders; the Totalist operas of post‐minimalist composer Michael Gordon; and the role of progressive rock bands such as Van der Graaf Generator and Captain Beefheart as progenitors of the Totalist idiom.


KcEMA KcEnnections
Doors open at 7:00pm, Concert begins at 7:30 pm
$5 Donation
Urban Cultural Project's Center Square Studios
1100 Main Street, 5th Floor, KCMO
(enter at 11th and Main)


KcEMA follows its Newbie Commissions concert with KcEMA KcEnnections, a concert that brings together world-renowned artists from the region for a night of electronic music and visual art. The concert features two movements from 
Daniel Asia and Kip Haaheim’s “Sacred and Profane,” with video by Janet Davidson-Hues. The texts for portions of this piece are drawn from the sayings of Rabbi Nachman of Bratislav, a leader of the Hassidic movement in 18th century Poland. Paul Rudy will perform a variety of instruments as he accompanies tracks from his “2012 Stories” CD series. Rudy calls the series “a personal journey to come alive during an unprecedented time of awakening on our planet earth.” Douglass Crockwell’s animations entitled “Glen Falls Sequence,” with a newly composed soundtrack by David Dvorin, bring a startling visual element to the concert. Created over a nine-year period in the 1930’s, the “Glen Falls Sequence” is the result of numerous experimental and unorthodox techniques of animation, supplemented by Dvorin’s layered electronic music.

Glen Falls Sequence
David Dvorin’s score, created directly from raw recordings of improvisations on acoustic and electric guitars, accompanies “Glen Falls Sequence.” Starting in the late 1930s, illustrator and experimental animator Douglass Crockwell created a series of short abstract animated films at his home in Glen Falls, New York. The films offered Crockwell a chance to experiment with various unorthodox animation techniques such as adding and removing non-drying paint on glass frame-by-frame, squeezing paint between two sheets of glass, and finger painting. The individual films created over a nine-year period were then stitched together for presentation, forming a nonsensical relationship that only highlights the abstract qualities of the images.

Sacred and Profane
Sacred and Profane is an electro-acoustic music cycle of five works. The title suggests one way of dividing the nature of the universe, and as well, that of time. Most specifically, it can define day of rest (the Sabbath) as separate from the other six days of the week (the profane). In a musical context, it describes, or alludes to, sacred moments that are set up, by the more profane moments of the piece. In this extensive work, it is used to describe the basic materials of the five pieces, as well as a general framework for understanding the various pieces. At the same time, there are clear moments of the sacred in the profane pieces as well. This is a mirroring of the awesome aspects of the natural world.

Paul Rudy on his 2012 Stories
2012 Stories is about Mother Earth, the rich voices of the abundant life she supports and my journey of healing, hearing and learning to sing again. This music shares with you a personal journey to come alive during an unprecedented time of awakening on our planet earth. As we head towards an radially changing future, forecast by many prophecies from around the world, the journey is one of awakening from a mesmerized sleep of “seeing is believing” to “sensing” and “feeling” is knowing. Truth resonates from deep places within and confirmation comes from some of the most unlikely places without. The voice of Mother Earth is the messenger of this knowing and each individual, connected to the collective consciousness, is the canvas.


Quadrivium Novum
7:30pm, Friday, APRIL 16, 2010
$10 Admission/$5 Student (available at the door)
Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 West 47th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

The Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance closes its 2009-10 season with Quadrivium Novum, a concert featuring Kansas City chamber music ensemble, Quadrivium, alongside live electronic audio and video. Quadrivium members Rebecca Ashe (flute), Kari Johnson (piano), Cheryl Melfi (clarinet), and Mark Stauffer (cello) will perform world premieres of three new commissions: Andrew Seager Cole’s A Slow Unraveling, Daniel Eichenbaum’s Orbit, and Mara Gibson’s E: Vespers.

Mara Gibson’s E: Vespers is one of a series that explores perceptions of an eclipse. The piece follows aspects of an eclipse visually through time, with consonance and dissonance fading in and out between very "real"
and "unreal" sounds, with bells taking on a role of primary significance.  Andrew Seager Cole’s A Slow Unraveling focuses on the spinning out of a small portion of music and starts with short, fast elements that increasingly slow down until the music completely unravels, finally coming to a rest.

In composing Orbit, Daniel Eichenbaum drew upon the following description of orbital experience by astronaut Joseph Allen for inspiration: ‘We orbit and float in our space gondola and watch the oceans and islands and green hills of the continent pass by at five miles per second.  We move silently and effortlessly past the ground.  I want to say “over the ground” as I write this, but remember that in space your sense of up or down is completely gone and my description must reflect this fact.  In addition, the breathtaking speed of the ship is an odd and confusing contrast to the feel of perpetually floating within the spaceship.  You do not sit before the window to view the passing scene, certainly not down upon it.  Are you speeding past oceans and continents, or are you just hovering and watching them move beside you?’

Additionally, the program for Quadrivium Novum includes Christopher Biggs’ Bioluminescence, abstractly reflecting marine phenomena in audio and video; Jason Bolte’s Scrap Metal, an electroacoustic work that explores relationships between sonic material produced on the piano and various metallic sounds; and William Lackey’s the world falls asleep for cellist Mark Stauffer, inspired by the works of Charles Pierre Baudelaire, a nineteenth-century French poet.

Quadrivium is a Kansas City-based ensemble dedicated to the performance of new music and established repertoire for flute, clarinet, cello, and piano.  Members Rebecca Ashe, Kari Johnson, Cheryl Melfi, and Mark Stauffer often collaborate with composers on the creation of new works.  Upcoming performances include the SEAMUS 2010 conference, the 2010 MMTA/KMTA Joint Conference, and the Summer Composition Workshop at UMKC.  Quadrivium actively seeks out new repertoire, as well as opportunities to fuse cutting-edge performance with performing arts education and outreach.  Quadrivium strives to present programs of music that illustrate the grand conversation of composers and performers across time, genre, and geography.

The Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA) was founded in 2007 to encourage and develop understanding and appreciation of electronic music and to create an expansive sense of community for electronic musicians and other artists in the Kansas City Area. KcEMA organizes concerts of electronic music and collaborative projects with generative and performing artists.  KcEMA provides a forum for electronic musicians and artists in other media to collaborate, exchange ideas, and grow as an interactive, supportive community.

“One could say it  [a KcEMA concert featuring Joao Pedro Oliveira] was a healing of the wound between ‘fixed media’ and ‘live’ electroacoustic performance. The unity of the aesthetic effect of the musicians who performed live and the composers who engineered their fixed-media playback was among the best I’ve ever heard.”

- Chamber Music Today

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