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EMG Presents: Analog On

An exciting invitation to a super-cool concert, courtesy of the Experimental Music Group:

Analog On is an experimental electronic music ensemble that composes and performs on vintage analog electronics and modular synthesizers. The group consists of Shauna Caffrey on oscillator, saw and electronics, and Richard Duckworth on modular synthesizer and effects. Analog On made their debut at the Ideopreneurial Entrephonics II festival in Dublin, Ireland, in April 2016, and just finished recording their first release on the iconic Moog System 55 in the cockpit of the Moog Sound Lab at the Tonmeister Studio in Surrey. The aesthetic is that of the time-warp cultist with retro and future aesthetics co-existing in the same cultural and temporal space.

They will play tracks from the album in America as a musical homecoming for Richard Duckworth, as he studied analog synthesis under Herb Deutsch at Hofstra University in the 1980s: this is where he was first introduced to the Moog modular system and he spent many hours in the electronic music studio experimenting with voltage-controlled systems. Shauna Louise Caffrey is a musicology major at Trinity College, Dublin. Her life-long love of experimental soundtrack led her to join Analog On, and since then she has delighted in the creation of ‘weird noise’ and bizarre soundscapes through mixed media.

Free concert — all are welcome!

Date: Friday, March 3rd
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: Memorial Chapel

Kalan Sherrard / Colin Self

From Ron Shalom:


Kalan Sherrard is an anarcho-nihilist literary theory guerrilla street puppeteer.

Colin composes and choreographs music, performance, and environments for expanding consciousness, troubling binaries and boundaries of perception and communication. Working with communities across disciplines and practices, Colin utilizes voice, bodies, and computers to interface with biological and technological software.

Art/Music House 8pm FREE. Hosted by the Experimental Music Group

Date: Today, April 20th
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Place: Art/Music House
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Mission Eye & Ear: Live Improvised Music with Short Experimental Films

Music graduate student Dina Maccabee writes in:

Wesleyan undergraduate and graduate musicians will join San Francisco composer Lisa Mezzacappa for the Wesleyan Edition of her ongoing series Mission Eye & Ear. Players form small ensembles to create live scores, on the spot, alongside short experimental films. Presented by Experimental Music Group.

Date: Monday, November 24th
Time: 8:00pm
Place: CFA Hall
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Ensemble Dedalus: COUNTING TO SEVEN


From Jason Brogan MA ’15:

The Experimental Music Group presents Counting to Seven, a new large scale work written by Tom Johnson for Ensemble Dedalus (France). Seven voices count to seven in about 30 different languages from all over the world. Each piece explores a way of counting as well as a language sonority giving birth to a new musical form. From Okinawa (dialect from Japan) whispering words to Malinke (Africa) rhythmic patterns with additional small percussions, each continent is represented. Counting to Seven receives support from the French Institute, French Government (DRAC), Région Languedoc-Roussillon and SPEDIDAM. Professor Neely Bruce will offer an introduction to the music of Tom Johnson.

Date: Today
Time: 8:00 – 10:00 PM
Place: CFA Hall
Cost: Free

Modular Synthesizer Workshop

From Jason Brogan MA ’15:

As part of its Techné Series curated by Jason Brogan and Daniel Fishkin, the Experimental Music Group presents a modular synthesizer workshop led by Daren Ho and Jack Callahan of Control Synthesizers and Electronic Devices (South Williamsburg, Brooklyn).
Continuing its current theme of mixing, the workshop will focus especially on mixing non-audio sources as a way to achieve complex modulations.
Beginners, experts, musicians, non-musicians, and all others are invited!

Date: Monday, May 12 – today!
Time: 5:00 PM
Place: Rehearsal Hall (in the CFA), Room 105
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Experimental Music Group presents: Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures

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From the one and only Ben Zucker ’15:

Adam Rudolph, a renowned worldly percussionist, leads his band Moving Pictures in his unique system of conducted improvisation. Come to Crowell Hall at 8PM this Thursday, April 10, for this free public concert!

Experimental Music Group (EMG) Members – a mix of Wesleyan undergraduates and grad students – will join the ensemble for the second set.

There will also be a workshop in Rehearsal Hall 001 from 4 to 6 PM, during which Adam Rudolph will teach his techniques.

More info on the Facebook event page.

DATE: Thursday, April 10
TIME: 4-6 PM workshop; 8-9:30 PM concert
PLACE: workshop in Rehearsal Hall 001 (in the music studios); concert at Crowell Concert Hall

EMG Presents: Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone

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Ben Zucker ’15 wants you to experiment a little:

The third and final concert this semester brought to you by the Experimental Music Group, Jessica Pavone and Wesleyan alumni Mary Halvorson will present their captivating set of “improvised/composer/strange/melodic songs for guitar and viola.”

Mary Halvorson has been called “the most future-seeking guitarist working right now, thinking out the instrument on a level most couldn’t comprehend” (NPR). Jessica Pavone has been called “Jessica Pavone is a vital force in New York’s music community, capable and competent of playing way out in left field, or keeping things much closer to home” (Dusted). They have been playing together as a duo for years now, with four critically-acclaimed albums released. Together, they make what legendary Downtown composer Elliott Sharp called “transcendent chamber music outside any genre”; it’s a meeting of minds not to be missed.

Date: Thursday, May 2nd, 2013
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: Russell House
Cost: Your ears and attention

EMG Presents: Marty Ehrlich – Ray Anderson Duo at Russell House

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Two improvised music legends and frequent collaborators, Marty Ehrlich (saxes, clarinets) and Ray Anderson (trombone) visit Russell House for an unamplified set of exploration to close out a jazzy weekend.

This concert is part of the Experimental Group’s Spring concert series, which began with Ensemble Pamplemousse last month and continues with the Mary Halvorson – Jessica Pavone duo on May 2nd, also at Russell House.

We’d love for you to join us this Sunday!

Date: Tonight!
Time: 9:00 pm
Place: Russell House
Cost: $0.00

Ensemble Pamplemousse at Russell House

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From Ashlin Aronin ’13, as previewed in Wesleying’s Winter Concert Peview:

This Sunday, March 3rd, the student-run Experimental Music Group kicks off its spring season with a performance by New York-based Ensemble Pamplemousse at Russell House.

“[Theirs is] a style and concept that bridges the gap between the earliest conscious sounds humans made together and the most up to the moment exploration of musical possibilities…the event horizon of each sound describ[es] a moment with infinite possibilities, including infinite duration.” (George Grella, The Big City)

This show features works and performances by several Wes alumni, including Andrew Greenwald, Ivan Naranjo and Maria Stankova.

Thanks for listening!

Read up on the program after the jump.

Gino Robair: Solo and Ensemble Show @ Russell House

How many kids in the Experimental Music Group does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Just one. Ashlin Aronin ’13 bloops:

TOMORROW NIGHT!  The Experimental Music Group presents Gino Robair: composer, improviser, pioneering percussionist and electronic musician from the Bay Area. Robair will present a set of solo percussion and electronics, followed by an ensemble of Wesleyan students and alums who will perform a set of his improvisation-based group compositions.

Gino Robair has performed and recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, Otomo Yoshihide, and the ROVA Saxophone Quartet. He is one of the “25 innovative percussionists” included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001), as well as a founding member of the Splatter Trio and Pink Mountain. His opera, I, Norton, based on the life of Norton I, Emperor of the United States, has been performed throughout North America and Europe.

Date: Sunday, November 04
Time: 9:00PM – 10:30 PM
Place: Russell House
Cost: Free