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Time Stands Still: Guest Artists Performance

Monica Tinyo ’13 sends word of a performance in the chapel tonight:

Guest artists perform pieces that expand the limits of musical notation as part of the Time Stands Still: Notation in Musical
Practice. If you can’t make it to this performance, check out Medium City on Friday night!

Date: Saturday, April 6
Time: 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $4
Place: Memorial Chapel
More information: Link

Colloquium: “Walking with the Scratch Orchestra”

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Monica Tinyo ’13 reminds you that you can learn about some rad experimental music here at Wes as part of this conference on notation:

Michael Parsons has been active since the 1960s as a composer, performer and writer on new music. He belongs to a generation of English musicians who have explored a range of radical alternatives to mainstream tendencies. In the 1960s he became interested in the work of John Cage and David Tudor and other composers of the New York school. In London in 1969 he was co-founder of the Scratch Orchestra, an experimental collective of musicians, artists, performers and improvisers from diverse backgrounds. Informed by ideas arising from Fluxus, the work of Cage and other experimentalists, they developed an open-ended approach to sound and performance, challenging traditional boundaries and definitions of music.

Michael Parsons will talk about his experience of the Scratch Orchestra, its social context and evolution, and how it has influenced his subsequent work. He will introduce a participatory performance of his Walking Piece, a spatial event originally composed for the Scratch Orchestra in 1969.

Date: Tomorrow, April 3rd
Time: 4:15 pm
Place: MS301
Cost: Free!

Time Stands Still: Notation in Musical Practice (Conference-Festival)

Time Stands Still

From Monica Tinyo ’13:

Notation is a rich, mutable, and complex area of musical practice, in which composition, theorization, writing, and performance overlap and converge.

Time Stands Still combines talks, workshops, discussions, and performances to explore innovative notation in the 21st century. Featured composers in attendance: Mark Applebaum, Pauline Oliveros, Michael Parsons, Christian Wolff and Wesleyan composers Anthony Braxton, Ronald Kuivila, and Paula Matthusen. The Vocal Constructivists, a London-based choral group directed by Jane Alden, is the ensemble-in-residence. Other featured composers: Caroline Lucas, Juraj Kojs, Ross Feller, Will Redman, Chris Reba, Marc Miller, Liz Meredith, Andrew Greenwald, Adam Tinkle, Jacob Barton, Brian Robison, and An Exciting Event.