April 18th

Matthew Greenbaum: Visual Music

with Charles Abramovic, Stephanie Griffin, Nicholas McNamara, and Cynthia Folio

Temple Univserity
@ Rock Hall
1715 North Broad Street
7:30pm; FREE

Bowerbird is pleased to present an evening of "visual music" by composer and video artist Matthew Greenbaum. Currently, the term "visual music" applies to works usually digital that closely combine abstract musical and visual ideas. Usually these are in video format, although the term can include sound sculptures and sound environment installations. The composer and video animator Matthew Greenbaum uses the term "visual chamber music" to describe his works for live performer and video animation. These works include the Rope and Chasm, an evening-length setting for mezzo soprano of parts of Nietzsche's Also Sprach Zarathustra with character animation. The works on this program of part of an ongoing series of works for solo instrument and video animation with electronic sound.

Greenbaum: Friday Night Fights
for improvising viola and video animation: Stephanie Griffin, viola

Greenbaum: Effacement
performed by Charles Abramovic, piano

Greenbaum: Bits And Pieces
for tenor sax and video: Nicholas McNamara,:, tenor sax

Greenbaum: Make Like An Amoeba And Split
for flute and video: Cynthia Folio

Greenbaum: I Saw The Procession Of The Empress On First Avenue
(animation alone)

Greenbaum: What We Owe The Invertebrates
(lecture with slides/sound)


Anthony Ciesielka: "happily fused" (and happily dis-fused)
For viola and fixed electronics (2-channels)

Heather Mease: Songs

Benjamin Safran/Hans Richter: Filmstudie

Carlos Johns-Davila: Antikuna Ñauraytaki
for soprano and guitar


Matthew Greenbaum studied composition with Stefan Wolpe and Mario Davidovsky. Greenbaum’s awards, fellowships and commissions include the Serge Koussevitzky Music Fund/Library of Congress, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Meet the Composer, the Fromm Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Martha Baird Rockefeller Fund and the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Penn Council on the Arts. Performances of his works include the Darmstadt Summer Festival, the Leningrad Spring Festival, the Jakart Festival (Indonesia), Hallische Musiktage, Ensemble SurPlus (Freiburg), Nuova Consonanza (Rome), Ensemble 21 (Odense), the Da Capo Chamber Players, Cygnus, Parnassus, Fred Sherry, Marc-AndrĂ© Hamelin, David Holzman, Stephanie Griffin, the Momenta Quartet, Network for New Music, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Group for Contemporary Music, Orchestra 2001, Christopher Taylor and the Riverside Symphony, and the Houston Symphony. His works are published by Tunbridge Music and the American Composers Alliance. Recordings are available from Antes, CRI and Furious Artisans; and an all-Greenbaum CD has been released on Centaur Records. Greenbaum is also a video artist whose video and animation accompany theater pieces with solo voice. These include Rope and Chasm, an hour-long setting of excerpts from Nietszche’s Also Sprach Zarathustra; America this is Quite Serious on poems of Allen Ginsberg, and In der Zeit, on a poem of Paul Fleming. 


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