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Gentiana in Denver

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Tonight, the Nebula Ensemble with guest conductor Kornel Thomas are performing Gentiana, a new composition for trumpet, guitar, percussion, violin and cello. Concert is taking place at 7:30 p.m. at the Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Denver.True-digital synth for string instrumentsI adapted Andrew Bentley's true-digital synth original design to string instruments: Violinist Arlo Adams and cellist Julia Emery trying out the instruments during yesterday's rehearsal:Program NotesGentiana evokes characteristics of the alpine flowering plants used to produce herbal medicine or distilled beverages. During the three sections of the composition, Esprit, Vertige, and Racines, the musicians connect traditional techniques to the physical nature of their tools.

Nattie's Air in Strasbourg

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On Thursday, June 28, Françoise Kubler and Armand Angster are going to première Nattie's Air, a composition for mezzo-soprano, bass clarinet, and cymbal with live electronics. The cymbal is similar to the instrument I used to perform Absalon Crash during the NIME 2018 conference.The concert is part of a three day festival: Ensemble Accroche Note's Rencontres d'été in Strasbourg, France. A recital for soprano, clarinet, and electronicsHere is the program of this exciting concert:Luigi Nono: La Fabbrica Illuminata for soprano and fixed media (1964)Luis Naon: Ultimos Movimientos for soprano, clarinet and electronics (2013)Jean-François Charles: Nattie’s Air for soprano, bass clarinet and electronics (2018) – world premièreFrançois Bousch: Dualité Miroirs for soprano, clarinet and fixed media (2012)Philippe Manoury: Illud Etiam for soprano, clarinet and electronics (2013)

Absalon Crash @ NIME 2018

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Absalon Crash is a composition for cymbal & live electronics. I performed the piece during the NIME 2018 opening concert. With composer Alex Christie and Virginia Tech's L2Ork laptop orchestra, we had the pleasure to perform right before Ikue Mori's 30 minute audio-video set!
This piece consists in an interpretation of Mirrored Resonances, the theme of the NIME (New Interfaces for Musical Expression) 2018 conference: the sounds build on the natural resonances of the cymbal, which are delayed, transposed, reversed – in a way, mirrored – by the effects pedal.Program notesAbsalon Crash, a composition for cymbal and live electronics.
Homage to Søren Absalon Larsen.
A cymbal is equipped with a piezoelectric sensor and a transducer. They are connected through a custom-built effects pedal to form a feedback network. A performer acts on the system to explore different sonic worlds. The performer shapes the sound by using her/his hands on the cymbal to muffle or suppress certain fre…