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CCM Symposia - The Songlines Series - FALL 1992

Wednesday, October 28, 7:30 PM David Poyourow

Wednesday, November 4, 7:30 PM Margaret Fisher

Margaret Fisher, well known interdisciplinary artist who built her reputation on experimental dance and performance art, has gradually made the transition from live performance to film and video, bringing her small devoted company MA FISH CO with her: Toyoji Tomita, performance; Bob Hughes, music; and David Heintz, photography. She will premiere the company's newest work The ble Marionette (in Russian, with English subtitles) and show the company's Kafka-esque Under the Bull's Eye and other selected short works.

Wednesday, November 11, 7:30 PM CACTUS NEEDLE PROJECT

Members of CACTUS NEEDLE PROJECT (Sam Ashley, Ben Azarm, Bob Gonsalves, Jim Horton) will present a multimedia performance version of their work on the theme of anti-democratic conspiracies using computer music, video, text and slides. They will field questions on their techniques and interests in making progressive conspiracy theory the core content of their multifaceted work, as well as technical questions on their use of semi-autonomous musical instruments in an improvisational context.

Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 PM An Evening with THE BIFURCATORS

Philip Perkins' and Scott Fraser's recent work has been a series of live, semi-improvised electro/concrete works for radio including THE REMOTES, performed by Perkins and groups of local musicians live on stations across America and Canada (1989); SURFACE TO AIR, a duet performed over a pair of dial-up telco lines to several radio stations in the US and for the CBC (1992); and THE ROSE WINDOW, being recorded for a forthcoming CD and readied for live performance. Their work has been described as "...the soundtrack to a very memorable dream." (Option). This evening they will present a new piece made for this occasion and talk about their past and present work.

CCM Symposia - The Songlines Series - SPRING 1993

Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 PM

Janice Giteck

"Private Music in Public Places" - Dare we risk to go public with our most personal statements? Or is that just some old romantic idea? - my music and healing series, HOME (revisited) and the Artists Regional Transit Project (ARTp), an audio/video presentation. Ms. Giteck studied composition with Darius Milhaud at Mills (B.A. 1968, M.A. 1969) and is currently on the faculty of Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 PM Douglas Hollis

Artist Douglas Hollis will present a slide lecture about his investigations of wind and water activated sound structures. His many works in public projects, both in the U.S. and abroad, attempt to create oasis-like places where people might pause and catch their spiritual breath in the midst of their everyday lives. Mr. Hollis received his B.F.A. from the University of Michigan in 1970 and has lived in the Bay Area since 1973.

Wednesday, March 3, 7:30 PM Paul Panhuysen

Mr. Panhuysen is currently visiting the Bay Area as Artist in Residence at the Exploratorium. His installations and performances feature electro-mechanical devices, resonators, very long strings, and at times, singing canaries. Mr. Panhuysen is Director of Apollohuis, a European center of the artistic avant-garde in Holland.

Wednesday, March 10, 7:30 PM Manfred Clynes

Professor Manfred Clynes will talk about the contribution of microstructure to musical meaning and illustrate his talk with comparative computer-based performances from the classical repetoire. He will demonstrate how the principles of microstructure breathe life into the otherwise dead notes of a musical score. Professor Clynes is currently a scholar at CNMAT, U.C. Berkeley's computer music research facility.

Wednesday, March 17, 7:30 PM Maryanne Amacher

Wednesday, March 24, 7:30 PM Jay Cloidt

Composer/sound designer Jay Cloidt will discuss and play excerpts from his latest piece, "Exploded View". Commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, the piece uses sampled sounds only, triggered by Zeta Systems MIDI controllers. He will also play a selection of tapes from past low-tech electronic music collaborations: IXNA, RotaLeague, et al. Mr. Cloidt received his M.F.A. in Electronic Music from Mills and is one of the top sound designers in the Bay Area.

CCM Symposia - The Songlines Series - FALL 1993

Friday, September 10, 7:30 PM The Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet Founded in 1987, the all-women BTMSQ from Seattle ...

Thursday, September 16, 7:30 PM David Rosenboom

Guest composer David Rosenboom will give a preview lecture on his upcoming performance of "Predictions, Confirmations, and Disconfirmations" which can be heard on Sept. 18th at the CCM/Electronic Music concert at Mills. The piece involves a pianist and a responsive computer system. As the pianist improvises at the keyboard, the computer responds with notes and musical structures that complement the pianist's style. Mr. Rosenboom developed software for the piece using HMSL, a composition language he was instrumental in creating while Director of the CCM during the 80's.

Thursday, October 21, 7:30 PM Ed Tannenbaum

Video artist Ed Tannenbaum will show tapes of his work and demonstrate techniques used in the development of his interactive video/dance performances. The artist promises to give the audience a "behind the scenes" look at rarely seen documentation, and some experimental hardware will be available for "hands-on" use. Mr. Tannenbaum is widely known for his innovative video art. He has performed his work in venues throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. He has also held Artist-in-Residence positions at Art Park in Lewiston, NY, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Exploratorium in San Francisco.

Thursday, November 4, 7:30 PM Jan Pusina

Bay Area composer Jan Pusina will perform and talk about recent compositions which employ his hybrid digital/analog music system. Featured works include "Cosmic Ray Factory", an homage to the now defunct Lawrence Berkeley Labs' Bevatron, and "Piano Three Hands", an interactive improvisation for performer and MIDI keyboard. Mr. Pusina was part of the early technical staff at the Exploratorium and he has been a Lecturer in Music at U.C. Davis. He currently works as an operator at the Advanced Light Source lab at Lawrence Berkeley Labs.

Tuesday, November 16, 7:30 PM The Micol/Ellis/Aeschbacher Trio

... Based in Bern, Switzerland ...

Songlines is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet-the-Composer/California

CCM Symposia - The Songlines Series - SPRING 1994

Thursday, February 17, 7:30 PM - Ensemble Room Bonnie Barnett Composer/vocalist Bonnie Barnett from L.A. brings her group, BARNETT BAND, to Mills for an evening of improvisatory vocal and instrumental music. Ms. Barnett will also demonstrate extended vocal techniques such as Tibetan Octaves and Mongolian Overtones, as well as humming-based sonic meditation. The composer is widely known for her Tunnel Hum Project (1982), a series of participatory vocal events set in acoustically interesting environments, and has produced many such Hum events world-wide. She has received grants from National Public Radio and the National Endowment for the Arts for her work.

Thursday, February 24, 7:30 PM - Ensemble Room Ingram Marshall Composer Ingram Marshall will give a lecture on the subject of his own music entitled "The Music of Personal Salvation". His presentation will include taped excerpts from The Fragility Cycles, Alcatraz, and A Peaceable Kingdom, as well as a performance of Eberbach, a twenty minute musico-visual collaboration with photographer Jim Bengston. Mr. Marshall's music is noted for its delicate blending of acoustic and electronic media. His works have been recorded on IBU, Cold Blue, New Albion and Nonesuch. During 1990-91 he was Visiting Professor and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Studies in American Music at Brooklyn College.

Saturday, March 12, 8:00 PM - Concert Hall Terri Hanlon Artist Terri Hanlon first started working with video as an element of set design in 1981. Since then the cathode ray tube has become her world, and she has been devoted to video and computer graphics. For tonight's screening, Hanlon will present several short older pieces in addition to her most recent work. Her latest project, Inversion of Solitude, with music by Frankie Mann, premiered at The New York Film Festival in Fall '93. Her next project, for which she has received an NEA grant, is the production of a CD-ROM with Ms. Mann on the subject of women in the workforce.

Wednesday, March 23, 7:30 PM - Ensemble Room James Tenney Guest composer James Tenney will give a preview lecture tonight about his upcoming retrospective concert, which can be heard at Mills on Friday, March 25th.

Tuesday, May 3, 8:00 PM - Concert Hall David Tudor SPECIAL SONGLINES CONCERT APPEARANCE Composer David Tudor will perform a solo version of his new piece for "neural net" synthesizer as part of the Mills College Contemporary Performance Ensemble concert. The piece will employ an 8-channel sound system set up around the Mills Concert Hall with the composer performing live onstage. He is currently touring the work with the Merce Cunningham Dance Co. Since 1948, David Tudor has been devoted to the performance of contemporary music, both instrumental and electronic. He is truly one of the giants of the American experimental music tradition.

Songlines is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet-the-Composer/California

CCM Symposia - The Songlines Series - FALL 1994

Wednesday, September 28, 7:30 PM - Ensemble Room "Blue" Gene Tyranny Composer/keyboardist "Blue" Gene Tyranny makes a special visit to Mills to perform and talk about two works for piano. The Drifter (1994), written for pianist Joseph Kubera, incorporates Tyranny's concept of "free readings" which he describes as somewhat like improvisations on pieces that are fully notated. The composer will also perform a version of Meditation (1961) for electromagnetically-stimulated piano using devices built by David Meschter. "Blue" Gene Tyranny has received high acclaim for his solo keyboard performances as well as his collaborations with composer Robert Ashley. His music has been released on Elektra-Nonesuch, Tellus, Fun Music, "Music from Mills", and Lovely Music.

Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 PM - Ensemble Room Victoria Jordanova Yugoslavian-born harpist and composer Victoria Jordanova presents "Composing Faster than Real Time", an evening of improvisatory pieces for harp and various recorded sources. Works include Requiem for Bosnia from her newly released CD on CRI, as well as Dance to Sleep and two preludes, On a Sunday Afternoon by the Sea Shore and Ballad and Dance. As part of her presentation she will answer questions from the audience. Ms. Jordanova was educated in Yugoslavia, France, and the U.S. She is an internationally known harpist and a former faculty member of New York University.

Wednesday, November 2, 7:30 PM - Ensemble Room Alvin Lucier Visiting composer Alvin Lucier, who will be performing on Friday, Nov. 4, as part of the CCM Concert, ...

Wednesday, November 9, 7:30 PM - Ensemble Room Miguel Frasconi For the past few years, composer Miguel Frasconi has been exploring what he calls "performance music", a music in which action, gesture, and sound act as equal and related material in the compositional process. This evening Frasconi will present his own recent work as well as some pieces from the Dada and Fluxus movements that provide the historical groundwork for "performance music". Mr. Frasconi is a composer, pianist, and performance artist who has worked with John Cage, Jon Hassell, Laurie Anderson, and John Zorn. He is a founding member of the urban folk music ensemble MOBIUS OPERANDI, and performs regularly with the PAUL DRESHER ENSEMBLE.

Songlines is supported in part by a grant from Meet-the-Composer/California


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