The event willl feature a performance by star percussionist
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Hiller Computer Music Studios of the
University at Buffalo Department of Music will present its annual
spring "Black Box" concert of electro-acoustic and computer music
at 7:30 p.m. March 27 in the Black Box Theater, UB Center for the
Arts, North Campus.
It will be free of charge and open to the public.
This year’s performance will be presented with support
from the Department of Music and UB’s Robert and Carol Morris
Center for 21 Century Music.
The concert will feature works for percussion and electronics
– some of them new -- performed by internationally recognized
percussion soloist and chamber musician Patti Cudd, a member of the
new music ensemble Zeitgeist.
Cudd has given concerts and master classes throughout the United
States, Korea, Thailand, China, Mexico and Europe and has worked
closely with some of the most innovative composers of our time,
among them Brian Ferneyhough, Morton Feldman, Roger Reynolds,
Pauline Oliveros, John Zorn and Frederic Rzewski.
A senior lecturer in music and professor of music at the
University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Cudd received her Master of
Music Degree from UB, where she studied with the distinguished
percussionist Jan Williams, before receiving her doctorate from the
University of California, San Diego.
She has premiered more than 150 new works, and this year's Black
Box concert will feature five works composed especially for her,
among them compositions by Richard Dudas and Ethan Hayden, which
will receive their premiere performances that evening.
The concert will feature work by composers who are current and
former faculty members, students and alumni.
“Duo for Cajón and Computer” by Cort Lippe,
associate professor of music at U, was composed for the
cojón, an Afro-Peruvian box-shaped drum on which the
performer sits and plays by striking the box's front face with her
“Wahrheit sass ein buckliger Zwerg darin,” composed for
the kalimba by Ethan Hayden, a doctoral student in music at UB. The
kalimba is a hand-held thumb piano from Sub-Saharan
composition by former UB visiting professor Richard Dudas will
feature, among other instruments, the West African djembe, a
rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands.
· Work by
composers Jeff Herriott and Brett Masteller, both UB alumni, takes
two very different approaches to the expansion of the repertoire
for bass drum and electronics.
“Snare Alchemy,” by alumnus Barry Moon, explores and
expands the timbres of the solo snare drum.
Rounding out the program will be an electroacoustic piece,
“Trittico Mediterraneo” by UB alumnus Kostas
Karathanasis, an electroacoustic composer who draws inspiration
from modern poetry, art cinema, abstract painting, mysticism,
mythology and the depth psychology of Jung.
Dudas, who writes for acoustic instruments has been involved
with computer music since the late 1980s and is currently an
assistant professor of music at Hanyang University, Seoul,
Herriott, an associate professor of music at the University of
Wisconsin, White Water, studied under Lippe and holds a PhD in
composition from UB and his work has been performed and
commissioned by a number ensembles and players including Michael
Lowenstern, Guido Arbonelli and Arraymusic.
Masteller, also a former student of Cort Lippe, holds a BA and
MA from UB and is a doctoral candidate in music composition at
Northwestern University. His work includes compositions for
acoustic, electro-acoustic and interactive computer and has been
performed in the U.S., Europe and Australia.
Moon holds a PhD in music composition from UB. He works in
sound/video production, real-time audio and video processing
utilizing Max/MSP/Jitter, and interface design for performance and
installation environments. He is an associate professor of
humanities, arts and cultural studies at the New College of
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University
and his installations are presented in many venues here and
Karathanasis is an assistant professor of composition and music
technology at the University of Oklahoma.