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March 1, 2012

SUNY Oneonta event to focus on music, art, technology

Art, music and technology will fuse to create contemporary soundscapes during SUNY Oneonta's New Music Focus Week beginning Monday, a professor organizing the event said Tuesday.

The four-day event will feature performances, an art exhibit and a composer-in-residence program.

The third annual New Music Focus Week at the State University College at Oneonta is enhanced from its first two years by expanded programing, the opening and availability of space in the music wing of the Fine Arts Building and greater publicity, said Julie Licata, assistant professor of music and event organizer.

"It's a week of music of all-living composers," Licata said.

The music might appeal to musicians and listeners willing to hear "an interesting soundscape" rather than a melody or rhythm, she said.

Some music will be created on the spot by students in collaboration learning new techniques and musical symbols, Licata said.

The week is made possible with support from The Catskill Conservatory and the college's Music Department and Music Industry Club, a media release from the college said.

All events are presented in conjunction with the college's Hewitt Panteleoni Memorial Concert Series and are free and open to the public.

A composer-in-residence program Wednesday night is a significant addition to this year's event, Licata said. About 50 SUNY Oneonta students from several departments, including music and art, will work with composer Keren Rosenbaum on creating music between 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Licata said, and the work will be presented in a "very interesting performance" in M201 of the Fine Arts building at 7:30 p.m.

According to a media release, the event schedule also offers:

"¢ An art exhibit of musical scores featured in the book "Notations 21" by Theresa Sauer. SUNY Oneonta music faculty member Joseph Pignato is among the 165 composers featured in the book, and his original score, "Paprika King," is included in the exhibit. Sauer will give a brief talk and Pignato will provide original electronic music during an opening reception in the Project Space Gallery in the college's Fine Arts Building at 7 p.m. Monday. Licata said the exhibition, which also will feature an ongoing soundscape, will run through March 16.

"¢ A 7:30 p.m. Tuesday concert will feature composers from the college's music department and their works, including professor emeritus Carleton Clay, lecturer Brett Masteller, adjunct lecturer Richard Mollin, assistant professor Joseph Pignato, assistant professor Anthony Scafide, associate professor Jeremy Wall and a newly commissioned work premiered by Licata. The concert will be in M201 of the Fine Arts Building.

"¢ At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Rosenbaum, composer-in-residence for the series, will present original works via lecture, demonstration and performance. Rosenbaum is an internationally known choreographic composer, cello performer, interdisciplinary musician and educator, the release said, and she will work with students to create original musical notation using techniques employed by the Reflex Ensemble, an international consortium of arts performers she founded.

"¢ At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Rosenbaum will be a guest soloist for a performance by atom3, an electronic music trio featuring multi-instrumentalist and sound designer Paul Geluso of New York University; guitarist and composer Orlando Legname of SUNY Oneonta; and drummer and composer Pignato. The performance, which will be in M201 of the Fine Arts Building, will include live collaboration with a quartet at the Musrara School for New Media in Jerusalem, Israel. The two groups of musicians will be linked via streaming audio and voice-over-Internet protocol conferencing software.

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