Location: Studio Xenakis, Music Building room 2215
Composer Neil Rolnick will talk about his recent work in the context of his long time approach to live musical performance with the computer, both in solo and ensemble settings. He’ll discuss and play excerpts from recent solo pieces WakeUp and O, Brother!, and from ensemble pieces Gardening At Gropius House and Anosmia.
A pioneer in the use of computers in performance, beginning in the late 1970s, Neil Rolnick’s music has been performed around the world, and appears on 16 CDs. Though much of Rolnick’s work connects music and technology, his music has always been highly melodic and accessible. Whether working with electronic sounds, chamber ensembles, orchestra, improvisation, or multimedia, his music has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.” From 1981-2013 Rolnick was a Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he was founding director of the iEAR Studios.