Computer Music Concert, Robert Black

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Computer Music Concert, Robert Black

7:30pm Griswold Hall
The Peabody Computer Music Consort is proud to present bassist Robert Black to the Peabody Community for a solo recital on Thursday February 27 (7:30 p.m. in Griswold Hall; admission is free). Perhaps best known for his pursuit of contemporary music, Robert Black’s 1996 O.O. Discs recording State of the Bass saw the artist performing with computer-controlled delays, electric, electric-upright, and MIDI Bass. His current program should include Iannis Xenakis’s 1976 work Theraps as well as Christian Wolff’s 1991 Look, She Said. Black will also be hosting a Bass Department Master class on February 25 (time/location TBA). For more information on Black’s groundbreaking solo work or his ensemble work with the genre-defying Bang on a Can All-Stars look for Mike Giuliano’s piece in the January/February 2003 Peabody News.

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Ballet Mécanique

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7:30pm Friedberg Hall
Which piece takes a tam-tam, seven electric bells, a siren, three airplane propellers and a pair of earplugs to be performed? The answer is Georges Antheil’s Ballet Mécanique which will be presented at Friedberg Hall on February 17, at 7:30 p.m.. Composed in Paris in 1924 by the 24-year-old American, Georges Antheil, Ballet Mécanique was the first piece ever written solely for percussion orchestra. Combining sounds of the industrial age, atonal music, and jazz the original version calls for four bass drums, three xylophones, a tam-tam, seven electric bells, a siren and three different-sized airplane propellers (high wood, low wood, and metal) as well as two human-played pianos and 16 player pianos. Synchronizing player pianos however, was beyond the technology of the day, forcing Antheil to scale down the instrumentation. As a result, Antheil never heard his magnum opus the way in which it was originally envisioned.The Ballet Mécanique was intended to be more than a piece of music; it was conceived as a soundtrack for a film of the same name by cubist artist Fernand Leger, photographer Man Ray and cinematographer Dudley Murphy. Tragically, the synchronization issues were never resolved (to further complicate things, Antheil’s score turned out to be twice as long as the film). The two works were premiered separately, and have had separate lives. Thanks to Prof. Lehrman’s (Tufts University) realization of the Ballet Mécanique, the live performance synchronized to the film was premiered on the 13 of November at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Columbus, Ohio, by the Peabody Percussion Ensemble under Julian Pellicano. The Percussion Ensemble, with the aid of the Peabody Computer Music Department, will present this extraordinary work at Peabody’s Friedberg Hall on the 17 of February (7:30 p.m.). Admission is free.

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Peabody Archives mounts Oral History Project

Peabody Archives mounts Oral History Project

4:00pm Eubie Blake Cultural Center
Taken from the webapge: http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/concerts-and-events/pn/jan03/oralhistory.htmlStudents from the departments of History at The Johns Hopkins University and Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory took part in the project under the guidance of John Spitzer (musicology faculty), and Ron Walters (history department) and Elizabeth Schaaf, archivist and curator of the Archives of the Peabody Institute.A preview exhibition celebrating the debut of the website will be held at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center in Baltimore at 4 p.m. on February 2. Visitors attending the opening will have the opportunity of meeting the musicians interviewed and hearing their stories first-hand.