Faculty/Guests: Andrea Mazzariello, Mobius Percussion & Nikki Melville
Join us for an evening of original music and words by composer and visiting assistant professor of music Andrea Mazzariello. Works presented will include an IDM-influenced laptop quartet; an acoustic percussion quartet that asks the performers to sing in four-part harmony, in addition to playing a variety of percussion instruments; a hammered dulcimer, voice, and drums solo; a solo piano work; and a new work composed for the occasion, featuring the composer on keys, drums, voice, and electronics.
Also, don't miss the films associated with this Lectureship, being shown at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2016, in the Weitz Cinema. Includes the new music video, Symmetry and Sharing, a collaboration featuring composer Andrea Mazzariello, Mobius Percussion, and Four/Ten Media.
Andrea Mazzariello is a composer, performer, writer, and teacher. His music thinks through the physiology of performance in terms of instrumental technique, often extended through technological intervention, and pays special attention to the treatment and setting of his own original text, spoken and sung.
He’s active as a solo performer of his own work, for a novel and evolving instrumental setup, and has presented in such diverse venues as the Knitting Factory, Cakeshop, the Queens New Music Festival, and the Wassaic Festival. Sō Percussion, Mobius Percussion, NOW Ensemble, Newspeak, the Berkshire Symphony, and many others have performed his concert music. Recordings of his work appear on New Amsterdam Records and SEAMUS.
In 2011, he completed his Ph.D. in Music Composition at Princeton University, writing on the vinyl resurgence and its connection to our ideas of physicality and abstraction in music analysis. He holds an M.M. from the University of Michigan and graduated magna cum laude from Williams College with degrees in music and English.
Andrea joined the faculty of the Princeton Writing Program in 2010, where he taught several first-year writing seminars, including 'Music and Power' and 'Found Sound,' through spring 2015. As Adjunct Professor in the Production Program at Ramapo College of New Jersey's School of Contemporary Arts, he taught beginning and intermediate Electronic and Computer Music. He currently teaches composition, music technology, and music fundamentals as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Carleton College, and directs the composition program at the Sō Percussion Summer Institute. His first book, One More Revolution, will be published by The Operating System in 2017.
Mobius Percussion is an ensemble of young musicians that bring a visual and theatrical edge to their performances. By working with a wide range of collaborators including videographers, dancers, fashion designers, thespians, and like-minded composers, they are breaking down the traditions of classical music performance in favor of an immersive concert experience. The Brooklyn-based quartet (comprised of David Degge, Mika Godbole, Yumi Tamashiro, and Frank Tyl) performs frequently throughout the tristate area at venues such as (le) Poisson Rouge, Baby’s All Right, Shapeshifter Lounge, and the Princeton Sound Kitchen and have been guest artists on Vicky Chow’s Contagious Sounds Series, Andrea Clearfield’s Salon Series, The Firehouse New Music Series, and So Percussion’s Brooklyn Bound.
Nikki Melville received the B.M. from the Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand), and the M.M., D.M.A., and the Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Melville has commissioned and premiered many works by composers in the United States and her native New Zealand. She has recorded the complete piano rags of William Albright for the Equilibrium label; her most recent CD, released on Innova Recordings, features thirteen new commissions by award-winning composers from around the US, and is now available online at http://innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=334. As well as being an advocate for new music, her ongoing interests include interdisciplinary performances that combine music with other Arts in live performance.
Andrea Mazzariello is the Christopher U. Light Lecturer for 2016-17.
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