Gassmann Electronic Music Series

Gassmann Electronic Music Series


Events sponsored by the
Gassmann Electronic Music Studio



FALL 2007



Laetitia Sonami  Sue Costabile

4 images by Sue C.  video still by Sue C.

Laetitia Sonami and Sue Costabile
In the Making: Live Film and Electronics

Wednesday, October 24, 2007 - 8:00 pm
Winifred Smith Hall
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine

I.C.You and The Appearance of Silence
Live Film and Electronics with Laetitia Sonami and Sue Costabile

Acclaimed electronic artist/musician/programmers Laetitia Sonami and Sue Costabile perform a concert of live interactive video processing and electronic music, including Sonami performing The Appearance of Silence with her innovative instrument the Lady's Glove, and the new collaborative work I.C.You for live-generated video and music.

Costabile and Sonami will also give lectures on their own work earlier the same day at the UCI Music Department.

Sonami, known for her work as a composer, performer, and sound artist, has performed in numerous festivals across the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan, including the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, the Bourges Music Festival in France, the Sonambiente Festival in Berlin, the Interlink festival in Japan, Bang-on-a Can, The Kitchen and Other Minds, S.F. Her unique instrument, the lady's glove, is made out of black lycra and is embedded with sensors which track the slightest motion of each finger, the hand and the arm. Her awards include the Alpert Award in the Arts (2002), Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts Award (2000), the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship (2000), Studio Pass-Harvestworks residency (2001), and a Creative Work Fundaward (2000).

Sue Costabile has collaborated with musicians such as Morton Subotnick, Luc Ferrari, Laetitia Sonami, Antye Greie (AGF) and Joshua Kit Clayton at a variety of national and international venues including the San Francisco International Film Festival, REDCAT (Los Angeles), Ars Electronica (Linz), MUTEK (Montreal), SONAR (Barcelona), the MonkeyTown (NYC), and Activating the Medium (San Francisco). Her solo performances combine live imagery with a live soundtrack using her own voice, small sound effects devices and assorted electronic instruments. She currently teaches "Math & Media" at the California College of Arts (CCA) in Oakland.



Wednesday, October 24, 2007
12:00 noon, Music and Media 216

Sue Costabile: Lecture-Presentation
Video as Musical Instrument

Sue Costabile aka SUE.C is a visual and performing artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her works challenge the norms of photography, video, and technology by blending them all into an organic and improvisational live performance setting. Employing a variety of digital tools to create an experimental animation "instrument," Costabile synthesizes cinema from photographs, drawings, watercolors, hand-made papers, fabrics and miniature interactive lighting effects. Dark, moody, textural, and physical, her live films inherit equally from the kinetic languages of Stan Brakhage's abstract cinema and Nicolas Schöffer's lumodynamic sculptures.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
5:00 p.m., Winifred Smith Hall

Laetitia Sonami: Lecture-Presentation
Live Computer Music Performance

Since 1991 Laetitia Sonami has developed and adapted new gestural controllers to musical performance and composed works for live performance, most notably with her unique instrument The Lady's Glove. Sonami's performances combine hardware, software, sound, voice, and gesture in remarkably compelling music compositions.



Benjamin Israel

MotifXS synthesizer  02R96 digital mixer

Benjamin Israel
Making Waves: Research and Development in the Commercial Music Industry

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 5:00 pm
Music and Media 316
Claire Trevor School of the Arts
University of California, Irvine

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY LECTURE - Making Waves: R&D in the Commercial Music Industry

Benjamin Israel (UCI MFA alumnus in Composition and Technology) will discuss his work as Research and Development Supervisor for Content R&D at Yamaha Corporation of America, and will present his view of the new ideas and challenges in the music technology / professional audio industry today.






Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Gassmann Series concert originally scheduled for this date has been postponed in order to accommodate a special event of the UCI Chamber Series:

The UCI Chamber Chamber Series presents

Rio Trio
Peter Marsh, violin; Armen Ksajikian, cello; Gerald Robbins, piano

8:00 pm, Wednesday, January 30
Winifred Smith Hall, UCI
Admission is Free

Trio in A minor, op. 50 (1881), P.I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1898)
  I Pezzo Elegiaco - Moderato assai - Allegro giusto
  II Tema con Variazioni:
    (A) Andante con moto
    (B) Variazione Finale e coda

Trio in D major, op. 70, no, 1 (1808), L. V. Beethoven (1770-1827)
  Allegro vivace con brio
  Largo assai e espressivo
  Presto - Finale

Trio in C minor, op. 101 (1886), J. Brahms (1833-1897)
  Allegro energico
  Presto non assai
  Andante grazioso
  Finale: Allegro molto

The Rio Trio will also give a master class in Winifred Smith Hall the same day at 1:00 pm.






What are you looking at?

Michael StrausMichael Straus

Michael Straus: What Are You Looking At?

A Multimedia Saxophone Performance Event

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 8:00 pm
Winifred Smith Hall, UCI
Admission is Free

What are you looking at? is the fusion of saxophone, film and electronic media in an evening-length multimedia event. This interdisciplinary performance project has teamed together a collective of forward-thinking composers and visual artists from the United States and abroad.

Saxophonist Michael Straus (b. 1983, New Orleans) has dedicated his abilities to the performance of new music, leading to engagements at venues ranging from Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center and New York City's The Stone to Italy's Festival Internazionale del Sassofono. His strong commitment to today's music, coupled with his close work alongside composers, has resulted in over twenty new compositions by emerging and established composers such as Halim El-Dabh, Matthew Burtner, Peter V. Swendsen, Per Bloland, Vitor Rua, and Liduino Pitombeira, among others.



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