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2005 International Electro-Acoustic Music Festival at Brooklyn College to Honor Composer Noah Creshevsky

2005 International Electro-Acoustic Music Festival at Brooklyn College to Honor Composer Noah Creshevsky,
November 1–3

Noah Creshevsky

The 2005 International Electro-Acoustic Music Festival at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York will feature three evenings and two afternoons of electro-acoustic and intermedia works from around the world. Started in 1995 by composer George Brunner, the festival features the newest and most adventurous electronic music being created today. Performances are free to the public.

This fall's festival, the fourteenth biannual event held at Brooklyn College, celebrates the life and influence of composer Noah Creshevsky. Trained in composition by Nadia Boulanger in Paris and Luciano Berio at Juilliard, Creshevsky, born in 1945, was the director of the Center for Computer Music at Brooklyn College from 1985 to 2000 and is now professor emeritus at Brooklyn College. His music, which he has dubbed “hyperrealism”—obscures the boundaries of both real and imaginary ensembles through the fusion of opposites: music and noise, comprehensible and incomprehensible vocal sources, human and superhuman vocal and instrumental capacities. (To hear samples click here, here, here, here, and here.)

One of the leading young experts in computer music in the United States, Steven Takasugi is a 1986 graduate of Brooklyn College. He will discuss his music and his experience at Brooklyn College as one of Creshevsky's students in the computer music program. Tuesday, November 1, 1:30 p.m., 250 Gershwin Hall.

Sonreel, a New York-based electro-acoustic musical ensemble, will perform works by Minnesota composer and Sonreel member Douglas Geers. The evening will also feature works by Brooklyn College faculty members David Grubbs, Robert Fanelli and John Jannone. Wednesday, November 2, 8 p.m. Sam Levenson Recital Hall.

Creshevsky in the 1970s

Noah Creshevsky will talk about the creation of computer music, focusing on his style of hyperrealism. Thursday, November 3, 1:30 p.m. Sam Levenson Recital Hall. During this lecture/demonstration Tania León will present a piano work dedicated to Noah Creshevsky.

The festival closes with a gala concert in honor of Noah Creshevsky's 60th birthday. His music will be performed along with new compositions dedicated to Creshevsky by his friends and collaborators. Composers include: Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, George Brunner, Douglas Cohen, Noah Creshevsky, David Gunn, Michael Kinney, Tania Leon, Virgil Thomson, Robert Voisey, and Amnon Wolman, and performers at the concert will include Dennis Bathory-Kitsz (voice), Thomas Buckner (baritone), and Beth Griffith (soprano). The concert will take place on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at Klavierhaus, 211 West 58 Street (between 7th Avenue and Broadway) in Manhattan.

The electro-acoustic music festival also features a performance by Conservatory of Music students on Tuesday, November 1, at 7 p.m. in Sam Levenson Recital Hall.

The festival is sponsored by Brooklyn College, the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College, the Center for Computer Music, and the Brooklyn College Composer's Forum.