Concert: The Electroacoustic Shatin Show will showcase the work of composer Judith Shatin *79 as part of the 12 Night Concert Series of electronic music and art at various venues in Miami, Fla.
Date and location: Jan. 18, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at the Bakehouse Art Complex, 561 N.W. 32nd Street, Miami, Fla.
The composer: Works of literature and visual art often inspire Shatin, who also is interested in music as social commentary. A music professor at the University of Virginia, she is founder and director of the Virginia Center for Computer Music. She has been honored with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous awards. Shatin has served as the president of American Women Composers, Inc. (1989-93).
The show: The concert features pieces from Shatin’s oeuvre that involve both live instrumental performances and electronic playback. Her well-reviewed piece “Cherry Blossom and a Wrapping Thing; After Hokusai” was inspired by the prints of the artist Katsushika Hokusai. “Penelope’s Song,” inspired by Homer’s Odyssey, features electronics created from a recording of a weaver working on wooden looms, which Shatin processed and shaped into “a new sonic fabric.” “For the Birds” harmonizes an amplified cello with recordings of actual bird songs, and “Tape Music” is a recording of Shatin herself ripping, cutting, squashing, and otherwise playing with tape at the Sound Studio in Charlottesville, Va.
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