PULLMAN, Wash. – Four free, public concerts will highlight the annual Festival of Contemporary Art Music at Washington State University.
The finale Guest Ensemble Concert will include recent and established masterworks for contemporary cello, guitar and bassoon. It will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Bryan Hall.
Original works by faculty and student composers will be featured in two concerts on Thursday, March 3. New music written by WSU music students Lindsay Greene, Peter J. Kelley, Zachary Meier, Russell Schaff, Max Heinzmann, Kirill Polyanskiy and Adrienne Fountain will be performed by faculty and students at 11 a.m. in Kimbrough Hall.
Faculty compositions by Greg Yasinitsky, Ryan Hare, Dave Jarvis and Scott Blasco will be performed at 8 p.m. in Bryan Hall.
The Electroacoustic Concert will include music by WSU graduate student Greene, faculty member Blasco, Estonian composer Mirjam Tally and French composer Éliane Radigue. It will be at 3 p.m. Friday, March 4, in Kimbrough Hall.
Greene’s “Still” and Tally’s “Blow” both use recorded sounds from the composers’ surroundings, while Blasco’s “Stand at the Abyss” uses the composer’s voice – stretched and manipulated into a slowly evolving soundscape. Radigue uses a synthesizer rather than recorded sounds. Her “CHRY-PTUS” combines two unsynchronized drone-based tracks to create an arresting, immersive sound world that seems at once constantly shifting and unchanging.
Ryan Hare, WSU School of Music, 509-335-4813, email@example.com
Scott Blasco, WSU School of Music, 509-335-1151, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sandra Albers, WSU School of Music, 509-335-4148, email@example.com