Bill Hsu and James Fei perform a new work for reed instruments and electronics, using an interactive system that tracks timbral and gestural information.
Sawako: a signal alchemist in the urban life environment who explores the virtual and actual world through sound.
Two Projects with Live Electronics: The collaborative duo with Kato Hideki employs analog devices in various unstable configurations, also coupling them to the room through microphonic feedback and acoustic interference at low frequencies. Proun Space, a work for two violins (Maja Cerar & Jessica Pavone) and live electronics (oscillators and spring reverb), limits both the acoustic and electronic instruments to a limited palette of pure tones and noise.
The composer presents four works for his Alto Quartet: Study II [Scream], Study III [Saliva], Study IV [Flutter] and Horizontal-Vertcal with musician Jeff Hudgins, Randy McKean, Jackson Moore on alto saxophones and the composer on alto saxophone and live electronics. The Quartet's unique techniques include using altered reeds which only produce colored noise and excessive saliva to induce rhythms and sweeping overtones. Also on the program, Faktura, pairs two alto saxophones with background noise of idling electronic components (filters, amplifiers with nothing plugged in) as a third instrument. Fei was born in Taipei and moved to the United States in 1992 and has since worked extensively with Anthony Braxon and Alvin Lucier.