New Music Pageant March 6-7 at WIU

    New Music Pageant March 6-7 at WIU

    New Music Pageant March 6-7 at WIU

    February 28, 2023

    New Music Pageant March 6-7 at WIU

    MACOMB, IL – The thirty sixth annual Western Illinois College College of Music New Music Pageant will likely be held Monday-Tuesday, March 6-7. The pageant’s featured artists are the Khasma Piano Duo and visible artist Chris Craychee.

    The duo has commissioned six new works to be premiered in its program, together with music by Meredith Monk. The featured composers are Chris Catone, Kyong Mee Choi, Jeff Herriott, Amelia Kaplan, and WIU school composers Hong-Da Chin and James Romig. Every new composition will likely be accompanied by video artwork created by Chris Craychee. The mission known as “Trekking.”

    “Trekking is a mission impressed by folks and nature transferring via area and time,” stated Ashlee Mack, Khasma Piano Duo co-founder and director of Piano Research at Knox Faculty. “In celebration of Khasma’s tenth anniversary, and 20 years of friendship, we determined to ask a few of our favourite composers and artists to collaborate with us. They’ve all contributed to our lives in a significant method, and are folks we’ve got grown to like, respect and admire over time.”

    Occasion co-director WIU Professor James Romig stated that is the primary time within the historical past of the pageant considered one of its featured visitor artists is just not a composer or musical performer.

    “I think that having Chris right here for a few days will present a chance for all of us to think about the live performance expertise from a unique angle, and with broader perspective,” Romig added. “WIU scholar composers, who can have their music carried out on Tuesday afternoon, are every integrating video into their very own compositions, so there will likely be quite a bit for them to speak about throughout periods on Monday and Tuesday.”

    Craychee is a visible artist and freelance mission supervisor/producer dwelling and dealing in Pittsburgh, PA. His artwork has embraced portray, drawing, printmaking, writing, sculpture, pictures, video, animation, and efficiency, and has utilized such non-traditional media as artificial carpet, gunpowder, ice cubes, googly eyes, aluminum foil, plastic toys and Chuck-A-Luck wheels. He acquired a BFA in Artwork from Carnegie Mellon College, and has labored for Idea Artwork Gallery, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Artwork, Clear Story and Deeplocal.

    The Khasma Piano Duo was fashioned in 2012, by Mack and Katherine Palumbo. They’ve been taking part in collectively since assembly at Bucknell College in 2000. Due to their shared enthusiasm for modern music, the duo has devoted themselves to the efficiency and recording of works from the twentieth and twenty first centuries.

    The duo’s live performance excursions have taken them everywhere in the United States, with performances at universities, new-music festivals and conferences. Their albums, Switchback and Time Appears To Go, can be found at Amazon, iTunes and Bandcamp. Further recordings might be heard on Innova and Navona Information.

    Assistant Professor Hong-Da Chin, the pageant co-director, stated pageant organizers are blissful to have the Khasma Piano Duo on campus for this yr’s occasion.

    “It is going to be a uncommon and precious alternative for our college students, and broader musical neighborhood, to listen to brand-new compositions from six very completely different composers,” he stated. “Ashlee and Katie are exceptional performers who will current these new works precisely and superbly, and I feel it should be particularly attention-grabbing to see how a single video artist responds to the unimaginable number of the music he is interacting with.”

    The 2023 New Music Pageant will characteristic three live shows over the two-day occasion, together with:

    • Live performance one – Monday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. – Khasma Piano Duo with video artwork by Craychee

    • Live performance two – Tuesday, March 7, 2 p.m. – Music by WIU scholar composers

    • Live performance three – Tuesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m. – Khasma Piano Duo with video artwork by Craychee

    Along with live shows, the pageant will characteristic lectures, panel discussions, masterclasses, workshops and different interactions between college students, school and invited friends, connecting the neighborhood to the world of latest music.

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