UM Frost School of Music Hosts the Longest-Running Electronic Music Festival in the Country

(January 12, 2011) — The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has been selected to host the 26th Annual Festival and Conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS). Some 14 concerts, sound installations, papers, and two special multimedia listening room environments will take place at the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus during January 20–22, with concerts occurring at UM Gusman and Clarke Halls. All concerts are free and open to the public.

This year’s festival features electronic music icon Laurie Anderson, whose has been called "America's multi-mediatrix" by Wired magazine and is perhaps the most noted performance artist in modern times. Other guest artists include computer-music pioneer Max Mathews, inventor of the first computer language to generate sounds digitally, and composer-author Jon Appleton, co-inventor of the first performance digital synthesizer. Concerts presented at the festival include a variety of compositions for laptop orchestras, surround-sound playback, video, acoustic instruments that interact with laptops, robotic cello, iPhones, and iPads.

Guest performers include the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, cello virtuosa Madeleine Shapiro, internationally renowned clarinetists Esther Lamneck and Arthur Campbell, and many others.
“Music and technology have co-existed for centuries,” says Associate Professor Colby Leider. “This event simply presents a snapshot of what creative people around the country are doing in the early part of this century.”

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