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An exhilarating follow-up to 2011’s popular FAST Forward New Music Marathon, the CAST marathon traverses the spectrum of contemporary musical practice to culminate in an unprecedented world fusion version of Terry Riley’s anthemic In C, featuring sabar drums from Senegal, newly designed instruments from the MIT Glass Lab, and the unique sound worlds of prepared piano visionary Hauschka and body sensor singer/performance artist Pamela Z.
About the artists:
Hauschka creates new sonic worlds by inserting alien objects – from ping pong balls to bottle caps – between piano strings. His extension of John Cage’s “prepared piano” brings together classical training and avant garde exploration with elements of electronica and pop cultural interests, with mesmerizing results.
Pamela Z, classically trained singer and performance artist, works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampling technology, and video. One of the pioneers of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers that combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, and sampled concrete sounds.
MIT Gamelan Galak Tika has performed innovative, cross-cultural music at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, BAM, across the US, and throughout Bali. Formed in 1993 by composer Evan Ziporyn, this Balinese gamelan commissions and performs electrifying new works by Balinese and American composers for gamelan and mixed ensembles. This performance will feature Ziporyn’s own Amok! and the Boston premiere of a new work by Balinese composer Dewa Alit.
Rambax MIT delivers the driving rhythms of the sabar, a vibrant drum and dance tradition of the Wolof people of Senegal, West Africa. Founded in 2001 and co-directed by artist-in-residence Lamine Touré and faculty advisor Patricia Tang, the spirited ensemble has played in both the US and Senegal.
The MIT Glass Lab will play unconventional, handcrafted instruments created from glass, the culmination of Visiting Artist Mark Stewart’s year-long residency. During this time, Stewart and Glass Lab Director Peter Houk helped students explore the sonic possibilities afforded by this fascinating medium.