iARTA Participants engage in creative exchange in Chengdu, China

Affiliated iARTA faculty members, Joseph Klein, Andrew May and David Stout represented the UNT Division of Composition Studies in an international creative exchange with the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu, China. The UNT professors presented a series of lectures on related topics in contemporary composition, computer music, new media and the history of iARTA and CEMI - Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia. The UNT group also participated in a roundtable conversation with arts education leaders from key Chinese institutions, worked closely with SCCM student composers and enjoyed a lively dialogue with their hosts from the SCCM composition faculty. The exchange was an opportunity for immersion in Sichuan culture, starting with the world-renowned cuisine and a tour of the panda sanctuary. Travels in the countryside included a poignant visit to the epicenter of the Sichuan earthquake in Yingxiu.

 

Composer, Joseph Klein at work with SCCM guitarist Joseph Mirandilla on the premiere of  “Der Demutsahne”

David Stout performs "Drill Wide Open" at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music

The exchange activities culminated in the presentation of the UNT Composer’s Concert. The featured works included Dr. May’s “Chant/Songe” for clarinet and computer performed by SCCM musician, Zhen Sun and “Ripped Up Maps” for violin and computer performed by May. Works by Dr. Klein included the premiere of “Der Demutsahne” ("The Humility forbear") performed by guitarist Joseph Mirandilla and “Die Tischtuchtolle” ("The Tablecloth Lunatic") performed by violinist Zhao Song. Klein also performed his own Cornell Set, a setting of four poems with computer music, commissioned by the Cornell University Creative Writing Program.  David Stout performed “Drill Wide Open”, an interactive audio-visual work exploring the mythos of the American southwest.