Experimental Cellos and Cellists

Charlotte Moorman playing Nam June Paik's TV Cello
Charlotte Moorman playing Nam June Paik's TV Cello

Some time ago I had started a community on livejournal (back in January of 2003) called “Avantcello.”  It was a space for folks interested in non-standard cello practice to post their interest or work.  I had given a number talks on Experimental cellos and cellists over the years up till that point and wanted to have some place to connect with folks who were interested since I wasn’t really finding any sort of community at the Internet Cello Society forums interested in this kind of thing.

Back in the mid to late 90s I was really experimenting a lot with cello.  I was heavily into improvisation and started performing my own house concert series doing works by some of the “Academic Avant-Garde” composers and Fluxus artists as well as getting into electronics and amplification.  I pretty much quit playing [the cello] by 1997 and got involved with the non-academic Experimental and Noise Music scene.

I toured around a bit and did a number of Performance Art shows (another interest I had at the time) as well as multi-media performances involving Experimental video that I was starting to do. In the end, some of that was becoming unsatisfying as well though I enjoyed the journey.  The cello was starting to call me back. Continue reading “Experimental Cellos and Cellists”

Local Louisville Linkblogging

Earlier today I had the pleasure of attending the monthly meeting of GLMTA (Greater Louisville Music Teachers’ Association) as a guest of one of their members at the Strassweg Auditorium in the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.

Local pianist, Denine LeBlanc, gave a delightful presentation titled “Staying Current” where she played and talked about new music resources available to music teachers really focusing on the idea that living composers are a great pedagogical resource that should be tapped into more than they are.  I picked up her latest CD, Weep No More, which is the second in a series of CDs she’s release featuring the compositions of Kentucky composers.

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Later today, musicians of the Louisville Orchestra and the visiting resident orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra from Washington DC will give a concert to help benefit the Keep Louisville Symphonic non-profit organization.  The concert will feature University of Louisville School of Music Violin professor, Patrick Rafferty, playing Samuel Barber‘s Violin Concerto as well as other works by American composers from what I understand.  The concert is titled “A Celebration of Symphonic Music in America” and more information may be found at this link.

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Speaking of the University of Louisville School of Music, there is a Composers’ Electronic and Electro-acoustic Music Concert at Bird Hall in the School of Music building beginning at 7pm.

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I’ve recently been asked to perform at an upcoming Louisville Avant-Garde Concert Series in late June.  I’ll post more details about that and maybe post about some of my more “experimental” types of performances that I’ve given over the years.