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”→
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.
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.
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.