For the musical techies out there: Seattle Modern Orchestra‘s one-night-only program, Musica Electronica, is this Saturday, April 9. Including a world premiere by a local composer and some familiar modernist names (hello, Berio!), the concert is sure to scratch those post-1950 itches. SMO focuses on the untraditional, in music, genre and performance venues alike. This concert will take place at The Chapel in Wallingford’s Good Shepherd Center.
About the program:
SMO has commissioned Seattle-based Polish composer and research scientist at University of Washington DxARTS Ewa Trębacz to write a piece for ensemble and surround sound. Trębacz utilizes the latest technologies in sound processing and spatialization in an immersive approach to music with a lyrical narrative. To place this new work in context, this concert will present Differences (1959) by celebrated Italian composer Luciano Berio for small ensemble and tape. The tape plays a filtered, transposed, expanded recording of the acoustic part, creating a polyphonic relationship with the live ensemble. Finally, we will feature Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s Lichtbogen (stemming from Northern Lights) for ensemble and live electronics designed at the French institute IRCAM.
Tickets run $20 general admission. It’s an entirely different experience than a large-scale symphony or classical chamber music, and one of the only chances to get this level of professionalism in Seattle’s contemporary music scene–don’t miss it.
Seattle Modern Orchestra’s Musica Electronica
When: Saturday April 9, 8pm (Pre-concert presentation at 7:30pm)
Where: The Chapel at Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N)