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Assistant Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts Peter Swendsen Has Full Performance Schedule in 2011

May. 17, 2011

Jessica R. Downs '10

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Peter Swendsen

For Peter Swendsen, Assistant Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts in the TIMARA Department, 2011 has already been a busy and auspicious year. His compositions have been presented in the UK, Amsterdam, San Diego, Kansas City, and Boston. The Boston concert was part of a March residency at MIT and included the premiere of his new work (scored for bassoon, saxophone, live electronics, and video), Northern Circles, with the EAR Duo, a bassoon and saxophone twosome dedicated to the performance of new, improvised and experimental electroacoustic music.

On May 25, in Oslo, Norway, Swendsen will present the first full performance of his four-piece suite, Allusions to Seasons and Weather: Music from a Year in Norway. Each of the suite’s four compositions has been performed in the US and Europe, and two are available on CD; the Oslo concert, at the Sound of Mu, will be the first presentation of the set in its entirety. The event marks a return to Norway for Swendsen, who spent a year in residence at the NoTAM Studios in Oslo as a Fulbright Fellow. It is also a rare gathering of all the performers for whom these pieces were composed: recorder player Terri Hron (Amsterdam/Montreal), saxophonist Michael Straus and bassoonist Dana Jessen (Amsterdam/Baton Rouge), percussionist Jennifer Torrence (San Diego/Bødo), and Oslo-based cellist Sigrun Eng.

Following the concert in Norway, Swendsen continues with a full schedule over the summer. In June he will premiere a new piece with his long-time collaborator, choreographer Mary Carbonara, at the Kunst-Stoff Art Center in San Francisco. The following week, he will be in New York City for the Electroacoustic Music Studies Conference, where he will perform his piece Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is with percussionist Ryan Nestor. While in New York, Swendsen will also present his paper “Electroacoustic Interpretation and Performance Practice.” He then returns to Oberlin in late June to co-teach the Sonic Arts Workshop with TIMARA Chair and Contemporary Music Division Director Tom Lopez. In July Swendsen's newest piece, a commission from pianist Thomas Rosenkranz ’99 for piano and electronics, will premiere at the Logos Foundation in Ghent, Belgium, and will also be performed at the Soundscape Festival in Maccagno, Italy. In early September Swendsen will return to Norway for a performance at the Store Studio in Bødo with Jennifer Torrence ’09 and members of the Bødo Sinfonietta. This will be followed by the premiere of a new collaboration with New York-based choreographer Amy Miller and GroundWorks DanceTheater of Cleveland. In later fall Swendsen teams up with Oberlin Cinema Studies professors Rian Brown-Orso and Geoff Pingree for the premiere (at the Laconia Gallery in Boston) of Blue Desert, a multi-channel video and sound installation about Antarctica.

Further details about Swendsen’s compositions and events can be found on his website:

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