Winter is coming and CentralTrak knows how to warm your hearts. Ex mus brings Los Angeles-‐based experimental musicians Sepand Shahab, Colin Wambsgans and Mike Winter involved with the music venue the wulf. to Dallas in an event called “the wulf. in DFW.” This event will feature world premieres of a new composition by each composer featuring a string ensemble with electronics, electric guitar quartet with electronics and video with electronics. The performance will involve performers from the University of North Texas and sponsorship by the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) and the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts (iARTA).
Sepand Shahab was born in Tehran, Iran. He is a composer and harpsichordist living in Los Angeles and works with field recordings, chance procedures, and simple structures inspired in part by his experience with early music. Sepand studied composition at the San Francisco State University and the California Institute of the Arts and has been an artist-in-residence at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and with the US Forest Service. Shahab’s recent work deals in creating simple structures that hold complex objects, relinquishing smaller details to chance procedures and/or performers, and text-based scores.
Colin Wambsgans lives and works in Los Angeles composing music for electronics and assorted ensembles, often using field recordings as a basis. He received an AB from Harvard in 2000 and an MFA from the California Institute of Arts in 2010. His compositions have been presented at the Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Getty Center, and Hammer Museum, and he has created sound designs for theatrical productions in New York (La Mama) and California (Chalk Rep). Colin’s work explores the interactions of memory, translation, and timbres.
Michael Winter is a composer, music theorist, and software designer currently working in the city of Los Angeles. In 2010 he received a PHD from the University of California at Santa Barbara while studying Media Arts and Technology. He is the co-founder and director of the wulf., a non for profit arts organization that presents music to the greater Los Angeles community free of charge. Winter is a firm believer in music making as an exploratory process and in the accessibility of free information; e.g. open source code, free music, etc.. In keeping with this idea, all his scores, software, writings, recordings, and related work are available on his personal website.
Ex mus is quarterly concert series seeking to cultivate and establish the field of experimental music in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. The concert is free.
CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, established in 2008, is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and advancement of the contemporary arts. As a live/work space for eight artists, it serves as a community center in the North Texas area for broad intellectual discourse around the arts. While the residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion gallery encourages critical engagement in a local urban context through exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking academic resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from an expansive range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology plays in these processes.
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