Friday, March 9th, 2012 at 8:00 PM
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts
Brown University, Providence RI
The California E.A.R. Unit gives the world premiere of Todd Winkler's Things that Catch on Fire in a program of new works.
The California E.A.R. Unit consists of core players Eric Clark, violin; Vicki Ray, piano; and Amy Knoles, percussion. The chamber ensemble is dedicated to the creation, performance, and promotion of the music of our time. The ensemble comprises performers and composers who began with the goal of developing the first true repertory ensemble for new music in Los Angeles. The California E.A.R. Unit strives to achieve a flexibility and rapport within contemporary music, and to earn an international reputation as one of America’s finest contemporary chamber ensembles.
The California E.A.R. Unit was founded in 1981. In its thirty-year history, the ensemble has presented concerts of electro-acoustic and live interactive computer music, Music Theater, Dance, and local and world premieres of over 500 chamber works. The E.A.R. Unit seeks to serve its home base of Los Angeles, reflecting the region’s unique cultural diversity, and to represent Los Angeles and Southern California as its new music ambassadors to the world. The ensemble has earned critical acclaim, garnering awards for its contributions to the field of contemporary American music such as the L.A. Weekly’s Best Classical Ensemble 1999 and 2003, as well receiving the prestigious Letter of Distinction from the American Music Center in 1999.
Todd Winkler is a composer and multimedia artist on the faculty at Brown University, where he co-directs the Ph.D. program in Computer Music and Multimedia, and chairs the Music Department. His work explores ways in which human actions can affect sound and images produced by computers in dance productions, interactive video installations, and concert pieces for computers and instruments.
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