1. VELA 6911 is a piece written by composer, musician and instrument designer Victor Gama. Based on the diary of Lindsey Rooke, an officer who was part of a secret nuclear test undertaken by South Africa in 1979. The piece was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on an invitation by resident composer Mason Bates and premiered on the 5th of March 2012 at Harris Theater as part of the CSO's MusicNOW concert series. It had its European premiere at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon on the 20th of January 2013. Written for eight orchestral instruments and Victor's own instruments acrux, toha and dino, the piece was conducted in Chicago by Cliff Colnot and in Portugal by Rui Pinheiro. The video component was shot in Antarctica on a research trip Gama took closely following Lindsey's diary during January 2012.

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  2. VELA 6911 is a piece written by composer, musician and instrument designer Victor Gama. Based on the diary of Lindsey Rooke, a woman officer who was part of a secret nuclear test undertaken by South Africa in 1979, the piece was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and premiered on the 5th of March 2012 at Harris Theater as part of the CSO's MusicNOW concert series. It had its European premiere at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon on the 20th of January 2013. Written for eight orchestral instruments and Victor's own instruments acrux, toha and dino, the piece was conducted in Chicago by Cliff Colnot and in Portugal by Rui Pinheiro, featuring harpist Salomé Pais Matos performing toha with Victor Gama. The video component was shot in Antarctica by Gama during January 2012.

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  3. VELA 6911 is a piece written by composer, musician and instrument designer Victor Gama. Based on the diary of Lindsey Rooke, a woman officer who was part of a secret nuclear test undertaken by South Africa in 1979, the piece was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and premiered on the 5th of March 2012 at Harris Theater as part of the CSO's MusicNOW concert series. It had its European premiere at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon on the 20th of January 2013. Written for eight orchestral instruments and Victor's own instruments acrux, toha and dino, the piece was conducted in Chicago by Cliff Colnot and in Portugal by Rui Pinheiro, featuring harpist Salomé Pais Matos performing toha with Victor Gama. The video component was shot in Antarctica by Gama and Álvaro Barbosa during January 2012.

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  4. This concert at Dinkelspiel on March 6th 2015 is a special occasion as the idea to compose Vela 6911 started at Stanford University in 2010 when Gama was a SICA Arts Visitor at the Humanities Center. Valuable contributions during the research phase of this project were provided by Stanford University Libraries and specifically by librarian, Regina Roberts. The piece was subsequently commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and premiered at Harris Theater in 2012. It was presented at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon in 2013, in Luanda, Angola in 2014 and Berlin at HKW in 2016. Vela 6911’s video component was shot in Antartica by Gama in January 2012. In 2013, Gama gifted all of his Vela 6911 research and production content materials to the Archive of Recorded Sound at Stanford University Libraries. This collection features 507 videos, 3,093 high-resolution photographs, 600 research documents, scanned original scores and performance information. This concert is supported by the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, Stanford Music and Stanford University Libraries.

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  5. VELA 6911 is a new piece by Angolan/Portuguese composer, musician and instrument designer Victor Gama. A commission by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the piece premiered on the 5th of March 2012 at Harris Theater integrated in the CSO's MusicNOW concert series and will be staged at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation on the 20th of January 2013. Written for an octet of musicians from the Chicago Symphony and Victor's instruments acrux, toha and dino, the piece was conducted by Cliff Colnot and features a video component shot in Antarctica by Victor Gama during January 2012.

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This is the vimeo channel dedicated to the multimedia piece Vela 6911 by Victor Gama. The piece was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Music Now, an invitation by composer in residency Mason Bates and presented at Harris Theater in 2012. It…


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This is the vimeo channel dedicated to the multimedia piece Vela 6911 by Victor Gama. The piece was commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra/Music Now, an invitation by composer in residency Mason Bates and presented at Harris Theater in 2012. It has since been staged in Berlin at the House of World Cultures, at Stanford University's Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Calousnt Gulbenkian Grand Auditorium in Lisbon and other venues.

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