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Ethan Wickman and Angles of Repose
With works hailed as "clever, elegantly crafted and deliriously charming," (Steve Smith,
Night After Night) composer Ethan Wickman's music has been performed by such groups
as the Newton Symphony, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, Proteus,
the Gryphon Trio, and Flexible Music, and by performers such as violinist Piotr Szewczyk,
guitarist Daniel Lippel and more. His orchestral work Night Prayers Ascending won the
Jacob Druckman Prize for Orchestral Music at the Aspen Music Festival. He is currently
Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Angles of Repose
draws the inspiration for its title from Wallace Stegner's novel, Angle of Repose, about
an itinerant mining engineer and his family as they struggle to prosper in the American
West. In Stegner's work, the title refers simultaneously to the angle at which granular
materials achieve stability on a slope (picture the angle at which rocks no longer slide off
a mountain), and the forces of fortune and consequence that ultimately shape the lives of
its protagonists. Wickman has "become increasingly interested in the way that physical
forces create analogues for social, emotional, interpersonal and even musical ones. While
the musical work at hand does not pictorially narrate the physical phenomenon, it aspires
to translate the interplay of these forces into musical ones."
Chapman Welch and Moird
Chapman Welch received his D.M.A. in music composition and electronic music from
the University of North Texas where he worked at the Center for Experimental Music and
Intermedia (CEMI). His research focuses on the development of interactive music systems for
improvisation to be used in networked performances. He has taught at Rice University, the
University of Houston, and the University of North Texas. Currently, he serves as a lecturer
and electro-acoustic specialist for the Rice Electro-Acoustic Music Labs (REMLABS).
Welch's music has been presented at numerous festivals in the United States and abroad
including June in Buffalo, SPARK, the Florida Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, ICMC,
and SEAMUS conferences. Moire for clarinet soloist, ensemble and computer is a study
in timbre framed within various harmonic states or spaces. Aspects of Moire were inspired
by the playing of the shehnai virtuoso Ustad Bismilah Khan, in particular the fluidity of the
bends, slides, and microtonal inflections one hears in his recordings. In 2010 the work was
revised for the Zeitgeist ensemble to whom this version is dedicated.
John Cage and Music For Eleven
One of the most "American" composers who ever lived, John Cage guided our collective
psyche through the process of challenging and ultimately changing the very notion of
what music is. Always on the forefront of the musical avant-garde, Cage engaged in his
experimentation with a sense of play and openness that welcomed all into the process. His
famous work 4 '33 ", in which the pianist performs silence for the prescribed length of time,
created an artistic revolution that reverberates to this day. He invented the prepared piano,
and was on the forefront of electronic music and musique concrete. Early in his career, he
began introducing chance elements in his compositions, using radios as a sound source or
employing graphic notation to leave some parameters open to the performer rather than the
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