Random Acts: explorations with disclavier piano, harpsichord and computer

Random Acts is the first concert of Piano Explorations, a series devoted to investigating the use of the piano with various computer (and human) interfaces. Christopher Butterfield will present two new works, Homage to Schubert”, a performative installation, and “Souvenir” for computer and harpsichord. Currently rofessor of music at the University of Victoria, Christopher Butterfield is performer, composer, and conductor whose music has been commissioned by most of the major Canadian contemporary music ensembles. Homage to Schubert

A continuous electroacoustic installation piece based on Schubert’s “Der Erlkonig”. The installation uses several raw 2” loudspeakers attached to the wall in a quiet space: listeners must put their ears close to a speaker to hear. “Homage to Schubert” uses the phrase “Mein Vater, mein Vater” from “Der Erlkonig” as a comment on the devotion of a child to its father, and the transgenerational relationships between artists and their mentors.

Based on “Trois morceaux en forme de poire” by Erik Satie, “Souvenir” is a duet for randomly initiated fragments of piano recordings and improvising harpsichord.

Jean Piché, currently Professor of Composition at the Université de Montréal, is a long time electroacoustic composer, pioneer and practitioner. David Cronkite is a pianist, electronic musician, composer and educator who currently teaches music software at Simon Fraser University. Both will be presenting new works incorporating the disclavier piano, improvisation, and interactive computer environments.