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Melodrama, nach Beethoven

Beethoven’s Melodram, for glass harmonica with recitation, was composed in 1814 as incidental music for Friedrich Duncker’s drama entitled Leonore Prohaska. My Melodrama, for electronic medium, was composed in 2003 as a long coda, attached to the end of Beethoven’s trifle.


A Different Kind of Measure (ADKOM)

ADKOM (A Different Kind of Measure), composed by Edmund Campion (2001-present), is written for four percussionists equipped with special in-ear computer generated clicktracks. The piece is divided into seven short etudes, with each exploring a different aspect of musical time.


A Complete Wealth of Time (ACWOT)

A Complete Wealth of Time (duration 17') (1989-90), for two pianos was composed while the composer was in France on a Fulbright Scholarship working with Gérard Grisey.



Acquario Romano, Rome, Italy
In collaboration with artists Andrew Ginzel and Kristen Jones
June 21 from sunset to midnight

Sponsored by: Commune di Roma
American Academy in Rome

Dimensions: H 70' x W. 45' x D. 135' (21.3 x 13.7 x 41.1 m.)

Elements: 4,000 water filled glasses
Hemispherical vessels
Bay laurel trees
Circumnavigating solar light


Hold That Thought

HOLD That Thought for string orchestra and computer driven electronics

Hold that Thought, Gaunajuato Symphony, Mexico (premiere),
Hold that Thought, University Symphony, Berkeley



The large-scale form for ME mirrors the classic seven yogic steps as follows:

1. Preconscious ME, Open Vowel Space
2. ME Builds the Language Wall
3. ME Sings His Narcissistic Canon
4. ME Sings His Greatest Song
5. ME Speaks to the Crowd.
6. ME Speaks to His Prompter
7. ME Is Cast Into the Future and Dies

Edmund Campion, music
John Campion, text and concept


Shafqat Ali Khan, David Wessel

Selections from a 1996 concert at CNMAT, featuring improvisations with Indian Ghazal tradition vocalist Shafqat Ali Khan, and live electronics with composer/improviser David Wessel.


Urs Leimgruber- David Wessel Duo

Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber and American composer/improviser David Wessel perform a series of solos and duos. Violist Nils Bultmann joined them for the final piece of the evening.


Lacy, Lewis, Wessel Trio

Trio improvisation with Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone), George Lewis (trombone), David Wessel (live electronics) from the Berkeley Edge Festival, June 7, 2003