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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.

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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.

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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

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68

Why do we create art and what do we expect it to do? This is the question posed in 68. In the beginning we witness the creative act: a poet, writing and speaking out the earliest fragments of his poems; discovering through experiment his voice, both physically and figuratively.

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Another Cascando (...that's what counts...face in the mud...)

This is a unusual piece for piano and electronics, written for Sebastian Berweck. The electronics are based of recordings of shovelling mud and the piano part involves a variety of transcriptions. Here's the original program note:

“Distance, no matter how close the object may be.” – Walter Benjamin

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Night Edge I

Night Edge I
for singer, dancer, flute and prepared piano
written by Evelyn Ficarra with collaborating improvisers Heather Frasch (flute), Aurora Josephson (voice), Myra Melford (piano) and dancer Paige Sorvillo. Commissioned by Shie Shoji for her group Shonorities.

This piece takes its starting point from a poem in the Tanka form (31 syllables) by medieval Japanese poet, Izumi Shikibu.

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Astronomia

ASTRONOMIA, (1995) (duration 10') for marimba and quadraphonic tape is the third from a set of four pieces entitled Quadrivium. The four pieces in Quadrivium are designed to be played either individually or together as a complete uninterrupted cycle. All the pieces are focused in one way or another on sound spatialization.

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Practice

Practice
For full orchestra and computer
In association with the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), UC Berkeley

Selected Performance History:

American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, March 17, 2006 (premiere)
American Composers Orchestra, Annenberg Center, Philadelphia, March 18
Berkeley Symphony with Kent Nagano, June, 2006 (Full Orchestral Version)

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Constellation

Ronald Bruce Smith’s “Constellation for orchestra and live electronics,” produced in collaboration between Berkeley Symphony and UC Berkeley’s Center for Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT).

The World Premiere was given by the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Kent Nagano on November 10, 2000; it was revised in 2003.

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whatWALL?

whatWALL? (2003)

For alto saxophone and quadraphonic tape
Written for and dedicated to Brian Sacawa.

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Mathematica

Mathematica, for solo flute(s) and quadriphonic tape is the first from a set of four pieces entitled Quadrivium. The four pieces in Quadrivium are designed to be played either individually or together as a complete uninterrupted cycle. All the pieces are committed in one way or another to exploring the spatialization of sound.

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