PLACE: Department of Music, 125 Morrison Hall
TIME: Friday, October 22, 3:10-4:30 p.m.

The Department of Music is happy to welcome Yale Professor Martin Bresnick for a week in residence at UC Berkeley. Watch for postings of related events open to the public.

Martin Bresnick's compositions, from chamber and symphonic music to film scores and computer music, are performed throughout the world. Bresnick delights in reconciling the seemingly irreconcilable, bringing together repetitive gestures derived from minimalism with a harmonic palette that encompasses both highly chromatic sounds and more open, consonant harmonies and a raw power reminiscent of rock. At times his musical ideas spring from hardscrabble sources, often with a very real political import. But his compositions never descend into agitprop; one gains their meaning by the way the music itself unfolds, and always on its own terms. Besides having received many prizes and commissions, the first Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The Rome Prize, The Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Koussevitzky Commission, among many others, Martin Bresnick is also recognized as an influential teacher of composition. Students from every part of the globe and of virtually every musical inclination have been inspired by his critical encouragement.
Martin Bresnick's compositions are published by Carl Fischer Music Publishers, New York; Bote & Bock, Berlin; CommonMuse Music Publishers, New Haven; and have been recorded by Cantaloupe Records, New World Records, Albany Records, Bridge Records, Composers Recordings Incorporated, Centaur, and Artifact Music.

Presented by the Department of Music with support from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and the CNMAT Users Group.

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Friday, October 22, 2010, 11:10pm to Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:30am