Chris Brown, composer, pianist, and electronic musician, creates music for acoustic instruments with interactive electronics, for computer networks, and for improvising ensembles. Collaboration and improvisation are consistent themes in his work, along with the invention and performance of new electronic instruments and software. These range from electro-acoustic instruments (“Gazamba”, 1982), to acoustic instrument transformation systems (“Lava”, 1992), and audience interactive FM radio installations (“Transmissions”, 2004). He is a founding member of The HUB, the pioneering network music ensemble, and has composed many interactive works for the percussionist William Winant (Iconicities, New World Records.) His most recent music explores microtonal tunings, including Six Primes, for piano in 13-limit just intonation, Arcade for string quartet, and Occhio, a song cycle for virtual piano, cell and voice, oboe, and computer. As a performer he has recorded music by Henry Cowell, Luc Ferrari, José Maceda, John Zorn, David Rosenboom, Larry Ochs, Glenn Spearman, and Wadada Leo Smith; as an improvisor he has recorded with Pauline Oliveros, Fred Frith, Frank Gratkowski, Rova Saxophone Quartet, Ikue Mori, Biggi Vinkeloe, Don Robinson, and Van-Anh Vo, among many others. Recordings are available on New World, Tzadik, Pogus, Intakt, Rastascan, Ecstatic Peace, Red Toucan, SIRR, Leo, and Artifact Recordings labels. He is a Professor Emeritus of Music at Mills College where he served as Co-Director of the Center for Contemporary Music (CCM).

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Friday, September 29, 2023, 3:00pm to 4:30pm
1750 Arch Street
Berkeley, CA
This Event is Free and Open to the Public