Jesse and Amanda are featured on the recently released album Manifold, an eclectic collection of my original music from the past 25 years, ranging from solo classical guitar to guitar with electronics to the improvised electronics you will hear in this show. The album will be available that afternoon, and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and other outlets.
Jesse and I are from Stearns county in central Minnesota, but we met in 1994 in Chicago when we were students at Northwestern University. I have performed with and written many pieces for him since then, and am extremely pleased to have been able to work with him extensively over the past two years. He is a singular talent who takes the process of learning and studying a piece of music more seriously than anyone I have met. It is a fortunate composer who has a performer treat his music with the degree of detail that Jesse does.
The original idea for Manifold was an album featuring Jesse on guitar, solo and with electronics. At his suggestion, we brought in Amanda from Omaha for two tracks of improvised music, which has proven to be an extremely good decision. The tracks with Amanda have received more airplay than the others. Jesse and Amanda, besides forming the entirety of the HASCO Duo, are also members of the renowned Chicago-based new music ensemble Dal Niente.
This concert is part of a short tour that includes shows in Grand Forks, ND, Chicago, and St. Paul. It is funded by a University of North Dakota Fine Arts and Humanities Scholarship Initiative Grant, administered by the UND College of Arts and Sciences.
FEATURING MICHAEL WITTGRAF
An afternoon of improvised electronic music. The HASCO duo, comprising Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (Omaha, NE) on vocals and electronics and Jesse Langen (Chicago, IL) on guitar and electronics, team up with Michael Wittgraf (Grand Forks, ND) on computer to create an afternoon filled with soothing sounds, interesting words, and many surprises. It is an experience of maximum interaction between performers and their technology.