presented by The New Ruckus
Formerly known as the American Composers Forum’s Tuesday Salon, Composer Nights are an opportunity for composers to present their work, chat with the audience, receive feedback, and connect with others with a passion for musical adventure. These events are friendly, fun, and always surprisingly varied. Come to share, come to ask, come to listen.
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This Composer Night features music by:
Nigel Parry: A stripped-down version of Pocket of Resistance will perform songs about love and warzones. Folk, punk, world, jazz, fusion band Pocket of Resistance is a rolling music project of Scottish singer-songwriter Nigel Parry. PoR has shared the stage with the likes of Boots Riley and The Coup, Eyedea, Ill Chemistry, and Junkyard Empire. PoR is based in Lowertown, Saint Paul, MN, USA.
Michael McGee presents There's An Echo in Here, performed by Kate Schumann on trumpet and loop pedal. A short phrase is played on the trumpet into a microphone. The loop begins playing it repeatedly as new layers are added.
Kris Christenson presents his fixed media work Battling Entropy plus an untitled laptop improvisation. In thermodynamics, entropy is a general measurement of disorder in a system; high entropy being very disorderly and low entropy very orderly. According to the second law of thermodynamics, entropy is always increasing, as a matter of probability. Battling Entropy depicts systems that begin in a relatively ordered state, but quickly descend into utter chaos.
Kris Christenson is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music, whose works have been performed at a variety of events, including the National Student Electroacoustic Music Event, and The Chicago Electroacoustic Music Festival. His composition teachers include Scott Miller, Kristian Towmbly, and Kyong Mee Choi. Though his compositional interests are wide and varied, his music frequently employs concepts from philosophy and science. His goal as a composer is to expand the audience of experimental music by taking the music out of its typical academic environment and exposing it to a wider audience.