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March 19, 2013
VIRTUAL TOUR: A REDUCED CARBON FOOTPRINT CONCERT SERIES



  A quartet of internationally renowned composer-improvisers and UC faculty - Mark Dresser, Nicole Mitchell, Myra Melford and Michael Dessen - will perform Virtual Tour: A Reduced Carbon Footprint Concert Series, an unprecedented new music project conceived for world-class improvisers performing together in different geographical locations via Internet2.

San Diego Reader music scribe Robert Bush previews the concert series in this week's issue.

Taking advantage of high bandwidth networks available only at research and educational institutions, these concerts will feature virtuoso performers performing together across thousands of miles with lifelike, uncompressed audio and minimal time delays and HD video, setting a new standard for music making on the telematic stage. This new collaborative medium has been dubbed "telematics". The cyber format allows first-rate players to perform together without air and auto travel, resulting in a "green" mode of live performance (click here for detailed information about the Virtual Tour project).
 
The Virtual Tour concerts take place April 5 (7 pm), April 6 (noon), and April 7 (4 pm). Tickets are available online, through the Department of Music Box Office (858) 534-3448), and at the door.
 
With the core group performing each night at UC San Diego's Conrad Prebys Music Center's Experimental Theatre, the collaborative partners include a diverse lineup of outstanding improvisers and composers: Jason Robinson, Marty Ehrlich and Bob Weiner at Amherst College on April 5; Matthias Ziegler and Gerry Hemingway at the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) in Zurich on April 6; and Sarah Weaver, Jane Ira Bloom, Ray Anderson, Min Xiao Fen and Matt Wilson at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture, and Technology (cDACT) at Stony Brook University in New York on April 7.
 
The three-night Virtual Tour series will feature premieres of new works created specifically for the telematic stage, with compositions by Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen, Nicole Mitchell, Jason Robinson, Marty Ehrlich, Gerry Hemingway, Matthias Ziegler and Sarah Weaver.
 
This Virtual Tour builds upon years of collaborative exploration into the artistic potential of telematics for improvisers performing simultaneously in different cities and even continents. Co-directors and UC Professors Mark Dresser and Michael Dessen, along with Sarah Weaver and Jason Robinson, have been leading innovators in the field of networked jazz and improvised music. This virtual format enables the musicians to mine the environmental benefits of networking technologies. By rehearsing via the internet over a period of many months, the musicians will develop a body of music that would normally require multiple flights, saving thousands of dollars, scores of travel hours, and much fossil fuel.
 
Collaboration has always been central to jazz traditions, and telematics offers possibilities for extending collective models of music making in exciting, new ways. Just as recording technology transformed jazz in the early 20th century by allowing improvisations to be captured and shared outside of local regions, 21st century networking technologies now provide options for collaboration that have never before existed in the history of music. Featuring an array of renowned musicians and building upon years of experience in networked performance, Virtual Tour promises to be a powerful and unique concert series that sets a new precedent for music making.
 
Artist Roster

April 5-7, San Diego, CA / Core Group - Mark Dresser, bass, composition; Michael Dessen, trombone, composition; Myra Melford, piano; Nicole Mitchell, flute, composition; Trevor Henthorn, technical director

April 5, 7 pm PST, Amherst, MA / Amherst College - Marty Ehrlich, woodwinds, composition; Jason Robinson, woodwinds, composition; Bob Weiner, drums; Mark Santolucito, technical director; Ross Karre and company, video.

April 6, noon, PST, Zurich, Switzerland / Institute of Computer Music and Technology, ICST - Gerry Hemingway, percussion, composition; Matthias Ziegler, flutes, composition, network director; Johannes Schütt, video direction; Joel Di Giovanni, Benjamin Burger.

April 7, 4 pm, PST, Stony Brook, NY / Stony Brook University, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture, and Technology (cDACT): Sarah Weaver, composer/conductor; Jane Ira Bloom, soprano sax; Ray Anderson, trombone; Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, voice; Matt Wilson, drums; Doug Van Nort, laptop; Kevin Schinstock, live audio, audio recording; Derek Kwan, network audio; Timothy Vallier, network video; Ross Karre, live video, network video; Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, lighting; Dan Weymouth, director, cDACT; Elyce Winters, chief administrative officer, Simonrs Center; Tim Young, Jason May, systems administrators, Simons Center.

Co-directors of Virtual Tour: Mark Dresser and Michael Dessen. Amherst site director: Jason Robinson. Stonybrook site director: Sarah Weaver. Zurich site director: Matthias Ziegler
  

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