Resident composer Michael Gordon and Georgia Tech Sonic Generator

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Summary Sentence: Free performance in Imagining-A Better Future Series

Full Summary: Promising a unique experience in live music, creativity, and technology.

Georgia Tech’s chamber music ensemble-in-residence, Sonic Generator, will feature the music of resident composer Michael Gordon in a free performance in partnership with the Woodruff Arts Center on Monday, Februrary 8. Promising a unique experience in live music, creativity, and technology, the concert is part of Tech’s T. Gordon Little Lecture Series in the Imagination.

A free shuttle bus will run from Georgia Tech to the concert throughout the evening. Woodruff Arts Center is also easily accessible via MARTA and by car.

The program showcases Gordon’s strikingly diverse music and his unique approaches to technology and to film. I Buried Paul (1996) draws inspiration from an unusual moment in the Beatles’ Strawberry Fields Forever, while Weather One (2005) compares the history of art to the unpredictability of the weather. The program also includes ac dc (1996) and a trio of selections from Gordon’s album Light is Calling (2004), which expertly mixes acoustic instruments and electronics with films by Bill Morrison.

Gordon's music "merges subtle rhythmic invention with incredible power embodying the fury of punk rock, the nervous brilliance of free jazz and the intransigence of classical modernism,” in the words of The New Yorker's Alex Ross. He has been commissioned by Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the BBC Proms and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, among others, and he has been honored by the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of the internationally renowned Bang on a Can Festival.

Sonic Generator, Georgia Tech’s chamber music ensemble-in-residence, explores the ways in which technology can transform how we create, perform and listen to music. The ensemble, comprised of some of the top classical musicians in Atlanta, works closely with Georgia Tech faculty in the GVU Center and the Center for Music Technology to present concerts that bring cutting-edge technologies to the world of contemporary classical music. Sonic Generator was recently recognized by Atlanta Magazine in its 2009
"Best of Atlanta" list. Its concerts routinely attract a standing-room-only crowd.

Sonic Generator is sponsored by the GVU Center, which seeks to advance the state of the art of the interaction between people, computing machines and information. The concert series is organized in collaboration with the Center for Music Technology and the School of Music in the College of Architecture. These entities champion advancements in creativity, expression, and human-computer interaction through research and education at Georgia Tech.

For 40 years, the Woodruff Arts Center has set the arts standard for Atlanta and the Southeast. Since its inception, the Center has grown into the most dynamic center for the visual and performing arts in the South and is among the top such centers in the nation. Located in Midtown, the Center offers a bold variety of performing and visual arts - both traditional and avant-garde. Today the Woodruff Arts Center includes the Alliance Theatre, High Museum of Art, Young Audiences and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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