Acclaimed Georgia Tech Composer to Premiere Flock

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Flock takes contemporary music to new heights.

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Having received national acclaim and rave reviews for his Carnegie Hall debut work Glimmer (2004), Georgia Tech assistant professor of music Jason Freeman premieres his newest work "Flock" at Miami's new Carnival Center for the Performing Arts December 6 through 8. Freeman's work has been hailed as "addictive and fun" by USA Today.com and "an example of the web's mind-expanding possibilities" by Billboard.com.

In Flock, the audience plays a central role in creating a ground-breaking world premiere event, with the help of computers, dancers from the New World School of the Arts, and members of the Miami Saxophone Quartet. The audience and musicians are invited to wander around the performance space while their movements are captured by video cameras, generating a score in real time that is performed by the quartet. Freeman, along with Georgia Tech collaborators Frank Dellaert and Mark Godfrey, developed the software program that transforms these movements into musical notes. The notes are transmitted to wireless displays that are mounted on each instrument and show the score for each musician to play. The movement data is also transformed by Pratt Institute professor Liubo Borissov into a live video projection that serves as the backdrop for the performance.

Exploring new connections between composers, performers, and audiences, the piece takes off in a new direction every night, each time a new flock of spectators becomes part of the collaboration.

Commissioned and developed by Carnival Center's MIAMI MADE program, Flock is produced by Gustavo Matamoros and iSAW, a not-for-profit arts organization devoted to the support of experimental music and sound art through artist residencies, concert presentations and other outreach activities.

A seasoned composer and media artist, Freeman is currently an assistant professor of music in the College of Architecture at Georgia Tech. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, which also awarded him the Louis Sudler prize, the highest honor to a graduating senior in the arts. He received an M.A. and D.M.A. in composition from Columbia University, studying with Fred Lerdahl, Sebastian Currier, and Joseph Dubiel.

This performance is created in collaboration with iSAW and with the support of the Funding Arts Network, Inc., the Georgia Tech Foundation, and the GVU Center at Georgia Tech.

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  • Created On: Nov 25, 2007 - 8:00pm
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