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Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
October 21, 2003
Multi-media performance set for new music festival
The Empyrean Ensemble
Festival of New American Music - Schedule of Events
Music and the visual arts will come together in a creative collaboration by
CSUS faculty members during the Festival of New American Music at the University
Nov. 5 to 16.
Composer Stephen Blumberg and electronic media artist Rachel Clarke, both CSUS
professors, have jointly produced “Skirr,” a work combining original
music with animated artwork. The Empyrean Ensemble will perform Blumberg’s
music as Clarke’s images are projected on a large screen for the finale
of its concert at 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 9 in Capistrano Hall.
“Many people don’t believe skirr is an English word,” says
Blumberg. “It’s an unusual word that means to fly or go rapidly.”
Blumberg says he and Clarke chose the word to act as a unifying theme for the
piece, and that it describes the mood the work evokes. “Skirr is a living
drawing in a state of continuous transformation,” says Clarke. “At
times the animation is very abstract, at times it’s referential. It’s
in a constant metamorphosis that’s choreographed to the music,”
says Blumberg. A still image from the nine-minute piece graces the poster and
program for the festival.
The Festival of New American Music is in its 26th year at CSUS, making it one
of the longest running annual events dedicated to modern composition. All festival
events are open to the public and nearly all are free. Included are concerts,
lectures, classes and presentations at area schools. Venues range from the University’s
Music Recital Hall to downtown Sacramento’s Sterling Hotel to the historic
Crocker Art Museum.
For more information, contact the CSUS music department at (916) 278-5155. For
media assistance, contact public affairs at (916) 278-6156.
California State University, Sacramento Public Affairs
6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6026 (916) 278-6156