On Thursday, February 21 the Dither Ensemble, a New York based electric guitar quartet, will perform a program featuring new music for acoustic and electric guitar, as well as other fretted instruments, including banjo and mandolin. Dither will be performing works by John Zorn, Fred Frith and others.
On Friday, February 22 the Dither Ensemble will perform new music by UVA Emerging Composers. This concert will feature an evening of music written expressly for Dither by University of Virginia composers. The music will feature a wide range of approaches to composition and to the unusual guitar quartet format. Some of the pieces featured in the concert will include a work based on mash-ups and re-contextualization of classic rock transcriptions, a video-game-based interactive piece using animated scores via iPads, a radical transformation of Eddie Van Halen's seminal guitar solo "Eruption" into a contrapuntal sound mass, a sonificiation of electron spin models, a meditation on traditional Korean vocal music, and a work composed on a small handmade instrument discovered in the Grand Canyon that was fashioned by a cowboy named Randy Irwin.
This concert will take place in one of the oldest and most beautiful buildings in downtown Charlottesville, Christ Episcopal Church (http://www.christchurchcville.org/). This venue promises to provide an exceptional setting for this group's chamber-music approach to the electric guitar ensemble. Don't miss the Charlottesville première of one of the most important new groups of NYC's new music scene in collaboration with some of U.Va.'s innovative composers.
Support for this residency is provided by the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts: fostering access + innovation
|These Dither Ensemble Residency events are free and open to the public:|
|Wednesday 2/20/13||3pm||107 Old Cabell||Nick Didkovsky: Compostion & Guitar Talk & Demonstration|
|Thursday 2/21/13||8pm||Old Cabell Hall||Dither Concert - works by John Zorn, Fred Frith and others|
|Friday 2/22/13||8pm||Christ Episcopal Church||Dither Concert - new works by UVA Emerging Composers|