Synth Nights: Composers Inside Electronics

Synth Nights: Composers Inside Electronics (March 29–31) celebrates 40 years since CIE first performed at The Kitchen.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Composers Inside Electronics at The Kitchen, these three evenings include early works first performed here in 1977-78 along with newer works composed by Paul DeMarinis, John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, Tom Hamilton, Ralph Jones, Michael Johnsen, Ron Kuivila, Cecilia López, Paula Matthusen, and Margaret Anne Schedel, representing a wide variety of works and instruments from self-built analog instruments to the most recent digital technologies.
When & where
Thursday March 29 - Saturday March 31, 2018 @ 8pm
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
New York

Tickets $20 General / $15 Members
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The origins of Composers Inside Electronics started in 1973 with a group of 20-year-olds working with David Tudor to collaborate on the sound environment Rainforest IV, which emerged at New Music in New Hampshire from Tudor’s work with the E.A.T. group and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. In 1976, with Tudor’s encouragement, the group expanded to feature collaborative electronic performance works for the Festival d’Automne in Paris as the group from 1973–John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, Linda Fisher, Ralph Jones, Martin Kalve, and Bill Viola–plus Paul DeMarinis.
Full schedule

Thursday March 29
Corti Paul DeMarinis
Impulsions Phil Edelstein
Star Networks at the Singing Point Ralph Jones
Red Cecilia López

Friday March 30
Listening Out Loud John Driscoll
Listening to the Air Ron Kuivila
The Old Language Continues Its Dialogues In Ordinary Dust Paula Matthusen
After | Apple Box Margaret Anne Schedel

Saturday March 31
Speaking in Tongues John Driscoll
Shrieks and Nuptials Phil Edelstein
Some Other Sum Tom Hamilton
Untitled Solo Improvisation With Live Electronics Michael Johnsen
Forest Speech David Tudor
Composers Inside Electronics pioneered the development of a music that evolved from an ethos of home-built electronic circuitry, resonance, software and the discovery of its musical potentials. These current concerts are supported by a renewed interest in DIY and analog circuitry from a new generation of artists and an ongoing engagement with the possibilities for shaping sound in space. Since their beginnings, Composers Inside Electronics has remained committed to the realization and presentation of David Tudor’s work by encouraging new artists and composers to learn and carry these works forward, while also supporting the ongoing and future creation, performance, and installation of collaborative electronic works–in both analog and digital technologies. Organized by Matthew Lyons.

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