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Scott Miller’s Virtual Reality Concert Work “Raba” Premier by Ensemble U: at the Vana-aasta Uue Muusika Kontsert, December 29
December 29, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Vana-aasta Uue Muusika Kontsert (Old-year New Music)
Ensemble U: premiers VR concert work "Raba" at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
29 December 2017
Multiple showings: 18:00 + 18:20 + 18:40 + 19:00
Reserve tickets in advance for seat and VR headset! e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org oma kella-aja eelistusega.
Raba (which means “bog” in Estonian) is an immersive audio-visual concert piece inspired by the Marimetsa Raba, located about an hour drive from Tallinn. Raba is experienced by the audience seated in swiveling office chairs and wearing VR headsets. Audience members can visually explore a 360º video while Ensemble U: performs the music, Raba, in sync with the film. The ensemble physically surround the audience, unifying the audience experience with a live, immersive audio performance while each audience member has a unique, individual immersive visual experience.
The musical composition, Raba, was originally commissioned by the Spitting Image Collective, written by Miller following his first visit to Marimetsa as a Fulbright Scholar at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2014. This original version premiered in Minneapolis and St. Paul in May 2015.
This version of Raba was created in collaboration with Mark Gill of the SCSU Visualization Lab, Rein Zobel of Maru VR, and Ensemble U:, Estonia’s premier new music ensemble, with support from a St. Cloud State University 2017 Research Faculty Improvement Grant, and support from Eesti Kultuurkapital.