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A-maize-ing SMTD

Friday, October 27 - 6:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

A 90-minute concert featuring student talent from SMTD including instrumental soloists, dancers, actors, and chamber ensembles. Audience members may come and go between individual performances.

past events

May 2017

Faculty Recital: Stephen Rush

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Indian Music Concert

April 2017

SMTD Commencement

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 4:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Doors open at 3:15 PM.

View the livestream below.
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Computer Music Showcase

4/12/2017 & 4/13/2017 @ 7:30 PM
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

A showcase of performances and electronic works that are products of Computer Music class taught by Paul Dooley and Erik Santos.

The River in Our City, the River in Our Veins

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 5:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Pond
Free - no tickets required

A Preview performance of processional puppetry

Presented by Professors Christianne Myers and Michael Gurevich. The Huron River is a beautiful and defining feature of our city and the University. We try to control it as it meanders, tumbles, carves and flows. It sustains, as it flows through us all. With the Huron River as a source of inspiration, fiber arts students in the Stamps School of Art & Design created fabrics inspired by the river last fall. Students in Electronic Chamber Music and Introduction to Puppetry have used those fabrics to create large processional puppets--some as kinetic instruments, some to take flight, and some to be underscored by sounds inspired by our environment. Presented with support from SMTD, MCubed, and the Bicentennial Grant.

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True Blue! A Tribute to Michigan

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved seating -$50/$30/$25 and $20/$15 with Student ID

True Blue! A Tribute to Michigan incorporates live music, theatre and dance, and features faculty and students from across many U-M schools and colleges, along with celebrated alumni. The show also features new music composed by faculty and alumni specifically for the bicentennial.

There are no more tickets available online. Contact the University of Michigan, Michigan Union Ticket Office box office for information on additional ticket availability.

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Performing Arts Technology Seminar: Terri Winston, Women’s Audio Mission

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 4:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

Terri Winston founded WAM in 2003 while she was a tenured professor and director of the Sound Recording Arts Program at City College of San Francisco from 2001-2011. Her love of music and the recording arts spans 30 years as a songwriter, composer, recording engineer, and producer.

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Carillon Symposium Concert

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

“Multichannel Campanology”

Emceed by SMTD Assistant Professor John Granzow.
Part of U-M’s Bicentennial celebration, the 2017 Carillon Symposium entitled “Resonance & Remembrance: An Interdisciplinary Bell Studies Symposium,” takes place across the University, March 31-April 2. For more information and to register please visit: myumi.ch/Jy0RM

March 2017

Performing Arts Technology Seminar: Jeff Treviño, Cal State Monterey Bay

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 5:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

“Two Fists + Two Feet: Concretist Experiments in Algorithmic Composition for Carillon”

Treviño says, “During the past four years, in collaboration with carillonist and contemporary carillon music champion Tiffany Ng, I have created several new algorithmically composed works for carillon, which she has widely performed at a variety of international festivals and concerts. Each work relies on a different experiment with generative pattern, and all have been realized using the Abjad API for Formalized Score Control, an extension of the widely-used Python programming language that enables composers to create scores via an object-oriented model of common practice western music notation. In this presentation, I demonstrate my code-based compositional process and describe the generative mechanisms underlying my work, which range from historical composition techniques--such as prolation canon and arpeggiation based on harmonic verticalities--to novel conceptual experiments, such as metaphors of rhythmic noise and melodic nesting via search algorithms. I place these abstract materials and developmental strategies in discourse with the instrument’s relatively more concrete physical and timbral restrictions, to frame the tension between abstract pattern and listened or performed physicality as a restorative force in my compositional practice.”

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Performing Arts Technology Seminar: Simon Tarr, University of South Carolina

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

“Chamber Cinema: Leaving the Path and Carving Out Your Own Place in the Universe

Simon Tarr is an associate professor of art at the University of South Carolina where he is the coordinator of the Media Arts degree program in the School of Visual Art and Design. He received the 2010 University Film and Video Association Teaching Award for achievements in pedagogy that contribute to the field of film and video education.

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Department of Performing Arts Technology Showcase

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 5:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Annual showcase of new compositions, live performances, research, and sound art by students in the Department of Performing Arts Technology.

February 2017

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Performing Arts Technology Workshop: Abelton

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

Get answers to all your Abelton Live, Push, Max for Live, and Link Questions.

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Performing Arts Technology Seminar: Shigeto

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

January 2017

SMTD Presidential Bicentennial Colloquia (SOLD OUT/WAITLIST AVAILABLE)

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 5:30pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - registration required

Social Justice and the Arts

As part of the U-M Bicentennial, Michigan will welcome Justice Susanne Baer (LLM ’93), of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to participate in the first of three 2017 Presidential Bicentennial Colloquia. Presented in partnership with the Sphinx Organization, the event will feature a conversation with Justices Baer and Sotomayor that highlights the prominence of the performing arts in promoting social justice, as well as scholarly work that illustrates the influence of the arts on the overall University community and society in general. The discussion will focus on the impact of the performing arts on generating awareness, building community, and motivating individuals to pursue social change. The event will also feature a tribute performance by distinguished SMTD alumna and recipient of Sphinx Medal of Excellence, mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov Canales (BM ‘02, voice), along with performances by SMTD students and the U-M Men’s Glee Club.
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Collage Concert

Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium
Reserved Seating $32/$26 Students $12 w/ID

The much-anticipated, annual Collage Concert never fails to amaze. This year, the Collage Concert kicks off a yearlong celebration of the U-M’s Bicentennial, looking back to 1817, and looking forward. In addition, the concert will honor the late Gustav Meier, Professor Emeritus of Conducting. An internationally celebrated conductor and teacher, Meier’s time at Michigan ushered in a new era of symphonic and operatic excellence along with initiating a number of SMTD annual traditions including the Collage Concert. The concert’s distinctive format features the incredible range of SMTD ensembles and programs performing one riveting work after another without pause, while showcasing student talent from across all performing arts disciplines. It’s a non-stop, exhilarating evening of virtuoso performances.

The 2016-2017 Hill Concert Series is sponsored by Meijer Corporation.
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December 2016

Student Partnerships in Technology and Performing Arts Showcase

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

A showcase of performances and multimedia works that are products of an experimental pilot course led by Professor Michael Gurevich that facilitates collaborations between students in the Department of Performing Arts Technology and performers from diverse disciplines of music, theatre, and dance. Sponsored by the University of Michigan’s Third Century Initiative.

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Performance Improvisation Class Showing

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 5:00pm
Dance Building, Betty Pease Studio Theatre
Free - no tickets required

A showing of dances and music created in the moment. Performance Improvisation, led by Amy Chavasse highlights the ensemble work of MFA dance students, upper-level BFA dance majors, and students in the art & design, music composition, and performing arts technology departments.

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Screening/Q&A: Composed

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required

Through the lens of professional classical musicians, Composed explores the many ways we experience and can address performance anxiety. Faced with the judgment of peers, audience, conductors, and worst of all themselves, these musicians spend years trying to understand and overcome the physical and mental manifestations of their anxiety. Through their stories, we learn valuable lessons learned over a lifetime of professional performance; and we find that we are not alone in our quest to overcome the fear of failure and embarrassment. For anyone wanting to feel strength over fear and compassion over judgment, or simply seeking a closer look at anxiety and what makes us tick, Composed opens the door to a world of high stakes, high pressure, and peak performing.

Following the screening a Q&A will be held with the film’s director John Beder, Julie Nagel (psychoanalyst, psychologist, pianist, and author of "Melodies of the Mind"), Louis Nagel (pianist and Emeritus Professor of Piano and Piano Literature), and Emily Hyssong (CAPS Counsellor).
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November 2016

Performing Arts Technology Concert: Resonance

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Resonance is an annual concert that celebrates the compositional works of those who identify as women in the electroacoustic music and digital media community. This year features Pamela Z, composer/performer and media artist, and works by students from the Department of Performing Arts Technology.

Co-sponsored by SMTD, EXCEL Program, and The Sally Fleming Master Class Fund.

EXCEL Breakfast: Pamela Z

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 11:00am
Earl V. Moore Building, EXCEL Lab
Free - no tickets required

Join us for a special opportunity to meet composer, performer and media artist Pamela Z, to learn about her career as a pioneer of live electronic music and explore tips for making a career in music technology performance today. Known for her visually striking performances and her use of experimental extended vocal techniques, she is an independent performance artist who has been successful at building a career in a field largely independent of the typical music industry infrastructure. Hosted in partnership with the Department of Performing Arts Technology. Coffee and cookies will be served!

Performing Arts Technology Master Class: Pamela Z

Friday, November 18, 2016 - 2:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

Pamela Z is a composer/performer and media artist who makes solo works combining a wide range of vocal techniques with electronic processing, samples, gesture activated MIDI controllers, and video. She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She's created installations and has composed scores for dance, film, and chamber ensembles.

Co-sponsored by the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, EXCEL Program, and The Sally Fleming Master Class Fund.

EXCEL Trainings

9/22/2016 @ 6:30 PM
11/10/2016 @ 6:30 PM
Earl V. Moore Building, Room 2044
Free - no tickets required to observe

How to Craft Your Best EXCEL Funding Proposal

Led by Jonathan Kuuskoski

Have a project that needs some funding support? Interested in the EXCEL micro grants but have questions on how to make your proposal stand out? EXCEL can help you! In this session we will cover basic aspects of the grant-writing process, and provide tips on how to optimize your prose and craft the best possible EXCEL funding proposal.

Open to all interested students, and hosted in a convenient location next to the Student Commons in the Earl V Moore Building.

Gypsy Pond Music XVIII

11/2/2016 - 11/6/2016 @ 12:00 - 9:00 PM
Earl V. Moore Building, Pond
Free - no tickets required

Gypsy Pond Music is an annual installation by Professor Stephen Rush and the Digital Music Ensemble, creating a sonic space out of the pond adjacent to the Earl V. Moore Building. Magical, elusive, fun for young and old--the piece makes use of high-end technologies inspired by ancient labyrinthian myths, and encourages participants to interpret natural spaces in an artistic way.

All Ages Welcome (rain or shine)!

October 2016

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Faculty Recital: Tiffany Ng

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6:00pm
Lurie Ann & Robert H. Tower
Free - no tickets required

“A Day in the Sun”

Featuring Tiffany Ng (SMTD), Greg Niemeyer (UC Berkeley), Chris Chafe (Stanford), Susan Lepri (UM College of Engineering)

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Lurie Carillon, you’re invited to help transform Gerstacker Grove into a crowdsourced carillon of Lurie Tower’s 60 bells surrounded and augmented by the audience’s smartphones. Join carillonist Tiffany Ng in playing “A Day in the Sun,” a musical piece generated from algorithmic sonification of solar data. The sun completes a rotation on its axis every 27 days, producing a cycle of solar weather. Artists Greg Niemeyer and Chris Chafe, in collaboration with CLaSP Associate Professor Susan Lepri, give voice to those changes over time, based on solar radiation data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the month of June 2016. The audience will become part of the soundscape by querying the data from their smartphones, which will play samples of the Lurie bells in harmony with the carillon. Join us to hear the sun’s activity as the Grove was being completed!

Co-sponsored by the Department of Organ, the Department of Performing Arts Technology, and the College of Engineering.

To view a time-lapse video of the creation of the Eda U. Gerstacker Grove click here: http://myumi.ch/LEp3K

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Performing Arts Technology Seminar: Chris Chafe, Stanford University

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

Tapping into the Internet as an Acoustical/Musical Medium

Francis Bacon, writing in 1626 as if he had one hand on a crystal ball, imagined a world with “sound-houses, where we practise and demonstrate all sounds and their generation” and “means to convey sounds in trunks and pipes, in strange lines and distances.” Digital synthesis and rapidly expanding networks for network-based music are compellingly close to this vision. The lecture presents a survey of experimental music-making using the Internet. “What does it mean to `be here,' when here is there, and there is here?” It's a question which not only pertains to these possibilities but also to real-time networked media in general.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts Technology and by the College of Engineering.

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SMTD Community Gathering

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 11:00am
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

In order to process and overcome the recent racist incident on campus, we are providing the opportunity for students to share their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment. Furthermore, we want to encourage students to consider ways the SMTD community can rise above such acts of hate through our personal interactions with each other and through the work we produce together. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend and to join whenever you are able.

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Men’s Glee Club presents The Young Turks on FUSION

Monday, October 3, 2016 - 7:00pm
Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom
Free - no tickets required

The weekly, hour-long live election-focused show from TYT Network and FUSION – broadcasts LIVE from Rogel Ballroom on the campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, marking the show’s fourth episode in a national 12-campus tour.

Hosts Cenk Uygur and John Iadarola of The Young Turks will be joined by FUSION anchor Alicia Menendez and Flint activist, Laura MacIntyre.

The episode, which will air on FUSION’s cable channel and digital properties, will focus on the presidential election.

The Young Turks on FUSION aims to discuss the most important issues facing young people this election season. From in-depth discussions on education reform and international terrorism, to man-on-the-street Q&As and game show segments, The Young Turks on FUSION is engaging college students and viewers nationwide leading up to the presidential election.

RSVP for your FREE tickets at the link below! Share with your friends!

As this is a LIVE TV show broadcast, please arrive by 7 PM to be seated by 7:30 PM.

Digital pre-show festivities begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Show begins promptly at 8 PM ET.
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Join the conversation: @FUSION @TheYoungTurks #TYTonFUSION @cenkuygur @johniadarola @AliciaMenendez @lgmacintyre @UMMGC

Show your friends you were there: Snap with the TYT on FUSION SnapChat filter before, during and after the show!

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September 2016

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Scholarship Showcase

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 4:00pm
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Free tickets required

Beneficiaries of the generous support of SMTD scholarship donors, students representing the best of SMTD perform a wide range of selections in music, theatre, and dance in an “intimate Collage Concert.”

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Movie Premiere: Liberty’s Secret, directed by Andy Kirshner, SMTD professor

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:00pm
Off-Campus Location, Michigan Theatre, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Tickets available at Michigan Theatre Box Office: $10 general admission, $8 Students/Seniors/Veterans

The world premiere of Andy Kirshner's new movie-musical comedy about the daughter of a "family values" preacher who becomes a political celebrity and falls in love with her spin doctor -- another woman. The film stars SMTD alum, Cara AnnMarie, and Jaclene Wilk.

More info at www.libertysecret.com

Sponsored by SMTD, Stamps School of Art and Design, The Spectrum Center, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Institute for the Humanities, School of Information, Department. of Performing Arts and Technology
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May 2016

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Performing Arts Technology Senior Thesis: Veniece Session

5/7/2016 @ 7:00 PM
5/8/2016 @ 2:00 PM
Off-Campus Location, The Baltimore Gallery, 314 E. Baltimore Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Free - no tickets required

BOLD Art/Sound Exhibit

April 2016

Gypsy Pond Music XVI

4/13/2016 @ 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4/14/2016 @ 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4/15/2016 @ 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4/16/2016 @ 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4/17/2016 @ 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4/18/2016 @ 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Earl V. Moore Building, Pond
Free - no tickets required

Gypsy Pond Music returns in its 16th incarnation, with a sonic installation by the Digital Music Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Rush. This year’s project focuses its attention on the music and theories of seminal American avant-gardist, Alvin Lucier. This piece uses cutting-edge electronics, computer-based audio, and mythic exploration to create a magical ambiance not to be missed.

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Techno in Space: Electronic Chamber Music

4/15/2016 & 4/16/2016 @ 8:00 PM
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

Directed by Professor Michael Gurevich, the Department of Performing Arts Technology’s Electronic Chamber Music Ensemble presents an homage to Detroit Techno. Performing with computers, controllers, and new instruments invented by the group, this audience-interactive dance party will showcase the immersive multichannel sound environment of the new Chip Davis Technology Studio.

Performing Arts Technology Senior Thesis Showcase

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 11:00am
Earl V. Moore Building, Music Technology Lab
Free - no tickets required

Performing Arts Technology seniors will be presenting their thesis projects in an open house format.

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Dissertation Recital: Donia Jarrar

4/7/2016 @ 8:00 PM
4/8/2016 @ 8:00 PM
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Video Studio
Free - no tickets required

Seamstress: A Documentary Song Cycle

Seamstress is a multimedia and interdisciplinary documentary song-cycle, in six movements, for solo soprano, chamber ensemble, chorus, electronics, recorded audio and video.

It is based on oral history interviews Jarrar conducted with Palestinian women from different generations and social sectors in the West Bank from the summer of 2012 through the summer of 2015. The women interviewed include Jarrar’s aunt, a seamstress from Nablus, former students, and current artistic collaborators and colleagues.

Song texts are adapted from the interviews, weaving together their different voices, perspectives and experiences in a way that challenges current existing media stereotypes of Palestinian culture and womanhood, specifically, through the portrayal of universal themes within a larger global context. The result is a sonic and visual exploration of personal experiences with place in relation to transnational intersectional feminist perspectives on the self/denial of the self, the state, personal identity, the body, sociality and agency.

SMTD@UMMA

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
Museum of Art
Free - no tickets required

We are playing in a room

The Digital Music Ensemble performs works by and inspired by Alvin Lucier in conjunction with the UMMA exhibition Alvin Lucier: I am sitting in a room, including a new work by director Stephen Rush.

March 2016

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Fukushima Tribute Concert featuring Yamakiya Taiko Ensemble

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 7:00pm
Power Center for the Performing Arts
Free - no tickets required

Presented exactly five years after the disasters, the Fukushima Tribute Concert will feature the Yamakiya Taiko Ensemble, a youth drum ensemble from Fukushima, Japan. Other special guests include Raion Taiko and the Great Lakes Taiko Center Drummers from Novi, MI.

This event is organized by SMTD and co-sponsored by Center for World Performance Studies and Center for Japanese Studies.

Performing Arts Technology Showcase

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Compositions, live performances, research, and sound art by PAT students.

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Performing Arts Technology Seminar: Charlie Roberts, Rochester IT

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

Gibber: A Creative Coding Performance Environment for Browsers

Gibber is a creative coding environment for audiovisual performance and composition. It has been used both for educational research and audiovisual performances and to teach computational media to middle school, high school, and university students in locations around the world.

This event is sponsored by EXCEL, the student section of the Audio Engineering Society, the Engineering Student Government, and the Department of Performing Arts Technology.

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Digital Music Ensemble with Judy Dunaway

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

Composer and musician Judy Dunaway is known for her electro/acoustic work with balloons. Part of the performance will be her Balloon Symphony, performed and aided by the audience.

February 2016

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Performing Arts Technology Seminar: Bryan Pardo, Northwestern University

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Chip Davis Technology Studio
Free - no tickets required

Crowdsourcing Audio Production Interfaces

In this talk, Bryan Pardo describes recent work in evaluative interfaces (SynthAssist), crowdsourcing a vocabulary for language-based production tools (SocialEQ), and language-based interfaces for production tools (Reverbalize).

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Faculty Showcase

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required

A star-studded "collage" concert of SMTD faculty. Professors Timothy McAllister, Jonathan Ovalle, Amy Porter, Arthur Greene, and more perform.

This concert will be live-streamed at http://www.music.umich.edu/live-stream/

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Audio Engineering Society @ U-M Meeting: John Krivit

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required

From Student to Professional: Strategies and Best Practices for Matriculating Into Your Audio Career

John Krivit shares tried and true methods for gaining your foothold in the audio industry. From industry trends that may alter your career trajectory to small gestures that can help shape how you are perceived, come find out how his students find work and launch successful careers. Presented by the Audio Engineering Society Student Section at the University of Michigan.

January 2016

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Performing Arts Technology Seminar: DJ Carl Craig

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 7:30pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Carl Craig is considered to be one of the most influential members of the second generation of Detroit techno artists. He founded the Planet E Communications label and, through this, has provided support for many younger techno artists from Detroit and beyond. Craig's talk promises to be a free-flowing perspective, in a Q&A setting, touching on techno’s past, present, and future.

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Performing Art Technology Seminar: Jay LeBoeuf, Stanford University

Friday, January 15, 2016 - 12:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Music Technology Lab (0378 Moore)
Free - no tickets required

Pandora to Photoshop: Inside the teams, tech, and careers of the music and video technology industry

How do leading audio, music, and video tech companies bring products from ideation through commercialization? Join us we go behind the scenes at leading companies and explore key roles in the media tech industry including marketing, product management, software/hardware development, user experience, R&D, and more. We'll explore case studies of your favorite products.

Hey students! What products do you want to learn about? Help guide the talk here:http://goo.gl/forms/Wbmblh6S0j

December 2015

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Digital Music Ensemble

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Students of the Department of Performing Arts Technology will perform an exciting program of original electronic and electro-acoustic works, under the direction of Jeremy Edwards. These works will feature new instruments and performance systems designed by the students.

November 2015

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Performing Arts Technology Demonstration

Friday, November 20 - 10:30 AM & 2:30 PM
Earl V. Moore Building, Music Technology Lab
Free - no tickets required

Music Production and Post Production Workflows with iZotope

Come see product specialist Brandon Carroll demonstrate iZotope’s latest audio production software for creating, mixing, mastering, and repair.

Presentations are at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM

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Performing Arts Technology Seminar: Paul Riser

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 7:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required

“The Music Legacy Lives On. Yesterday, Today & Forever”

Paul Riser is one of the most iconic arrangers who came out of Motown. He was involved in writing and arranging such hits as "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," "My Girl," and ""Signed, Sealed, Delivered." Riser will discuss his life and work.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Jazz.

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Resonance Concert: Andrea Parkins

Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, McIntosh Theatre
Free - no tickets required

Women in PAT

Resonance is an annual concert that celebrates the compositional works of those who identify as women in the electroacoustic music and digital media community. Featuring the music of Andrea Parkins, Fidelia Lam, Issac Levine, Björk, Paige Goetz, Rebecca Fisher, Kat Steih, Lena Sutter, and the Digital Music Ensemble.

Supported by the Sally Fleming Master Class Fund, SMTD Department of Performance Art Technology, and the U-M Center for the Education of Women Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.

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Performing Arts Technology Master Class: Andrea Parkins

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 2:30pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Music Technology Lab
Free - no tickets required

Andrea Parkins is a sound artist, composer, and electroacoustic improviser who engages with interactive electronics as compositional/performance process, and explores strategies related to Fluxus’ ordered, ephemeral activities. Supported by the Sally Fleming Master Class Fund, SMTD Department of Performance Art Technology, and the U-M Center for the Education of Women Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund.

October 2015

EXCEL roundtable discussion: New Media Strategies for Music Distribution

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 1:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required

The Economics of Independent Recording featuring Pueblo Nuevo

This roundtable discussion tackles a series of concerns facing musicians, composers, and producers in the 21st century. First and foremost, it considers how innovative technologies and continually evolving social networks have changed the international field of music production and distribution, while simultaneously shifting audience expectations and attitudes concerning music consumption. Secondly, it engages one of the fundamental questions any modern musician must ask – should I give my music away for free? This panel contrasts some of the personal and professional pros and cons related to this decision, particularly by drawing on the insights and experiences of local indie label director Jeremy Peters (Ghostly International – ghostly.com), and non-commercial Chilean netlabel directors and artists in residence, Mika Martini (pueblonuevo.cl) and Pablo Flores (jacobinodiscos.cl). Finally, as a key issue indelibly tied to all these concerns, this panel will also address questions related to intellectual property rights, with special consideration given to Creative Commons licensing platforms as an alternative to traditional copyright protections. This roundtable will conclude with an opportunity for audience questions and comments, with the hope of stirring a lively conversation.

Panelists include Christi-Anne Castro PhD, associate professor of Ethnomusicology/director of Southeast Asian Studies; Pablo Flores – director of Jacobino Discos Netlabel (Santiago, Chile); Mika Martini – director of Pueblo Nuevo Netlabel (Santiago, Chile); Jeremy Peters – director of Independent Music Label Ghostly International (Ann Arbor)

More info: http://music.umich.edu/excelrsvp

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Guest Recital: Exploradores del Sonido

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

An Encounter with the Electronic Sights and Sounds of South America

Exhibiting the vanguard of 21st century Latin American electronic music, this travelling audio-visual concert series will present performances from three multi-media acts associated with the highly distinguished Chilean netlabel Pueblo Nuevo (pueblonuevo.cl). Artists include: Frank Benkho (aka Mika Martini), whose largely improvisational electroacoustic performances mix the sounds of Chilean ethnic experience with abstract elements linked to the techniques of microsampling and minimalism; Namm (aka Pablo Flores), whose melodic electronica and eclectic sound collage works feature audio fragments sampled from Chile’s diverse urban and natural soundscapes; and the duo Lluvia Acida (Rafael Cheuquelaf and Héctor Aguilar), whose music engages the rich culture, landscape, and history of the Southern Patagonian region where they reside, through a mixture of electronic rhythms and sequences, folkloric instrumentation, and documentary video.

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PAT Seminar: Film Composer Bill Wandel

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 7:30pm
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Room 1180
Free - no tickets required

Join film composer, Bill Wandel, for an evening of candid discussion about the business and craft of writing music for film, TV and advertising. Topics of discussion will include temp tracks, workflow, deadlines, revisions, copyright, publishing, licensing and contracts.

September 2015

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Scholarship Showcase - SOLD OUT

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 4:00pm
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Free tickets required

Beneficiaries of the generous support of SMTD scholarship donors, students representing the best of SMTD perform a wide range of selections in music, theatre, and dance in an “intimate Collage.”

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Renovated E.V. Moore Building Opening Celebration

Friday, September 18, 2015 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building
Free - no tickets required

The School of Music, Theatre & Dance celebrates the opening of the William K. and Delores S. Brehm Pavilion and the newly renovated Earl V. Moore Building with a musical open house. Students and faculty will perform, rehearse, and deliver mini-lectures throughout the building, showcasing the new performance, learning, and rehearsal spaces.

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Guest Lecture: Audio Engineering Society

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Glenn E. Watkins Lecture Hall
Free - no tickets required

Edward J. “UK” Nixon, who engineers most of J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League’s productions, and Graham Boswell, owner and director of Prism Sound UK, will present a seminar titled “Mic to Monitor,” covering topics on digital audio, word clock, and common myths.

May 2015

Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible: an experience of dark matter

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 6:45am
Duderstadt Center (Media Union), Production Studio
Free - no tickets required

Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible is a visualization of the distribution of dark matter in the universe, based on data from a massive billion-particle computer simulation. The installation features a continuously running multi-channel video projection in a twenty-foot high, 140-degree panorama and acoustic environment, immersing viewers in the vast jeweled spaces and sonic structures derived from the billion data points simulating the evolution of dark matter structures throughout the cosmos. In the May 2015 installation, viewers will fly through a simulation of dark matter in the process of evolving from its random and diffuse distribution immediately after the Big Bang to the clustered cosmic web of the modern universe -- all while experiencing an immersive sonic environment of music inspired by those spaces.

This installation coincides with the Dark Energy Survey (DES) Collaboration Meeting, bringing 150 scientists from around the globe to the UM campus. DES is in its second year of a five-year survey on the Blanco telescope in Chile, mapping the southern skies in an effort to understand the nature of dark energy that now dominates our universe: they aim to see hundreds of millions of galaxies and thousands of exploding stars. At the May 12 reception, members of the community and scientists attending the collaboration meeting are invited to exchange ideas and inspire one another while they experience the installation together.

Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible is an Art/Science collaboration funded by the University of Michigan MCubed seed grant program. The team is comprised of Gregory Tarlé (Department of Physics), Stephen Rush (School of Music, Theatre and Dance), Jim Cogswell (Stamps School of Art and Design), Brian Nord (Fermilab) along with graduate students Jason Eaton (Computer Science) and Simon Alexander-Adams (Music, Theater, and Dance). Made possible through the generous contributions of Tom Bray, Converging Technologies Consultant at the University.

Documentary video of 2014 installation: http://vimeo.com/94880205

Interview with collaborative team: http://vimeo.com/95219150

April 2015

Michigan Mobile Phone Ensemble

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 8:00pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Stamps Auditorium
Free - no tickets required

Final Class Concert

"Mobile Phones as Musical Instruments" featuring all new pieces composed and performed by students.

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Sun & Shadows

Friday, April 17, 2015: 8:30, 9:30, 10:30pm
Saturday, April 18, 2015: 8:30 and 9:30pm
Walgreen Drama Center, Arthur Miller Theatre Plaza
Free - no tickets required

The first event of 2015 to celebrate the Theatre & Drama Department’s centennial, Sun & Shadows features a spectacular display of visual story telling using shadow puppets projected on the outside glass walls of AMT.

An adaptation of the book The Disobedience of the Daughter of the Sun by Martín Prechtel, this 20-minute interdisciplinary collaborative production details the story of the Sun and Moon’s beautiful daughter who falls in love, and a village boy who tries to set her free.

Spectators are invited to gather outside Walgreen Drama Center prior to performances for additional festivities.

Electronic Chamber Music Dance Party

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 8:00pm
Off-Campus Location, Jam Handy, 2900 E. Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202
Free - no tickets required

Calculated Operations: The Techno Performance Paradox

Under the direction of assistant professor of performing arts technology, Michael Gurevich, the U-M Performing Arts Technology Department's Electronic Chamber Music ensemble presents an innovative and experimental approach to performing electronic dance music.

Drawing on diverse musical inspirations including The Belleville Three, Kraftwerk, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Aphex Twin, and Richie Hawtin, the group plays live music with computers, controllers, homemade electronics, and acoustic instruments.

The performance will be an inclusive, immersive, and interactive all-ages dance party.

The event is free, and free parking will be available.

February 2015

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Guest Recital: Neil Rolnick with Jennifer Choi, violin, Kathleen Suopvé, piano

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 8:00pm
Off-Campus Location, Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor, MI
Free - no tickets required

Neil Rolnick, a pioneer in the use of computers in performance, beginning in the late 1970s, his music has been performed around the world, and appears on 18 commercial recordings.

Though much of Rolnick’s work connects music and technology, his music has always been highly melodic and accessible. Whether working with electronic sounds, chamber ensembles, orchestra, or multimedia, his music has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.”

From 1981-2013, Rolnick was a professor of music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he was founding director of the iEAR Studios.

PROGRAM: Digits for piano & computer & video (2005); Fiddle Faddle for violin & computer & video (2003); Hammer & Hair for violin & piano (2008); WakeUp for solo laptop (2013); Dynamic RAM & Concert Grand for piano & computer (2014); Rush- Taming the Ox (2008)

November 2014

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Performing Arts Technology and Friends, featuring Matthew Burtner

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 8:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required

An evening featuring electroacoustic music by Matthew Burtner and selections from the University of Virginia and University of Michigan communities.

Matthew Burtner is an Alaskan-born composer and sound artist specializing in concert chamber music and interactive new media. His work explores ecoacoustics, embodiment, and extended polymetric and noise-based systems.

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Gypsy Pond Music XVI

November 3-9, 2014
12-9PM
Earl V. Moore Building, Pond
Free - no tickets required

an annual installation by Stephen Rush and the Digital Music Ensemble, creating a sonic space out of the pond adjacent to the School of Music. Magical, elusive, fun for young and old - the piece makes use of high-end technologies inspired by ancient labyrinthian myths, and encourages participants to interpret natural spaces in an artistic way.

12-9PM From Monday, Nov. 3 until Sunday, Nov. 9.

Guest Recital: Payton MacDonald, super marimba - PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE TO SUNDAY NOV. 2

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 8:30pm
Off-Campus Location, Canterbury House - 721 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI
Free - no tickets required

PROGRAM: MacDonald - Improvisation One; Improvisation Two; Four Places of Prophecy in the Fire Ritual; Hazel, Orange; Vignette; Chanting Rishis on Burning Sands; Ascending Sunshine Shaman.

Guest Recital: Payton MacDonald, super marimba - PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE FROM MONDAY NOV. 3

Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 8:30pm
Off-Campus Location, Canterbury House - 721 E Huron St, Ann Arbor, MI
Free - no tickets required

PROGRAM: MacDonald - Improvisation One; Improvisation Two; Four Places of Prophecy in the Fire Ritual; Hazel, Orange; Vignette; Chanting Rishis on Burning Sands; Ascending Sunshine Shaman.

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Guest Recital: Payton MacDonald, William Patterson College

Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 2:30pm
Stearns Building, Cady Room
Free - no tickets required

U-M percussion alumnus Payton MacDonald, of the wunderkind ensemble, "Alarm Will Sound", will present a unique vocal concert of Indian singing in "Dhrupad" style. This style is extremely rare, even in India. Many attendees from outside the University, including local Indian community members are expected.

This recital is sponsored by the Performing Arts Technology, Percussion, and Ethnomusicology departments.

October 2014

Gypsy Pond Music XVI - RESCHEDULED TO 11/3 -11/9

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 12:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Pond
Free - no tickets required

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Peter Smith

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Glen Behring

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