[FISEA’93] Artist Statement: Heather Barringer, Jay Johnson, Tom Linker & Robert Samarotto (Zeitgeist) — *.*++ (Star dot star plus plus)

Artist Statement

World Premiere, Composition by Steve Kenny

*.*++ (star dot star plus plus) (Kenny) is a work for any number of composer and perfor111ers using a network of computers • g NEXTSTEP and video projection. Tonight’s performance will feature four performers and five NeXT Computers. The computers function to display real-time score material.

The score is represented by a large window within each computer’s screen where two types of graphical notatiop. wil be displayed and projected for audience view. The graphical notaions are dynamically created and controlled by participants that are acting as composers, and are interpreted by participants that are acting as perforrners. Ideally, the musicians use acoustic instruments to musically render the dynamic graphical score.

Real-time animations are controlled and created at perforrtiance time by the composers. The animations can be used like a traditional conductor baton to give exact tempo and stylistic gestures, or they can invoke pre-set responses as an abstract free visual form of directing improvisation.

Heather Barringer & Jay Johnson, percussion
Tom Linker, piano
Robert Samarotto, woodwinds

  • Zeitgeist is a new music quartet whose express goal is the performance and of music by living composers. Zeitgeist offers over 180 compositions, half of which were written for the ensemble. Its repertoire includes music by established composers of our time as well as those just emerging, including Eric Stokes, Frederic Rzewski, Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Rand Steiger, Janika Vandervelde, Harold Budd, and more. The Quartet consists of Bob Samarotto, woodwinds, Jay Johnson and Heather Barringer, percussion, and Tom Linker, piano.
    http://www.zeitgeistnewmusic.org    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeitgeist_(ensemble)