Faculty Composer's Work Included in Noted Recording Series



NIU School of Music Professor Robert Fleisher's Loretto Alfresco, a tape piece created when the composer was only 17 years old, was selected for this year's SEAMUS Electroacoustic Miniatures series, an annual album release of fixed-media works addressing a specific theme. The theme for 2012 is "Re-Caged." Re-Caged: At a time when monoculture seeks to overturn all history of diversity, John Cage's 100th birthday serves as a reminder that it is the spirit of mavericks, not conformism, that changes the world. Loretto Alfresco combines two elements that played significant roles in John Cage's creative output: percussion and electro-acoustic music. Created in 1970, its sound sources include pots, pans, pipes, and other objects played by the composer's childhood friend, Thomas Loretto, under a tree on a farm in Wisconsin.

After resting comfortably in the composer's archives for nearly four decades, Loretto Alfresco was premiered in 2009 during the inaugural New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival. It has since been heard at new music festivals in the United Kingdom and throughout the United States. Following the American Composers Alliance festival in 2010, New York Times music reviewer Allan Kozinn wrote: "'Loretto Alfresco' is endearingly low-tech: its sounds are drawn entirely from recordings of a friend striking pots, pans and other items, which Mr. Fleisher sped up, slowed down and overlaid to create a rich, tactile texture."

This collection has just been released and is available here.

Robert Fleisher's music has been heard in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, Taiwan, the U.K., and throughout the U.S.A. He is the author of Twenty Israeli Composers: Voices of a Culture (1997), and is a contributing composer and essayist in Theresa Sauers Notations 21 (2009), inspired by John Cage's Notations (1969).

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