Faculty Composer's Works Featured in Festivals



On May 1, NIU School of Music faculty member Robert Fleisher was one of 60 composers whose electro-acoustic compositions were heard—and seen—at Washington University (St. Louis), in a premiere screening of experimental videos by 22 Digital Studio students.

Dr. Fleisher’s Loretto Alfresco (piccolo) was originally selected for the 60x60 “Crimson Mix,” premiered during the 2010 International Computer Music Conference in New York City. The Crimson Mix has since been heard in Taiwan, Italy, Australia, Canada, Mexico, and at venues throughout the United States. All “60x60” mixes comprise 60 compositions by 60 composers, each of which lasts no more than 60 seconds.

Loretto Alfresco (piccolo) was selected again for two new mixes in 2012: the “Composers Concordance” mix was premiered during the Composers Concordance festival at Spectrum, in New York City; the “EMM” mix features works by composers (including NIU music alums Matthew Dotson, Tony Reimer, and Andrew Walters) whose music was previously accepted for both 60x60 and the biennial Electronic Music Midwest (EMM) festival, where it received its premiere in October at Lewis University (Romeoville, IL). For the recent Washington University screening, each of the digital video students created visuals to accompany three of the 60 works in the EMM mix.

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