Faculty Composer's Works Featured
NIU School of Music faculty member Robert Fleisher’s electro-acoustic composition, Altro Alfresco, was heard on October 18, during the Region IV annual conference of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), at Eastern Kentucky University (Richmond, KY). Altro Alfresco was one of 300 works submitted
for the conference by composers from throughout the United States. Dr. Fleisher was among the 49 participating composers to attend. Premiered at the 2011 SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) festival in Miami, Altro Alfresco was most recently heard as part of the Audiograft festival online "Jukebox" curated by the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) at Oxford Brookes University (UK). The sound sources in Altro Alfresco (multi-speed “found” percussion, including pats, pans, pipes and other objects) are similar to those heard in its shorter “sibling” works, Loretto Alfresco—premiered during the 2009 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, and Loretto Alfresco
(piccolo)—premiered during the 2010 International Computer Music Conference. Altro Alfresco features two additional “obbligato” wind parts: in the upper register, a recorder played in the distance; in the lower register, the more robust (and proximate) sounds of Mother Nature.
Most recently, Dr. Fleisher’s Five Songs from Carl Sandburg’s “Prairie” were selected for this year’s inaugural New Music Conflagration concert series in St. Petersburg, FL. This international call for scores received more than 300 works, submitted by composers from 30 countries; only 11% of the submitted compositions were selected.