October 27, 2005


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Electric violinist Ritsu Katsumata will perform "Voodoo Bach," featuring the world premiere of David Borden's `Smart Hubris,' Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. in Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.

The performance, which is open to the public without charge, is part of Bucknell's Gallery Series, a continuing series of performance art and experimental music, funded in part by grants from the Kushell Music Endowment and the Bucknell department of music.

A classically trained violinist who has been performing since she was 10 years old, Katsumata has a repertoire spanning Bach, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Brahms, Grieg, Mozart, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Franck and Vieuxtemps.

She has played acoustic violin in Carnegie Hall, the Philadelphia Academy of Music and the Smithsonian Institution as well as with the National Orchestral Association, Philly Pops, Philadelphia Pro Musica and the South Jersey Symphony.

As a composer and electric violinist, she has played clubs, rock and roll festivals, chamber music halls and avant garde performance spaces, including the Seattle Opera House, Museum of Modern Art in New York City and CBGB 313.

Katsumata has collaborated with African musician Samite Mulondo and digital music pioneer David Borden, as well as with musicians from Japan, Denmark, Africa and the United States.

A former advertising account executive in New York and Tokyo, she is also a multimedia designer. She is a web developer with the Bucknell department of Information Services and Resources.

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