September 10, 2007

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the faculty recital, "A Little (imaginary) Night Music," with pianist Lois Svard Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center.

The program, which is free to the public, will include Imaginary Dances by William Duckworth, and Ghost Variations by George Tsontakis.

In addition, Svard will be joined by Bucknell seniors Megan Rowland and Anja Wade in Kyle Gann's Long Night for three pianos.

Lois Svard is best known for her performances and recordings of American experimental music. Critics have called her recent DVD of Annea Lockwood's Ear-Walking Woman "fascinating," "irresistible," and "a superb way to experience Lockwood's work." Her performances celebrate the avant-garde in piano music, whether in the music of Franz Liszt in the 19th century, or in more recent works using multimedia, prepared piano, digital keyboard and microtonal tunings. Recently, Svard also has begun to explore the correlation of hemisphericity, or the preference for processing with either the right or left hemisphere of the brain, with the study and performance of the piano. For more information, see http://www.loissvard.com/

Bucknell Professor of Music William Duckworth is at the forefront of music created specifically for the Web. In the mid-1990s he began Cathedral, a multi-year work of interactive music and art on the web that incorporates acoustic and computer music, live webcasts, and newly created virtual instruments. The Aug. 31 premiere of iOrpheus, an iPod opera for the streets and promenades of Brisbane, Australia, was played on iPods, mobile phones, and laptops, and featured interactive installations and hundreds of live performers. Imaginary Dances was written for Svard and is recorded by her on the Lovely Music label.

Kyle Gann, a member of the music faculty at Bard College, is well-known both as a composer and as a music critic and journalist. His music is often microtonal and is influenced both melodically and rhythmically by the Hopi, Zuni and other Southwest Pueblo tribes. Several of his works for Disklavier were recently choreographed and performed by the Mark Morris Dance Company, and a piano concerto, Sunken City, will be premiered by Orchestra Volharding in Amsterdam in October. His writings on new music include more than 2400 articles for more than 45 publications, and he is the author of several books. Gann has received very few performances due to the complexities of having three grand pianos on stage.

George Tsontakis is the current holder of the prestigious "Charles Ives Living," an award given to a composer every three years by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His music has been performed at major festivals and performance venues throughout North and South America, Europe and Japan. Pianist Stephen Hough's recording of Ghost Variations was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 1998. Tsontakis has been a faculty member of the Aspen Music School in Colorado since 1976 and has been on the faculties of both Sarah Lawrence and Bard College.

Megan Rowland, York, Pa., is majoring in music education with piano as her primary focus. Anja Wade, State College, Pa., is a double major in music and Russian; piano is her primary instrument.

Contact: Office of Communications

Posted Sept. 10, 2007

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