By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Guitarist Seth Josel will perform in Bucknell University's Gallery Series on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell.
The concert, which is free and open to the public, is part of the University's ongoing series of both world music and experimental new music concerts, funded by the Bucknell department of music.
The program will include Seth Cluett's "the little by little suddenly" for guitar and live-electronics; Josh Levine's "Downstream" for guitar and computer-generated sounds; Mark Polliks' "groping" for prepared steel-stringed guitar; Alan Tormey's "Delaytude" for electric guitar and electronics; and two versions of Morton Feldman's "The possibility of a new work for electric guitar" - Christian Wolff's "rendition" and Josel's "Reconstruction."
Prior to his concert, Josel will lead an open session for guitarists at 4 p.m. in Rooke Recital Hall on Feb. 9. The session is open to the public without charge; no registration is necessary.
Leading instrumental pioneer
Considered one of the leading instrumental pioneers of his generation, Josel has been a guest artist with leading orchestras and ensembles of Europe, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra (London), the Southwest German Radio Orchestra, the South German Radio Choir, the DSO Berlin, and the Schönberg Ensemble of Amsterdam.
He also has appeared at several major European festivals including Salzburg Festspiele, Ars Musica, The Holland Festival, Munich Biennale and London's South Bank Festival.
As ensemble player and soloist, Josel has been involved in the first performances of more than 100 works. He has recorded for radio stations throughout Europe, and he appears as ensemble/chamber music performer on CDs released by Nonesuch, CPO, Col Legno, Winter & Winter, and HetHut.
Josel's recordings include his first two solo releases in 1995 and 1998 featuring works of contemporary American composers. He recorded Berio's "Sequenza XI" for the complete Sequenza cycle released in 2006, and a portrait of Gavin Bryars' experimental music, in collaboration with Ulrich Krieger a year later. Last season a rare compilation of new art music for electric guitar music was featured on New World Records as well as Peter Ablinger's magnum opus for electric guitar, "33-127."
In addition to concert and recording activities, Josel has published several articles for the magazine Soundboard that deal with issues concerning the guitar and new art music. Co-founder of www.sheerpluck.de, a website database dedicated to the contemporary guitar literature, he is a founding member of the Catch Electric Guitar Quartet, based in Amsterdam.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including a Fulbright-Hays grant from the U.S. government and the Artists Stipend from the German State of Baden-Württemberg for residency at Schloß Solitude, Stuttgart. He holds music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and Yale University. His teachers included Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk and harpsichordist Richard Rephann, and he has participated in the master classes of Oscar Ghiglia and Andrés Segovia.
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