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1998 Conference, Concert 1

April 3, 1998, Siebert Chapel, Carthage College, Kenosha.
Hosted by Gary Verkade.


(DE)TUNE (1997) Shersten Johnson
Statement (1964) Yehuda Yannay
Laconisme de l'aile (1982) Kaija Saariaho
Die tanzende Aphorisme (1998) Albrecht Maurer
Camilla Hoitenga, flute
Interfacing, for MIDI Disklavier and "Max" software (1997) Joseph Koykkar
Todd Welbourne, piano
Thomas Gaudynski, guitar-driven electronics
Hal Rammel, amplified pianoette, percussion
Reception follows.


Thomas Gaudynski has been active in the creation and performance of contemporary music and music/theatre since the mid 1970's. In addition to his own works for voice, electronics and unique ensembles, he has realized works by composers such as Cage, Reich, Wolff, and Zorn as well as members of Fluxus. He has performed throughout the United States and in Canada and has worked with musicians Davey Williams and La Donna Smith, Anne LeBaron, George Cartwright, David Moss, Michael Lytle, Malcolm Goldstein and was a member of the trio DG&G. Currently he employs guitar-driven electronics in the improvisation trio "electronics & saxophone" with Hal Rammel and Steve Nelson-Raney.

The American flutist Camilla Hoitenga belongs to the international elite. Since winning the Gaudeamus Prize in Rotterdam, she has been in worldwide demand as a soloist. As well as appearing in the important European music centers and festivals (MusikTriennale Cologne, Salzburg Festival...), she concertizes regularly in the USA, Japan and Australia.

Composers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen and Kaija Saariaho have dedicated pieces to her and her programs have included numerous world premieres, among them Ken-Ichiro Kobayashi's Four Scenes for Flute and Orchestra. She collaborates with such world renown musicians as Gilmore Prize winner RaIf Gothøni (conductor/pianist and her duo partners are Anssi Karttunen (cello), Alice Giles (harp), and Michael Quabeck (guitar).

Hoitenga has recently contributed to a CD-ROM produced in Paris and Finland about the music of Saariaho, providing recordings, interviews and essays about the flute. The live presentation on October 7 in Paris (Finnish Institute) included performances with Karttunen.

Further commitments for the 1997-98 season include an evening of French Impressionism at Schloss Lerbach with pianist Eriko Yamamoto, composer-portrait of York Höller with Kristy Becker, and a solo program of "Music and Language" at the International Hugo Wolf Academy in Stuttgart. She is currently teaching at the University of Illinois as a sabbatical replacement for Alexander Murray.

Shersten Johnson is a second-year PhD candidate in Music Theory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a minor in composition. (De)Tune for solo flute alternates slower, introspective sections with faster ones that utilize disjunct melodic treatments of the 12-note chromatic aggregate. The slower sections feature selected notes which are played with alternate fingerings that "de-tune" these notes, providing them with a slightly different color. Other coloristic effects are also used such as harmonics and flutter tonguing.

Joseph Koykkar (Composer/conductor/pianist/sound designer) is on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is the Coordinator of the Interarts and Technology Program and Music Director for the Dance Program. He holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Indiana University and the University of Miami (DMA 1983). His principal composition teachers have been John Eaton, Dennis Kam, and John Downey.

His compositions have been performed extensively throughout the United States and in Europe and South America by such ensembles as the New York New Music Ensemble, North/South Consonance (New York), California EAR Unit (Los Angeles), Synchronia (St. Louis), Relache (Philadelphia), Present Music (Milwaukee), Compagnia Brasileira De Music (Sao Paulo,Brazil) and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He has composed in a variety of media including chamber music, orchestral scores, music for dance, film/video scores, and electronic music. He was composer-in-residence for the NOW Festival '96 at Capital University in Columbus, OH.

His compositions are published by MMB Music, Inc., Belwin-Mills, and See Saw Music. Chamber and orchestral compositions have been released on the Northeastern Records and MMC Recordings labels. Triple Play for piano, computer and MIDI Disklavier is recorded on the SEAMUS CD Volume 3. St. Louis's new music ensemble, Synchronia, has released his composition, Double Take, on their first CD in December 1995.

He has been the recipient of thirteen consecutive annual awards from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and has received an Individual Artists Award in Music Composition from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Among his other awards are grants from Meet the Composer, the American Music Center, the Wisconsin Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been a fellow at the International Summer Workshop for New Music in Darmstadt, West Germany, the Music of Our Time Seminar at Indiana University, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the Conductors Institute American Composer/Conductor Program and the Montanea Festival in Bern, Switzerland. He has been a past president of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers (1990-93).

Experimental multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, author, and graphic artist Hal Rammel has been an active participant in the improvised and experimental music scene in the midwest since the early l980s. Many of his solo and ensemble performances feature musical instruments of his own design and construction. He has been performing with Thomas Gaudynski and saxophonist Steve Nelson-Raney in the trio LIVE ELECTRONICS & SAXOPHONE since January of l997. Hal Rammel teaches musical instrument design and construction for the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and hosts "Alternating Currents in 20th Century Music" every Sunday night on WMSE-FM in Milwaukee.

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