Monday, February 10, 2014

Notations 25: LeBaron and Wambsgans

Here's the twenty-fifth installment of Notations! Inspired by Cage's 1969 bookNotations is a collection of graphic scores, hand drawn music calligraphy, computer code, compositional sketches, text scores, and other innovative forms of musical notation.

Every Monday we'll showcase notation by two different composers (Tuesday this week...), primarily focusing on those local to Los Angeles. This week's composers are Anne LeBaron and Colin Wambsgans. All images are used with permission, and copyright is retained by each piece's respective creator. Click on the images to see a larger view.

from Planxty Bowerbird by Anne LeBaron

Anne LeBaron’s compositions embrace an exotic array of subjects encompassing vast reaches of space and time, ranging from the mysterious Singing Dune of Kazakhstan, to probes into physical and cultural forms of extinction, to legendary figures such as Pope Joan, Eurydice, Marie Laveau, and the American Housewife. Widely recognized for her work in instrumental, electronic, and performance realms, she has earned numerous awards and prizes, including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Alpert Award in the Arts, a Fulbright Full Fellowship, an award from the Rockefeller MAP Fund for her opera, Sucktion, and a 2009-2010 Cultural Exchange International Grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs for The Silent Steppe Cantata. Also an accomplished harpist, LeBaron is renowned for her pioneering methods of developing and implementing extended harp techniques, electronic enhancements, and notation in compositional and improvisational contexts. She currently teaches composition and related subjects, such as Concert Theater and HyperOpera, at the California Institute of the Arts.

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55 things by Colin Wambsgans

Colin Wambsgans was born in New Orleans, and grew up playing jazz piano. Currently, he composes music for electronics and assorted ensembles. His work explores the interactions of memory, translation, and timbres, and he often uses field recordings as a basis for composition. He presented original electronic work at the 2010 Darmstadt Summer Music Courses, after studying with Francisco Lopez. He is currently living in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter, and received his MFA in composition at CalArts, studying with Michael Pisaro.

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