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Event #1255

Improvisation in the Music of George Lewis


Saturday, May 29, 2021

14:30 - 15:30
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University of Alberta , Accessible event
English | anglais
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Closed captioning in English
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30-minute contemporary music performance of Impromptu (2012) and Shadowgraph, 5 (1977), composed by George Lewis. The performance will be directed by pianist Roger Admiral, along with six other Edmonton musicians, and preceded by a brief introduction to the composer's aesthetics and philosophy of improvisation and creative music. Here, as the composer says, "musical improvisation models decisions made when we are suddenly confronted with an obstacle or a sign. Suddenly emergent sonic consequences of improvisative acts are equated with how we live our lives precariously, on the edge. Choice, negotiation, consensus, indeterminacy and agency all come into play." Join in on the discussion following the performance. The performers will include: Catherine Daniel, mezzo-soprano; Cheona Anderson, flutes; Allison Balcetis, saxophone; Laura Veeze, violin; Amy Nicholson, cello; Mark Segger, percussion; Roger Admiral, piano.

  • Roger Admiral, Pianist and Instructor, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta