School of Music Festival of Contemporary Art Music

Four free, public concerts highlight the 2016 Festival of Contemporary Art Music.

The finale Guest Ensemble Concert includes recent and established masterworks for contemporary cello, guitar, and bassoon on Tuesday, March 8, at 8:00 p.m. in Bryan Hall.

Rohan de Saram
Rohan de Saram

Each of this year’s guest artists has an outstanding international career and specializes in contemporary music:

Rohan de Saram, cello

Magnus Andersson, guitar

Elise Jacoberger, bassoon

Other events include featured performances of original works by WSU faculty and student composers in two concerts:

  • New music written by music students Lindsay Greene, Peter J. Kelley, Zachary Meier, Russell Schaff, Max Heinzmann, Kirill Polyanskiy, and Adrienne Fountain, performed by WSU faculty and students
    Thursday, March 3
    11:00 a.m. | Kimbrough Hall
  • Faculty compositions by Greg Yasinitsky, Ryan Hare, Dave Jarvis, and Scott Blasco
    Thursday, March 3
    8:00 p.m. | Bryan Hall
  • Electroacoustic Concert, with music by WSU graduate student Greene, faculty member Blasco, Estonian composer Mirjam Tally, and French composer Éliane Radigue.
    Friday, March 4
    3:00 p.m. | Kimbrough Hall

Greene’s “Still” and Tally’s “Blow” both use recorded sounds from the composers’ surroundings, while Blasco’s “Stand at the Abyss” uses the composer’s voice—stretched and manipulated into a slowly evolving soundscape.

Radigue uses a synthesizer rather than recorded sounds. Her “CHRY-PTUS” combines two unsynchronized drone-based tracks to create an arresting, immersive sound world that seems at once constantly shifting and unchanging.

Festival schedule

The Festival of Contemporary Art Music celebrates art music of our own time. Works by student and faculty composers are highlighted along with those of the visiting composer.

“Without the festival, and others like it, young people might not be introduced to this music,” says Dr. Charles Argersinger, professor emeritus and festival creator. “It really is in danger of becoming extinct.”

The 2016 Festival of Contemporary Art Music is made possible through generous support from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Music. The festival was founded in 1989 by Dr. Argersinger and is currently under the direction of Ryan M. Hare.