Visiting Artist Series I: In the Shade, Geoffrey Gartner, cello 1/24/17

Versipel New Music


In the Shade

Geoffrey Gartner, solo cello


Marigny Opera House, New Orleans, Louisiana – January 24, 2017 

7pm: audience is invited to interact with the In the Shade installation

7:30: cello performance begins

Join Versipel New Music for a special event featuring Australian cellist Geoffrey Gartner in a solo recital that juxtaposes a masterpiece of the Baroque with the multi-sensory music of the present. This event features the world premiere of an interactive installation for cello and electronics by New Orleans composer Rick Snow entitled In the Shade. During this performance, the sonorous timbres of the cello are blended in real-time with three, spatially disposed resonant sound sculptures, filling the unique space of the Marigny Opera House. Audience members are invited to walk around the hall, immersing themselves in shifting, reverberant soundscapes. With evocative lighting to match, this will truly be a feast for the senses!

This immersive experience will be complemented by a performance of Bach’s Suite IV for unaccompanied cello, placing the past and present in stark relief.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 7:30 pm

Marigny Opera House
725 St. Ferdinand Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

Tickets: Suggested donation $20 adults, $5 students/seniors/hardship

About Geoffrey Gartner:

 A product of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and University of California San Diego, Australian cellist Geoffrey Gartner is well known for his dynamic stage presence and extrovert performance style. As a teenager Geoffrey quickly worked out his penchant for new music set him apart from most musicians his age. As an undergraduate he frequently exasperated his cello teacher by bringing microtonal nasties to lessons instead of Popper’s Studies.

Geoffrey specialty is solo and chamber music and he plays a repertoire extending from the baroque to the newest works, many of which are written for him. His recordings appear on at least nine different labels. He has brought countless new works to life and collaborated with many of today’s leading composers including Thomas Adès, Ross Edwards, Michael Finnissy and Helmut Lachenmann.

Geoffrey has been a featured soloist at many international festivals, including the Warsaw Autumn, ISCM World New Music Days, the International Computer Music Festival, and the Roaring Hoofs Festival in Mongolia. He recently completed extensive Australian tours performing ambulatory cello on stage with Sydney Dance Company.

His musical tastes are eclectic: apart from new music and the western art music canon, Geoffrey is keenly interested in the music of Latin America, as well as most forms of electronic music, particularly techno. Always the versatile musician, he also conducts, plays piano and loves singing choral communion with his church choir every Sunday morning.                         

About Rick Snow:

Rick Snow creates multi-modal artworks of sound and light.  His recent practice centers on immersive, sometimes interactive installation works of gesture and liminality. “My sonic practice embraces generative music composition techniques applied to the use of microtonality and sound synthesis.  Frequently, I combine these techniques with a focus on the use of home theater transducers to excite custom cut metal plates.  This process creates complex collections of resonant frequencies which are the basic building blocks of my music.  Visually speaking I am interested in sculptural and interactive sound objects and liminal experiences created by combining video projection and interactive lighting with sculptural elements.”

His recent work and collaborations have been seen in the CAC’s “A building with a view”, New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Baton Rouge, CAC’s “REVERB: Past, Present, Future”, Airlift’s Musical Village, and the P3+ exhibition Bamboula/NOLA.

Rick Snow holds a Professor of Practice position in Tulane’s Music Department where he teaches courses in music technology and music composition.

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