Versipel at Southern Sonic

Versipel at Southern Sonic

Friday, May 11th, 7:30 pm, CAC – New Orleans

Southern Sonic, a new festival of experimental music, sound art, and sound-based visual art, begins this week at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in New Orleans. The festival, which runs May 10th through the 13th, will host a number of world premieres and new collaborations that range in style and genre.

Versipel New Music is proud to be a part of Southern Sonic this year. The Versipel Collective is premiering three newly-commissioned works of graphic scores, animation, and visual collaboration by composers Jeff Albert, Kari Besharse, and Philip Schuessler. The collective will also be presenting works by Versipel composer Mendel Lee, and LSU Associate Professor of Music Composition Mara Gibson.

The Versipel New Music set will take place Friday, May 11th at 7:30 p.m. at the Contemporary Arts Center.

Quintet is a two-movement animated graphic score collaboration between Philip Schuessler and visual artist Cristina Molina, the work provides specific visual-performance constraints in the context of group-based improvisation:

Blooms by Kari Besharse was inspired by imagined images of organic, cellular and collective growth in slow motion or under a microscope. The score consists of a series of graphic blocks that the performers interpret and develop on their own or collectively:


Concrete Uncertainties is a collaboration to make a piece for video and improvising musicians by Jeff Albert and Chicago-based video artist Kim Alpert:


E: Vespers, a video collaboration between Mara Gibson and Rebecca Dolan, is part of a series of works focused on the horizon as a point of locus and grounding.

Mendel Lee’s Minkowski Etudes for trumpet and live electronics is a three-movement work that explores different concepts of time perception.

The Versipel Collective:

Laura Patterson, Flute

Wilbert Gilley, Clarinets

Alfonso Noriega, Viola

Elise Butler-Pinkham, Cello

Katalin Lukács, Piano

Mendel Lee, Percussion

Brittany Piatz, Percussion

Special guests: Jeff Albert, trombone and Dylan Koester, trumpet




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