Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) with pianist Kathy Supové
A horde of premieres and pianos with PLOrk!
For the first time in three years, the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) returns to Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus. The first ensemble of its size and kind, PLOrk has inspired the formation of laptop orchestras across the world, from Oslo through Dublin, to Bangkok through Stanford. PLOrk has performed widely, from Carnegie Hall to The Kitchen, and has been covered by the New York Times, Wired Magazine, NPR, The Guardian (UK), and many others. In 2008, PLOrk was awarded a major grant from the MacArthur Foundation.
Joining PLOrk on this program is renowned New York pianist Kathy Supové (“What Ms. Supové is really exploding is the piano recital as we have known it, a mission more radical and arguably more needed.” --Anthony Tommasini, the New York Times). Supové will premiere a new "mini-concerto"—Four Squared for Ligeti (after chopsticks)—for piano and laptop orchestra composed by PLOrk co-founder and Director Dan Trueman, as well as new works by Michael Early and Lainie Fefferman.
Returning to PLOrk for the first time since retiring from Princeton is PLOrk co-founder and renowned computer musician Perry Cook for the premiere of "LOrX Aeterna" (non plangit amissa Binary dIgiTs), a piece that crosses two and fro between virtual and real choirs. Jeff Snyder brings a gaggle of his groundbreaking instruments for his new piece, including the neo-medieval/space-age digital contravielles and the manta, as well as some new instruments built especially for the occasion. In their new works, Jascha Narveson explores the possibilities of democratic action and live-coding via wireless networking, while Konrad Kaczmarek approaches laptop improvisation from a jazzer's perspective. Finally, Anne Hege ritualistically and physically conjures a gorgeous sound world with her new work.
Many of these new works will be featured at the first ever symposium on laptop orchestras in Baton Rouge later this year, and will be recorded this coming summer for release in 2013.
$10 ($5 student, Passport to the Arts eligible)
For more info: http://plork.cs.princeton.edu/
Location: Richardson Auditorium
Date/Time: 04/07/12 at 8:00 pm - 04/07/12 at 10:00 pm