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Princeton Laptop Orchestra premieres, April 4

The Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) will perform at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

Special guest performers will be the New York City-based quartet So Percussion, accordion legend Pauline Oliveros and tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain.

Directed by Dan Trueman, assistant professor of music, and Perry Cook, associate professor of computer science, PLOrk is a new ensemble of 15 musicians, each using a laptop computer and a variety of control devices to produce music through a six-channel hemispherical speaker. PLOrk, which is featured in the April issue of Wired Magazine, has been the basis for a freshman seminar last fall and a senior/graduate seminar this semester.

This premiere concert will include new music by computer-music pioneer Paul Lansky, professor of music at Princeton. PLOrk also will play works by Trueman, Cook, Brad Garton, Curtis Bahn and Tomie Hahn, Scott Smallwood, Seth Cluett and Ge Wang.

PLOrk's guest performers are cutting-edge figures in the music world. The New York Times has called So Percussion "brilliant" and "consistently impressive." Oliveros is considered a key figure in electronic art music. Hussain, a visiting professor at Princeton this year, is renowned for playing the classical tabla (Indian drums) and regarded as a driving force behind the contemporary world-music movement.

Tickets are $10 for the general public; $6 for students; and free for Tiger Tickets holders. They are available through the Richardson box office at (609) 258-5000 or online through University Ticketing.

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