REDCAT Presents Barry Schrader: Soundworld

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REDCAT (The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) presents Barry Schrader: Soundworld on Wednesday, February 22. This program celebrates the 60th birthday of the renowned composer with a concert of his music created over the past 33 years.

Barry Schrader: Soundworld is a multimedia celebration at REDCAT http://redcat.org/season/0506/mus/barry.php of the renowned composer’s music on the occasion of his 60th birthday. This retrospective concert includes the world premiere of "Fallen Sparrow", a solo work performed by violinist Mark Menzies, and a new dance theater setting of the piece "After Death" by choreographer Kyu Hee Park, with video by Francesca Penzani. Also making special guest appearances are harpsichordist Barbara Cadranel and pianist Vicki Ray. Schrader’s music on this event is accompanied by films and videos by Adam Beckett, Steve Eagle, Jules Engel and Michael Scroggins.

Barry Schrader has been acclaimed by the "Los Angeles Times" as "a composer born to the electronic medium", named "a seminal composer of electro-acoustic music" by "Journal SEAMUS", and described by "Gramophone" as a composer of "approachable electronic music with a distinctive individual voice to reward the adventurous". "There's a great sweep to Schrader's work that puts it more in line with ambitious large-scale electronic works by the likes of Stockhausen, a line that can be traced backwards to Mahler, Bruckner and Beethoven." writes Dan Warburton of the Paris Transatlantic Magazine.

Schrader's compositions for electronics, dance, film, video, mixed media, live/electro-acoustic music combinations, and real-time computer performance have been presented throughout the world. He has received recognition in the form of grants, awards, and commissions, from numerous organizations and has recently been awarded a Copland Grant through Innova Recordings. Active in the promotion of electro-acoustic music, Schrader is the founder and the first president of SEAMUS (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States). He has been involved with the inauguration and operation of several performance series such as SCREAM (Southern California Resource for Electro-Acoustic Music), the Currents concert series at Theatre Vanguard (the first ongoing series of electro-acoustic music concerts in the U.S.), and the CalArts Electro-Acoustic Music Marathon. He has written for several publications including "The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians", "Groliers Encyclopedia", "Contemporary Music Review", and "Journal SEAMUS", and is the author of the book "Introduction to Electro-Acoustic Music" . He has been a member of the Composition Faculty of the California Institute of the Arts School of Music since 1971, and has also taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and the California State University at Los Angeles. His music is recorded on the Opus One, Laurel, CIRM, SEAMUS, Centaur, and Innova labels. His web site is http://www.barryschrader.com/.

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