Seattle Modern Orchestra presents a full concert of electronic music, including three works from three different generations and three stages of technologic development. SMO has commissioned Seattle-based Polish composer and research scientist at University of Washington DxARTS Ewa Trębacz to write Ligeia (2016), a piece for ensemble and surround sound in its World Premiere. Trębacz utilizes the latest technologies in sound processing and spatialization in an immersive approach to music with a lyrical narrative. To place this new work in context, this concert will present Differences (1959) by celebrated Italian composer Luciano Berio for small ensemble and tape. The tape plays a filtered, transposed, expanded recording of the acoustic part, creating a polyphonic relationship with the live ensemble. Finally, we will feature Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s Lichtbogen (1986) for ensemble and live electronics designed at the French institute IRCAM.
Music starts at 8 PM. Pre-concert conversation with co-artistic director Jérémy Jolley and composer Ewa Trębacz at 7:30 PM.