The concert will precede the group's spring tour of Beijing, China, which will be from May 14-26. The ensemble will be the first laptop ensemble to visit Beijing, where they will interact with professional Chinese musicians with joint performances and presentation.
Hsiao-Lan Wang, director of the ensemble, said that several musical compositions have been commissioned specifically for the tour to engage composers and musicians from both the United States and China. The commissioned composers are: Chapman Welch, Cole Ingraham, Benoit Granier, Kari Besharse, Elizabeth Hinkle-Turner, Greg Surges and Daniel Zajicek.
Wang said members of the audience will experience a range of pieces from purely computer-generated sounds and music for live instrumentalists with laptops, to computer music with unusual sound-making objects. As a way to help concertgoers understand the medium, there will be introductions between each piece highlighting the technical and musical aspects.
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