CIRCA Presents: A Concert with Jassie Rios and Shelly Purdy

Michelle PurdyMusic
CIRCA Presents: A Concert with Jassie Rios and Michelle Purdy
Friday, March 8, 1 p.m.
Music Box

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents a concert performance with Jassie Rios and Michelle Purdy (pictured).

Jassie Rios works at the intersection of computer based music (algorithmic/generative) and drawing (allographic). She examines the relationship between sound, light, movement, time and maps their transformations in site-specific spaces by applying not only scientific and mathematical models, but also anthropological, biological, linguistic, and philosophical paradigms. She utilizes both analog and digital instruments to generate visual and sonic drawings that are both improvisatory and systematic. Her work oscillates between states of representation and fragmentation, acoustic and electronic, object and process. Lines of research include concrete poetry, noise and sine tones, physical properties and natural phenomena, the limits of perception as a threshold for activating space and physical gestures. Rios’ work takes the form of video, sound, performance, real-time interactive sound environments, installations, photography, coding, poetry and mixed-media. Drawing is implied in the activity of musical and visual gestures.

Michelle Purdy is a contemporary percussionist committed to performing and teaching experimental music. She pursues new solo and ensemble repertoire in partnerships with local composers, dancers, sculptors, and visual artists, performs with various ensembles including the UMBC resident percussion quartet Umbilicus and the science/music group The Inverse Square Trio, and serves on the steering committee of the High Zero Foundation. Purdy’s passion for contemporary works has led to a vast array of opportunities, including performances at Baltimore’s Artscape Festival, So Percussion’s Summer Institute, IFCP at Mannes, June in Buffalo, Make Music New York, the Livewire Festival, the High Zero Festival, and the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale. Purdy received her B.A. in Percussion Performance at UMBC, where she was a recipient of the Linehan Artist Scholar Award, and her masters from the University at Buffalo where she studied with Tom Kolor of the Talujon percussion quartet. Purdy teaches at Towson University and Carroll Community College, and actively performs in the Baltimore area.

Admission is free. The performance will be followed by a reception.

Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is available in the Administration Drive Garage, in Lot 9 (limited number of spaces), and the Walker Avenue Garage — please see here for additional information. The Music Box is located in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.


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