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High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music

September 26, 2020 at 8:00 pm10:00 pm

Timothy Nohe

Each year, UMBC partners with the annual High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music, presenting one more more High Zero artists on campus, while faculty, students and alumni have been presented in live performances in downtown Baltimore. High Zero is the premier festival of improvised, experimental music on the east coast, being fully devoted to new collaborations between the most inspired improvisors from around the world. This year, Timothy Nohe, professor of visual arts, and Michelle Purdy ’10, music, will participate as performers in an online festival, which will take place September 24–27.

The performance on Saturday evening, September 26, will feature video and music works by Timothy Nohe and a percussion performance by Michelle Purdy, with the added participation of Lucas Yasunaga, Ada Pinkston, Neroj Patrick, Duncan Moore, Susan Alcorn, and Sue-C.

Timothy Nohe is an artist, composer and educator engaging traditional and electronic media in civic life and public places. His work has been focused upon sustainability and place, and musical and video works for dance and live performance. Nohe has exhibited and performed his work in a range of national and international venues: IMPAKT, Utrecht, The Netherlands; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Louvre Museum, Centre Pompidou; ISEA: Paris and the Baltic Sea; Ars Electronica, Linz; the Danish Institute of Electro-Acoustic Music, Århus; Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo; the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Oxfringe Festival, Oxford; Fed Square, Melbourne; the Baltimore Museum of Art; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; The National Aquarium, Baltimore; Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia; and The Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York. He composed a music score for Ann Sofie Clemmensen’s dance In To and Out Of, which debuted at The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, in October 2019. Nohe continues to collaborate with the dance and music community in Baltimore, notably with Mind on Fire. He is a professor of visual arts at UMBC and is an ACE Fellow.

Shelly Purdy is a contemporary percussionist and teaching artist from Maryland, currently living in Baltimore City where she has for the past decade been committed to presenting new and experimental music. Her sonic explorations tend to favor the mingling of found objects with more traditional instruments and an affinity for chance and silence whenever possible. These sonic worlds are explored through work with ensembles such as Umbilicus; a percussion quartet consisting of Baltimore improvisers Tom Goldstein (associate professor of music at UMBC); and UMBC alumni Paul Neidhart  and Will Redman. She is also a founding member of the science/music ensemble The Inverse Square Trio which seeks to demonstrate and illuminate acoustic properties and aural illusions through the works of Alvin Lucier, Steve Reich, Diana Deutsch, Richard Feynman and others. Purdy also embraces more traditional musics, most recently being her study with Gina Beck on Javanese & Balinese Gamelan percussion. Purdy has been a member of The High Zero Foundation and Red Room Collective since 2016 and is happy to announce the forthcoming release of her duo tape Six Improvisations for Two Vibraphones with Will Redman on 20/20 Records.

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September 26, 2020
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
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