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Something Else: A triptych of new works by Linda Dusman, with audio and video by Alan Wonneberger
March 13 at 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
The Department of Music presents Something Else: A triptych of new works by Linda Dusman, with audio and video by Alan Wonneberger. The performance will feature UMBC faculty Tom Goldstein, bass drum; Lisa Cella, bass flute; Gita Ladd, cello; and Daniel Pesca, piano.
Something Else resists the traditions of both concert hall and installation art. Linda Dusman’s response to the pandemic combines reflections on the biology of the coronavirus spike protein, the poetry of Serena Hilsinger and Galway Kinnell, and the call of the extinct Kauai O’o bird. The music will be performed as a continual sonic event tightly woven with Alan Wonneberger’s 2021 17-year cicada recordings and videos of water surfaces, creating a contemplative space. It is Something Else.
Three premieres will be presented on the program:
And numberless quotidian happenings for solo bass drum
Corona Bagatelles for cello and piano
Only wait a little, and listen… for solo bass flute
Linda Dusman’s compositions and sonic art explore the richness of contemporary life, from the personal to the political. Her work has been awarded by the International Alliance for Women in Music, Meet the Composer, the Swiss Women’s Music Forum, the American Composers Forum, the International Electroacoustic Music Festival of Sao Paulo, Brazil, the Ucross Foundation, and the State of Maryland in 2004, 2006, and 2011 (in both the Music: Composition and the Visual Arts: Media categories). In 2009 she was honored as a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellow for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She was invited to serve as the first composer in residence at the New England Conservatory’s Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano in 2003. In the fall of 2006 Dr. Dusman was a Visiting Professor at the Conservatorio di musica “G. Nicolini” in Piacenza, Italy, and while there lectured at the Conservatorio di musica “G. Verdi” in Milano.
Dusman’s recent works have been inspired by the ever-changing political landscape coupled with the natural landscape of Cape Ann, Massachusetts, where she composes each summer. Dream Prayer Lullaby (2018) and Mother of Exiles (2019) both reflect on the global refugee crisis and Corona Bagatelles (2021) on the global pandemic. Her frequent collaborations with the Trio des Alpes have resulted in multiple commissions, including Thundersnow and Dancing Universe for piano trio. Lake, Thunder was premiered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 2015. Her work for piccolo and alto flute An Unsubstantial Territory was recorded by the inHale Duo and has received many performances throughout the United States and Europe. Piano Interiors was Dusman’s response to the 2012 Cape Ann Museum’s “Soliloquy in Dogtown” exhibition of works by Marsden Hartley. Her works are published by I Resound Press, and are recorded on the NEUMA, Capstone, and New Albany labels.
Alan Wonneberger has been active in the music industry for over 30 years as a musician, composer, producer, recording engineer and teacher. He graduated from the University of Maryland, where he studied percussion with Ronald Barnett, and studied audio and electronics engineering with Emile Zugby (Electronic Processing Associates/NASA). Through the 1970’s and 1980’s Mr. Wonneberger designed and built specialized equipment for use in both commercial and military projects; some of these included archival restoration of magnetic wire and tape, vectoring/optical multiplexing of audio discs, and production of Voice Indexing for the Blind media. In 1985, in partnership with Catholic University, he realized and built Washington, D.C.’s first all-digital recording facility. He is frequently hired as a consultant, teaching advanced concepts in recording and studio design to both individuals and organizations nationwide. Mr. Wonneberger has engineered and produced over 1000 recordings, including hundreds of commercial releases.
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