This event celebrates two world premieres, two CD release launches and a debut of our original wearable motion sensor named µgic (pronounced mu-zik).
At the concert, Mari Kimura will present two world premieres. The first piece is Kaze (The Wind) written by Kimura, for an audio/visual chamber ensemble for violin, voice, string quartet and interactive computer. Kimura uses the word Kaze, which means ‘the wind’ in Japanese, and also includes many meanings in Japanese medieval poems and sayings as musical elements, embracing the forces of nature, politics and the world that are hard to grasp, but we must survive, thrive and coexist with. Kimura’s collaborator and media artist Liubo Borissov and herself are introducing a new wearable music controller µgic. µgic enables the creation of seamless motion-driven interfaces for real-time multimedia performance. Liubo is also the media artist for creating the interactive graphics for Kaze, along with another young talented media artist and violinist, Yujin Ariza. Some of the performers in Kaze will be wearing µgic in this piece, including a phenomenal multi-lingual young vocalist Jin-Xiang Yu, the champion of new music, the Cassatt String Quartet, and myself on the violin, interacting with audio and graphics in real time. Kaze was commissioned by Harvestworks Media Arts Center, with the generous grant from New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
The second world premiere is Harmonic Constellations, Michael Harrison’s latest massive opus, scored for multi-track violin with computer generated sine tones. The work is comprised of nine constellations of complex just intonation harmonies that gradually shift and evolve over time. In order to perform Harmonic Constellations, the violinist must perform exact pitches notated in Hz (frequency) on the score, with little pitch deviation as humanly possible. Mari found it fascinating discovering the entire universe within the microtonal intervals that creates beats and harmony Michael created. This project was supported by fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
The event also celebrates two of Kimura’s solo CD releases: from New World Record and Innova labels. Harmonic Constellations (New World Records) and Voyage Apollonian (Innova). Harmonic Constellations, also the title of this event, features works by American composers for violin and electronics by Eric Chasalow, Michael Gatonska, Michael Harrison, Mari Kimura, Hannah Lash and Eric Moe. Voyage Apollonian is a collection of Kimura’s original compositions using Subharmonics and interactive technology with motion sensors. It also features transcriptions of Brazilian composers which Kimura long wanted to introduce as contemporary classical violin works. The album is dedicated to some of the champions of Brazilian music, Egberto Gismonti, Hermeto Pascoal and Joaõ Bosco.