DATE: Friday, Jan. 18th, 2008
TIME: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
LOCATION: Ballet Austin at the Firehouse
ADDRESS: 3002 Guadalupe (map)
ADMISSION: $10 general; $8 for members/students
AGES: All ages
Nathaniel Bartlett [Albany Records]
AMODA is pleased to present virtuoso marimbist Nathaniel Bartlett, for an evening of singing wood fused with state-of-the-art electro-acoustic sound. Bartlett is an accomplished percussionist, but his work is no typical solo marimba repertoire. He brings the instrument into the realm of the unreal through the use of advanced digital sound processing and 3D audio projection.
Nathaniel Bartlett was born in 1978 in Madison, Wisconsin, and studied at the Eastman School and the Royal Academy of Music in London as well as with renowned marimbist Leigh Howard Stevens. Bartlett has dedicated himself to an instrument truly of our time, as well as to the music of our time – constantly seeking out composers with whom to collaborate in the creation of new repertoire for the instrument.
In particular, Bartlett is interested in the integration of computers and other electronics into live performances, creating a high-definition, multi-dimensional sound environment. He performs with a rig that seamlessly melds the Marimba with electronics, computers, and an eight-channel, cuboid, loudspeaker array – a performance concept that he calls “modern marimba^3”. A custom dual-display computer monitor has replaced the traditional music stand, allowing the score to change dynamically in response to the parameters of the electronics.
In 2006, Bartlett’s debut solo album was released on Albany Records. This recording, a hybrid multi-channel SACD entitled “Precipice”, contains new and recent music by living American composers, including works recently commissioned.
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