Neil Rolnick Trio Performance
Date: 7:30pm PST November 14, 2018 Location: Evans Hall
with Jennifer Choi, violin and Kathleen Supové, piano
Composer Neil Rolnick pioneered the use of computers in musical performance, beginning in the late 1970s. Based in New York City since 2002, his music has been performed world wide, including recent performances in China and Mexico and across the US. His string quartet Oceans Eat Cities was performed at the UN Global Climate Summit in Paris in Dec. 2015. In 2016 and 2017 he received support from CEC ArtsLink, the Bogliasco Foundation and New Music USA.
Throughout the 1980s and ’90s he developed the first integrated electronic arts graduate and undergraduate programs in the US, at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Though much of his work connects music and technology, and is therefore considered in the realm of “experimental” music, Rolnick’s music has always been highly melodic and accessible, and has been characterized by critics as “sophisticated,” “hummable and engaging,” and as having “good senses of showmanship and humor.”
Rolnick is joined in this concert by his frequent collaborators, Jennifer Choi on violin, and Kathleen Supové on piano. Both Jennifer and Kathleen are stars in their own rights, performing regularly around the world with a virtual who’s who of contemporary composers and adventurous ensembles.
This program will feature Deal With The Devil, which was written for Jennifer and Kathy in 2017, involving a virtuosic combination of instrumental playing and real time digital processing, controlled by all three players. Rolnick will also perform one of his signature “mash-up” pieces, featuring unusual takes on traditional folk tunes.