Viola d’amore

April 3, 2017

The viola d’amore is a rare and mysterious instrument. Clues point to it arriving and evolving in Europe in the 17 th century from instrument designs originating in the Middle East, Anatolia, or India, but the exact details of its origins remain shrouded. Unusual characteristics include its set of sympathetic... Read more »

Fourth Annual 64-bit Competition Finalists

March 18, 2017

64-bit Finalists with Hsing-ay and Kevin We have our finalists for the fourth annual 64-Bit Competition! These pieces will be performed at the February 22nd, 2017 Pendulum@Atlas concert in the Atlas Black Box Theatre. The audience members will vote on the winner, so come support these wonderful artists and help... Read more »

CU Student Premiere of Piece by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Carter Pann

March 15, 2017

It’s been a whirlwind year for composer Carter Pann. Since being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his saxophone quartet “The Mechanics: Six from the Shop Floor,” Pann has been working on new chamber music, large ensemble pieces—even an homage to Ravel’s “Boléro.” And of course,... Read more »

Alumni spotlight: Sam Estes and Cole Ingraham

March 15, 2017

When you’ve helped prolific composers such as Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman write film music, it’s probably safe to say you know a thing or two about what it takes to create a memorable and fitting score in Hollywood. You also know how challenging it is. Sam Estes (MM ’05)... Read more »
Pendulum 3-22-17 Event Poster

About our March poster art

March 4, 2017

"I always loved this photo. It is from a series of photos of flowers that I did when Ai Weiwei was doing his #FlowersForFreedom Twitter campaign. You may recall that after his detention by the government his passport was confiscated for a few years. #FlowersForFreedom was part of his effort... Read more »

COLLOQUIA (ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS)

March 4, 2017

Mondays, 2:00 pm, refreshments following Imig Music Building, C-199 (Chamber Hall) Those who enjoyed Steven Bruns’s CU on the Weekend presentation in November, on Crumb’s Apparition, may also enjoy the following presentation, by two DMA students. March 6, 2-3 pm – Zachary Patten and Michiko Theurer, University of Colorado Boulder... Read more »
flowchart_I being performed at Pendulum@Atlas

Program notes for flowchart_I (2017) by Katharina Rosenberger

Feb. 23, 2017

Program Note- flowchart_I (2017) flowchart_I is part of a larger cycle of multichannel electro-acoustic compositions that all deal with the mapping of data derived from systems and organism characterized by flow. flowchart_I is particular in that it is not based on statistical or empirical data sets, it reflects on recent... Read more »
Sean Winters

Sean Winters on "Capriccio for solo A/V controllerist" (2016)

Feb. 20, 2017

On the upcoming Pendulum concert, happening February 22nd, composer and laptop virtuoso Sean Winters will be controlling Ableton (Audio) & Max for Live (Visual) with a Launchpad, a Nanokontrol, and an X3D Joystick. When asked about the work, he explained: "I once came across an Aaron Copland quote about a... Read more »

Selena Wellington on her piece "Almanac"

Feb. 6, 2017

For me, writing music can sometimes feel like a constant question of WHO AM I. Some pieces feel like battlegrounds, where identity asserts itself against all odds. Others are floating dreams, unconcerned and unaffected, identity trailing lightly behind. Others still, I am changed by the end. This piece was hard... Read more »
Piano painted by Jack Gaffney

A Colorful History in Music

Jan. 30, 2017

If you’ve ever stopped to enjoy the music drifting from a painted piano near the Pearl Street Cheesecake Factory, then you’ve been exposed to the many talents of first-year composition student Jack Gaffney . Gaffney not only writes the tunes he taps out but also covers the piano in his... Read more »

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