Concerto for T-Stick and Two Laptop Orchestras

Here’s a video from way back in 2011 that only recently noticed on YouTube. It features D. Andrew Stewart playing the T-Stick as instrumental soloist with laptop orchestras from Concordia and McMaster Universities.

The piece was co-composed by Eldad Tsabary (director of the Concordia Laptop Orchestra, CLOrk), D. Andrew Stewart (T-Stick) and David Ogborn (founder of McMaster University’s Cybernetic Orchestra).

Interestingly, there are also a couple of videos online in which composer Kevin Austin presents the video and discusses the piece.

Video: Experimental Music from Brazil and Beyond

Video has now been posted from the concert “Experimental Music from Brazil and Beyond” at the University of Lethbridge. The concert featured two performances with T-Stick: a solo written by Patrick Hart and D. Andrew Stewart, and a trio improvisation by Fernando Rocha (percussion, including another project of mine: the Hyper-Kalimba), Elise Pittenger (cello) and D. Andrew Stewart (soprano T-Stick).

Live@CIRMMT – Steven Schick

Steven Schick performing Chatter/Clatter at UCSD

Last Wednesday I was involved with another concert: Pieces for solo percussion and live electronics performed by UCSD’s Steven Schick. This amazing performance was part of the Live@CIRMMT performance series, and also has another connection to the IDMIL and me. One of the pieces performed was Chatter/Clatter, part of composer Roger ReynoldsSanctuary Project, which was initially workshopped in the IDMIL as part of a project exploring gesture control of sound spatialization. We developed a sensing system using piezo-electric contact microphones on the percussionist’s fingertips, a technique which is now used in the piece.

I also drove the computer for this performance, which was running software in Pure Data (pd) which handled  processing of the live sound and 12-channel sound spatialization.