Thursday, April 16, 2015
Location: Brown Hall, New England Conservatory
The first in a series of concerts surveying the electronic music of composer Robert Ceely (1930-2015) created over a span of fifty years. This program features works realized in the Studio di Fonologia (RAI, Milan, Italy), one of the most important facilities in the history of electronic music. Pieces composed by Ceely in the early 1960s at RAI will be presented alongside the work of other composers such as Luciano Berio and Luigi Nono, who were working at the studio during the same time period. The evening will also include works realized using modular synthesizers at Ceely's own BEEP studio in the late 1960s as well as computer music which he began to experiment with in the early 1970s at MIT’s electronic music studio.
Robert Ceely (visit his website here) was on the Composition faculty at NEC from 1966 until his retirement in 2003. In the early 1970s, with the encouragement of then president Gunther Schuller and Composition faculty colleague Donald Martino, he founded NEC’s Electronic Music Studio. During his lifetime, he made an invaluable contribution to the electronic music scene in Boston. He passed away on January 28, 2015 at the age of 85.
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