New Sounds Festival continues with performance by pianist

Contact: Cara Barnes

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Pianist and composer Kari Johnson will perform as part of the Western Michigan University School of Music's New Sounds Festival at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The highlight of the program will be the world premiere of a new suite for piano, interactive electronics and interactive video by Dr. Christopher Biggs, WMU assistant professor of music. The new work, "Contraposition," modernizes the concept of a 17th-century French dance suite by adding touches of techno and cutting-edge interactive audiovisual processing. The live electronics are realized by software created specifically for this work. "Contraposition" will also feature video samples created by faculty member Dr. Richard Johnson.

The program will also include works by Spanish composer Jorge Garcia de Valle Mendez and U.S.-based composers Robert Seaback, Andrew Selle and Adam Scott Neal.

For more information about the concert, visit or call (269) 387-4667.

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