SPLICE electronic music festival set

Contact: Cara Barnes
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The SPLICE Festival celebrates electronic music.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University is hosting the Summer Institute for Performance, Listening, Interpretation and Creation of Electroacoustic Music—SPLICE—Summer Electronic Music Festival. Multiple festival performances are scheduled beginning Monday, June 27, through Saturday, July 2, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. Festival events are free and open to the public.

The concerts will feature performances by the SPLICE Ensemble, compositions of faculty members, and a day of concerts featuring new works and performances by festival participants. During the Friday, July 1 concert, two members of the performance faculty will perform "Kontakte" by Karlheinz Stockhausen, written for electronic sounds, piano, and percussion.

Festival schedule

All SPLICE concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held in WMU's Dalton Center Recital Hall, except where stated.

Monday, June 27

 Elise Roy, flute: featuring works by Elainie Lillios, Per Bloland, Richard Johnson and Alcides Lanza.

Tuesday, June 28

Samuel Wells, trumpet, and Keith Kirchoff, piano: featuring works by Christopher Biggs, Adam Vidiksis, Samuel Wells, James Mobberley and Ryan Carter.

Wednesday, June 29

Joo-Won Park, technology: featuring Park's own works.

Thursday, June 30

Lin Foulk, horn, and Adam Vidiksis, percussion: featuring works by Joo Won Park, Adam Vidiksis Chet Udell and Steve Kemper.

Friday, July 1

Elise Roy, flute; Samuel Wells, trumpet; Adam Vidiksis, percussion; and Keith Kirchoff, piano: featuring works by Joo Won Park, Christopher Biggs, Keith Kirchoff and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Saturday, July 2

Featuring works and performances by SPLICE 2016 participants, including several premiers of new works written for SPLICE. Performances at 10:30 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.


SPLICE, currently in its second year, is a weeklong intensive summer program for performers and composers interested in music that combines live performance and electronics, and is designed for performers and composers with or without a background in electronics. Participants will work closely with prestigious faculty who are active performers and composers of electroacoustic music. Community building and collaboration are at the heart of what SPLICE offers participants. Attendees will become part of a community that will continue to grow and develop beyond the event.

SPLICE’s 2016 faculty include WMU Assistant Professor of Digital Composition Christopher Biggs; Miami University Assistant Professor of Composition and Technology Per Bloland; WMU Assistant Professor of Multimedia Arts Technology Richard Johnson; Boston-based pianist, composer and concert curator Keith Kirchoff; Bowling Green State University Professor of Composition and Theory Elainie Lillios; California-based flutist and composer Elise Roy; percussionist and Temple University Instructor of Music Adam Vidiksis; and New York City-based trumpeter and composer Samuel Wells. The 2016 guest composer is Joo Won Park, the newly appointed assistant professor of music technology at Wayne State University.

For more information about the festival, visit splice.institute.com or call (269) 387-4667.

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