Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Crossovers » Philippe Manoury, en echo

Space 4 Art
325 15th between J and K
San Diego
$15.00 and $10.00 students
Parking is easy - on the street and at $3.00 parking lots very nearby.

Miller Puckette, live electronics;
Juliana Snapper, soprano;
Philippe Manoury, composer

En Echo is a duo which blends electronics and acoustic voice, performed by Miller Puckett, creator of MaxMSP and PD (Pure Data), and soprano Juliana Snapper.

En echo is a succulent extravaganza of computer-generated sounds interacting with the purity of a solo soprano."
-Keith Potter, The Independent (London)

These settings of seven short poems by Emmanuel Hocquart, for soprano and live electronics, share a central concern but present seven highly individual excursions, both textually and musically. This diversity is balanced by a rich network of cross-references, both on the surface and underneath. The sonic world of the piece reflects Manoury's longtime interest in using live electronics as an extension of live instruments. En écho marks the culmination of Manoury's eight-year period of research at IRCAM in collaboration with Puckette, during which they worked out techniques for synchronizing electronic music with live performers, and for using the sonic quality of the instrument (in this case Snapper's voice) to control selected aspects of the overall sonority of the electronic part.

Miller Puckette

Miller Puckette won Putnam and NSF fellowships to study mathematics at MIT and Harvard, where he finished his Ph.D. in 1986. From 1979 through 1986 he also worked on real-time techniques for live music performance at the MIT Media Lab. He then joined IRCAM where he wrote Max, a seminal computer music environment. In 1994 Puckette joined UCSD where he is now professor and Chair of the music department, and is developing a new software environment for computer music named Pure Data.

Juliana Snapper

Juliana Snapper is a concert soprano and interdisciplinary artist who works with the human voice as a material and sensorial substance, and as a site for social practice. Presented in festivals across Europe, the UK and in the United States, her site-specific projects involve her own expanded vocal techniques (singing underwater, for example) operatic improvisational structures, prosthetic costuming and intensive vocal work with collaborators, including Ron Athey and Jeanine Oleson, and community groups local to production sites. Her works have been presented by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, PS1/New York Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum, LA's Machine Project, and REDCAT. Snapper earned a bachelor degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and graduate degrees in contemporary music and critical musicology from the University of California, San Diego. Her writing on vocality has been published in journals including Performa: New Visual Art Performance, Encyclopedia VoL. 1 A-E, The European Journal of Cultural Studies, and The Open Space Magazine. She is a founding member of Los Angeles-based art group ARLA with Elana Mann and Vera Sung, and Music Director for Opera Povera.

Philippe Manoury

Philippe Manoury studied piano with Pierre Sancan, musical analysis with Claude Ballif, composition with Gérard Condé and Max Deutsch, and computer music with Pierre Barbaud. He earned First Prizes at the Conservatoire de Paris both in analysis (1977) and composition (1978.) Since 1981 he has worked at IRCAM, realizing a cycle of interactive pieces entitled Sonus ex Machina (including Jupiter, Pluton, Neptune, and La Partition du Ciel et de l'Enfer), en écho for soprano and computer, and many orchestral works and operas presented in many of the world's most important venuues. UC San Diego composer Philippe Manoury has been awarded Best Composer of the Year in France's Victoires de la Musique Classique 2012, the French equivalent of the Grammys. Manoury was honored for his opera La Nuit de Gutenberg (The Night of Gutenberg), which was premiered last fall by the Opera National du Rhin in Strasbourg. Manoury is a Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego.