Talks & Lectures, University-wide
29 Mar 2017
Morton 324 - Richardson Room

Composer as UX Designer: How I Make Work

Lainie Fefferman, Composer

Lainie Fefferman

In this talk, Fefferman will introduce listeners to her work and process. She will discuss her recent re-conception of her own role as an experience-focused composer, illustrating the ways in which score, performers, rehearsal, technology, venue and audience all feed in turn into this philosophy. She will focus largely on her recent and ongoing project "White Fire," a song cycle for vocalist- (herself) and MIDI-triggered electronics.

Exploring the personal and idiosyncratic aspects of music-making, Brooklyn composer Lainie Fefferman’s most recent commissions have been from So Percussion, Make Music NY, Experiments in Opera, string quartet ETHEL, Kathleen Supové, TILT Brass, James Moore, Eleonore Oppenheim, JACK Quartet, and Dither. Her recent evening-length piece “Here I Am” for Newspeak and Va Vocals, the culmination of her residency at Roulette through the Jerome Foundation for the 2013-2014 season, was warmly received by a sold-out audience. In the 2015/2016 season, she was a resident fellow at the HERE Arts Center, where she created a multimedia performance art piece based on mathematical categorizations of infinity for herself and Mantra Percussion. She was LABA fellow at the 14th Street Y for the 2015/2016 season, which culminated in a collaborative performance with the JACK Quartet and film maker Stephen Taylor. Fefferman is the founder and co-director of Exapno, a New Music Community Center in Downtown Brooklyn, co-organizes the New Music Bake Sale, and is co-founder of the New Music Gathering, a national new music annual event. She received her doctorate in composition from Princeton University and continues to be a performing member of Princeton-based laptop ensemble Sideband. She teaches composition at Mannes Conservatory and mathematics at Saint Ann's School.

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