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The College of Arts and Letters presents [email protected], a virtual festival to celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). From November 18 to December 16, join this festival, planned under the guidance of Aysegul Durakoglu, artistic director and teaching professor, and Kelland Thomas, dean.
On December 9, Mario Diaz de Leon and Lainie Fefferman, both composers and assistant professors in Stevens' music and technology program, will host LVBMX, a casual listening party to celebrate the impact Beethoven's music has had on the music makers of today. Participants will present short works they have created as remixes and re-imaginings of the recordings of Beethoven's music. Using different technologies and techniques, our music makers will use the prism of the present today to provide a new experience of these iconic works.
About Lainie Fefferman
Lainie Fefferman is a composer, performer, and experimenter in the performative application of emergent music technologies. Her most recent commissions have been from Tenth Intervention, So Percussion, Make Music NY, Experiments in Opera, ETHEL, Kathleen Supové, TILT Brass, James Moore, Eleonore Oppenheim, JACK Quartet, and Dither. Her one-woman voice & electronics feminist song performance project "White Fire," an electroacoustic meditation on the heroines of the Hebrew Bible, premiered at Merkin Hall in 2016 and she has been touring it internationally ever since. She is a co-founder and director of New Music Gathering, an annual conference/festival hybrid event for the international New Music Community. She got her doctorate in composition from Princeton University and is programming/performing member of Princeton-based laptop ensemble Sideband. She is currently a professor of Music & Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology and an artist in residence at Nokia Bell Labs.
About Mario Diaz de Leon
Mario Diaz de Leon is an acclaimed composer and performer, whose work encompasses modern classical music, experimental electronic music, extreme metal, and creative improvised music. His classical works are noted for their bold combination of acoustic instruments/electronics and are documented on four full-length recordings. Working extensively with NYC based collaborators including ICE, Talea, TAK Ensemble, and Mivos Quartet, his music has been celebrated over the last decade for its “hallucinatory intensity” (New York Times), “snarling exuberance” (Pitchfork), “helter-skelter, electronically enhanced cadenzas” (New Yorker Magazine), and coupling of “crystalline clarity with the disorienting turbulence of a sonic vortex” (Wire Magazine). His most recent, entitled “Cycle and Reveal” was released by Denovali in September of 2019.