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Ellipsis

ELLIPSIS, 1995
Acquario Romano, Rome, Italy
In collaboration with artists Andrew Ginzel and Kristen Jones
June 21 from sunset to midnight

Sponsored by: Commune di Roma
American Academy in Rome

Dimensions: H 70' x W. 45' x D. 135' (21.3 x 13.7 x 41.1 m.)

Elements: 4,000 water filled glasses
Hemispherical vessels
Bay laurel trees
Circumnavigating solar light
Mirrors

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Hold That Thought

HOLD That Thought for string orchestra and computer driven electronics

2004
Hold that Thought, Gaunajuato Symphony, Mexico (premiere),
Hold that Thought, University Symphony, Berkeley

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ME

The large-scale form for ME mirrors the classic seven yogic steps as follows:

1. Preconscious ME, Open Vowel Space
2. ME Builds the Language Wall
3. ME Sings His Narcissistic Canon
4. ME Sings His Greatest Song
5. ME Speaks to the Crowd.
6. ME Speaks to His Prompter
7. ME Is Cast Into the Future and Dies

Edmund Campion, music
John Campion, text and concept

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Shafqat Ali Khan, David Wessel

Selections from a 1996 concert at CNMAT, featuring improvisations with Indian Ghazal tradition vocalist Shafqat Ali Khan, and live electronics with composer/improviser David Wessel.

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Urs Leimgruber- David Wessel Duo

Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber and American composer/improviser David Wessel perform a series of solos and duos. Violist Nils Bultmann joined them for the final piece of the evening.

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Lacy, Lewis, Wessel Trio

Trio improvisation with Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone), George Lewis (trombone), David Wessel (live electronics) from the Berkeley Edge Festival, June 7, 2003

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68

Why do we create art and what do we expect it to do? This is the question posed in 68. In the beginning we witness the creative act: a poet, writing and speaking out the earliest fragments of his poems; discovering through experiment his voice, both physically and figuratively.

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Another Cascando (...that's what counts...face in the mud...)

This is a unusual piece for piano and electronics, written for Sebastian Berweck. The electronics are based of recordings of shovelling mud and the piano part involves a variety of transcriptions. Here's the original program note:

“Distance, no matter how close the object may be.” – Walter Benjamin

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Night Edge I

Night Edge I
for singer, dancer, flute and prepared piano
written by Evelyn Ficarra with collaborating improvisers Heather Frasch (flute), Aurora Josephson (voice), Myra Melford (piano) and dancer Paige Sorvillo. Commissioned by Shie Shoji for her group Shonorities.

This piece takes its starting point from a poem in the Tanka form (31 syllables) by medieval Japanese poet, Izumi Shikibu.

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