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Jazz in the Digital Age

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Jazz in the Digital Age

Time: April 19, 2009 from 3pm to 5:30pm
Location: Homestead Carnegie Music Hall
Street: 510 East 10th Avenue
City/Town: Munhall, PA 15120
Website or Map: http://www.librarymusichall.c…
Phone: 412-268-4921
Event Type: concert
Organized By: Carnegie Mellon University/David Pellow/Roger Dannenberg
Latest Activity: Oct 20, 2009

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On Sunday, April 19 at 3 p.m., the Carnegie Mellon Jazz Ensemble will take the stage in Carnegie Library of Homestead’s Music Hall in what will be a performance first for the School of Music.
Carnegie Mellon's Jazz Ensemble, led by Director of Jazz Studies David Pellow, will perform a newly arranged work by faculty member John Wilson for jazz band, soloists and digital string orchestra. The "orchestra" is comprised of five Carnegie Mellon music students who have recorded 20 digital tracks that will be
time-stretched to synchronize with the live band. A member of the Jazz Ensemble will tap a custom-made foot pedal, which will allow the computer to sense the
tempo and other cues in different parts of the music. This computer accompaniment stems from a project by School of Computer Science Professor Roger Dannenberg. His research on this subject has been sponsored by Microsoft through the Computational
Thinking Center.
There will be additional "digital jazz" with electronic performances by Tomas Henriques on a digital valve instrument controller, Lyle Chamberlain on EWI, and Professor Dannenberg on trumpet with computer processing. Herniques is a visiting scientist in the School of Computer Science and Chamberlain is a robotics graduate student and regular member of the band. This event, which is sponsored by WDUQ-FM 90.5, is free and open to the public.

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Comment by sam on October 20, 2009 at 9:08am
this must have been great! I wish I could have participated! still, better later than never (glad I came across this group at least now, again my rapidshare search engine proved to be very helpful) is there any chance for a similar event to take place this autumn? would gladly participate during my next visit to Munhall:)

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