Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 Visiting Artists

Val Jeanty

View the full Music and Change series here. This event is open to the institute; RSVP using this form.

Haitian-born Val Jeanty is a Brooklyn-based Afro-electronic (VodouElectro) music composer, drummer, and turntablist. Her installations have been showcased at the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and Lincoln Center in New York City, and internationally at Jazz a la Villette in France, the Venice Biennale in Italy, and SaalFelden Jazz Festival in Austria. She was a 2019 NYSCA Artist Fellowship recipient and has worked with a diverse array of artists including Anthony Braxton, Andrew Cyrille, and Geri Allen. Other highlights include “Fascinating Her Resilience,” a Wesleyan University commissioned multimedia performance collaboration with professor Gina Ulysse and work with Afro-Cuban saxophonist Yosvany Terry on his Grammy-nominated album, New Throned King.

Event Details

Chris Brown

CHRIS BROWN, composer, pianist, and electronic musician, makes music with self-designed sonic systems that include acoustic and electroacoustic instruments, interactive software, computer networks, microtonal tunings, and improvisation. His compositions are designs for performances in which people bring to life the musical structures embedded in scores, instruments, and machines.
Early pieces featured instruments he invented and built including a prepared electric piano in the orchestral piece Alternating Currents (1983) and a digitally-controlled analog signal processor for the environmental piece for brass, percussion and electronics Lava (1992). Talking Drum (1995-2000), was a MIDI network installation exploring polyrhythm, distance, and resonance in large architectural spaces. He is a founding member of the pioneering computer network band The HUB, which received the 2018 ZKM Giga-Hertz Prize for Electronic Music. Throughout his career he has composed solos for computer and for acoustic instruments with interactive electronics using self-authored software. Since 2005 he writes music in Just Intonation, also integrating rhythmic structures that parallel the proportions used in their tunings.

 

Event Details

Jahi Sundance Lake

View the full Music and Change series here. This event is open to the institute; RSVP using this form.

Veteran DJ Jahi Sundance is known for making inspired selections from varied genres and fashioning bold and imaginative soundscapes for audiences from clubs to concert halls. Jahi was the tour DJ for a number of recording artists: Talib Kweli, Mos Def, M’eshell Ndegeocello, and has performed as an integral part of ensembles led by Christian McBride, and Robert Glasper, among others. A producer in his own right, Jahi has produced tracks for Chris Brown, Danity Kane, and for the 2010 World Cup. Angeles.

Event Details

John Bischoff

John Bischoff (b. 1949, San Francisco) is a composer known for his solo constructions in real-time synthesis and the pioneering development of computer network music. He was a founding member of The League of Automatic Music Composers (1978), considered to be the world’s first computer network band. He is also a founding member of The Hub (1987), a network band that continues to expand on the network music form today. Recordings of Bischoff’s work are available on Artifact, 23Five, Tzadik, Lovely, and New World Records. In 1999, he was a recipient of a prestigious $25,000 Artist Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (NY). As a member of the Hub, he was awarded a GigaHertz Prize for life-time achievement in Electronic Music in 2018 by ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is Emeritus Professor of Music at Mills College in Oakland, California.

Event Details

AG Cook

View the full Music and Change series here. This event is open to MAP/Ex-Pop and Creative Tech Forum students only; RSVP using this form.

A.G. Cook is one of the most celebrated producers of our time.  Founder of the hugely influential PC Music label, he has produced works by Charli XCX, GFOTY, Hannah Diamond, Tommy Cash, Jónsi, Caroline Polachek, and many others. He has been Creative Director for Charli XCX since 2015. His solo music includes the 49 track album 7G, and Apple, both released in 2020.

Event Details

Animoss

View the full Music and Change series here. This event is open to the institute; RSVP using this form.

LA-based producer Animoss has contributed to many long-standing projects with some of the most critically acclaimed artists in underground hip-hop, including Roc Marciano, Ka, Chuck Strangers, Navy Blue and Cadalack Ron.

Event Details

Erin Demastes

This lesson will be a workshop dedicated to the processes of creating compositions with various noise sources, both electronic and acoustic. We will listen to and analyze different noise excerpts, learn about different recording methods, and compose short etudes together that can be used as starting points for longer compositions.  Mostly this class will give students a lot of information and ideas to work with as they go into their projects for the last half of the semester.

Erin Demastes is a Los Angeles-based multimedia artist, composer, and performer whose research combines sound and technology with humor, drama, and absurdity. Her work emphasizes the arbitrariness of product design by subverting the usage and perception of materials with play and experimentation. By placing items in theatrical settings, Erin brings out the character of things we normally may not think twice about. She uses everyday, household objects for both her fixed media work and performances but occasionally will create hacked and intentionally non-user-friendly electronics, as well.

 

Event Details

1234567