Violinist, percussionist to perform avant-garde music

Jacqui Carrasco, a Wake Forest University faculty violinist, and percussionist Tobias Liebezeit will present a concert of experimental and avant-garde music on March 26 in Brendle Recital Hall.

The multimedia concert will begin at 3 p.m. The performance features the Winston-Salem premieres of music by Japanese composer Jo Kondo and American experimental composer Alvin Lucier.

The concert will begin with Kondo’s “Orient Orientation” for two instruments. The composer’s “Pendulums” for percussion solo and “Three Songs of the Elderberry Tree” will follow.

“Composer Jo Kondo combines Eastern and Western elements to create a subtle and original musical language,” says Carrasco.

To celebrate Wake Forest’s yearlong focus on science and technology, Carrasco and Liebezeit will perform two of Lucier’s works that explore natural and scientific phenomena. “Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra” features the sound of a triangle amplified. In “Tyndall Orchestrations,” based on the works of John Tyndall, a 19th century philosopher, the flame of a Bunsen burner flickers in response to sounds from the performers.

Carrasco, an assistant professor of music, came to Wake Forest in 1999 after an active career as a violinist in New York City. She has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, Japan, Russia and Canada, as well as in American venues such as Alice Tully Hall in New York and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Liebezeit has performed experimental music with some of Europe’s leading avant-garde ensembles and musicians. He recently returned to Winston-Salem after a month-long U.S. tour with the Amsterdam-based ensemble The Barton Workshop.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 336-758-5026.

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