The University of California San Diego Department of Music and Qualcomm Institute have invited world-renowned violinist Marco Fusi for two concerts:
- on Feb. 21, he performs composer Professor Lei Liang‘s 60-minute piece “Six Seasons” on violin and viola d’amore. “Six Seasons” was inspired by Liang’s 6-year collaboration with scientists Joshua Jones and John Hildebrand of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The music pairs live performance with natural sounds captured by hydrophones placed 300 meters below sea surface in the Arctic. Mingyong Cheng’s visual display of NASA images of the Arctic will be enhanced by sonic spatilization by UCSD PhD candidate Charles Deluga, a member of the Lei Lab.
- on Feb. 22, as part of the IDEAS initiative, participate in a live performance of composer Luigi Nono’s “Nostalgic Utopian Future Distance,” along with musician, artist and Ph.D. student Michelle Helene Mackenzie and Associate Professor of Sound Design Bobby McElver. The piece will be performed using several hundred speakers in a custom wavefield synthesis array built by McElver.
Before his passing in 1990, Nono composed avant-garde classical music that mixed traditional instruments with chorus and/or electronics. “Distance” is one such work that explores an “ever-changing soundscape” by mixing recordings and improvisation by performers.