Experimental trio Haptic will perform Concentric Rings in Magnetic Levitation, composed by Michael Pisaro specifically for the group. The piece, inspired by recent hypotheses regarding the electromagnetic character of Saturn's Rings, features an 88-note piano "melody" that is fractured by a series of 13 concentric "rings"—sine tones, radio static, percussion and other elements—that cycle around this central source.
Haptic comprises Steven Hess, Joseph Clayton Mills, and Adam Sonderberg. Initially conceived as a vehicle for live collaboration, the group has evolved to include partnerships with a diverse group of musicians, composers, designers, and artists, including Olivia Block, Tony Buck, Mark Solotroff, David Daniell, Allon Kaye, and Lisa Slodki. Formed in the spring of 2005, Haptic has since performed throughout the United States, including at the Sonic Circuits festival in Washington DC, the Wire Magazine Adventures in Modern Music festival in Chicago, and as part of the University of Wisconsin's Action at a Distance series. In the fall of 2009, Haptic and video artist Lisa Slodki presented a month-long installation and series of performances at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. The group's latest recording is the forthcoming full-length Scilens (released simultaneously on CD by the UK-based label Entr'acte and on cassette by Chicago label FSS).
Michael Pisaro was born in Buffalo in 1961. He is a composer and guitarist, a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble, founder and director of the Experimental Music Workshop and the Dog Star Orchestra, and curator of the record label, Gravity Wave. He is Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Music Composition of Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles.