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Oscillations: Ted Moore & Ben Roidl-Ward / Eduardo Rosario

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OSCILLATIONS: Ted Moore & Ben Roidl-Ward / Eduardo Rosario

November 2, 2018

Doors at 7:30. Music at 8.

Eduardo Rosario will present his open form composition entitled On Circulation, followed by Ben Roidl-Ward and Ted Moore in a new work exploring multimedia performance.

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OSCILLATIONS presents concerts by artists selected from submissions received in response to an open call for proposals.

BEN ROIDL-WARD on bassoon and TED MOORE performing on laptop and electronics will present a new work that explores their shared interest of multimedia performance and improvisation. Their artistic mission focuses on different strategies and systems for controlling sound and light that give them enough control to feel they can steer a performance, but not so much control that they have to be responsible for every aspect of the performance moment-to-moment. By giving the electronics and custom lighting system a agency of its own, it creates a third character that they can improvise with and play off of.

ROSARIO will perform one long open-form composition titled On Circulation, made of improvised rhythmic cells or modules. All the sound material is sampled from heterogeneous sources that comprise music, field recordings, archival footage, advertisement, found materials, user-generated content and more. The piece has all been prepared in such a way that each sound is usually one second long or less. On Circulation is a slow evolving work where the main structural and organizing parameters are density, timbre and time. The material constantly sways between synchronized and free motion even when at the same tempo because of the rhythmic subdivisions that occurs throughout the performance.

Eduardo F. Rosario is a sound artist from Caguas, Puerto Rico currently based in Chicago, Illinois. Rosario produces work as a performing experimental musician, as well as by making sculptural and installation pieces. The main concerns of his practice are media histories, their political and material implications, as well as modes of engaging with them. Rosario collaborates with performance artists and dancers including nibia pastrana santiago, fuerzas sutiles, liquid, taller de nada and a guide to immobility. His most recent performances include opening for Kali Malone and Sissy Spacek in Chicago, IL. Rosario is an MFA candidate in the Sound Department of at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a bachelor degree in Music Composition at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in 2012.

Ted Moore is a composer, improviser, intermedia artist, and educator based in Chicago. His work focuses on fusing the sonic, visual, physical, and acoustic aspects of performance and sound, often through the integration of technology. Ted’s work has been reviewed as “an impressive achievement both artistically and technically” (Jay Gabler, VitaMN), “wonderfully creepy” (Matthew Everett, TC Daily Planet), and “epic” (Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press). Ted also frequently performs solo on electronics using his laptop, modular synthesizer systems, resonant physical objects, lighting equipment, and video projection. He has been featured as an installation artist by the Northern Spark Festival (Minneapolis), New York University, Studio 300 Festival of Digital Art and Music (Lexington, KY), St. Paul Public Library, TC Make (Minneapolis). Ted is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at the University of Chicago.

Ben Roidl-Ward is a bassoonist and improviser based in Chicago who is dedicated to working with and advocating for composers of his generation. He has appeared as a soloist with the Seattle Symphony and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, and has performed with the International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Chicago Symphony, and the New York Philharmonic. A 2018 Luminarts Fellow in Classical Music, Ben is a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a student of David McGill at Northwestern University. He also studied with Ben Kamins, George Sakakeeny, and Francine Peterson.