Georgia Tech’s Sonic Generator to Perform in Atlanta Premiere of Maá
Posted August 16, 2011 | Atlanta, GA
On September 9 and 10 at 8 pm, Georgia Tech’s contemporary music ensemble Sonic Generator will perform in the Atlanta premiere of Maá—an evening-length performance at Atlanta Symphony Hall.
In this first-of-its-kind collaboration among Sonic Generator, contemporary dance troupe gloATL and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano, the audience will be immersed into a panoramic, grass-covered landscape with a 360-degree experience of music, dance and theatrical design. Seating is limited—tickets may be purchased at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404.733.5000 or online.
Maá is an original interpretation of the renowned Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s music composition of the same name, which translates to “earth.” Saariaho’s work blends the use of electronics and traditional instruments and is marked by its emphasis on timbre; Maá is widely considered to be among her most important compositions.
“We are excited to share this exhilarating work with Atlanta audiences,” said Jason Freeman, assistant professor in the Georgia Tech School of Music and executive director of Sonic Generator. “Georgia Tech is an international leader in arts and technology research, and this production demonstrates our commitment to bringing the unique expertise of our faculty and students to the concert stage to present compelling performances in collaboration with the most talented artists in the city.”
Now in its sixth year, Sonic Generator uses technology to transform the ways in which we compose, perform and listen to music. The group is sponsored by Georgia Tech’s GVU Center, College of Architecture, and School of Music, bringing the best professional classical musicians from around Atlanta to campus to collaborate with students and faculty and incorporate new research into live performance.
gloATL Dancemaker Lauri Stallings will choreograph and stage the work for seven principal dancers, the musicians and Spano, who will conduct the entire Maá environment. A large physical chorus of dancers from gloLAB and Kennesaw State University’s Department of Dance will complete the cast.
Sonic Generator, Georgia Tech's chamber music ensemble-in-residence
Stallings also assembled the creative team, including Bruce Harlan, Lighting Designer; Adam Larsen, Multi-Media Artist; Anne Patterson, Scenic Designer; Tian Justman, Costume Designer; and Richard Carvlin, Production Manager.
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.