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Guys/Gals:

I just wanted to announce some upcoming events in the New England area with my new electroacoustic duo Sonic Circus. We will also be joined at all three performance by guest artist Erik Spangler (a.k.a. DJ Dubble8) and composer Katarina Miljkovic:

- Thursday, April 19th at 5:00 P.M. (FREE)
Cheney Hall at Franklin Pierce College in Rindge, NH
There will be an informal post-concert Q&A session with everyone involved.

- Friday, April 20th at 8:00 P.M. ($10 suggested donation)
The Lilypad (www.lily-pad.net)
Inman Square 1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

- Sunday, April 22nd at 3:00 P.M. (FREE)
The Boston Cyberarts Festival
New England Conservatory Room G01 in the St. Botolph Building Boston, MA

PROGRAM:
Eyes Wide Open: The Children of Iraq by Erik Spangler*
Billie by Jacob Ter Veldhuis
Luna by Lou Bunk
Drop (world premier) by Katarina Miljkovic
a sudden change in the consistency of snow by Peter V. Swendsen
TATATATA by Jacob Ter Veldhuis
a firefly in the belly (world premier) by Erik Spangler

* This multimedia work for DJ, slideshow (photos by George Sappio) and electronics will only be performed on Friday night's show at The Lilypad.

Soinc Circus Bio:
Currently fixated somewhere along the East Coast, Sonic Circus consists of Dana Jessen (bassoon) and Michael Straus (saxophones). Through blind emails and phone calls to composers, along with a sleep deprived attitude and lifestyle, Sonic Circus is slowly building a repertoire. Their combined individual efforts include the premiers of over forty new works with performances at The STONE, Jordan Hall and Kennedy Center along with dozens of appearances at universities and experimental venues. Always looking to collaborate with non-traditional artists and musicians, they will be joined by DJ Dubble8 for the world premier of a firefly in the belly for bassoon, turntables and electronics. Their debut program, consisting of several premieres, will include music by Miljkovic, Swendsen, Spangler, Ter Veldhuis and Bunk.

Guest Artist Bio:
Erik Spangler (a.k.a. DJ Dubble8) is a composer and turntablist whose hybrid soundscapes thrive on a unique blend of experimental and popular influences. Samples from old vinyl records, programmed drum patterns, newly composed acoustic layers, and synthetic sound elements are all subject to live time-bending through digital turntable manipulation. Dubble8’s acoustic compositions have been performed across the United States and Canada, by ensembles including the Atlantic Brass Quintet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, International Contemporary Ensemble, Callithumpian Consort, and the yesaroun’ duo. He has performed his own music in solo DJ sets across the United States, at venues ranging from clubs and galleries to university concert halls.

Spangler received a Ph.D. in music composition in 2004 from Harvard University. He currently directs a digital music program at Oasis Middle School, City of Cape Coral Charter Schools, in Cape Coral, FL.

Websites:
www.danajessen.com
www.dubble8productions.com
www.mstraus.net

Hope to see some of you at these events,
Mike
 

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Last night's show in New Hampshire was a blast, hope to see some of you in the Boston area tonight.

Mike
 
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