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March 21, 7pm

Composer Jack Vees Residency

Concert featuring works by Jack Vees performed by Carroll University faculty and the composer himself.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Dorothy Goff Frisch Recital Hall, Shattuck Music Center
7 p.m.

Jack Vees Guest Lecture in Carroll University’s Electronic Music Class
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Dorothy Goff Frisch Recital Hall, Shattuck Music Center
2-4 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.
This residency is made possible in part by funds from The Dorothy Goff Frisch Concert Series and Carroll University.

Jack Vees
Citing Charles Ives and Captain Beefheart as his most prominent early influences, Jack Vees has a particularly distinctive and personal musical style that is instantly recognizable. Hailed as a “21st century alchemist” (Rolling Stone, 1998), his music unselfconsciously combines rigorous formal thinking with the raw energy of rock ‘n’ roll, as well as an irreverent, acerbic wit that is equal parts Monty Python and the Ugly Janitors of America, the antic avant-garde rock band Vees performed with during his Los Angeles days.

Jack Vees was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1955. His early musical training was in piano and tuba, but he soon focused on the electric bass guitar. He attended Glassboro State College and went on to receive his M.F.A. from California Institute of the Arts, where he studied music composition with Morton Subotnick, Stephen Mosko, Louis Andriessen, Vinko Globokar, and Bernard Rands.

Vees has composed for such internationally acclaimed ensembles as Ensemble Modern, the California Ear Unit, Zeitgeist, Present Music, and Real Time Opera, as well as soloists Jeffrey Krieger (electric cello), and Amy Knoles (electronic percussion). He frequently writes for and collaborates with renowned classical guitarist Benjamin Verdery. He has also collaborated with numerous choreographers and video artists.

Major performances of Vees' works include New Music America, Neue Musik New York/Cologne, Bang On A Can, and Soundings. He has been commissioned by Ensemble Modern, Music In Motion (with the California Ear Unit), the Minnesota Composers Forum, Zeitgeist, and Corn Palace Productions among others, and has been in residence at Duke University (with Chez Vees) and the Yellow Springs Institute (with oboist Libby Van Cleve and composer Eleanor Hovda). His opera about the physicist Richard Feynman was premiered at the Norfolk Music Festival, and received subsequent performances by the SO percussion group.

Presently Vees is Director of the Center for Studies in Music Technology at the Yale School of Music, where he has taught graduate-level courses on music technology and studio techniques since 1986. His mastery of extended techniques on the bass led him to write The Book on Bass Harmonics (Alfred Music Publishers, 1981) which has become a standard reference on the subject.


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