Kari Besharse

Electric Monster and the Invasion of the Incredible B.S.O.s World Premiere!

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My new work for laptop ensemble, Electric Monster and the Invasion of the Incredible B.S.O.s will premiere this Tuesday, May 4th at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts Tryon Festival Theater in Urbana Illinois!!!

I put together an ad hoc laptop ensemble featuring University of Illinois students, staff, associates, and an alumni (me). The piece has come together very well, and each member of the ensemble is contributing in new and exciting ways each time we run the piece. It’s one of those pieces where each performance is different because each player has a lot of leeway in the sounds and effects that they can use, and new juxtapositions of sound are constantly created.

Here is a brief preview of the piece. I’ll post more video and audio soon after the performance Tuesday.

My wonderful performers:

Mark Smart and Philip Schuessler, B.S.O. soloists

Kurt Werner, Gautam Srikishan, Jason Mitchell, Jake Rundall, Ming-Ching Chiu, and myself, laptops

Author: kbesh

Kari Besharse is a composer of both electroacoustic and acoustic music. She is interested in finding new ways to combine and share ideas and materials between the two mediums through a cross-fertilization of processes and ideas. Inspired by the sounds and processes inherent in the natural world, timbre, texture, and sound are essential players in her works, which are often generated from a group of sonic objects or material archetypes that undergo processes of rupture, degradation, alternation, and expansion.

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