Kari Besharse

ICMC 2010 – New York, New York

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Last week I took a short trip to New York City for the 2010 International Computer Music Conference hosted by SUNY Stony Brook (my husband’s alma mater). The first two days of the festival took place in various locations around Manhattan, and then the festival moved out to Long Island for the last three days. Unfortunately, I could only attend one day this year, so I registered for June 2, which was the day my piece Small Things was performed on one of the Ear to the Earth concerts. I am also a member of the Ear to the Earth organization, which seeks to raise concern and awareness to the environmental issues that we face through sound and artistic works. Nature and the environment are at the core of what drives me as an artist, so I was delighted that Small Things was chosen for one of the Ear to the Earth concerts. This concert took at the White Box gallery in Manhattan.

I tried to attend as much as possible in my one day at ICMC this year, but transportation between venues did take some time, so I missed out on the installations and performance events that took place in Brooklyn and Grand Central Station. I saw some interesting poster and paper sessions at Hotel Pennsylvania, and a fantastic evening concert at Miller Theater. It was a lot to pack into one day, but I do wish I could have stayed for more!

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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