Messis Autumni: 10/22/12 messis autumni/autumn harvest featuring the Veronika String Quartet and Ensemble Peak FreQuency. Pre-Concert discussion on "Medieval and Renaissance Mysticism" at 6:45pm with Dr. Roger Martinez (UCCS Professor of History).
Philip Blackburn: 9/28/12 Sound artist Philip Blackburn is in residence at the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities and will present Hearing the Mesa, an exhibition of his newly installed Wind Harps.
Sonus Naturae: 8/25/12 Sonus Naturae was the opening concert of the 2012-2013 Peak FreQuency season. Presented in the sublime outdoor setting of the Heller Center for Arts & Humanities on the campus of UCCS, this concert focused on music and sound works that incorporate the environment, from the high volcanoes of central Mexico to the icy waters of Alaska’s Prince William Sound. The concert highlighted the UCCS Music Program faculty’s engagement with acoustic ecology and sound art practices, and featured new compositions created during the 2012 EcoSono Institute Alaska Summer Residency, among others. Performers included UCCS Music faculty Jane Rigler, Curtis Smith and Colin McAllister, as well as several special guest performers.
UCCS Honors Ensemble: 10/14/11 The UCCS Honors Ensemble will provide an Ambiance and Atmospheric Soundtrack for the reception of the Intersections Film Festival.
Pamela Z: 10/1/11 Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampling technology, and video. One of the pioneers of live digital looping techniques, she processes her voice in real time to create dense, complex sonic layers in her solo works that combine experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, and sampled concrete sounds.
Miya Masaoka: 9/24/11 Miya Masaoka — musician, composer, sound artist — has created works for koto and electronics, Laser Koto, field recordings, laptop, video and written scores for ensembles, chamber orchestras and mixed choirs. In her pieces she has investigated the sound and movement of insects, as well as the physiological response of plants, the human brain and her own body. Within these varied contexts her performance work investigates the interactive, collaborative aspects of sound, improvisation, nature and society.
David Wheeler "Kansuke II": 9/19/11 The Shakuhachi is Japan's traditional vertical bamboo flute with five finger holes. It is an ancient instrument, yet due to its versatility, it has a uniquely contemporary appeal with a broad- ranging repertoire that transcends the constricts of time and space. Internationally recognized shakuhachi master David Wheeler (Kansuke II) will presenting a concert of solo pieces, introducing and performing works of secular and spiritual music spanning 400 years.
Halsey Burgund: 9/8/11 Halsey Burgund is a musician and sound artist who lives and works outside Boston. Both his installations and musical performances make extensive use of spoken human voice recordings as musical elements, alongside traditional and electronic instruments. He collects these voices from otherwise uninvolved individuals whom he records in various locations, from museums to street corners to rock clubs. Halsey’s band, Aesthetic Evidence, performs music publicly, often including interactive performances in which he records audience members’ voices and uses those recordings improvisationally within songs.
Scaled Dwellings: 8/20/11 Scaled Dwellings is an indoor / outdoor installation / composition using the Home as a piece of physical landscape, a placeholder for memory, a hub to our geographical relationship to the earth, where proximity and distance transcend location. Brass Quintet and various other musicians will explore the Heller Center and surroundings environment as home and hub for musical inspirations.
Ron Miles Trio: 8/13/11 Denver trumpeter Ron Miles’ resume includes time with Bill Frisell, Madeleine Peyroux, Don Byron, the Ellington Orchestra, and Fred Hess' Boulder Creative Music Ensemble. Besides being solicited all over the world for his unique sound, Ron is a staple of the Denver jazz scene and his recent releases as band leader show off his skills as a composer and arranger as well as a “phenomenally gifted trumpeter” (Bill Milkowski).