Tracy Silverman Performs Student Works

Thursday, December 7, 2017 @ 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Location: Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center

Electric violinist Tracy Silverman performs works composed by students from the Department of Music’s “Timbre in Electroacoustic Music” (MUSC 2235) course. Free and open to the public.

About Tracy Silverman

Lauded by BBC Radio as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin defies musical boundaries. The world's foremost concert electric violinist, Silverman was named one of 100 distinguished alumni by The Juilliard School. Formerly a violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman has contributed significantly to the repertoire and development of the 6-string electric violin and what he calls “21st century violin,” inspiring several major concertos composed specifically for him, including Pulitzer winner John Adams’ “The Dharma at Big Sur,” premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and recorded with the BBC Symphony (Nonesuch Records); legendary “Father of Minimalism” Terry Riley’s electric violin concerto, “The Palmian Chord Ryddle,” premiered and recorded with the Nashville Symphony in Carnegie Hall in 2012 (Naxos Records); Kenji Bunch’s “Embrace” concerto in 2013. The 2015-16 season will include a return to Carnegie Hall to premier Nico Muhly’s “Seeing is Believing” with the American Symphony. Silverman’s 2014 recording for Delos/Naxos Records, “Between the Kiss and the Chaos,” features the Calder Quartet collaborating on Silverman’s 2nd electric violin concerto. The Chicago Tribune’s John von Rhein hailed Silverman’s “blazing virtuosity” and The New York Times’ Anthony Tommasini admired his "fleet agility and tangy expressivity.” Mark Swed of the LA Times remarked, “Inspiring. Silverman is in a class of his own.” Silverman played an NPR Tiny Desk Concert in 2014 and tours internationally as a soloist with orchestras, with his one-man performances, and as a collaborator with many other artists and chamber ensembles.  Tracy  teaches at Belmont University and lives in Nashville, TN.

About “Timbre in Electroacoustic Music” (MUSC 2235)

The class investigates the topic of timbre in electroacoustic music though both analysis and composition. The class studies musical compositions in various media (acoustic and electronic) that use timbre in various ways, scholarly writing that looks in more depth at compositional processes involving timbre (such as in Spectral music), and various software programs that can assist in analysis and composition. Students compose new works for electronics alone, as well as for guest solo performers with interactive electronics.

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