New Music New College returns to stage

The first New Music New College concert of the season will take place on Saturday, Sept. 18th at 8:00 p.m. The concert will be held at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion and feature guitarist and composer,  Andrew Mckenna Lee and percussionist, Michael McCurdy. It is free for all New College students, faculty and staff, though members of the NCF community are encouraged to reserve tickets for the show. There will be a reception after the concert and a demonstration and discussion session will be held the previous day at 3:30 p.m. in the Sainer with Andrew Mckenna Lee. NMNC focuses on contemporary music and strives to connect NCF to the Sarasota community. According to Professor of Music and NMNC director, Stephen Miles, the concert will center on contrast and integration between the musicians, their instruments and the compositions that they play. Lee will play acoustic and electric guitar, and will perform with a looping machine that plays multiple recordings of his guitar. McCurdy will play the vibraphone, an instrument that has tuned metal bars and resembles a xylophone. A small set of electric fans rest below its bars and give it a vibrato-like sound.

Lee will play Five Refractions of a Prelude by Bach and a series of his own contemporary interpretations of the composition. Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, which Reich composed for the famed jazz composer and guitarist Pat Metheny, will also be performed. Reich is known for experimenting with simple repeating patterns that change slowly. Lee will play Electric Counterpoint as originally dictated by Reich — live with prerecorded tracks.

Information for the article regarding the vibraphone is taken from www. britannica.com.

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