UMKC Conservatory Guest Composer Matthew Burtner Debuts RAT in Milwaukee


UMKC Conservatory's Visiting Composer Matthew Burtner is weaving together multiple universities, artists, and technology.  On February 18, 2011, the RAT (Radical Arts Technology) Ensemble of UMKC will perform its debut concert at the “[0]” (zerospace) Conference in Milwaukee. The concert, sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies, is at 7p.m. in the Peck School for the Arts Recital Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

(zerospace) is a contemporary music performance featuring telematics, the use of networking to connect performers from remote locations. Performers for this concert will be located in Kansas City, Charlottesville, Indianapolis, and Palo Alto as well as in Milwaukee. (zerospace) is curated by UWM Provost's Fellow Matthew Burtner, and is a co-production of the Center for 21st Century Studies and the UWM Music Department.

RAT is a new UMKC ensemble, created by UMKC Composition faculty's Visiting Composer Matthew Burtner, with DMA Composition student Andrew Cole.

RAT will perform a collaborative composition “RAT vs. MICE” a telematic performance with sister ensemble, MICE (Mobile Interactive Computer Ensemble) of UVA. RAT will use a new network software system called NOMADS, designed by Dr. Burtner and his Stanford University-based Interactive Media Research Group.

The concert will include real time interaction between performers at UWM, Stanford’s CCRMA, the University of Virginia, IUPUI in Indianapolis, and UMKC.

Other featured composers and musicians include Chris Chafe, Scott Deal and Michael Drews, Aurie Hsu and Steven Kemper, Christopher Burns and the MiLO Ensemble, the Telematic Collective of IUPUI, Chryssie Nannou, and John Mayhood.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949