CSU, Chico New Music Symposium to Feature Free Concerts by Student Artists and Acclaimed Composer Paul Dresher

Promo PhotoThe 9th annual New Music Symposium will take place Thursday, February 28th and Friday, March 1st and will include free performances and master classes that celebrate the art of music composition.

Honoring the late Alfred Loeffler, composer and music professor at Chico State, this year’s symposium features a compelling and unique performance by composer Paul Dresher and percussionist Joel Davel, as well as works and performances by CSU, Chico music students.

Works by student composers will be featured during the first concert, which takes place Thursday, February 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall.

Headlining the event on Friday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m. in the Rowland-Taylor Recital Hall, will be acclaimed composer Paul Dresher. Called “a maverick in the very best sense of the word” by famed composer John Adams, Dresher’s music combines elements of minimalism, rock ’n’ roll, non-western music and electronics into a coherent and remarkably personal style.

A 2006-07 recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition, Dresher has been commissioned by numerous organizations including the Library of Congress, Kronos Quartet, and American Music Theater Festival. His music has been performed throughout North America, in Asia and Europe, and is available on multiple CD releases.

“I have a huge amount of respect for Paul Dresher,” said Department of Music faculty member David Dvorin, artistic director of the event. “Not only is he an accomplished composer with a truly individual voice, but he has successfully created and managed his own touring performance ensemble for over twenty years, presenting both his own work and that of other notable contemporary composers.”

For the Friday evening concert, Dresher, along with virtuoso percussionist Joel Davel, will perform a program of original compositions for electric guitar, marimba lumina (and electronic mallet instrument), and his remarkable 15 foot-long invented stringed instrument, the quadrachord. A recent video of the duo performing at the U.C. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive can be seen on YouTube.

For more information contact Dvorin at 898-4848 or by e-mail.

Sponsors include CSU, Chico’s Associated Students, the Department of Music and Theatre, and the School of the Arts.

Admission is free for all events.