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Guest Artists to Perform Percussion-Electronic Concert
New works by Konstantinos Karathanasis, an emerging composer of eletroacoustic music, will be performed 4 p.m. Friday, March 12, at the Bass Music Center at Oklahoma City University. Admission is free and open to the public. As part of his visit to the OCU campus, Karathanasis will address the weekly composers’ forum of Project 21, OCU’s student consortium for new music. He is assistant professor of composition and music technology at the University of Oklahoma. His inspiration includes poetry of Rumi and Pablo Neruda; the cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky and Krzysztof Kieslowski; mysticism; Eastern philosophy; and Carl Jung. The program will feature percussionist Ricardo Coelho de Souza, accompanied by the composer on electronic keyboard. Pieces include Six Japanese Gardens, by Kaija Saariaho; Music for Hi-Hat and Computer, by Cort Lippe; Allegoriae Sonantes, by Karathanasis; El Trompo, by Gabriela Ortiz; and Dyonisus by Karathanasis, commissioned by Coelho de Souza. Karathanasis’ compositions have been performed at International Computer Music Conferences in Singapore, Miami, Barcelona, and Copenhagen; the International Electronic Music Festival SYNTHESE in Bourges; the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik in Witten, Germany; the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival in Gainesville; the Bienal Internacional de Musica Electroacustica in Sao Paolo; the Seoul International Computer Music Festival; and the Australasian Computer Music Conference. Coelho de Souza is a visiting instructor in world music and percussion at the University of Oklahoma. He is a founding member of Duo Avanzando, with clarinetist David Carter. For more information, contact David Steffens, Oklahoma City University’s director of percussion, at dsteffens@okcu.edu.