TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama’s New College is pleased to present the third season of Sonic Frontiers, with a lineup of genre-defying concerts.
This fall’s events feature musicians who explore the outer boundaries of folk and rock, incorporate cutting-edge digital technology into live performance, and transform everyday materials into expressive instruments.
The fall events of the 2013-14 season begin on September 24th with Birmingham's Them Natives, and continue on October 30th with “Uncanny Valley” and November 20th with Dr. Judy Dunaway, "The Mother of Balloon Music."
All Sonic Frontiers events are free and open to the public.
The events are sponsored by the University of Alabama’s New College, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Music and Creative Campus.
For more information, please call 205.348.9928 or visit: http://www.sonicfrontiers.ua.edu/
THIRD SEASON KICKOFF EVENT!
THEM NATIVES & TUSCALOOSA MONORAIL TV FILMING
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 8:00 PM
Green Bar, 2350 4th St, Tuscaloosa AL
Free Admission, ages 19 and up
Audio preview: http://snd.sc/1cdsbAC
Them Natives will perform at the Green Bar on Tuesday, September 24th at 8:00 pm. The joyfully unpredictable music from this Birmingham-based band veers from freak folk banjo with harmonized vocals to neo-psychedelic rock and "walls of sound" that would make Phil Spector blush, but would make Captain Beefheart feel right at home. The concert will also be a live video shoot for Tuscaloosa’s deviously inventive lo-fi music TV show, Tuscaloosa Monorail. Them Natives has been active in central Alabama and touring nationally since 2006. Originating with the trio of Jasper Lee, Milton Ragsdale and Turner Williams Jr., the group evolved over time to encompass a variety of revolving players which now include Leah Hamby, Amber Locke and Carter Glascock. While rooted in the folk history and mythology of the Deep South, their music is informed by a desire to communicate with distant cultures, both in space and time. Them Natives explores their geographical landscape and genetic inheritance through a mixture of ritual, improvisation, songwriting and visual presentation. Sonic Frontiers is thrilled to present notable talent from West Alabama alongside our national and international programming.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 7:30 PM
UA School of Music Moody Recital Hall
Video preview: http://youtu.be/P1hyPKvwhfY
Composer John Gibson and pianist Oni Buchanan perform "Uncanny Valley," on Wednesday October 30th at 7:30pm in the Moody Music Building Recital Hall. This event is copresented with the UA English Department's Bankhead Visiting Writers Series. “Uncanny Valley” features a performance of poet Jon Woodward's serial poem with music by composer John Gibson. Gibson provides a sonic environment for Woodward's poetry, performed by pianist Oni Buchanan, that reflects the poem's text in everchanging ways. Digital samples triggered by the reader enmesh the piano and spoken text with echoes of itself.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 7:30 PM
UA School of Music Moody Recital Hall
Video preview: http://youtu.be/eUoLIQR4Rg4
Judy Dunaway performs Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30pm in the Moody Music Building Recital Hall. Boston-based composer/performer Dr. Judy Dunaway’s chosen instrument is the balloon. Ms. Dunaway will present a concert of the incredible, singular balloon music she has been developing for more than two decades that will stretch both ears and rubber. The concert will include a family-friendly, interactive audience performance of her "Balloon Symphony #2."
*ADVANCE NOTICE FOR SPRING 2014*
Friday, March 13, 2014, 7:30 PM
Paul R. Jones Gallery
Free Admission, but seating is extremely limited.
Video preview: http://youtu.be/vDh_GyrMU4A
Birmingham-based outsider artist Lonnie Holley performs Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7:30pm in the Paul R. Jones Gallery. Holley, known to locals as “The Sandman,” has created an internationally recognized body of sculptures, paintings, and art environments. Mr. Holley has also been a longtime performer of unique, soulful and experimental songs. His first album of original music, “Just Before Music” was released to critical acclaim in 2012 by Atlanta’s Dust to Digital. Holley recently performed his music at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.
MORE EXCITING EVENTS FOR SPRING 2014 TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
ABOUT SONIC FRONTIERS
Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s very own adventurous music series, Sonic Frontiers premiered in spring 2012, building on a number of successful experimental music events organized in the area since 2008 by series founder and artistic director Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar, a composer/musician and assistant professor in New College and the School of Music at the University of Alabama. The 20122013 season included seven events including the chamber jazz of Vox Arcana, the masterful free jazz of the Ullman/Swell Quartet, a raucous reunion of the Alabama-grown avant-garde collective Raudelunas, and the contemplative Meridian percussion trio. The season culminated in an immersive outdoor performance of New Yorkbased composer Aaron Siegel’s composition “Science is Only a Sometimes Friend” for eight glockenspiels with audience participation.
The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of Choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.
Contact: Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar, 205.348.9928, email@example.com