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Music and Technology in Concert at Kean University

UNION, N.J. – Ars Vitalis: The New Jersey New Music Forum, an arts initiative at Kean University that showcases the works of prominent New Jersey area composers, will explore the relationship of music technology and contemporary music composition. This unique recital includes works by electronic/computer music pioneers Paul Lansky of Princeton University, Robert Rowe of New York University, Kean University’s Robert Rocco, and David Sampson.

The Spring 2008 Concert will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in Kean Hall at Kean University located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. All composers will be in attendance and will be available to meet the audience at a post-concert reception at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free to all Ars Vitalis events.

Dr. Matthew Halper, artistic director and Kean Music professor says, “For our 10th anniversary, in the smaller, more intimate space of Kean Hall, we will be doing something specialized and interdisciplinary: computers and electronics will be partners with the acoustic-instrument performers in the music-making.”

The program includes Grand American Rhapsody by Robert Rocco; Semi-Suite and Hop(2) by Paul Lansky; Breakaway by David Sampson; and Cigar Smoke by Robert Rowe.

Performers on this concert include Kean University Concert Artists Christopher Kenniff, guitar, Charles Bumcrot, trumpet, James Musto, percussion, Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet with interactive electronics, and Jerry Bryant, trumpet. Composer Robert Rocco will be performing an original work using the Radio Baton developed by Max Matthews whom many refer to as the “father of computer music.”

For more information, please visit or contact the Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469) or the Department of Music at 908 -737-4330.