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“Monobot” by Andrea Mazzariello

PERFORMANCE SPOTLIGHT:

“Monobot” by Andrea Mazzariello

Performed by Jason Treuting

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ABOUT THE PIECE:

Monobot

Monobot is a fully notated drum set solo, the newest in a series of “bot” percussion pieces. The others are quartets that obsess over passing notes around the ensemble and shifting grooves and feels, and the intense interaction between players necessary to pull the music off is as much a point of focus as the notes on the page. Monobot comes out of these priorities but asks what one player is capable of doing in that context, how ensemble writing might translate to solo performance, what you need to do as a performer and composer in order to create a kind of rhythmic counterpoint.

ABOUT THE COMPOSER:

Andrea Mazzariello is a composer, performer, writer, and teacher. His music thinks through the capabilities of the performing body, in terms of both instrumental technique and the possibilities afforded by technological intervention, and pays special attention to the treatment and setting of his own original text, spoken and sung.

He’s active as a solo performer of his own work for a novel and evolving instrumental setup, and has presented in such diverse venues as The Knitting Factory, Cakeshop, the Queens New Music Festival, and the Wassaic Festival. His concert music has been performed or read by the New Jersey Symphony, The Berkshire Symphony, So Percussion, NOW Ensemble, and Newspeak, among many others. SEAMUS and New Amsterdam Records have released recordings of his work.

In 2011, he completed his Ph.D. in Music Composition at Princeton University, writing on the vinyl resurgence and its connection to our ideas of physicality and abstraction in music analysis. He holds an M.M. from the University of Michigan and graduated magna cum laude from Williams College with degrees in music and English.

Andrea joined the faculty of the Princeton Writing Program in 2010, where he taught several first-year writing seminars, including “Music and Power” and “Found Sound,” through spring 2015. As Adjunct Professor in the Production Program at Ramapo College of New Jersey’s School of Contemporary Arts, he taught beginning and intermediate Electronic and Computer Music. He currently teaches composition, music technology, and music fundamentals as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Carleton College. He also directs the composition program at the So Percussion Summer Institute.

ABOUT THE PERFORMER:

Jason Treuting has performed and recorded in venues as diverse as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Walker Art Center, the Knitting Factory, the Andy Warhol Museum, Zankel Hall, Lincoln Center, DOM (Moscow) and Le National (Montreal). As a member of So Percussion, he has collaborated with artists and composers including Steve Reich, David Lang, John Zorn, Dan Trueman, tabla master Zakir Hussain, the electronic music duo Matmos and choreographer Eliot Feld. In addition to his work with So, Jason performs improvised music with Simpl, a group with laptop artist/composer Cenk Ergun; Alligator Eats Fish with guitarist Grey McMurray; Little Farm, with guitarist/composer Steve Mackey; QQQ (a quartet consisting of hardinger fiddle, viola, guitar and drums); and Big Farm (a foursome led by Rinde Eckert and Steve Mackey).

FULL BIO HERE: http://sopercussion.com/jason