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Mad Filaments and Ungovernable Shoots

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


MATA goes full blast in an unforgettable evening that probes all that we understand to work together to create music. Norwegian composer Bjørn Erik Haugen’s Summon transforms images to sound and back to image, questioning if what we see is really what we intend it to be. Mirela Ivičević, in her Orgy of References, takes on the role of the composer, their resumes in particular, giving a new take on the litany of accolades that fill them. Meanwhile American Megan Grace Beugger’s Liaisons connects a dancer to a prepared piano via a pulley system – what is more important: the sound or the performance? Serbian composer Jasna Veličković tears apart the instrument, creating music instead with magnets in her sUn. Finally, Music for Lamps – the trio of Adam Basanta, Max Stein, and Julian Stein – puts forth a clean slate in which tens of table lamps outfitted with transducers create their own music.

Bjørn Erik Haugen (Norway): Summon (2013), WP
Jasna Veličković (Serbia): sUn (2014), AP
Mirela Ivičević (Croatia): Orgy of References (2012), AP
Megan Grace Beugger (USA): Liaison (2013), NYP
Adam Basanta / Julian Stein / Max Stein (Canada / US): Music for Lamps (2012-15), AP

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Megan Grace Beugger

Friday, February 27th, 2015


Megan Grace Beugger (b. Arlington heights, IL USA, 1987) is currently a PhD canadidate in music composition at the SUNY University at Buffalo, where she is a Presidential Fellow.   Her music has been performed at June in Buffalo, Qubit Noise Festival in NYC, the Munich Philharmonic Gasteig new music series, Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, and SICPP in Boston.  She has worked with musicians such as the JACK quartet, Lucas Fels, Dal Niente, Ensemble SurPlus, Katinka Kleijn, and recently collaborated with dancer/choreographer Melanie Aceto.  She has taken lessons and presented her music in masterclasses with composers including Jo Kondo, Chaya Czernowin, Steven Takasugi, Amnon Wolman, Kaija Saariaho, Rand Steiger, Lei Liang, Oliver Knussen, Augusta Read Thomas, John Harbison, and Pauline Oliveros.   In 2010, she graduated cum laude from Northwestern University with departmental honors.  Her principal teachers have been Robert Ian Winstin, Aaron Travers, Aaron Cassidy, Lee Hyla, Chris Mercer, Marcos Balter, Jay Alan Yim, and she is currently studying with David Felder.