New Works for Trio and Live Electronics

by Jonathan Zorn Trio

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This set of pieces relates to a long-standing interest in composing live electro-acoustic music that blurs distinctions between composition and improvisation, acoustic and electronic sound, and control and random events. Over the past year we have rehearsed together as I developed computer compositions ranging from a failed attempt at a generalized improvising machine, to completely pre-determined electronic accompaniment for improvisation. This process has allowed me the opportunity to make mistakes, throw out several pieces and start the whole project over several times. The four pieces in this set explore a spectrum of possibilities for ensemble and interactive computer-generated sound. The structures range from open-ended to fixed, with loosely-bounded guided improvisation in between.


released February 27, 2014

Tom Schroeder (guitar), Reid Kruger (drums), Jonathan Zorn (bass)
Recorded at Waterbury Music + Sound, MPLS, MN, January 5-10, 2014.

Jonathan Zorn is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.



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Jonathan Zorn Cambridge, Massachusetts

Jonathan Zorn is a composer of experimental, electronic, and improvised music. His electronic music pairs improvising musicians with interactive computer systems to create hybrid, human-machine ensembles. Zorn's interest in vocal utterance has resulted in a series of pieces in which spoken language is interrupted by electronic forces, drawing attention to the gap between speech and sound. ... more

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