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I/O New Music Fest 2021 - Virtual

Tue, May 4th, 2021
7:30 pm

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I/O New Music Fest 2021 - Virtual

I/O presents works by Williams composers Ileana Perez Velazquez and Zachary Wadsworth; Williams alumna Sato Matsui ’14, and Daniel Strong Godfrey.


The program includes: Ileana Perez Velázquez Grasshopper Trance (2021) for solo marimba with Matthew Gold, marimba. Ileana Perez Velázquez Encantamiento (2003) for piano solo performed by Edward Neeman, piano. Daniel Strong Godfrey Paginula (2018) for violin and piano by Muneko Otani, violin; Doris Stevenson, piano. Sato Matsui ‘14 Two Thoughts (2018) for solo viola performed by Ah Ling Neu, viola. Zachary Wadsworth Rocket (2019) for string quartet performed by Cassatt String Quartet; Muneko Otani and Jennifer Leshnower, violins; Ah Ling Neu, viola; Elizabeth Anderson, cello.

I/O Fest is the Williams College Department of Music’s annual festival of new and adventurous music.  In programs dedicated to presenting new voices, fresh perspectives, and novel approaches to creating music, I/O strives to offer visceral performances, innovative presentation, and immersive experiences for adventurous listeners.  I/O Fest 2021 is largely virtual, and was conceived in response to the challenging circumstances of the past year.  I/O has been a place for students, faculty, and alumni to develop creative responses to the current situation, exploring new temporalities and musical ecologies, and transforming limitations into new modes of performance and expression.  These programs reflect the interests of the musicians involved, acting as a platform for their creative ideas and a crucial vehicle for reaching the public, however indirectly, through music.  More than ever, I/O Fest has been a space for creating, sharing, and connecting through creative music making.

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