Festival Director Scott Deal is a Professor of Music and Director of the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. His recent recording of the music of John Luther Adams has been described as “a soaring, shimmering exploration of texture and tone…an album of resplendent mood and incredible scale” (Musicworks). Continually inspired by new and emerging artistic technologies, Deal is the founder of the Telematic Collective, a networked group of artists and empiricists. He has performed at Almeida Opera, Supercomputing Global, SIGGRAPH, Arena Stage, Chicago Calling, Ingenuity Festival, Moscow Alternativa, and with groups that include ART GRID, Another Language, Percussion Group Cincinnati, Digital Worlds Institute and the Helsinki Computer Orchestra. Deal serves as artist-faculty for the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice at the New England Conservatory. He holds degrees from the University of Miami, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and Cameron University.
Festival Associate Director Jordan Munson is a musician, composer, and multimedia artist whose work explores the boundaries of music’s relationship to modern technology. As a percussionist, he expanded his performance repertoire to include experimental electronic work and contemporary percussion literature. He often performs solo literature, mostly in the form of composed improvisation with a focus on live, experimental percussion and electronics. Jordan has performed alongside noteable artists such as Matmos and the Rempis Percussion Quartet. As a composer, Mr. Munson has had his multimedia and percussion works premiered at institutions such as the University of Kentucky, the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Tennessee at Martin. Munson founded the Computer Laptop Music Ensemble at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) where he serves as a Lecturer in Music Technology. He is a member of the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center team exploring on-line performance-based projects for Internet2 and interactive electronics that will expand even farther the integration of technology and music performance. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion from the University of Kentucky and a Master of Science in Music Technology degree from IUPUI. Abstract
Festival Systems Director Chuiyuan Meng was born and raised in Beijing, China, where he received training as a pianist, software engineer, and web designer. He is a Lecturer at the IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology, where he also serves as the System Specialist for the Donald Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center. Meng received his Bachelor of Music degree from the College of Music at Capital Normal University, Beijing, and his Master of Science in Music Technology degree from the Indiana University School of Music Program at IUPUI. As a musician, he won performance awards that included the No.2 and No.5 Beijing Hope Cup Piano Competition, and has performed throughout China and the United States. His research interests lie in experimenting with new techniques of programming the Internet while developing Web 2.0 and relevant Rich Internet Application technologies. Meng has created a powerful set of software tools that enhance experiences for musicians, education students and faculty.
Laura E. Glover, Lighting Designer, based out of Indianapolis, is an internationally known artist. Locally she has worked with Dance Kaleidoscope for nineteen years, having created all of their new works for those seasons. She has worked with several other companies, including Pascal Rioult Dance Theatre, Daniel Catanach Ballet, Urban Artworks, Ballets de San Juan and Taylor 2. While residing in Indianapolis, she has lighted productions for the Indianapolis City Ballet, Butler Ballet, the Phoenix Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Jordan Academy of Dance, the Indianapolis Civic Theatre, The Ruth Lilly Theatre at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and the Indianapolis Men’s Chorus. She has worked as a producer and a lighting designer on large-scale international events including the 2004 FINA World Swimming Championships and the 2007 Latvian Dance Festival, both held at Conseco Fieldhouse. Recently, Ms. Glover has designed with the Virginia School of the Arts, the Virginia Arts Festival, Todd Rosenlieb Dance and Workshop Theatre Group, whose production of NIJINSKY’S LAST DANCE, lighted by Ms. Glover, won international acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. Ms. Glover is an adjunct faculty member at University of Indianapolis, teaching lighting design, and a 2001 Creative Renewal Fellow. She holds a M.F.A. in Lighting Design from SUNY Purchase.
Technical and Logistical Support
MSMT Majors and Members of the Telematic Group: Adam Batrich, Kevin Celebi, Josh Demaree, Phillip Mauskapf, Melissa Mohler, Meire Palmer, Lily Popova, Ashley Rogers, and Chip Stapleton.
IUPUI Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Initiative (MURI) Scholars: Kara Commons, Jessica Gelinas, Brenden Riha, and Ben Rogge.