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Deal_Illimaq1Percussionst Scott Deal was a guest performer for the 2014 Vancouver New Music Festival in October of this year.  The Festival presented an international roster of composers, sound artists and performers who “are fostering new, sound-based explorations of ideas that emerge from natural, interlocking cycles and alternative systems of thought.”  Deal performed two large percussion  works by John Luther Adams; Ilimaq, a 45-minute work for solo percussionist and electronics, and Four Thousand Holes, a duet for piano, percussion and electronic aura that he performed with pianist William Fried.

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The Telematic Collective participated in the NetTets 2011 concert on January 29, bringing together artists at sites in Canada (Calgary, Vancouver, Montreal, and Edmonton), and the United States (Indianapolis, IUPUI).   The concert was hosted and produced by Professor Ken Fields and the Syneme Lab at the University of Calgary, which is where the main performing stage and production center was located. Participating online groups included the New Music Ensemble Laptop Orchestra at University of Calgary, Concordia Laptop Orchestra (CLOrk), performers from University of Alberta, and University of British Columbia.  The Telematic Collective performed from the Indiana University Virtual Reality Theater and featured with the group was harpist Erzsébet Gaál. Live 3d graphics were created by artists from Professor Margaret Dolinsky's 3-D art studio at the HR Hope School of Fine Arts, Indiana University Bloomington. The artists navigated through 3d environments they created for the VRT and set to music by members of the Collective.

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Photo: Members of Dance Kaleidoscope performing with pianist Lily Popova online.  Photo by Jammy Straub.  For more photos, click here.

Held April 23-25, the Intermedia Festival was a unique series of concerts and events that presented futuristic modes of live performance in the telematic and media arts. Telematic art synthesizes live traditional performing arts with computers, media and telecommunications. The Intermedia Festival featured artists, musicians, videographers, dancers, actors and writers from throughout North America and Europe. While more than 100 performers traveled to Indianapolis, others participated through the Internet interactively with collaborators at the festival. Live drama, dance, music, visual arts, videography, scientific presentation, commentary, and discussion synthesized to form a provocative and compelling set of experiences.

Norway to Indianapolis

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Photo: Scott Deal in rehearsal with electro-acoustic violinist Victoria Johnson and percussionist Kjell Tor Innervik. A collaboration on telematic performance research has begun between the Tavel Arts Technology Center at IUPUI and faculty at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway.  Professor Scott Deal, Director of the Center, was invited to Norway in June 2009 for meetings and musical performance sessions with a multi-disciplinary group consisting of computer performer, percussionist, electric violinist, dancer, motion tracking specialist and IT technicians.  

Overview

The purpose of the project is to develop IT software solutions related to the production of Auksulaq, a telematic opera designed to be performed in real time at multiple locations across the globe. Auksulaq will integrate artistic expression, scientific information and social/political commentary to present an interactive, multi-dimensional experience that embodies relevant complex cultural and empirical processes. Venues for the premiere performance include IUPUI, University of Virginia, University of Alaska, and venues TBA in New York City and Oslo, Norway.

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