- Mary Ross
Don’t miss this special electronic music performance with composer and master thereminist Eric Ross and his Avant Ensemble, including Trevor Pinch (Cornell) and Peter Rothbart (IC). They will be joined by John Snyder on digeridoo, waterphone, and Theremin; and Joseph Perkins on bass. The evening will feature music on the theremin, as well as analog and digital synths, guitars, percussion and electronic wind instruments, and will be accompanied visually with work by the late video/computer artist Mary Ross, whose work will be deposited in Cornell's Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art. The concert is presented in conjunction with The History Center and The Bob Moog Foundation’s exhibition Switched-On: The Birth of the Moog Synthesizer, taking place in downtown Ithaca through May 31, 2015.
Eric Ross ERA Avant Ensemble
Eric Ross "has excited audiences with his fiery virtuosity and innovative work." (Washington Post) He's performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Redcat Center, the Newport, Berlin, Montreux and North Sea Jazz Festivals among many other concerts worldwide. He performs on guitar and keyboards, and is a master of the Theremin. His ensemble has featured guest artists, jazz giants John Abercrombie, Larry Coryell, Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Leroy Jenkins; new music virtuosos, Youseff Yancy, Lydia Kavina, Robert Dick; and many others. The New York Times calls his music "a unique blend of classical, jazz, serial and avant-garde."
Ross (BA, MA SUNY) began playing the Theremin in 1975, and has performed on radio, film and TV. He's written an Overture for 14 Theremins, played on the world premiere of Percy Grainger's Free Music No.1 in New York, and in 2010 was guest artist on the No.1 Best-Selling album in Japan, Aqi Fzono's "Cosmology."
Since 1976, with his wife, Mary Ross, he's presented multimedia performances with video, music and dance. Among recent projects is an Ultimedia Concept program at UNESCO World Heritage sites including Guggenheim-Bilbao Museum, Spain; Wurzburg Residence, Germany; Bauhaus-Dessau, Germany; and Casada Musica, Portugal. Ross was a friend of theremin virtuoso, Clara Rockmore, and electronics pioneer, Robert Moog. In 1991, he met and played for the inventor of the instrument, Professor Lev Termen (aka Léon Theremin). He's drawn inspiration from them to develop the Theremin as a voice in his own compositions.
Trevor Pinch plays Moog and home-made modular synthesizers in the Electric Golem with James Spitznagel and the Atomic Forces. He is widely recognized as the leading expert on Robert Moog and is co-author of Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer. He lectures on Moog all over the world and is the Goldwin Smith Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell University.
Peter Rothbart is Professor and Director of Electroacoustic Studies at the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, New York. With undergraduate performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music (Highest Honors) and UMass, and graduate degrees from Ithaca College and the Cleveland Institute of Music, he is active as a composer in both the acoustic and electroacoustic worlds, with three Carnegie Hall premieres to his credit. He has written and orchestrated for the Utah Shakespearean Festival during their Tony Award-winning year and has completed his fifth film score. His classical works have been published by the Lorenz Corporation, Seesaw Music Publishers and the International Trumpet Guild. His book, The Synergy of Film and Music: Sight and Sound in Five Hollywood Films, is published by Scarecrow Press. He has authored over 300 published articles for Down Beat Magazine, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Ithaca Journal and other magazines. He is a contributing editor for Journal SEAMUS, of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the USA. He plays bassoon and contrabassoon with the Binghamton Philharmonic and other orchestras, and is in demand as an R&B sax player.
Cosponsored with Cornell Council for the Arts, the Rose Goldsen Lecture Series, the History Center of Tompkins County, Science & Technology Studies