McIntire Department of Music

The UVa Arts Board and the McIntire Department of Music are pleased to present Fred Frith and Evelyn Glennie for a week of performances, colloquia, and improvisation workshops beginning February 1, 2008.

Two extraordinary concerts will highlight the residency. On Saturday, February 2nd 2008, Evelyn Glennie and Fred Frith will give a joint concert at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall on the historic grounds of the University of Virginia. This concert will feature solo pieces by Glennie including "To the Earth", "Toccata and Fugue", "Prim", "Clapping Music", "Barracuda Solo", as well as engaging improvisations by both artists. Tickets for this concert are free for UVA students and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cabell Hall Box Office at 434.924.3984

Fred Frith will join Vinegar Hill for a film night and Q & A session on Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00 pm. Frith will appear in conjunction with a screening of Step Across the Border, a documentary that centers on Frith's wildly engaging and expansive musical approach. Tickets for the event cost $9 and UVa Arts Dollars cannot be used at this event.

Fred Frith will give a concert on Tuesday, February 5th at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall. Talented UVA musicians, including the university's New Music Ensemble, will join Mr. Frith for this special event. This concert will feature pieces for solo guitar, piano, and graphic scores. Tickets for this concert are free for UVA students and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cabell Hall Box Office at 434.924.3984

The Frith and Glennie residency will be highlighted by engaging discussions by the two artists on the subject of improvisational music. The first, titled "Lore of Moments" will be conducted by both artists on Friday, February 1 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in Old Cabell Hall, room 107. The second colloquia is titled "Composing Fast and Improvising Slowly - What's the Difference between a Duck?" will be held on Tuesday February 5, 10:30 am in the Kaleidoscope room in Newcomb Hall. Both colloquium are free and open to public.

A composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist, Fred Frith has situated himself for over thirty years in the area where rock and new music meet. Co-founder of the British underground band Henry Cow (1968-78), Frith moved to New York in the late seventies and came into contact with many of the musicians with whom he's since been associated, including John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Tom Cora, Zeena Parkins, and Bob Ostertag. Best-known worldwide as an improvising guitarist, his music offers the listener glimpses into an imaginative world of creative possibility.

Evelyn Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist. In 1993 Glennie was awarded the OBE (Officer of the British Empire). This was later extended to 'Dame Commander' for her services to music, and to date she has received approximately 80 international awards. Her diversity of collaborations have included performances with such artists as Nana Vasoncelos, Kodo, Bela Fleck, Bjork, Bobby McFerrin, Sting, Emmanuel Ax, Kings Singers, Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Fred Frith. Out of the 22 recordings made so far, Evelyn's first CD, Bartok's Sonata for two Pianos and Percussion, won her a Grammy in 1988.

The University of Virginia Arts Board was created to raise students' awareness of and appreciation for the arts. The Arts Board is a cooperative effort between the McIntire Department of Music, the McIntire Department of Fine Art, the University of Virginia Art Museum, the Department of Drama, and Newcomb Hall and the University Programs Council. The UVA Arts Board is a student organization that invites internationally recognized artists to the Grounds.

Don't miss this full week of engaging events with two internationally celebrated musicians. For tickets or more information please call the Cabell Hall Box Office at 434.924.3984 or visit:

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