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Electroacoustic Chamber Music of Judith Shatin Performed by Saxophonist Jan Berry Baker

January 30, 2013
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
(516) 586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net

Judith Shatin’s Penelope’s Song for soprano sax and electronics will be performed by saxophonist Jan Berry Baker on Friday, February 1 at 8:00 PM, Saturday, February 2, also at 8:00 PM and Sunday, February 3 at 3:00 PM at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road, N.E. in Atlanta, Georgia.

This will be part of Secret, a program of contemporary dance featuring the CORE Performance Company, premiering original choreography by CORE Artistic Director Sue Schroeder and guest artist Becky Valls, with music performed by Ms. Baker and Bent Frequency. Visit CORE at http://www.coredance.org. More about saxophonist Jan Berry Baker at http://www.janberrybaker.com/.

The composer writes about the work, “Penelope’s Song was inspired by Homer’s epic, the Odyssey, which is about the travails of Odysseus...It also tells of his wife, Penelope, Queen of Ithaca, waiting for him…This piece is a tribute to her, and sings of her own adventures. The electronics were created from a recording I made of local weaver Jan Russell working on wooden looms. I processed and shaped these materials, weaving a new sonic fabric, using RTcmix, running under Linux…This version, for soprano sax and electronics, was commissioned by Susan Fancher.” She has recorded the work for Innova Records as part of her In Two Worlds collection - http://www.innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=360. More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/?p=537.

Tickets for the February 1, 2 and 3 performances are $15 general Admission; $10 Students/Artists/Seniors. For more about information, call 404-373-4154 or visit http://www.coredance.org/atlanta/secret/. Directions to the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center at http://www.callanwolde.org/tour/map.html.

Called “highly inventive...hugely enjoyable and deeply involving” by the Washington Post and "exuberant and captivating" by the San Francisco Chronicle, Judith Shatin's music is renowned for its dramatic shape and imaginative blending of acoustic and digital media, as well as her work in each. Orchestras that have performed her music include the Denver, Houston, Virginia, Illinois, Knoxville, Minnesota, National and Richmond Symphonies. Her chamber and choral music is internationally performed and has been featured at festivals throughout North America and Europe. She has been commissioned by organizations and ensembles including the Barlow Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Kronos Quartet, Library of Congress, National Symphony, the Dutch Hexagon Ensemble, the Peninsula Women’s Chorus and the San Francisco Girls’ Chorus.

Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin's acclaimed CD Piping the Earth - http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue/product.aspx?pid=1434848. Her music can also be heard on the Innova, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.

For more information about Judith Shatin, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net.

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