Morton Subotnick is one of the true pioneers of electronic music. Best known for 1967's Silver Apples of the Moon, an album written with the use of the Buchla synthesizer that he helped create, Subotnick has worked extensively with interactive electronics and multimedia, collaborating with and appeared alongside musicians like Ramon Sender, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Pauline Oliveros.
Coinciding with 50 years of Subotnick's compositional activity, celebrated pianist SooJin Anjou made the world-premiere recording of his complete piano works. About 80 minutes in total, the CD features compositions spanning five decades, both for solo piano and piano with electronics (with Morton himself creating the electronics). Anjou and Subotnick will be touring in support of the CD's release, due for fall 2016 on label Mode.
The performance includes "Liquid Strata" (piano), a piece devoted to compositions involving performers and ghost scores. The subtlety, sophistication and control over real-time electronic processing that Subotnick demonstrated in this innovative work secured his reputation as one of the world's most important electronic music composers.
Born in 1933 in Los Angeles, Morton Subotnick is a recognized electronic music pioneer. He first came to prominence as a co-founder of the pivotally important San Francisco Tape Music Center, where he worked and appeared alongside musicians like Ramon Sender, Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Pauline Oliveros.
His first album, Silver Apples of the Moon, was released in 1967 by the then-fledgling Nonesuch imprint, and has since been celebrated since as a classic of 20th-century music. Written using the Buchla modular synthesizer (an electronic instrument built by Donald Buchla using suggestions from Subtonic and Ramon Sender), the work laid new ground in electronic music, breaking with academic avant-gardists by including entertaining and entrancing sections with regular rhythms. The recording brought Subotnick worldwide fame and has remained a treasured icon of electronic music for over 40 years. In 2010, the Library of Congress added Silver Apples of the Moon to the National Recording Registry.
Subotnick has had a stellar career as a recording and performing musician, multi-media artist, and composer for dance, as well as a teacher - among his many students are such noted musicians as Ingram Marshall and Rhys Chatham. Throughout his career he has received many awards and released a carefully selected number of recordings. He currently lives in New York, touring extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe as a lecturer and composer/performer.
Berlin-based pianist SooJin Anjou enjoys an astonishingly varied and extensive international career as soloist, chamber musician and partner in diverse interdisciplinary projects. Born in South Korea, she received her training in the United States, Hungary and Germany. She graduated from the Juilliard School in 2002. As a member of the New Juilliard Ensemble, she premiered or performed works by, among others, Valentin Silvestrov, Elena Kats-Chernin and David Del Tredici.As a soloist, she made her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut at 16 with Prokofiev's 3rd Piano Concerto. She became known in Europe after winning a prize at the Robert Schumann International Piano Competition (Zwickau, Germany), and is also a laureate of the Orléans International Piano Competition (France).
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