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Oct. 4, 2004
LEWISBURG, Pa. — Annea Lockwood will be composer in residence at Bucknell University Oct. 18 to 20. The residency is the first event in the year-long mini-series, "All About Sound, or Three Ways to Hear a Piano," about the sound of the piano in the 21st century.
The series will present piano music in a totally new way, according to Lois Svard, professor of music at Bucknell and series coordinator.
Lockwood will meet with several classes while at Bucknell and will give a talk about her music on Monday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 117 of the Sigfried Weis Music Building.
"The highlight of her visit will be a rare performance of her well-known 1968 work for piano called `Piano Burning.' In this work, a piano (one that is beyond repair and ready to be trashed) is burned, allowing the listener to hear a variety of pitched and unpitched sounds as the piano strings heat and break," said Svard. This event will be held Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. on the west side of the Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
Both the talk and the performance of "Piano Burning" are open to the public without charge.
Future series events include a concert in November by pianist Michael Harrison on his harmonically tuned piano and, in April, a concert for two pianos by pianists Walter Frank and `Blue' Gene Tyranny.
Lockwood's residency is presented by the department of music and the Gallery Series, and is supported by the Kushell Music Endowment and the Samek Art Gallery.
Lockwood studied composition at the Royal College of Music in London and completed her studies with courses in electronic music with Gottfried Michael Koenig. In 1973, feeling a strong connection to such American composers as Pauline Oliveros, John Cage, and the Sonic Arts Union (Ashley, Behrman, Mumma, Lucier), she moved to the United States, and served as a member of the music faculty at Vassar College from 1982 to 2000.
During the 1960s she collaborated with sound poets, choreographers and visual artists and also created a number of works such as the Glass Concerts. In synchronous homage to Christian Barnard's pioneering heart transplants, Lockwood began a series of Piano Transplants (1969-72), in which defunct pianos were burned, drowned, and planted in an English garden.
Since the early 1990s, she has written for a number of ensembles and solo performers, often incorporating electronics and visual elements. Thousand Year Dreaming, scored for four didgeridus, conch shell trumpets and other instruments, incorporates slides of the cave paintings at Lascaux. Vortex was commissioned by the Bang on a Can All-Stars. A Sound Map of the Danube River isa sound installation based on a study of the Danube River and its people.