Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Orchestral Composer and UB Alumn Alejandro Rutty to visit the Center in March!

We at the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music are looking forward to having composer and UB alumn Alejandro Rutty visit the Center next month. On Wednesday, March 6th, Rutty will be coming to the University at Buffalo from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he is currently an Associate Professor, and offering a presentation on his music as part of our visiting lecture series.

Rutty has recently released his first CD on Navona Records, The Conscious Sleepwalker. The album's title piece, The Conscious Sleepwalker Loops, for orchestra, has received enthusiastic reviews, and has been called "a terrific curtain-raiser" (Boston Globe) and "amusing... an immediate test of the ensemble's mettle" (New York Times). We look forward to hearing about his recent CD and several of his other projects during his visit.

Here is an interview with Dr. Tom Moore, where Rutty talks about his recent concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra, A Future of Tango, also on The Conscious Sleepwalker, as well as several of his other recent pieces.

More background on Alejandro Rutty can be gleaned from his biography below:

Alejandro Rutty
“Alejandro Rutty’s compositional output includes orchestral, chamber and mixed-media music, arrangements of Argentine traditional music, and innovative outreach musical projects.

“A unique feature of Rutty’s music is its affection for textures suggested by modern recording processing techniques, and the use of Tango - a genre he performs as a pianist-and other South American genres as part of the music’s surface.

“Rutty’s compositions and arrangements have been played by the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, National Symphony Orchestra of Brazil, Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Link√∂ping Symphony Orchestra, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, and the Cassatt String Quartet among other groups. Rutty’s music has been published by Effiny Music, SCI/European American Music, and Ricordi Sudamericana.

“Recordings of his music have been released by Capstone Records, Arizona University Recordings, and ERM Media. The Conscious Sleepwalker (an All-Rutty CD, Navona Records) including A Future of Tango and other orchestral pieces was released in March 2012.

“Founder and Artistic Director of the Hey, Mozart! Project, Alejandro Rutty is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.” 

Check out the excellent live video below of Rutty's Simultaneous Worlds, for flute and percussion, performed by the Due East Duo:

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