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Consortium Commission for Saxophone/Percussion


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The Weiss/Soflin Duo are organizing a consortium commission of a new Matthew Burtner piece for saxophone and percussion.  Percussion is the instrument Burtner has  written for the most, and saxophone is the instrument he play. This will be the first piece composed specifically for the two instruments together. The consortium commission offers opportunities for musicians to be ...


Music for Climate Science at NASA


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On January 24 at NASA’s Goddard Space Center, Matthew Burtner will present “Music for Climate Science”, in which he will share his discoveries merging atmospheric, hydrologicic, land and sea ice, and ocean system data with harmonic, rhythmic and melodic musical systems in works such as “Auksalaq”, “Threnody (Sikugivik)” and “Ice Cycle”. He will discuss how ...


“Festival of Whispers” premiere at the SoundON Festival of Modern Music


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“Festival of Whispers” (2017), a new work commissioned by the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in honor of the 20th anniversary collaboration with San Diego New Music and the 10th anniversary of SoundOn Festival, opened in January, 2017. The work includes a multichannel sound installation and a concert work for ensemble and electronics. Listeners hear ...


“Music From the Glaciers” on With Good Reason


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“Matthew Burtner spent much of his childhood near glaciers in Alaska. Now he is creating music from the sounds of the melting glaciers to raise awareness of climate change.” The host of “With Good Reason”, Sarah McConnell, interviewed me and played some of my music on this beautiful show produced by Elliot Majerczyk. The series aired ...


Ice Cycle at the Polar Rhythms Festival in New York


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  Jody Sperling, Time Lapse Dance and Matthew Burtner’s “Ice Cycle” were featured in a run of performances in New York at the University Settlement for the 2016 Polar Rhythms Festival. Thursday, June 2 at 8pm – Performance, followed by talkback with Burtner and Sperling. Friday, June 3 at 8pm – Performance, followed by panel on the Arctic, ...


music for President Obama’s US State Department GLACIER Conference


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Matthew Burtner’s music was featured by the US State Department at the GLACIER Conference, a part of President Obama’s initiative on Climate Change in Alaska. The compositions “Fern,” “Spectral Arctic Ice Triangulations” and “Ice Cycle: Formation” were played during the events for Obama and other leaders of the Arctic nations. The Obama State Department commissioned ...


new ecoacoustic works for percussion and electronics


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The start of winter has brought a flurry of performances of my ecoacoustic percussion music and I am excited to be working with incredible musicians on these projects. I spent the last year writing new solo works including  Sonic Physiography of a Time-Stretched Glacier for Brandon Bell, Glisten of Places for Jeremy Muller, and Ecotones for Garrett ...


Grant Awarded for Sonic Architecture Research Between Venice and Virginia


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Composer, Matthew Burtner and Architect, Anselmo Canfora were awarded  a $30,000 research grant for their project, “Sound Cast of San Giorgio Maggiore
: Expressions in Sonic Architecture from Palladio and Jefferson”. The Grant was Presented by the Vice Provost for the Arts at the University of Virginia. The team traveled to Venice to make recordings at select sites.  Sketches ...


“Auksalaq” receives American Prize Special Judges Citation


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The multimedia opera Auksalaq by composer MATTHEW BURTNER and media artist SCOTT DEAL has received a Special Judges’ Citation from The American Prize 2014, in the professional theater works division, for “Extraordinary Use of Technology to Expand the Boundaries of Performance”. “Auksalaq” was selected from works reviewed this summer from all across the United States. ...


Composer Residencies at the University of Michigan and Duke University


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This fall Matthew Burtner will be Composer in Residence at the University of Michigan and Duke University. As part of the residencies he will perform a recital in Ann Arbor on 11/22/14 featuring music of his graduate students. He will also present a new talk called “1994-2014: 20 Years of Computer Noise in Retrospect” in ...


Album Release: “That which is bodiless is reflected in bodies”


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Matthew Burtner’s solo album “That which is bodiless is reflected in bodies” featuring I-Jen Fang was released by Centaur Records on CD and as digital download/streaming. It is distributed by Naxos and available at iTunes, Allmusic.com, ArkivMusic, e-classical, e-Music, Amazon.com, Presto Classical, The Classical Shop, Classics Online, CD Universe, Google Play, NhacUs, Amazon.co.UK, Amazon.DE and in physical record stores. The music explores embodiment ...


“Deep Earth” premiere at Athens International Film Festival


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“Deep Earth”, Matthew Burtner’s 6-movement, 45′ work for chamber ensemble, computer sound and video, premiered at the 2014 Athens International Film Festival.  Commissioning ensemble, NoBrow Collective performed the piece to an enthusiastic full house at the Central Venue in Athens, OH. The composition explores tectonic and seismic ecoacoustics and mining practices such as hydraulic fracturing. ...


Rita Dove and Matthew Burtner awarded NEA Art Works Grant


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The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Matthew Burtner and poet Rita Dove a $30,000 Art Works Grant in the New Media presentation category. Dove and Burtner will create and present “The Ceiling Floats Away,” a work featuring Rita reading her poetry along with Matthew’s instrumental and computer music. In addition, “Nomads,” an original smart phone app ...


Auksalaq video/DVD released on EcoSono


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EcoSono has released my ecoacoustic opera, Auksalaq, a work created in collaboration with producer Scott Deal and performed by Lisa Edwards-Burrs, Kelly Sulick, Adam Carter, John Mayhood and I-Jen Fang as the EcoSono Ensemble.  Auksalaq was recorded live at the Phillips Collection during the Auksalaq reprise performance in February of 2011, a performance that happened concurrently ...


Matthew Burtner popular tracks on Spotify


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Artists make albums but listeners make mixes. I was delighted to find some rarely performed or mentioned pieces on the Matthew Burtner Spotify ”popular tracks” list. The Spotify popular tracks list shows the most played songs by that artist on Spotify. My list includes some classic pieces such as “Portals of Distortion” for nine tenor saxophones ...


With Dinah Gray Dance, Chris Chafe and Da Capo Chamber Ensemble at the Technosonics Festival


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The Technosonics Festival at UVA took on the theme of Music and Motion and featured  stunning dance/choreography, and spirited musical performances by Da Capo Ensemble, Chris Chafe, I-Jen Fang and myself.  ”Carving Light From Earth” music by Matthew Burtner, Choreography by Dinah Gray, Dance by Ellen Crooks, Olivia Howard, Anna Reimold, Lauren Thomas. Da Capo Ensemble performing TechnoSonics XIV: ...


“Cloudprints” for instrumental and computer ensemble upcoming performances


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“Cloudprints” for instrumental and computer ensembles will be performed at Arizona State University and Ohio State University in the coming months. At ASU, Garrett Johnson will lead the LOrkAS laptop orchestra with the ACME New Music Ensemble, and at OSU, Aaron Michael Butler will lead the No Brow Music Collective in these performances. Cloudprints is scored ...


“NOISE plays BURTNER” album release on innova


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“NOISE plays BURTNER” is an album of Matthew Burtner’s chamber music performed by the NOISE ensemble. The album is available in CD or digital download now at Innova.mu, and everywhere September 24


“Broken Drum” released on “This Place/Our Body” vinyl double album


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Percussionist Morris Palter has released a double vinyl album called “This Place/Our Body” on Blue Leaf Records. The recording features a new recording of my “Broken Drum” for brake drum and computer, along with music by…


(dis)Appearances Berlin performances by Sarah Plum


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This August, Sarah Plum will perform the German premiere of my work (dis)Appearances for a (dis)embodied violin. She will perform the piece twice, on August 23 at Elias Kuppelsaal and at Quiet Cue, on August 24. (dis)Appearances is technically challenging for the violinist as it involves the use of specially-designed interactive software and hardware controllers to ...


2013 EcoSono Institute Alaska Wrap-up


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This June I led a group of 10 musicians through Alaska for the annual EcoSono Institute. Here is my final wrap-up report of our activities as we explored the ecology of Alaska, recording the sounds of humpback and orca whales, sea lions, puffin and kittiwake seabirds, glaciers, forest birds, and water of all sorts. ...


“Cloudprints” for instrumental and computer ensemble


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A new version of the telematic work “Cloudprints” for instrumental ensemble and computer ensemble is now available for download. Performers playing sine wave generators from the computer keyboard or a MIDI keyboard join a mixed ensemble of instrumental performers to perform this telematic work. The download includes the Max patches, electronic backing track, pdf score, ...


Athens International Film Festival features Burtner’s ecoacoustics/video music


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The Athens International Film Festival and NoBrow Music will present a concert of Matthew Burtner’s music for ecoacoustics and film/video. This residency launches a major new commission by Arts Ohio, the International Film Festival, and NoBrow called “Deep Earth” which will be premiered at the 2014 Film Festival. A sneak peak of the new work will ...


“Song for Low Tree” spring performances


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“Song for Low Tree” (2012) is being performed by several fantastic percussionists this spring. Commissioned by Nick Fox and written for a kit of wood blocks, log drum, low drum and bass drum the piece uses custom interactive software to process the voice of the performer and the percussion sounds, merging these signals with tree ...


New Music Box feature


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New Music Box’s Alexandra Gardner’s has created a beautiful spotlight article and video interview called “Matthew Burtner: Engaging the Natural World”. She talks about his childhood in Alaska, his interest in interactive ecoacoustics and the recent performance of his Auksalaq opera in New York and Washington DC. In this feature she coins the term “appera” ...


[0] (zerospace) Conference wrap-up 2013


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The 2013 ZeroSpace Conference on distance and interaction spanned two days and featured researchers, artists and musicians from around the world examining aesthetic, cultural, technological and environmental issues of distance and interaction in the 21st Century. Performances featured works employing telematic and network technology, and exploring conceptual notions of distance. Highlights of the festival for me personally ...


New Percussion Commission Announced


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Tromp International Percussion Competition Prize Winner Garrett Mendelow has commissioned a major new work for solo percussion and computer interaction from Matthew Burtner. The piece will premiere in 2014, and will be part of a new solo recital series and recording project.


Auksalaq opera performance on February 11, 2013


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Following a postponement due to Hurricane Sandy the New York, Washington D.C. and Charlottesville premier of “Auksalaq” will take place on February 11, 2013 at The Phillips Collection, Lu Magnus and OpenGrounds .


Nuno Aroso and Rita Redshoes premiere Burtner’s “Microplastic PET” in Lisbon Portugal


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Singer Rita Redshoes and percussionist Nuno Aroso perform the premiere of Matthew Burtner’s political “up-cycled” song, Microplastic PET on December 14, 2012 in Lisbon Portugal.


National Geographic Review of Auksalaq by Michael McBride


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“Auksalaq is a significant cultural event that marries science as the brain, art as the heart and culture as the soul in our search for awareness and sustainability”


Listen to Sandy Hausman’s WVTF/Radio IQ/ Radio Report and Interview with Matthew Burtner


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Musicians are standing by for a multi-media happening Monday, an event that could unite people from Alaska to Virginia, Canada to Norway, Washington to Indianapolis in a discussion of climate change. Sandy Hausman reports on what promises to be an interesting night at the opera.


listen to the “Here on Earth” Matthew Burtner Wisconsin Public Radio feature


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“Fog, ice, snow, cold, sand, lava, wind. These are the elements out of which sound artist Matthew Burtner creates his eerily effective electroacoustic soundscapes. It is music that draws from both beauty and horror of nature… He calls his music “ecoacoustics”. I say it’s the world song.” Jean Ferraca, Here on Earth, Wisconsin Public Radio


Matthew Burtner playing Metasax and M&M Robot Orchestra in Ghent, Belgium


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