Mile High Voltage Festival

Featuring Artists of the Cantaloupe Music Label

Fri | Feb 19, 2010 | 7:30pm, Sat | Feb 20, 2010 | 7:30 pm

The Mile High Voltage Festival explores through featured artists of the Cantaloupe Music Label the ways that popular and alternative music are changing our idea of what can be offered as classical. Performers surprise with new instruments, video as an integral part of music, and boundary-crossing composition. As part of the audience, you may eat, drink and surf the net while you view the concert through live simulcast in our Cantaloupe Café, where signature food and drink will be offered, or you may choose to enjoy the concert in June Swaner Gates Concert Hall as part of a new culture of listeners, a freer, more interactive audience, or do a bit of both.

“Imaginary City” to be performed by Sö Percussion is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Myrna Loy Center/ Helena Presents in partnership with Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Newman Center for the Performing Arts, The Cleveland Museum of Art, and DiverseWorks. Major contributors of NPN are the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, MetLife Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Artists and Participants

Andy Akiho – award winning young composer and steel pan performer. Recently featured on PBS News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

Burkina Electric – Led by Artistic Director Lukas Ligeti, this band from West Africa mingles the traditions and rhythms of Burkina Faso with contemporary electronic dance culture, making it a trailblazer in electronic world music.

Evan Ziporyn – Composer/clarinetist Evan Ziporyn is a founding member of the Bang on a Can All-stars. He is Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Michael Harrison – One of the present day masters of alternative tuning creates mystical and memorable piano soundscapes. A long-time collaborator of minimalist masters Terry Riley and LaMonte Young, Harrison also brings his own aesthetic point of view into a deeply reflective and emotionally powerful composition.

Tom Moon – Festival Moderator (Award-winning music journalist Tom Moon is the author of 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die: A Listener’s Life List, a New York Times bestseller. He is a regular contributor to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered as well as Rolling Stone, Blender and other publications.)

Sö Percussion – Since coming together at the Yale School of Music in 1999, Sö Percussion has performed its music all over the world. Sö will perform its new work “Imaginary City,” which will be played on a transforming percussion instrument constructed on stage during the work and will include video featuring reflections and images of the co-commissioning cities.

The Playground – Made up primarily of graduates of the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music Masters Program, The Playground expands common conceptions of both contemporary music and the chamber ensemble.

Peter Robles, Festival Curator – With years of experience working with tours, commissions and standard repertoire for classical music artists, Peter now focuses on the music of living composers.

University of Denver – Faculty and Students of the Lamont School of Music