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Michael Lowenstern


Brooklyn NY




A cross between Eric Dolphy, Meat Beat Manifesto, NPR's This American Life, The Gap Band and Igor Stravinsky, Michael Lowenstern's sound is hard to define; it's ClassicoFunkTronica. On stage, Michael brings not only his formidable skill and finesse on the bass clarinet, but also his sense of humor, a deep appreciation for pop culture, an enthusiasm which can only be called infections and, well, cool toys. His shows employ computers, props and electronic gizmos, and Michael brings everything from consumer electronics (a Kaoss toy synth & an iPad), to a WiCoder (combination EWI and vocoder - way too coo!!), to a few harmonicas and the occasional piece of home-made electric gear, assuming it wasn't confiscated by the TSA. Michael has written music for concert, film, dance and various other new media over the span of his 20-year career. Actively involved with technology in sound and music, Michael has been a pioneer in the field of interactive computer music, having created or performed over a hundred works for bass clarinet and electronics. His collaborations have included remixes for the landmark recording In C Remixed (featured on NPR's RadioLab), Michael Gordon's video opera Chaos and various dance works with David Lang. To date he can be heard on over fifty CDs, including five solo recordings of his own. Random factoid: the solo bass clarinet clip you hear as the theme to NPR's "Science out of the Box" segment - that's Michael too. Michael travels regularly as a guest lecturer at universities around the country. A former faculty member of the Juilliard School and New York University, he is currently on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Friday March 18



St David's Bethell Hall

All Ages

301 E 8th St


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