telematics

Telematic music is live performance via the internet by musicians in different geographic locations. I’ve collaborated on numerous telematic concerts over the last decade as a composer, performer and co-director, and I’m excited to be part of an expanding community of artists exploring this field. Recent concerts in 2016 included collaborations with musicians in Colombia, Korea, Switzerland, New York (pictured below) and San Francisco/Pittsburgh.

Changing Tides telematic concert

The purpose of this work is not to use telematics as a substitute for traditional concerts but to extend live performance in new ways. I’ve been especially focused on creating new music specifically for the telematic medium, and on using high-quality, low-latency audio and video (for technical information, see this page.) For me, it’s become a fascinating dialogue: musical practices help us explore the nature of (tele)presence, while the telematic stage inspires new forms of musical experience and community.

As described in the trailer above, pfMENTUM recently released a DVD (2016) of Virtual Tour: A Reduced Carbon Footprint Concert Series, a telematic three-concert series that I co-directed with Mark Dresser. The DVD contains concert footage of all three concerts, each featuring the core quartet of Nicole Mitchell, Myra Melford, Mark Dresser and myself in San Diego, performing on three different days with: Marty Ehrlich, Jason Robinson, and Bob Weiner in Amherst, MA; Matthias Ziegler and Gerry Hemingway in Zurich; and Sarah Weaver, Jane Ira Bloom, Min Xiao-Fen, Ray Anderson, and Matthew Wilson in Stony Brook, NY.

Here’s an excerpt from one of my own compositions featured on the DVD, from the Amherst-San Diego concert:

This picture shows the  stage of the concert in Zurich, with Gerry Hemingway (drums) and Matthias Ziegler (flute) in Zurich, and Myra Melford (piano), Nicole Mitchell (flute), myself and Mark Dresser (bass), in California:

Zurich stage, Virtual Tour 2013

past telematic performances

Tele-Espacios, a telematic concert within the Festival de la Imagen 2016. Between Manizales, Colombia and San Diego, CA, directed by Michael Dessen, Mario Valencia, Juan David Rubio and Tata Ceballos. Compositions by Michael Dessen, Mario Valencia, Juan David Rubio and Hector Fabio Torres, performed by Santiago Osorio, Yosvany Betancourt, Tommy Babin, Tata Ceballos, Juan David Rubio and Michael Dessen. April, 2016.

“Changing Tides: A Telematic Translocational Concert Series,” part 3: San Diego + Stony Brook, NY. Directed by Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen and Sarah Weaver. Performers: In San Diego, CA: Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen, Nicole Mitchell, Stephanie Richards and Myra Melford; in Stony Brook, NY: Marty Ehrlich, Ray Anderson, Min Xiao Fen, Denman Maroney, Satoshi Takeishi and Sarah Weaver. April 10, 2016.

“Spooky Interaction: Lesson II (2016),” a work by George E. Lewis. Between UC Irvine, the University of Pittsburgh and the San Francisco Jazz Center. Co-directed by Michael Dessen, Geri Allen, Aaron Johnson and Mount Allen. Featured performers: At the University of Pittshburgh, PA: George Lewis and Geri Allen; at UC Irvine, CA: Michael Dessen and Nicole Mitchell; at the San Francisco Jazz Center: Francis Wong. Feb. 26, 2016.

“Changing Tides: A Telematic Translocational Concert Series,” part 2: San Diego + Zurich. Directed by Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen and Matthias Ziegler. Performers: In San Diego, CA: Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen, Nicole Mitchell, Stephanie Richards and Myra Melford; in Zurich, Switzerland: Matthias Ziegler and Gerry Hemingway. Feb. 13, 2016.

“Changing Tides: A Telematic Translocational Concert Series,” part 1: San Diego + Ansan, Korea. Directed by Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen, Tay Yoo and Jun Oh. Performers: In San Diego, CA: Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen, Nicole Mitchell, Stephanie Richards and Myra Melford; in Ansan, Korea: Bae Il Dong, Young Dong-Kim, Lee Jungpyo.

New Integrations in Telematic Music. Between Zurich and San Diego, within the Filmatic Festival at UCSD. Featuring musicians Matthias Ziegler, Gerry Hemingway, Michael Dessen, Stephanie Richards, Joshua White and Mark Dresser, with video artists Brian Cross and Benjamin Burger. Co-directed by Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen and Matthias Ziegler. May 2, 2015.

Tele-Espacios, a telematic concert within the Festival de la Imagen 2015Networked concert between Manizales, Colombia and San Diego, CA, directed by Mario Valencia and Juan Reyes. Production assistance and featured trombonist (in Manizales) on Phase” by Hector Fabio Torres, with Juan David Rubio and Kyle Motl (performers in San Diego). April 23, 2015.

Telematic Zurich Project. Between Zurich, San Diego, CA and Irvine CA. Featuring Matthias Ziegler, Franziska Baumann, Christoph Baumann, Christian Weber, Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen and VJs Joel de Giovanni and Benjamin Burger. Compositions by Ziegler, F. Baumann and C. Baumann. January 18, 2014.

Virtual Tour: A Reduced Carbon Footprint Concert Series. Between UC San Diego and 3 other sites, each on a different night: Amherst, MA; Stony Brook, NY; and Zurich, Switzerland. Featuring compositions/performances by Mark Dresser, Michael Dessen, Nicole Mitchell, Jason Robinson, Marty Ehrlich, Gerry Hemingway, Matthias Ziegler and Sarah Weaver, as well as performers Jane Ira Bloom, Ray Anderson, Min Xiao Fen, Matt Wilson, and Bob Weiner. April 5, 6 and 7, 2013. Video documentation coming soon…

Telematic duo performance by Mark Dresser (in San Diego) Michael Dessen (in Irvine), in memory of Nathan Brock, as part of the CineGrid International Workshop. Dec. 10, 2012.

Inspiraling 2011: Telematic Jazz Explorations. Between UC San Diego and NYU, with Mark Dresser, Sarah Weaver, Nicole Mitchell, Joshua White, Michael Dessen, Jane Ira Bloom, Amir ElSaffar, Oliver Lake, Tomas Ulrich, Ikue Mori, Victoria Petrovich, Sarah Jane Lapp and John Crawford. Compositions by Dresser, Weaver and Dessen. Nov. 2, 2011.

Net Works: An evening of telematic music. Composed and performed by Mark Dresser (bass), Myra Melford (piano), and Michael Dessen (trombone), with video by Yotam Mann. Networked performance between UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. April 27, 2011.

Telematic Transform Music. Composed and directed by Sarah Weaver, featuring Gerry Hemingway, Oliver Lake, Mark Dresser, Hadi El-Debek, Dave Taylor, Eldad Tsabary, Stuart Dempster, and Michael Dessen. A networked concert between New York City, Montreal, Seattle, Irvine and San Diego. April 23, 2011.

Telemotions: A Networked Intermedia Concert. Composed and performed by Mark Dresser (bass), Myra Melford (piano), and Michael Dessen (trombone), with scenic designer Victoria Petrovich and intermedia artist John Crawford. Networked performance between UC Irvine and UC San Diego. April 16 and 17, 2011.

Inspiraling: Telematic Jazz Explorations. A networked performance between UC San Diego and New York University, co-presented by Roulette Intermedia. Compositions by Oliver Lake, Gerry Hemingway, Mark Dresser and Sarah Weaver. Performed by Oliver Lake, Gerry Hemingway, Amir ElSaffar and Sarah Weaver (at NYU) and Mark Dresser, Hafez Modirzadeh, Michael Dessen and Alex Cline (at UCSD). June 13, 2010.

Jazz Telemotions: A Networked Trio Concert. Composed and performed by Mark Dresser (bass), Myra Melford (piano), and Michael Dessen (trombone), with scenic designer Victoria Petrovich and intermedia artist John Crawford. Networked performance between UC Irvine and UC San Diego. May 12, 2010.

Faultlines: A Multi-Site Networked Concert. Networked performance between UC Irvine, CA and Buckley Hall, Amherst College, MA. Compositions by Jason Robinson and Michael Dessen, performed by Jason Robinson (saxophone/computer) and Michael Dessen (trombone/computer). April 25, 2010.

Crossing Boundaries: Design Improvisations 2010. Networked performance between UC San Diego and UC Irvine on Bits and Spaces, composed by Michael Dessen and Shahrokh Yadegari, and performed by Michael Dessen (trombone), Shahrokh Yadegari (computer), Alicia Peterson (dance) and Rebecca Salzer (dance). January 12, 2010.

Latent Potentials. Networked performance among UC Irvine and UC San Diego. New compositions by Michael Dessen, Christopher Dobrian and Shahrokh Yadegari with telematic video by John Crawford. Michael Dessen (trombone), Edwin Harkins (trumpet), Mark Dresser(bass), Nathan Hubbard (percussion), Dhiren Panikker (piano) and others. December 13, 2009.

Tele-Jazz. Networked performance among UC San Diego, Banff Center for the Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dave Douglas (trumpet, composition), Pauline Oliveros (accordion, composition), Michael Dessen (trombone, composition) Mark Dresser (bass), Chris Chafe (celleto, composition), Jonas Braasch (sax), Justin Yang (sax), and others. June 4, 2009.

Transcontinental Circuits: A Multi-Site Networked Concert. UC Irvine, Stanford University, and Amherst College. Michael Dessen (trombone/computer/composition), Jason Robinson (saxohpone/computer/composition) and Adnan Marquez-Borbon (saxophone/computer/composition). April 3, 2009.

Multiplicities: An Inter-Arts Telematic Performance. UC San Diego and UC Irvine. Mark Dresser (bass) and Michael Dessen (trombone/computer), co-directors and composers, with Myra Melford (piano, composition), Oguri (dance), Billy Mintz (drums) and Nancy Ostrovsky (painting). October 25, 2008.

Telematic Concert between UC San Diego, Stanford University and UC Berkeley. Mark Dresser (bass, composition), Michael Dessen (trombone, composition), Myra Melford (piano, compositon), Chris Chafe (cello, composition), David Wessel (electronics), Billy Mintz (drums) and Phillip Larson (voice). February 13, 2008.

PQ Sceneofest (Czech Republic). Duo networked performance between Prague and Irvine, CA with Shahrokh Yadegari (computer) and Michael Dessen (trombone). June 18, 2007.