University of Pittsburgh
February 8, 2016

Pitt Presents George Lewis in Residence Feb. 23-27

Innovative composer shares his knowledge of electronic and computer music in lecture and performance

Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926

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PITTSBURGH—Pioneering composer, musicologist, and trombonist George Lewis, renowned for his electronic music and computer-based multimedia installations, will be on the University of Pittsburgh campus Feb. 23 through 27 for George Lewis in Residence. The event is part of Pitt’s Year of the Humanities in the University.

Lewis’ work as composer, improviser, and performer explores electronic and computer music and is documented on more than 140 recordings. He is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music and vice-chair of the Department of Music at Columbia University, where he is the chair of the composition area committee. A recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Fellowship, he also is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and 2015 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.George Lewis

Lewis developed an interactive computer music system called Voyager that analyzes a musician’s improvisation in real time and then generates complex responses to the musician’s performance as well as its own independent sounds arising from Voyager’s internal processes.

George Lewis in Residence Week will include:

Feb. 23
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, 650 Schenley Dr., Oakland
6 p.m.
“Sounding New Socialities”
A free, public panel discussion with participants who include:

George Lewis;
Aaron Johnson, assistant professor of music, University of Pittsburgh;
Roger Dannenberg, professor of computer science, art, and music, Carnegie Mellon University;
Ali Momeni, associate professor of art, Carnegie Mellon University;
Eric Moe, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Music, University of Pittsburgh;
Mathew Rosenblum, professor of music, University of Pittsburgh; and
Kathleen Blee, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of Pittsburgh

Feb. 25
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
7:30 p.m.
“A Power Stronger Than Itself”
In this free public lecture, Lewis discusses the importance and history of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, which he joined as a teenager in 1971. Lewis is the author of A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008). A book signing will follow the lecture. 

Feb. 26
Bellefield Hall Auditorium, 315 S. Bellefield Ave., Oakland
8 p.m.
“Spooky Interaction”
This free live performance features George Lewis, trombone; Nicole Mitchell, flute; Michael Dessen, trombone; Francis Wong, saxophone; Pitt Jazz Studies Program Director Geri Allen, piano; and George Lewis’ Voyager interactive music-performance software. The musicians will connect through the Internet2 network in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine and SFJAZZ through the CENIC network.

Feb. 27
The Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side
8 p.m.
Music on the Edge: The Chamber Music of George Lewis
This concert of Lewis’ chamber compositions will be performed by David Shively, percussion; Lindsey Goodman, flute; Dawn Posey, violin; Jonathan Golove, cello; and Eric Moe, piano, under the direction of Roger Zahab, director of the Symphony Orchestra at Pitt. Tickets for the concert, cosponsored by The Warhol, are available by visiting or calling 412-624-7529.

George Lewis in Residence is supported by the Pitt Humanities Center, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Faculty Research and Scholarship Program, the Department of Music, and Yamaha Pianos.