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Interpretations: Mari Kimura / Joseph Kubera

Nov 18 | Thu |
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As part of an evening named "Interpretations: Mari Kimura / Joseph Kubera," violinist/composer Mari Kimura will share six instrumental works conceived for her motion sensor invention MUGIC®. It will be the most broad-ranging showcase to-date for the innovative device, which is helping to fuse the capabilities of classic, contemporary violin with improvisational, interactive computer music into a distinctive sound palette of its own.

Mari Kimura ( is at the forefront of violinists who are extending the technical and expressive capabilities of the instrument. As a musician, she is renowned for her mastery of subharmonics--the production of pitches that sound up to an octave below the violin's lowest string--as well as for her dynamic performances as an improviser and interpreter of many notable compositions by today's composers. She has been a soloist with such orchestras as the Tokyo Symphony and the Hamburg Symphony and has received numerous awards including Guggenheim Fellowship, Fromm Award, residency at IRCAM in Paris and Rockefeller Brothers Fund. 

MUGIC® is a small, wearable, affordable electronic motion sensor that communicates by WiFi with sound and projection systems of the concert space. With it, a performer can create sounds, control effects, change lighting parameters, generate visuals, and more with the simple wave of a hand. In its early development, MUGIC® was enclosed in a glove worn on violinist Mari Kiura's bowing hand. Subsequently, it has been attached to flutes, clarinets, pianists' and percussionists' hands, dancers' costumes and even a round rubber dog chew toy that is rolled and thrown around the stage.

Six pieces for MUGIC® will be offered, of which three are premieres: Kimura’s own "Iron Bird for cymbal and MUGIC®," performed by percussionist Aiyun Huang (World premiere); "Motion Notions" by Dai Fujikura (New York premiere), performed by Kimura on violin, and MUGIC®; and Kimura’s "KISMET for MUGIC® and ensemble," performed by Ensemble Decipher (US premiere). Three other works written and performed by Kimura will round out the hour.

This one-hour medley will be the first part of a two-part evening that is co-presented by The Interpretations Series and Roulette. In the second part, veteran pianist Joseph Kubera will perform a solo recital featuring "Block Design" by Tom Johnson, "Queens Plaza" by Daniel Rothman, and other works.

Venue: Roulette Intermedium

509 Atlantic Avenue Map