The Nature of Music: Matthew Burtner
Matthew Burtner composes music for concert instruments accompanied by glacier sounds, recorded by the composer at very close range. He was born in 1970 in Naknek, Alaska, a small coastal fishing village where he was inspired by the vast natural resources of his native state. He currently serves as Professor of Composition and Computer Technologies a the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and Director of EcoSono, an environmental arts non-profit (www.econsono.org). His music and research explores embodiment, climate change, polymetrics, and noise. He presented recorded performances of Sound Cast of Matanuska Glacier (with string quartet, wind trio and Chapman Stick). A highlight of the evening was a video of a dramatic collaboration with Time Lapse Dance (NY). His music has won competitions and prizes at Bourges (France), Gaudeamus (Netherlands), Darmstadt (Germany), and the Russolo (Italy) international competitions.