Ctrl-Z: Electronic Music for Modular Instruments


Radius Gallery
1050 River St. #127, Santa Cruz

Ctrl-Z is a live electronics trio dedicated to the performance of composed music for live electronics. The program will showcase hugely important yet often overlooked contributions to the history of electronic music by women alongside new pieces written by non-cis-male composers working on the cutting edge of experimental electronic and electroacoustic music.

Note: Due to program changes, a number of the pieces have been postponed. Sarah Belle Reid’s Spectral/Impulse will be performed, alongside Pauline Oliveros’s Sound Piece and Yoko Ono’s Tape Piece II. The program will be completed with works by John Cage awnd Ctrl-Z members Ryan Page and Nick Wang.

Ctrl-Z

Ctrl-Z is a group dedicated to the performance of composed music for live electronics. Founded by Ryan Page, Daniel Steffey, and Nick Wang in 2015, the group often finds itself in collaboration with other musicians, who perform on both electronic and acoustic instruments, to realize these works. Using an array of modular synthesizers, computers, homemade circuitry, test equipment, and other machinery, they have commissioned new works for the medium, as well as realized classic pieces, or adapted open-ended instrumentation scores to fit their means of performance. Music in their repertoire includes works by John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Luc Ferrari, Johanna Beyer, Lou Harrison, Ryan Ross Smith, Alvin Lucier, and those in the group, among others. They are always accepting new pieces submitted by living composers, as well as realizing more classic works by pioneers of the genre. For more information visit them online.

The program will showcase hugely important yet often overlooked contributions to the history of electronic music by women alongside new pieces written by non-cis-male composers working on the cutting edge of experimental electronic and electroacoustic music. Two new works, commissioned specifically for Ctrl-Z’s fall concert series, will be performed, along with two classic electronic compositions.

Ctrl-Z’s program is supported by the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County’s “Create” Grants.

Indexical’s concerts in Santa Cruz are supported in part by the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County.

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