MUS 11
I/O Festival of New Music Winter 2024

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I/O Fest is the Williams College Music Department’s annual student-centered festival of contemporary music and creative music making, comprising concerts, workshops, outreach, and study. Student performers, composers, and sound artists will engage in the preparation, rehearsal, and creation of new works, leading to three days of concerts at the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance and the Clark Art Institute. Students enrolled in the class will choose areas of focus in performance, composition, or production and take part in all of the creative planning for the festival. Students will engage with and learn from visiting musicians and composers, and explore a world of adventurous music making, new ways of listening, and new modes of collaboration. Students are required to participate in and attend all events on the festival. In the post-festival phase of the course students will participate in readings, workshops, and discussion groups related to the social, musical, and cultural ideas featured in the festival and explore issues in contemporary performance practice. Other activities will include informal group sessions on musical topics such as free improvisation, graphic scores, and sound art. There will be a field trip to EMPAC in Troy, NY for a tour of the facility and a performance.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: NA
Class#: 1224
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Paper(s) or report(s); Presentation(s); Performance(s); Creative project(s)
Prerequisites: Students should have a background in musical performance or creation.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be given to students with demonstrated interest or musical experience.
Unit Notes: Matthew Gold is an Artist in Residence in Percussion and Contemporary Music Performance at Williams College and member of the NYC-based Talea Ensemble. He is an ensemble director committed to presenting adventurous programs and new voices.
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
SLFX Winter Study Self-Expression
STUX Winter Study Student Exploration
WELL Winter Study Wellness

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