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Concert to celebrate composer Sever Tipei

January 25, 2012
Sever Tipei

Sever Tipei

NIU’s School of Music will host a concert of music by Sever Tipei at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in the Music Building Recital Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public, and the recital hall is accessible to all.

Born in 1943 in Bucharest, Romania, Tipei immigrated to the United States in 1972. He holds degrees in composition and piano performance from the University of Michigan and the Bucharest Conservatory.

A member of the faculty of the University of Illinois School of Music since 1978, he also manages the Experimental Music Studios of the University of Illinois Computer Music Project.

MP1, his program for computer-assisted composition, was the first such software to be implemented on a supercomputer in 1986 (NCSA’s CRAY X-MP). During the years from 1993 to 2003, he also was a computational scientist at the Argonne National Laboratory, where he pursued the idea of scientific sonification.

Tipei regards the computer as a collaborator with skills and abilities that complement those of the human artist. He sees the composition of music both as an experimental and a speculative endeavor that delivers a particular world view.

Works to be performed on this program include “HB with G & E,” for piano and fixed media (2009); “Daria,” for fixed media (2006); “Lament,” for piano solo (1980); “figer,” for fixed media (2012); and “Clariphannies” for clarinet solo (1980), which will feature NIU School of Music faculty member Gregory Barrett.

For more information, call (815) 753-0642 or email [email protected].