on The Listening Room
Wednesday October 12, 2011, 7-9pm
Composer Aurie Hsu will join Sarah O’Halloran on The Listening Room on October 12th to talk about her work, and to play some of her favorite recordings of twentieth and twenty-first century music. Aurie Hsu is a composer, pianist, and belly dancer. She composes acoustic, electroacoustic, and interactive music, performs her own prepared/extended piano music, and collaborates often with musicians, choreographers, and musical robots. She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Composition and Computer Technologies program at the University of Virginia where she has studied with Judith Shatin, Matthew Burtner, and Ted Coffey.
Aurie holds degrees in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory (BM) and Mills College (MFA). She also completed a degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College (MFA). Her works have been presented around the U.S. at ICMC, SEAMUS, SIGCHI, the SCI National Student Conference, Pixelerations, Third Practice Festival, and abroad at the Logos Tetrahedron Concert Hall (Belgium) and the Cite International des Arts (France). In 2010, Aurie won the International Computer Music Association (ICMA) Student Award for Best Submission for Shadows no. 5, part of a series of pieces for belly dancer, electroacoustic music, and RAKS (Remote electroAcoustic Kinesthetic Sensing) system. The RAKS system is a wireless sensor interface designed in collaboration with composer Steven Kemper.
Current composition projects include a viola da gamba quartet, a suite for extended piano and electronics, and a second piece for belly dancer, RAKS system, and musical robots. Aurie dances with Fire in the Belly Dance Co., the only professional tribal belly dance company in central Virginia.