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EMM: October 13-15, 2016 @ Lewis University


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2016 EMM Guest Artist: Sarah Plum

Sarah Plum
"Adventurous indie violinist Sarah Plum" (New York Music Daily), has been hailed has "an activist performer" by anearful.com for her work tirelessly championing composers, commissioning and premiering new works and bringing them to the attention of a larger public.

Sarah Plum began her performing career by winning the first prize at the International Stulberg Competition in 1984. Since then she has carved out a distinctive role as a serious interpreter of a large range of music commissioning many new works as well as crafting fresh interpretations of the standard repertoire. Sarah has been sought after by orchestras and fellow musicians in the US and Europe as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician for concerts at venues and festivals such as the Luzern Festival, Ars Musica Brussels, Cite de Musique, and the Barbican. Her performances have been praised as "consistently stunning with works that demanded conventional virtuosity but also great skill in unconventional techniques" (third coast journal).

Plum recently released two new CDs on the Blue Griffin label that are garnering critical praise: Music for a New Century (BGR 371) features world premiere recordings of violin concerti by Sidney Corbett and Christopher Adler with conductors Nicholas Deyoe and Akira Mori and Bela Bartok: Works for Violin and Piano, Volume 1 (BGR 373) is the first of a two volume set of Bartok's works for violin and piano with her longtime duo partner Timothy Lovelace. The Whole Note Magazine wrote of her concerto CD: "I can't think of a better flag bearer than Sarah Plum who is quite brilliant here, or better performances or interpretations. This is an important addition to the contemporary violin concerto discography."

Plum has received acclaim for her performances at noted festivals and venues such as the Ankunft Neue Musik Festival at the Berlin Hauptbahnhof, 3rd Practice Festival, the Cube of the Moss Arts Center at the Institute for Creativity and Technology at Virginia Tech, Sonic Landscapes at California State University Fullerton and Unruly Music at the Marcus Center among others. Recent conference appearances include performances of Charles Nichols' Il Prete Rosso (which was written for her) at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), College Music Society (CMS), Society for Composers Inc. (SCI) and Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS). In addition, Plum has been invited to participate in residencies at universities such as UC Davis, Virginia Tech, UNC Greensboro, Montana State, San Francisco State, and Santa Clara University where she performs, gives master classes, workshops student compositions and lectures on a variety of topics. In the past 4 years alone she has commissioned pieces from Sidney Corbett, Christopher Adler, Charles Nichols, Eric Lyon, Laurie Schwartz, Mari Kimura, Sidney Boquiren, Bruno Ruviaro, Mari Takano and Jeff Herriot.

Plum has initiated a multi-year project to commission violin works inspired by Bach's solo sonatas and partitas and to perform them in tandem with Bach's works. Her first three commissions are for Charles Nichols, Sidney Corbett and Bruno Ruviaro and the first premiere in this project will be of Sidney Corbett's work at the Canakkale Biennial in Canakkale,Turkey this coming September. Other upcoming projects include a duo CD with Helen Bledsoe, flutist of Cologne based ensemble Musik Fabrik, recording the second CD for her Bartok set with pianist Timothy Lovelace and a return this July to the Zodiac Festival and Academy in the south of France for her fourth summer.

Plum has recently begun a long term outreach program where, traveling with her own sound system, she performs a shortened version of her Parameters of Sound show at high schools throughout the midwest, introducing them to the music of Sidney Corbett, Eric Lyon, Mari Takano and Mark Engebretson as well as works of Bach and Bartok. So far she has completed 16 performances at 6 schools with overwhelming success and is scheduled to visit 8 more schools in the upcoming months.

Plum has appeared on numerous TV and radio broadcasts including the WDR, NDR and Deutsche Welle in Germany, BBC TV in the United Kingdom and Iowa Public Radio. She has recorded for the Bluegriffin, Bridge, BMG, Albany, Arte Nova and Capriccio labels.

Plum is Associate Professor of Violin and Viola at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa and is a graduate of the Juilliard School where she received a BM and MM and SUNY Stony Brook where she received a DMA.

About EMM

Electronic Music Midwest is dedicated to programming of a wide variety of electroacoustic music and providing the highest quality performance of electronic media. This annual festival consists of approximately nine short concerts (about 1 hour in length) over the course of a weekend in Autumn. Our goal is to bring together vibrant and interesting artists of all forms, give them a vehicle for their expressions, and a place for them to share ideas with others.

EMM is the result of a consortium formed in 2002 between Kansas City Kansas Community College (KCKCC), Lewis University, and the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Officially formed in 2002, this festival was founded by Mike McFerron, Connie Mayfield, and Paul Rudy in 2000 when it was presented at KCKCC under the name "Kansas City Electronic Music Festival." In 2001, the festival continued at Lewis University under the title, "Electronic Music at Lewis - 2001."

EMM has always featured an 8-speaker surround diffusion system under the guidance of Ian Corbett. The core of the system are eight Mackie 1521 bi-amped speakers, an EAW/QSC subwoofer system, and a Soundcraft MH3, 32+4 Channel mixer (named "EMMily"). Due to Ian's expertise, many visiting composers comment that EMM is one of smoothest run festivals they have ever attended.

Since its beginning, EMM has programmed over 500 new electroacoustic compositions. Composers have traveled from around the world to graciously share their music with audiences in the Midwest. However, EMM is about more than just playing new music. We strive to create an environment conducive to building community interaction. Most concerts are approximately one hour long, and composers have plenty of time to "talk shop" with each other as well as interact socially with students and audience members.