ITHACA, NY—Cellist, composer and multimedia artist Kathy McTavish will present her latest work live at Ithaca College on Thursday, April 14. Titled “b r 1 N k,” her 7:30 p.m. performance and talk in Textor 102 is free and open to the public.
With an interdisciplinary background in mathematics, ecology, music theory and software development, McTavish creates pieces that blend improvisational cello with found sound, text, data and abstract, layered, moving images. Her recent work has focused on creating generative methods for building multichannel video and sound environments.
Created specifically for Ithaca College, “b r 1 N k” explores relationships between musical polyphony and other multi-threaded dynamic systems. Her talk will ponder the meaning and relevance of our creative pursuits in the age of anthropocene; our digital cave drawings; our scientific quests at the brink; our trembling before god; our hero’s journey in the face of enormous planetary change.
“b r 1 N k” can be seen and heard at http://platform48.mod.bz.
McTavish has previously been commissioned for projects by the Jerome Foundation, Northern Spark Festival and Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble, among other organizations.
Her presentation is part of the C.P. Snow Lecture Series, named for the British physicist and novelist Sir Charles Percy Snow in recognition of his efforts to bridge the gap between what he called the “two cultures” of the liberal arts and the sciences.