Upcoming Appearances

November 6, 2013: Philadelphia Museum of Art, panel on "Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis."

December 7, 2013: Tufts Electronic Music Ensemble. Works TBA.

Past Appearances

April 7, 2013: Vortex Ensemble, Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN. Performance of George Antheil's Ballet mécanique with Léger/Murphy film, conducted by Michael Patrick Holland. Performance of Saltorello-Presto from Symphony No. 4 by Felix Mendelssohn, arranged by me for 8 Yamaha Disklaviers. Screening of Bad Boy Made Good (PBS cut), followed by Q&A.

March 7, 2013: Steinway Hall, New York City. Presentation of Music Engineering at Tufts for New York Tufts Engineering Alumni.

December 8, 2012: Tufts Electronic Music Ensemble. Works by Mussorgsky, Jefferson Airplane, Tom Waits, Talking Heads, Lalo Schifrin, Edgard Varèse, Lehrman.

October 27, 2012: Sonic Boom! Tufts University Wind Ensemble/Electronic Music Ensemble combined concert. Works by Mussorgsky, Pink Floyd.

May 22, 2012: 12th conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Poster session: The problem of multiple pianolas in Antheil's Ballet mécanique.

April 22, 2012: Tufts University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir. Haydn: Mass in Time of War (1st bassoon)

April 11, 2012: Analog Devices General Technical Conference, Seaport Hotel, Boston. Keynote speaker: "Music and Technology at Tufts University" and "The Revival of Ballet mécanique."

March 24, 2012: Johnny D's Somerville, MA. Labor songs and sing-alongs. Kickoff event for re-election campaign for Sen. Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville). With Geoff Brown, Sharon Kennedy, and Marcy Goldstein-Gelb.

Januray 13-16, 2012: Tufts University Wind Ensemble, Costa Rica (bassoon)

December 11, 2011: Tufts University Symphony Orchestra, Gil Rose, conductor (bassoon)

September 25, 2010: MakerFaire, New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadow Park, Queens, NY, 3:00 PM. The history of Ballet mécanique.

"Songs You Should Know (…and that still matter)"—songs of social consciousness from the 1950s, '60s, and other times, with Rabbi Jeffrey Summit:
• February 2, 2010
: Distler Recital Hall, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 8:00 pm.
• February 14, 2010: Cohen Auditorium, Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1:00 pm. Benefit for Haitian earthquake victims.
• March 18, 2010: Johnny D's, Somerville, MA, 8:00 pm.

November 13, 2009: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA, 8:00 pm. Boston Modern Orchestra Project presents "Big Bang," featuring a live performance of George Antheil's Ballet mécanique, conducted by Gil Rose, with 8 Yamaha Disklaviers. Q&A precedes the concert at 7:00 pm.

November 7, 2009: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, 5:20 pm. Screening of Bad Boy Made Good, a 71-minute documentary film on the revival of George Antheil's Ballet mécanique,and the Léger/Murphy/Antheil Ballet mécanique, followed by audience Q&A.

October 10, 2009: Audio Engineering Society 127th Convention, Jacob Javits Center, New York City, 2:30 pm. Paper session on Consumer Audio, presenting "The Wii Remote as a Musical Instrument: Technology and Case Studies."

November 10, 2008: IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications (TePRA) , Holiday Inn Express, Woburn, MA, session 1 (10:15 am-12:15 pm). Presenting Doing Good by the 'Bad Boy:' A Robotic Solution for Performing George Antheil's Ballet Mecanique, with video of Ballet mécanique automated orchestra.

November 6, 2008: Parsons Audio Expo, Holiday Inn, Dedham, MA. Moderating a panel on live audio.

April 25, 2008: Tufts University "ElectroNME"—New Music Ensemble/Electronic Music Lab concert, Distler Recital Hall, Granoff Music Center. Featuring "Imaginary Dialogues," a new composition by Paul and graduate student Phil Acimovic for Nintendo Wii controllers and laptop; plus two short films with scores by Paul's students; plus the East Coast premiere of the video of the Ballet mécanique automated orchestra at the National Gallery of Art in Ambisonic Surround. 8:00 pm, free.

June 7, 2008: "Antheil's Legacy," an evening of new works by various composers, for Disklavier and other instruments in the Ballet mécanique automated orchestra, curated by Charles Amirkhanian; plus the world premiere of the automated orchestra performing Antheil's score to the Murphy/Léger film.At 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center, 80 Greenwich Street (@ Rector St.), New York City (following that evening's performance of Frequency Hopping).

June 5, 2008: Premiere of Frequency Hopping, a new play by Elyse Singer, featuring the Ballet mécanique automated orchestra performing excerpts from Antheil's work, plus an original score by Joshua Fried .At 3-Legged Dog Art and Technology Center, 80 Greenwich Street (@ Rector St.), New York City.Through June 29.

March 29, 2008: Doc Kountze Film Festival, McGlynn Middle School, Medford, MA. Boston premiere of The Eternal Road: Encounter with the Past, documentary film by Ron Frank, with music by Kurt Weill arranged and performed by Paul, about the revival of a "lost" opera by Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel, and how a German city attempts reconciliation with the Jewish families who fled at the beginning of the Nazi era.

December 11, 2007: Boston Audio Society holiday meeting, Futura Productions, Roslindale, MA. Panel discussion on careers in the audio industry.

December 2-11, 2007: Wolfsonian Museum of Florida International University, Miami, FL. Installation of an all-robotic orchestra performing George Antheil's Ballet mécanique, edited and programmed by me, with robots designed and built by Eric Singer and the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, and pianos provided by Yamaha Corporation. Two performances daily (watch the video), plus daily screening of Bad Boy Made Good, a 71-minute documentary film on the revival of George Antheil's Ballet mécanique. Opening night party December 1 (great pix here).

November 8, 2007: Parsons Audio Expo, Holiday Inn, Dedham, MA. Presentation on alternative musical controllers, and the Tufts University course "Electronic Musical Instrument Design." Moderating a panel on "Careers in Audio."

October 13, 2007: Parents' Weekend, Tufts University, Medford, MA.
Lectures on Where Music Meets Technology: Using Electronic Musical Instrument Design to Cross the Bridge Between Art and Engineering, Tisch Library.
Performances with prototype Electronic Music Ensemble, Granoff Music Center.

October 6-7, 2007: Audio Engineering Society 123rd Convention, Javits Center, New York City. Book release party and signings for The Insider Audio Bathroom Reader, published by Thomson Course PTR. At the Mix Magazine booth, # 942.

September 25, 2007: The Boston Area Definitive Audio Student Summit, The New England Institute of Art, 10 Brookline Place West, Brookline, MA. Panel discussion on "Careers in Audio"

April 6, 2007: Hartt School, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT. Lecture on National Gallery of Art installation of Ballet mécanique and video, with Ambisonic-encoded surround audio, of the performance.

April 1, 2007: Doc Kountze Film Festival, McGlynn Middle School, Medford, MA. Boston premiere of The Port Chicago Mutiny: The Real Story, documentary film by Ron Frank, with music by Paul, about the largest domestic disaster of World War II.

October 7, 2006: Audio Engineering Society 121st Convention, Moscone Center, San Francisco. Presentation of invited paper, "Doing Good by the 'Bad Boy': Performing George Antheil’s Ballet mécanique with Robots" (around 11:00 am) along with the world premiere of the video, with Ambisonic-encoded surround audio, of the robotic performance of Ballet mécanique at the National Gallery of Art (at 1:30 pm).

June 7, 2006: New Interfaces for Musical Expression conference, IRCAM, Paris. Presentation of invited paper "A 'Ballet mécanique' for the 21st Century: Performing George Antheil’s Dadaist Masterpiece with Robots" along with video of the robotic performance of Ballet mécanique at the National Gallery of Art. Actually, I was not able to go—the paper was presented by Eric Singer—because I was the program and technical director for…

June 10, 2006: Doc Kountze Film Festival, McGlynn Middle School, Medford, MA. Boston premiere of the final cut of Bad Boy Made Good, a 71-minute documentary film on the revival of George Antheil's Ballet mécanique,and the world premiere of a new video of the robotic performance of Ballet mécanique at the National Gallery of Art. Followed by audience Q&A.

March 12-May 7, 2006: National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Construction and presentation of an all-robotic orchestra performing Ballet mécanique, with robots designed and built by Eric Singer and the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots.

November 10-11, 2005: Webster University, St. Louis, MO. First screening of a new cut of Bad Boy Made Good, a 71-minute documentary film on the revival of George Antheil's Ballet mécanique,and the Léger/Murphy/Antheil Ballet mécanique, followed by audience Q&A, and workshops for music technology students. Read these write-ups in the Riverfront Times and

October 9, 2005: conference of the Audio Engineering Society, Jacob Javits Center, New York City. Screening of Bad Boy Made Good, followed by Q&A.

May 28, 2005: New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Presentation of an original paper "Bridging the Gap Between Art and Science Education Through Teaching Electronic Musical Instrument Design."

Cubist Charlie

April 15, 2005: Lectures on the Ballet mécanique at The Calhoun School, New York City.

January 30, 2005: Celebrating the Ballet mécanique at the 2nd annual Light In Winter Festival, Ithaca, NY. Lecture: "Making the Ballet mécanique." Screening of Bad Boy Made Good, a 71-minute documentary film on the revival of George Antheil's Ballet mécanique, followed by audience Q&A.. Live performance of Ballet mécanique (with Léger film) by Ensemble X, conducted by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky.

John

November 7, 2004: Performance of I Dig A Pygmy, tribute to John Lennon for Kurzweil K2000 sampler; and Heroes, multimedia piece for storyteller and musician, with Sharon Kennedy, at Zeitgeist Gallery, 1353 Cambridge Street, Inman Square, Cambridge, MA.

November 2, 2004: Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Lecture and workshop on Ballet mécanique.

October 28, 2004: conference of the Audio Engineering Society, Moscone Center, San Francisco. Screening of Bad Boy Made Good, followed by Q&A.

October 2, 2004: First annual Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival, Newburyport, MA. Screening of Bad Boy Made Good, followed by Q&A.

October 1, 2004: Panel on "Careers in Audio" at the NEMO/Boston Music Awards Conference, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Boston.

April 8, 2004: Revised four-channel surround version of I Dig A Pygmy, Tufts Composers Concert, Tufts University, Medford, MA.

March 12-26, 2004: Ballet Mécanique, music by George Antheil edited to fit film by Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy. Performed by the London Sinfonietta, conducted by Jurjen Hempel, at Royal Festival Hall and four other UK venues.

March 11, 2004: Trinity College of Music, London, UK. Lecture and screening of Bad Boy Made Good, a 71-minute documentary film on the revival of Antheil's Ballet mécanique.

February-April 2004: Lectures and screenings of Bad Boy Made Good at Tufts University, Medford, MA; Hartt School, University of Hartford, CT; University of Massachusetts Lowell; Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

September 21, 2003: World premiere of Bad Boy Made Good, at FilmFest New Haven, in the Yale Center for British Art. Symposium followed. Winner of First Prize Audience award.

George and Paul

March 22-23, 2003: Capital Arts in Trenton (NJ), symposium at the New Jersey Network, celebrating the work of George Antheil, featuring a screening of an early version Bad Boy Made Good, and a lecture on editing the score of Ballet mécanique to make it playable as a soundtrack for the film of the same name by Fernand Léger et al.

March 2, 2003: Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Ballet mécanique, performed by Société de musique contemporaine, conducted by Walter Boudreau.

February 17, 2003: Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD. Lecture and performance of Ballet mécanique, including Léger/Murphy film synchronized with a live ensemble: The Peabody Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Julian Pellicano.

January 23 & 25, 2003: Boston premiere of the Ballet mécanique film, at the Museum of Fine Arts, with talks by Theodore Stebbin and me.

November 13, 2002: Ballet mécanique performance and lecture, featuring world premiere of the Léger/Murphy film synchronized with a live ensemble. The Peabody Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, conducted by Julian Pellicano. It was the keynote performance at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (pasic.org), Columbus, OH.

November 7, 2002: Using Musical Instruments as an Engineering Educational Medium, paper by Paul, Jesse Jones, and Chris Rogers of Tufts University, presented by Jones at Frontiers In Education conference, Boston.

January 27, 2002: Screening of The Eternal Road: An Encounter With the Past at the Atlanta Film Festival.

Sam Jaffee

Actor Sam Jaffe in the 1936 production of The Eternal Road

The Eternal Road was a biblical opera spectacle meant to awaken America to the plight of Germany's Jews. A resounding success (although interestingly, a financial failure) on Broadway in 1937, the original production featured Lotte Lenya, Sam Jaffe, Dick van Patten, and Sidney Lumet. The work was then forgotten for over 60 years, and was remounted in Chemnitz, Germany in 1999 with the participation of Hollywood Bowl musical director John Mauceri.

This documentary looks at the climate in Germany that brought together the play's creators, and follows a group of Jews (including the director's father), exiled from Chemnitz during the rise of Nazism, as they return to their former home for the contemporary production.

The music in the soundtrack was written by Kurt Weill (mostly from The Eternal Road, but also from the Threepenny Opera), and was adapted, arranged, and performed—electronically—by me.

Eternal Road

Scene from the 1999 production of The Eternal Road

September 19, 2001: Airing of documentary film, "The Eternal Road: An Encounter With the Past", KCET, Los Angeles, 10 pm PDT.

September 7, 2001: New York premiere of the "Ballet mécanique" film, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City. Reviewed in the Village Voice.

June 12, 2001: Lecture and screening of documentary film work-in-progress, "Reviving the Ballet mécanique", a 30-minute documentary film produced by the Tufts Video Laboratory, Howard Woolf, director, and myself. The subject is the history of George Antheil's 1924 composition, and how it came to be performed, for the first time, 75 years after it was written. At the annual banquet of the Boston chapter of the Audio Engineering Society.

May 5, 2001: Premiere of four-channel surround version of I Dig A Pygmy. "BEAMS (Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio) Marathon" concert, Slosberg Recital Hall, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival.

Also May 5, 2001: The World premiere of a new print of the classic Dadaist / Cubist film "Ballet mécanique" by Fernand Léger and Dudley Murphy, accompanied by the original full-orchestral score by George Antheil, edited and programmed by me.

This print is identical to the version that was shown at the film's premiere in Vienna in 1924. Originally, Antheil's score was supposed to accompany the film, but the composer and the filmmakers worked separately, and the two works diverged. This was the first time the film was shown with the music by Antheil as he originally conceived it. After this showing, it will be shown in several dozen museums all over the world over the next five years.

Symphony Hall

May 3, 2001: Performance of Ballet mécanique, original 1924 version for 16 player pianos, four xylophones, four bass drums, tam-tam, two pianists, siren, electric bells, and three airplane propellors, by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, conducted by Gil Rose, at Boston's Symphony Hall. Part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival.

See the terrific preview and review in the Boston Phoenix.

May 1, 2001: Lecture and screening of documentary film work-in-progress, "Reviving the Ballet mécanique", a 30-minute documentary film produced by the Tufts Video Laboratory, Howard Woolf, director, and myself. The subject is the history of George Antheil's amazing 1924 composition, and how it came to be performed, for the first time, 75 years after it was written. Nelson Auditorium, Anderson Hall, Tufts University.

April 29, 2001: Performance of I Dig A Pygmy. "Cyber Feast for Eyes and Ears", Sorenson Center for the Arts, Babson College, Wellesley, MA. Part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival.

April 19, 2001: Lecture and screening of "Reviving the Ballet mécanique", Hartt College of Music, University of Hartford, CT.

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