ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Scott Deal engages new works of computer interactivity, networked systems, media, and percussion. Hailed as “a riveting performer” who “exhibits phenomenal virtuosity”, Deal has performed at venues worldwide, with groups that include ART GRID, Another Language, Callithumpian Consort, Percussion Group Cincinnati, and Big Robot, with Jordan Munson and Michael Drews. His recordings of Pulitzer Prize/Grammy Award-winning composer John Luther Adams works were listed in New Yorker Magazine’s and WNYC’s “Top Ten Classical Picks” and featured in the sound track of the Academy Award winning movie The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2011, Deal and composer Matthew Burtner won the coveted Internet2 IDEA Award for their co-creation of Auksalaq,a telematic opera called “an important realization of meaningful opera for today’s world”. Deal is a Professor and Director of the Donald Louis Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE PIECE: Jack Walk (2012) by Scott Deal
Jack Walk (2012) begins with interactivity between the soloist and electronic representations. Simultaneously, a laptop musician samples and reprocess the live percussion while channeling the audio back into the mix. Layers of sonic material emanating from the drummer’s kit blur the virtual and real, while the music and imagery evoke imaginary lines tracing physical and conceptual flows of energy.