The Studio at 550
Sunday, February 4, 2018

Photo by Marcel Zaes

swissnex Boston and Non-Event present


The Studio at 550
550 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
Doors: 6:30pm, Music: 7pm
$10 gen admission | $8 students + Non-Event members
Tickets are cash only at the door

Eventbrite - Marcel Zaes - Bitumen

PULSATIONS [BITUMEN] is an audiovisual performance that combines generative digital music with four viola players, using an original graphic notation featuring a algorithm and visuals, performed by:

Marcel Zaes (electronics, visuals)
Jordan Dykstra (viola)
Ashley Frith (viola)
Zsolt Sőrés (viola)
David Schnee (viola)

With PULSATIONS [BITUMEN], the Swiss composer MARCEL ZAES (*1984 in Bern) sets out to redefine the conventional concert performance. He presents a transcontinental music project which is an intriguing fusion of electronic and classical aesthetics. PULSATIONS [BITUMEN] presents the least celebrated of all string instruments, the viola, with four exceptional players, and extends the viola’s sound with generative digital technologies towards a contemporary live-sampling aesthetic.


Jordan Dykstra (US)
Jordan Dykstra was born and raised in Iowa, educated in Southern California, and re-educated in the Pacific Northwest. He has played viola and composed, mainly for strings, throughout. This year he will complete his masters degree in experimental music composition at Wesleyan University.

Ashley Frith (US)
Ashley is a violist, currently focusing on chamber music at Community MusicWorks in Providence. She studied with Lila Brown at The Boston Conservatory.

David Schnee (CH)
David Schnee is a freelance violist, improviser and composer. He is a sought-after chamber music partner and equally adept at jazz, classical, pop and contemporary music as well as studio-work and orchestra playing.

Zsolt Sőrés (HU)
Zsolt Sőrés is a conceptual thinker, an experimental violist dedicated to electronics, improvisation, drone music and extended playing techniques. He also is a lecturer at the Franz Liszt Music Academy Budapest, and a film curator at the Ludwig Museum in Budapest.

There will be a post-concert reception, courtesy of swissnex Boston

This program is presented with the support of Non-Event, swissnex Boston, swissnex San Francisco, Brown Arts Initiative, UBS Culture Foundation, Presence Switzerland, and Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.