CTRL+ALT+REPEAT is an experimental music series that focuses on cutting edge electronic music, improvisation, contemporary classical music, and sound art. This concert is a collaboration with Community MusicWorks, an after-school music education and mentoring program that builds meaningful long-term relationships between musicians and 100 children in the West End and South Side neighborhoods of Providence. The evening will feature performances by string players from Community MusicWorks and local experimental electronic musicians. On the program is Ken Ueno’s Age of Aircraft and the world premiere of That Every Mouth May Be Stopped by Kevin Patton. Also on the program are performances by HinjNoiz (rumble organ and sounding bow) and Mem1 (cello and electronics).


Winner of the 2006-2007 Rome Prize, Ken Ueno, is an internationally performed composer who actively involves himself in a wide range of activities in order to evangelize for modern music (including producing and hosting a television show about new music). Informed by his experience as an electric guitarist and overtone singer, his music fuses the culture of Japanese underground electronic music with an awareness of European modernism. In an effort to feature inherent qualities of sound such as beatings, overtones, and artifacts of production noise, Ken’s music is often amplified and uses electronics. The dramatic discourse of his music is based on the juxtaposition of extremes: visceral energy versus contemplative repose, hyperactivity versus stillness. Ken holds degrees from Berklee College of Music, Boston University, the Yale School of Music, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is a co-founder/co-director of the Minimum Security Composers Collective and is the vocalist in the experimental improvisation group Onda and the noise/avant-rock group Blood Money. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Electronic Music Studios at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music.


Kevin Patton is a composer, guitarist, and experimental sound performer interested in exploring the increasingly nebulous borderlands between humans and machines in performance. The integration of interactive electronic music and machine improvisation into traditional performance contexts is at the center of his practice. The Wire magazine described Kevin as genre bending: “Guitar based free playing morphs into feedback avalanches, or vice versa, and labels like jazz, noise, or rock become meaningless.” (The WIRE, 11/4/05) Kevin’s music and ideas have been presented at the Electronic Music Studies (EMS) International conference in Beijing, China, and the Visiones Sonoras festival in Morelia, Mexico, among many. His work in the development of a notation system for interactive chamber music will be published this fall by the British journal Organised Sound. Kevin holds a Master of Music degree in jazz studies and composition from the University of North Texas and a Master of Arts Degree from Brown University. He is currently pursuing a PhD in electronic music and multimedia composition at Brown University.


Community MusicWorks Players is a flexible ensemble which includes members of the Providence String Quartet, participants in our Fellowship Program, and guest artists. The creation of the CMW Players allows Community MusicWorks to present more varied repertoire, include more musicians, and provide additional concerts for audiences in Rhode Island and beyond. They will be performing Kevin Patton’s That Every Mouth May Be Stopped, and Laura Thomas-Merino, a member of the CMW Players, will also be performing Ken Ueno’s Age of Aircraft.


HinjNoiz rumble organ + sounding bow
“I invented a musical bow made from rebar and piano wire in 1990 while in graduate school. I call my instrument a sounding bow. I invented the rumble organ in 1997 for a school residency to demonstrate sound propagation to eighth graders. I have used it most recently in an installation at the g-a-s-p gallery in Brookline MA. As with any new work, the intention here is create a whole greater than the sum of its parts.”

Landon Rose has been a working musician for a long time. He has played in professional bands – bluegrass, country, folk, R&B, GB, and originals. In his thirties he went back to school, earning an MA in Music from Wesleyan University. From 1994-2002 he was a member of Mobius Artists Group. In the 1990’s he developed a residency program – “Radio Show” – for 4th and 5th graders, using sound effect machines he built himself. Funded partly through the Massachusetts Arts Council, he worked in several Boston public elementary schools. For the past nine years he has worked as a music/video teacher in a small suburban private school. In his spare time he writes, and builds unique instruments. HinjNoiz is the name of the band, even if it is only himself. He recently recorded an album of sounding bow music, titled, simply, “HinjNoiz”.


Mem1 is an electroacoustic duo that seamlessly blends the sounds of cello (Laura Thomas-Merino) and electronics (M. Cera) to create a subtle evolution of textures that moves beyond melody, lyricism, and traditional structural confines, resulting in an organically revealed narrative. Mem1 has collaborated with the Penderecki String Quartet and performed at REDCAT (Disney Hall), the Orange County Museum of Art, and numerous venues throughout Southern California and the East Coast. Mem1 has been awarded a 2007 artist residency at Harvestworks in New York for the creation of a new surround sound piece; they have just returned from Tel-Aviv, where they collaborated with media art duo Duprass on video for this work. Their second full-length album, Alexipharmaca, is published by Interval Recordings.