IGM Faculty Shine at the Fringe Festival

Several IGM Faculty members participated in the fifth annual Rochester Fringe Festival held September 15-24, 2016. According to the Rochester Fringe Festival website, this celebration is a “10-day, all-out, no-holds-barred, multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts festival featuring international, national, and local artists.” All entertainment mediums are appreciated including theater, comedy, music, dance, and more!

ANOMALY with IGM Associate Professor W. Michelle Harris

The trio of BIODANCE, Sound ExChange and IGM Associate Professor W. Michelle Harris wowed sold-out crowds at the 2013 Fringe Festival. And this year was no different! Playing again to sold out crowds in the four-story dome of the Strasenburgh Planetarium, ANOMALY combined dance, music, and live cinematic effects into a beautiful immersive experience. You can read the Rochester City Paper’s review of ANOMALY here: http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/jake-reviews-anomaly/Content?oid=2884488.

Algorave Lite: Live Coding with Algorithmic Dance Music with IGM Assistant Professor Charlie Roberts

Charlie performs in an experimental performance genre called “live coding” (see toplap.org for more information). In a live coding performance, artists program algorithmic music / visuals in realtime while projecting their code for the audience members to follow along with. At events called “Algoraves” (algorave.com) live coders perform one after another creating generative beats and dance music. During the Fringe Festival, Charlie did the same, throwing in some audio-reactive visuals as well using a browser-based creative coding platform he develops named Gibber (gibber.cc). He also performed using a new system, gibberwocky, that adds live-coding capabilities to Ableton Live, a popular commercial audio application. Charlie created gibberwocky in cooperation with Graham Wakefield of York University, and they will present a research paper on it next month at the 2016 International Live Coding Conference (http://iclc.livecodenetwork.org/2016/).

Resonant Freqs: Surveying the Spectrum with IGM Associate Professor Jay Alan Jackson

Bandmates Jay Alan Jackson, Babak Elahi (Associate Dean and Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at RIT), and Adam Wilcox brought their band Resonant Freqs to the Little Theatre during the Rochester Fringe. This interactive, multi-media experience invites “passengers” to participate in a performance aboard Riff Raft, a make-believe show-boat cruising the mysterious Caribbean Trapezoid. Audience members engage in interactive routines, including singing, dancing, and playing rhythmic patterns using percussion instruments made from recycled plastic bottles, tubes, and cardboard.  In this immersive sci-fi, musical comedy, imagination is key!  This production also included motion graphics from IGM Lecturer, Sten McKinzie.  Follow Resonant Freqs on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/ResonantFreqs.​​​

Gen Jam with IGM Professor Al Biles

Al Biles performed three sets with GenJam at the Little Theater Café during the Fringe Festival. Each set had a different theme: Hard Bop tunes from the 1950’s and 60’s on the first Friday, movie music on that Saturday, and an all Latin set on the last Friday of the festival. Crowds were good, and a couple of his former students stopped in to listen and touch base. For the uninitiated, GenJam is a real-time interactive improvisation system that Al uses to play straight-up jazz gigs, including ear candy for all the RIT open house recruiting events.