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As the Waters_Bluestone_Duel
Dr. Joel Bluestone
perform an ongoing series of works for live electronics and virtuoso percussion.
was created in 2000 to explore new ways for combining live electronics and virtuoso percussion. The idea is to create modern chamber music, with complex instrumental jousting and parallel maneuvers.
The Duel is committed to expanding the avant-garde classical literature to encompass a New Relevance . The New Relevance demands works that are non-elitist, rigorous and multi-level -- works that are simultaneously accessible and challenging. To this end Waters_Bluestone_Duel combines traditional virtuosity with a search for new timbres, performance practices and 21st century cross-cultural aesthetic reflection. It challenges timeworn, outmoded norms for the uses of classical music, the means by which it is presented, and the venues in which it is experienced. The Duel reunites performer and composer, focuses them on a common goal, and puts them onstage together. Waters is in residence at the School of Music and Dance of San Diego State University, home of maverick genius composer Harry Partch. The Waters_Bluestone_Duel strives to emulate Partch's uncompromising aesthetic values.
The Duel's motto: Get classical music onto the street corners!
Waters composes the music and performs the electronics via custom software and GUI that transform his laptop into a musical instrument.
Bluestone powers a percussion battery that calls on a vast collection of instruments, from exotic to backyard, including kettle drums (huge brass war drums first mounted by the Turks on elephants and used for battle), marimba, vibraphone, crotales, glockenspiel, tubular bells, gongs, cymbals, sleigh bells, & dozens of found objects, common & bizarre.
Bluestone whirls inside a circle of percussion, fists full of flying mallets, nailing two or three simultaneously.
Veneto Jazz Festival 2006
1st Festival Patagónico de Música Electroacústica San Martin de los Andes, Argentina
WEF -- Warsaw Electronic Festival Warsaw, Poland
Visiones Sonoras 2005 Festival Internacional de Música Electroacústica y Nuevas Tecnologias Mexico City
Theater Kikker Utrecht, Netherlands
Bomb The Space Festival Wellington, New Zealand
NWEAMO San Diego, USA
Radio Beethoven Santiago, Chile
Dance Conduit Portland, Oregon, USA
ACMC (Australasian Computer Music Conference) Melbourne, Australia
PAS 2001 (Percussive Arts Society) International Conference Nashville, Tenessee
SEAMUS 2004 (Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States) San Diego, USA
ICMA 2004 (International Computer Music Conference) Miami, Florida, USA
Rosarito Art Center Rosarito, Mexico
ACMC (Australasian Computer Music Conference) Wellington, New Zealand
American Society of Composers Region IV Conference (Featured Guest Artists) Winthrop University, South Carolina, USA
For bookings please contact Joseph Waters:
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vibraphone (3 octaves F-F)
marimba (4 octave is fine)
(2) timpani (32 in. /82cm, 26 in. /6cm)(Ranges: low drum D to A. High drum B to E Flat.)
(2) tam-tam (med/large, 26 in. /67cm)
crotales ˆ 2 octaves and stands
(2) 7 foot/2.2 meters Rack (to hang gong over timpani)
Tubular Chimes (1.5 octave c-f)
Glockenspiel (Bells) (2.5 octaves g-c) and stand (must be able to hang over vibraphone)
Box (Big wooden box to be hit with a large rubber hammer. In the past we have used old speaker cabinets or a conductor's podium.)
Bass Bow (to bow vibraphone)
Metal Wind Chimes (on a cymbal stand)
Trash Can Lid
5 Triangles and stands,
2 Cymbals - 18 inch crash cymbal and stand, 20 inch swish cymbal and stand (Small and Large Cymbal OK)
Bell Tree and trap table
Tambourine with stand
Cowbell with stand
(2) Tables for computer.
Large Thunder sheet.
Table( 30 inch x 18 inch or 77cm x 46cm)
12 Music Stands, 7 Stand Lights