Interactive Electronic Music: Holland Hopson & John J.A. Jannone

Interactive Electronic Music: Holland Hopson & John J.A. Jannone

West Hall Auditorium

About Holland Hopson:

Holland Hopson's ( previous sound installation and sound art work has been presented at the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA), Paris, France; Engine 27, NYC; and the "Crossing the Line" Exhibit at the Queens Museum of Art curated by Stephen Vitiello.  Holland has been Artist-in-Residence at Harvestworks, NYC; the Studio for Electro Instrumental Music (STEIM), Amsterdam; the Experimental Studios of Krakow and Katowicz, Poland; and the Sonic Arts Research Studio, Vancouver.  Holland has collaborated with a number of composers and improvisers including MacArthur 'Genius' Award recipient George Lewis, Chris Mann, Neil Rolnick, and LaDonna Smith.  In 1993-1994 Holland recorded environmental sounds on four continents and in over a dozen countries as a fellow of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation.  Holland has received grants from Meet the Composer.

As an instrumentalist, Holland performs on soprano saxophone, clawhammer banjo and electronics.  He often augments his instruments with custom-designed sensor interfaces and performs with his own highly responsive, interactive computer programs.  An Austin resident since 2002, Holland regularly performs with a number of Austin-based musicians. He plays soprano saxophone in the free-jazz ECFA Trio led by Carl Smith and in a variety of projects presented by the Austin New Music Co-op.  Holland also plays banjo and electronics in the Gates Ensemble whose CD 16 ctober 2003 was recently reviewed in The Wire (February 2006).  Holland's previous CDs include the solo release Maps for soprano saxophone and computer; Hunting and Gathering featuring electro-acoustic improvisations with guitarist James Keepnews; and an appearance on Alex Coke's recent release Iraqnophophia.

Holland Hopson solo Performance Reviews:

"...a low-key but varied set that used a time-honored process in which live performace sets off computer processes..."
--Allan Kozinn, the New York Times [download]

"'Jazz' is what most folks call what this fellow does, but it's more along the lines of 'electro-acoustic computer music the sources for which were generated live as part of a sound installation toes the line between composition and improvisation.' Which why jazz does nicely."
--Joe Gross, The Austin American-Statesman

"...the half-hour solo set with computer by saxophonist...Holland Hopson was by far the most compelling. ... Hopson programmed the computer to respond improvisationally to his own lyrical improvisations. The result was an engaging study in tension and the interplay of opposing forces."
--Nancy Raabe, The Birmingham News

"The variety of sound created, the moving sources and fascinating interplay among those sources made a tremendously complicated live experience out of simple sounds."
--Frederick Kaimann, The Birmingham News

The Gates Ensemble 16 october 03 Reviews

"...fluent and imaginative, sustained electronic drones and whines weaving among dramatic instrumental colors."
--The Wire, February 2006

Holland Hopson and James Keepnews Performance Reviews

"The subtle interactions between Hopson and Keepnews showed the musicality that provided the foundation for their electronic excursions, a lovely ending to a dynamic and interesting performance."
--Phil Zampino, The Squid's Ear [read the entire review online]

Hunting and Gathering Reviews

"Holland Hopson...and James Keepnews...prove their mettle as consummate musical high-wire artists..."
--J. Eric Smith, Metroland [read the entire review online]

Downtown Music Gallery review

About John J.A. Jannone:

Interactive media artist John J.A. Jannone ( is a sound and video artist, performer and designer of experimental electronic instruments. His work has been presented in New York City at Diapason, St. Mark's Church, the Merce Cunningham Studio, the Medicine Show Theater, Roulette, Dixon Place, Whitebox Gallery, Studio 18 Gallery, the Joyce SoHo, The Kitchen, the Knitting Factory, Independent Art Here, and the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center. He performed at the International Computer Music Conference in Havana, Cuba in 2001, and has twice been selected for presentation at the Connecticut College Biennial Symposium on Art and Technology (2001, 2003). Recent projects include collaborations with composers Holland Hopson and Bernadette Speach, video artist Marisela LaGrave, choreographers Anita Cheng and Kristin Fieseler, and actor Karl B. Stewart. His music appears in the new film Data's Congestion, produced by Maria Pessino. He received a Meet The Composer grant in 2002, and a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant in 2004 for research in multimedia control interfaces, motion capture, and immersive performance environments.

John is an associate professor at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. In addition to teaching studio television production and television aesthetics in his home department of Television and Radio, he teaches computer music composition in the Center for Computer Music at Brooklyn College, and is the director of the College's new graduate programs in Performance and Interactive Media Arts. He has taught previously at Pratt Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Hudson Valley Community College. He holds an MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a BA in Philosophy, Cum Laude, from Colgate University. He is a director and vice-president of Ballibay for the Fine and Performing Arts.


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