Jefferson Pitcher: MFA Thesis Show

Jefferson Pitcher: MFA Thesis Show

West Hall Gallery, Room 111, RPI Campus

January 30, 2008 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Composition, Collection, and Words based on daily observation

Jefferson Pitcher has worked for many years along the broad intersection of fiction, poetry, history, and sound.  What aspects of our daily lives are fictionalized as they become our own personal histories?  Where does poetry come from, and what relationship does sound have to the events, both large and small, in our lives?

Through daily observation of the same place over four months, Pitcher presents his work in a multi-faceted installation.  Field recordings, composed, and improvised music, in a six-channel mix, express the observation of changing seasons and the minutiae of the woods.  A great variety of objects collected and displayed begins to define what "nature" has become in the modern world.  These observations in both sound and artifact, are then interpreted via autobiographical fact and fictional writing, adding a layer of both concrete storytelling and abstract connection.

Note: The composition element of this work is 55 minutes long and will play twice, promptly at 7:15 PM and again at 8:30PM.  Those who are not interested in hearing the composition as a whole, are free to come and go, experiencing the installation as they please.

Jefferson Pitcher (b. Redwood City, CA, 1972)  is a composer, improviser, sound, and video artist from Berkeley, California. He has released music with Camera Obscura (Australia), Moonpalace (Spain), Dutch East India (USA), Words on Music (USA), and Tract Records (USA).  He has toured as a soloist, in numerous ensembles, and has recorded and performed with Fred Frith, Pauline Oliveros, Ikue Mori, Okkyung Lee, Tim Keiper, Christian Kiefer, Scott Amendola, and others. Although much of his work explores feedback and prepared guitar, he also draws heavily from his love for melody, his history in "Indie-Rock," study of Latin American music, and the simplicity of minimalist composers.

Pitcher is currently working on an elaborate set of recordings about American presidential history (out on Standard Recording Co. June, 2008) and editing a feature length documentary he co-directed about men who cease shaving for six months, which details the minutiae of their lives.  His last video (The Winter of the Dance) played numerous festivals including Ann Arbor International Film Festival, Nashville International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, and Sonoma Valley International Film Festival.

His work in both music and video has focused on the connection that we have to landscape and literature, how that effects our perception, and the relevance of our daily lives as art.  His recent work has begun to explore electro-acoustic composition, multi-channel audio, and the human relationship with nature.  For more info, please visit

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