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David Wessel: Strike Zone

David Wessel (UCB Music) & George Marsh (UCSC Music) Faculty

About David Wessel: David Wessel studied mathematics and experimental psychology at the University of Illinois and received a doctorate in mathematical psychology from Stanford in 1972. His work on the perception and compositional control of timbre in the early 70’s at Michigan State University led to a musical research position at IRCAM in Paris in 1976. In 1979 he began reshaping the Pedagogy Department to link the scientific and musical sectors of IRCAM. In 1985 he established a new IRCAM department devoted to the development of interactive musical software for personal computers. In 1988 he began his current position as Professor of Music at the University of California, Berkeley where he is Director of CNMAT. He is particularly interested in live-performance computer music where improvisation plays an essential role. He has collaborated in performance with a variety of improvising composers including Roscoe Mitchell, Steve Coleman, Ushio Torikai, Thomas Buckner, Vinko Globokar, Jin Hi Kim, Shafqat Ali Khan, and Laetitia Sonami has performed throughout the US and Europe.

About George Marsh: Concurrent affiliation: Sonoma State University. Performances: with Terry Riley, Pauline Oliveros, Mose Allison, David Grisman, Joe Henderson, Roscoe Mitchell, John Abercrombie, and others; solos with San Francisco Taiko Dojo. Recent recording: In C, with Terry Riley and friends; Upon A Time, with jazz guitarist John Abercrombie, and many others. Publications: Inner Drumming, a drumset method book; articles in Percussioner International, Modern Drummer, Drum Tracks, and Percussive Notes. Interests: innovative musical performance and teaching of rhythm and drumset; inner drumming and the use of the I Ching to develop rhythm patterns and systems of study (demonstrated in clinics nationwide); the study of specific pulses for healing. Pedagogical philosophy: instruction according to the individual needs of each student, including internal body awareness, rudiments, styles of music, notation, polyrhythms, and the art of teaching. Website:

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