Aug. 20: World's First Udderbot Recital 8PM @ IMC

photo by Bill GorrellWorld's First Udderbot Recital:  Jacob Barton preforms new xenharmonic music by local composers on a unique instrument

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Jacob Barton presents his first full-length concert featuring the udderbot, a unique slide woodwind instrument invented in 2005.

A joint project of OddMusic-UC and UnTwelve, the concert will feature adaptations of pre-existing compositions and new music commissioned especially for the occasion.  Sixteen composers, half of them Champaign-Urbana residents, participated in the commissioning project.

The recital will take place at 8 PM on Friday, August 20, 2010, at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center.  Admission is a $10-15 sliding scale, with no one turned away for lack of funds.  RSVP is recommended.

What is the Udderbot?
Made of a glass bottle, a rubber glove, and water, the udderbot's quirky appearance and light timbre make it an unassuming instrument; however, with a range greater than the concert flute's, the udderbot is no mere novelty.  The recital will feature music for solo udderbot player; udderbot with electronics; chamber music with traditional instruments; and multiple udderbots.  The udderbot will substitute for its electronic predecessor, the theremin, for the oldest piece on this recital, Martinu's "Fantasie" from 1944.

Taking full advantage of the udderbot’s tonal capacity, the majority of music on the program is "microtonal", i.e. using notes and intervals that fall "between the keys" of the piano.

About the Artist
Jacob Barton, the udderbot's chief advocate and only known virtuoso, grew up in Virginia Beach, VA, where his musical hunger led him to learn piano, saxophone, clarinet, bassoon, and musical saw.  He holds a BFA in music composition from Rice University, where he received a BMI Student Composer Award for "Xenharmonic Variations on a Theme by Mozart".  His passion for instrument building led serendipitously to the collaborative invention and development of the udderbot, which continues even today.  Since 2005, Jacob has played the udderbot in traditional bands, children's concerts, experimental music venues, theater productions, New York City subway stations, and humanitarian clowning missions in Ecuador.

UnTwelve and OddMusic-UC
The recital is a joint presentation between UnTwelve, a Midwest-based organization dedicated to exploring the musical frontiers beyond the 12-note system, and OddMusic-UC, a compositional co-op and musical instrument library out of the UC-IMC. This fall, Barton will lead an all-ages "udderbot marching choir" with OddMusic-UC.


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I was there and what Jacob

I was there and what Jacob does with this instrument is really impressive !


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