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Violist Martha Mooke Joins The Percussion Plus Project for Thursday Concert

Violist Martha Mooke Joins The Percussion Plus Project for Thursday Concert

March 15, 2010

Martha Mooke 2010-1.JPGMarch 15, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — Martha Mooke -- genre-defying composer, electro-acoustic violist and a pioneer in the field of electric five string viola -- will perform as a guest artist with The Percussion Plus Project at DePauw University this Thursday, March 18. The ensemble's second concert of the season begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Green Center for the Performing Arts. The program is presented free of admission charge and is open to all.

Mooke transcends musical boundaries by synthesizing her classical music training with extended techniques, digital effects processing and improvisation. She has been a regular performer with such wide-ranging musicians as Barbra Streisand, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, David Byrne, Philip Glass, the Kronos Quartet, Bon Jovi, and Luciano Pavarotti, and has appeared on such television shows as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Regis Live, The View, and MTV's Unplugged. She has played in the Broadway pit orchestras for many shows, most recently Wicked and South Pacific.

Thursday's concert will include composed works as well as improvised music.

Featured will be the premiere of a new piece written by 10ppplogo_web.gifMooke for The Percussion Plus Project. E-Ching focuses on the electromagnetic energy throughout the universe, and the principles of Feng Shui.

The program will also include the Concerto for Viola and Percussion of David Liptak, a piece by the Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian, and the premiere of a new version of a piece by Tania Leon, re-worked by the composer for this concert.

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