Mutations for cello and computer

Program Notes
Mutations, commissioned by cellist Jan Müller-Szeraws with support from
the Mellon Summer Research Program at Holy Cross, blurs boundaries between acoustic and electric by altering cello timbre in real-time. Complementing these alterations, which range from bright echoes and spiraling Doppler effects to microtonal distortions, ghostly harmonizations, and whispered glissandi, are prerecorded sounds modeled after permutations of cello timbres which mix with the live cello during a performance to create timbres that are neither entirely acoustic nor entirely electronic but rather hybrids that paint new sonic possibilities on a canvas of soaring virtuosity cast in the coloratura of the instrument. (Arrell)

Biographical Sketch
Chris Arrell (b. 1970, Stumptown) writes music for throats, fingers, and oscillators. Praised for their nuance and unconventional beauty by The Boston Music Intelligencer and The Atlanta Journal Constitution, his compositions blur conventional boundaries between color, line, harmony, and pulse. Arrell’s commissions include a number of prestigious ensembles and institutions, the Boston Musica Viva, MATA, Spivey Hall, Cornell, and the Fromm Foundation, among them. Awards include the Ossia Music Prize, the League of Composers/ISCM, the Salvatore Martirano Award, MacDowell and ACA residencies, and a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship. Arrell serves on the faculty of Holy Cross College. chrisarrell(dot)com