Fractus V: Metal Detector

Program Notes
Fractus V: Metal Detector is fifth in an ongoing series of interactive duets for solo performer and interactive electronic sound. Both the human performer and the computer improvise unique material with each performance, and numerous musical parameters are left to the player's discretion, including instrument/sound choices, and the lengths of musical sections. Like other pieces in this series, the composition aims to explore the possibilities of uniquely-generated content, establish a dynamic relationship between human and computer sounds, and showcase the musician's talent.

Biographical Sketch
Eli Fieldsteel is a composer of electroacoustic and acoustic music currently working and teaching in the Electronic Music Studios at The University of Texas at Austin. Eli is the recipient of the James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Composers and first prize in the 2012 ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission Competition, as well as awards and recognition from other organizations, including the Bandmasters’ Academic Society of Japan and the Frank Ticheli Competition. His works have been performed by the Dallas Wind Symphony, the UNT Symphony Orchestra, the Kawagoe Sohwa Wind Ensemble, and the principle flautist of the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Lena Kildahl.

Eli’s music and research reflects an ongoing interest in the intersection between music technology and contemporary instrumental practice, covering topics such as human-computer improvisation, interactivity, algorithmic music, and networked synthesis. An active collaborator, he has worked with dancers, choreographers, lighting designers, video artists, and architects.

Performer Biographical Sketch
Adam Groh, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is a percussionist with a diverse performing and teaching background.  He is an ardent supporter of new solo and chamber music for percussion, and has commissioned and premiered works by composers such as Ian Dicke, Ethan Frederick Greene, Steven Snowden, Eli Fieldsteel, Christopher Cerrone, Brian Nozny, Chris Ozley, Martin Bresnick, John Serry, and Halim El-Dabh.  He has recently been invited to perform at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Banff, Canada, Fast Forward Austin, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, and the 2011 Electric LaTex Festival of new electroacoustic music.  As an active chamber musician, Adam has performed alongside So Percussion, members of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and with the Austin Chamber Music Center.  He was also a featured performer with the Denkyem Percussion Group in the "Promising Artists of the 21st Century" festival hosted by the North American Cultural Center, Costa Rica. 

Adam has performed with the Des Moines, Round Rock, Victoria, Tallahassee, Chautauqua, and Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestras.  In the fall of 2009 Adam performed in the Ringling International Arts Festival under the baton of Maestro Robert Spano.  Also a passionate educator, Adam has presented clinics at events such as The Midwest Clinic, the Texas Music Educators’ Association Convention, and the Iowa State Day of Percussion.     

Adam has had articles published in Percussive Notes, the official research journal of the Percussive Arts Society and he is the author of the popular percussion blog “The State of Our Art.” He also serves as a Contributing Editor to DrumChattr, an online resource for percussionists, where he contributes a weekly column. 

Adam is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, where he oversees all aspects of the percussion program.  Adam received his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Percussion Performance at The University of Texas at Austin, and also holds a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from The Florida State University and a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Truman State University.  Adam’s primary teachers include: Dr. Thomas Burritt, Dr. John W. Parks IV, Dr. Michael Bump, and Will James of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Adam is a proud endorser of Pearl Drums/Adams Musical Instruments and Vic Firth sticks and mallets.