After Long Drought

Program Notes
After Long Drought (2016) for vibraphone and live, interactive electroacoustics takes its inspiration from a poem with the same title by Wally Swist:

The sky rips open
after days of grinding heat,
waves of meadow grass

shift in the blowing rain,
and floating on the breadth
of its extended wings,

as bright as a vision,
the great blue heron
strokes through the storm.

The percussionist’s virtuosic foray through Swist’s evocative work conjures images of an aggressive summer squall, with its torrential driving rain and gusting wind reflecting life’s unpredictability and tumult. As the piece progresses, the storm fades into the background as our focus is directed to a peaceful calm discovered amidst the storm – a heron majestically gliding through the gale. After Long Drought was commissioned by Scott Deal. After Long appears with the author’s permission and is published in Winding Paths Worn through Grass (Chicago, IL: Virtual Artists Collective, 2012).

Biographical Sketch
Elainie Lillios creates works that reflect her fascination with listening, sound, space, time, immersion and anecdote. Her compositions include stereo, multi-channel, and Ambisonic fixed media works, instrument(s) with live interactive electroacoustics, collaborative experimental audio/visual animations, and installations.

Her work has been recognized internationally and nationally through awards including a 2017-18 first round Grammy nomination for her flute trio Summer Sketches, a 2017 Barlow Foundation Commission award, a 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar appointment in Thessaloniki, Greece, First Prize in the Concours Internationale de Bourges, Areon Flutes International Composition Competition, Electroacoustic Piano International Competition, and Medea Electronique “Saxotronics” Competition, and Second Prize in the Destellos International Electroacoustic Competition. She has also received awards from the Concurso Internacional de Música Electroacústica de São Paulo, Concorso Internazionale Russolo, Pierre Schaeffer Competition, and La Muse en Circuit. She has received grants/commissions from INA/GRM, Rèseaux, International Computer Music Association, La Muse en Circuit, NAISA, ASCAP/SEAMUS, LSU’s Center for Computation and Technology, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Ohio Arts Council, and National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. She has been a special guest at the Groupe de Recherche Musicales, Rien à Voir, festival l’espace du son, June in Buffalo, and at other locations in the United States and abroad. 

Reviews of Elainie’s debut solo electroacoustic compact disc Entre Espaces (Empreintes DIGITALes) praise her work for being “… elegantly assembled, and immersive enough to stand the test of deep listening” and as “…a journey not to be missed.” Her fixed and instrumental works also appear on Centaur, MSR Classics, Innova, Navona Records, Ravello Records, StudioPANaroma, La Muse en Circuit, New Adventures in Sound Art, SEAMUS, Irritable Hedgehog and Leonardo Music Journal. Her scores are distributed by Theodore Front Musical Literature.

Elainie serves as Director of Composition Activities for SPLICE institute (splicemusic.org) and as Professor of Composition, and Coordinator of Music Technology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. elillios.com

Performer Biographical Sketch
Performer, composer and media artist Scott Deal engages new works of computer interactivity, networked systems, electronics and percussion. His  recordings have been described as “soaring, shimmering explorations of resplendent mood and incredible scale”….”sublimely performed”, and his recent recording of Pulitzer prize-winning composer John Luther Adams’ Four Thousand Holes, for piano, percussion, and electronics was listed in New Yorker Magazine’s 2011 Top Ten Classical Picks. He has performed at venues worldwide, including Musicacoustica Beijing, Almeida Opera London, Arena Stage Washington, Supercomputing Global, Zerospace, SIGGRAPH, Chicago Calling, IEEE CloudCom, Ingenuity Festival, ICMC, NIME, PASIC and with groups that include ART GRID, Another Language, Digital Worlds Institute, Callithumpian Consort, Percussion Group Cincinnati, and the Helsinki Computer Orchestra. He is the percussionist for the computer-acoustic trio Big Robot, who have performed to audiences worldwide.  In 2011, Deal and composer Matthew Burtner won the coveted Internet2 IDEA Award for their co-creation of Auksalaq, a telematic opera called “an important realization of meaningful opera for today’s world”. Deal’s work has received funding from organizations that include Meet the Composer, Lilly Foundation New Frontiers, Indiana Arts Council, Clowes Foundation, IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, and the University of Alaska. He resides in Indianapolis, Indiana where he is a Professor of Music and Director of the Donald Louis Tavel Arts and Technology Research Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).