Performance to Feature Theremin, Video Art

November 5th, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized

Eric Ross

Composer Eric Ross and video artist Mary Ross will perform at SUNY Oneonta at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Room M201 of the Fine Arts Center. The concert is free, and members of the community are welcome to attend.

Eric Ross performs on piano, guitar and synthesizer and is a master of the theremin, one of the first electronic instruments. His compositions include elements of jazz, classic, serial, and avant garde. Mary’s videos, projected in performance, are organized, arranged and edited to Eric’s music. In an hour-long performance, the Rosses will present their most recent work, the “Boulevard d’Reconstructie” (Op.54).

Eric and Mary graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 1970 and 1971, respectively. Eric began playing the theremin in 1975 and has since performed on radio, film and TV and presented concerts of his original works at Lincoln Center; the Kennedy Center, Newport, North Sea, Berlin and Montreux jazz festivals; and the Copenhagen and Prague new music festivals, among others worldwide. He wrote “Overture for 14 Theremins” playing simultaneously, gave the world-premiere of composer Percy Grainger’s “Free Music No. 1” in New York City in 1997, and was a guest artist on Aqi Fzono’s “Cosmology,” a best-selling album in Japan.

Since 1976, with his wife, Mary, he has presented multimedia performances encompassing video, music, dance, film and computer art. Among recent projects is their Ultimedia Concept program at UNESCO World Heritage sites in Spain, Germany and Portugal.

Mary Ross is a fine art photographer and visual artist. In 1976, she began using video and computers to produce still images on film. As one of the first fine art photographers to do so, her images provide some of the earliest examples of how photography, video and computer technology converged in the 1970s, emerged in the 1980s, and eventually evolved into digital photography.

Since then, her video and computer-generated still photographs and video art have been featured in hundreds of multimedia performances she’s produced in collaboration with her husband and various musicians and dancers. She has exhibited extensively at galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, Israel and Japan. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Kunsthaus, Zurich; International Polaroid Collection; Herbert Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University; King’s Library, Copenhagen; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; and the Lincoln Center Library Dance Collection in New York City.

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