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Experimental music group performs Sept. 29

BOONE—The Bay Players will perform Monday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

The Bay Players are an informal collection of composers, music theorists and a singer who perform experimental music from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Members of The Bay Players are trombonist Michael Boyd, an assistant professor of composition, music theory, and history at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa.; electric bass player Stephen Lilly, an internationally performed composer, a published theorist, and a new music performer; soprano Stacey Mastrian, a faculty member of American University and the Peabody Conservatory; and Steve Wanna, a composer who uses traditional instruments, electroacoustic music and music for mixed media and interactive electronics.

Pianist Susan Slingland from the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian will perform with the group.

The group will perform Wanna’s “Trayectoria,” which explores the role of the individual performer within an ensemble. The overall behavior of the ensemble is determined by each performer as they carefully listen to and interact with other performers.

Also on the program is “Deus est machine” by Lilly. The piece is a play for bass, two performers, two amplifiers and a digital signal processor.

The musicians also will perform Boyd’s “Twelve Actions [BEE1]” and “Hand Leg Suit.”

“Twelve Actions [BEE1]” is a work for solo performer that is divided into four acts. During each act, the performer interacts with the audience by interpreting three open-ended instructions that are each driven by a single verb. “Hand Leg Suit” reflects Boyd’s interest in performance interactions between different performers and between performers and their instrument.

Also on the program is Lilly’s “Portrait in Song: a song cycle for soprano and piano,”
a commentary on and a participation in the tradition of art song.