Sonic Generator presents "Four Under Forty"

Georgia Tech’s contemporary chamber music ensemble-in-residence, Sonic Generator, features music by Nathan Davis, Mario Diaz de Leon, Michel van der Aa and Daniel Wohl in a free performance in partnership with the Woodruff Arts Center. The concert showcases innovative contemporary music by some of the world’s leading young composers.

The concert features music by Michael van der Aa, the winner of the 2012 Grawemeyer Award – one of the world’s most prestigious composition prizes.  In van der Aa’s Oog, for cello and tape, pre-recorded cello sounds are transfigured to create an exciting dialogue with live cello.  Nathan DavisDiving Bell, for solo triangle, uses this same idea of re-sculpting an instrument’s timbral possibilities, but in this case with live processing, to produce a beautiful meditation on a single sound. 

Also featured on the program is music by Mario Diaz de LeonMansion, for two alto flutes, percussion and electronics, and Gated Eclipse, for amplified sextet and electronics, are both mesmerizing examples of this talented young composer’s hypnotic and ritualistic style that focuses on acoustic/electronic hybrids.  Finally, Daniel Wohl’s AORTA, for solo piano and tape, explores an electronic sound world produced exclusively through distorted piano sounds.

Sonic Generator, Georgia Tech’s contemporary chamber music ensemble-in-residence, explores the ways in which technology can transform how we create, perform and listen to music. The ensemble, comprised of some of the top classical musicians in Atlanta, works closely with Georgia Tech students and faculty in the School of Music and elsewhere on campus to present concerts that bring cutting-edge technologies to the world of contemporary classical music. Sonic Generator is sponsored by the GVU Center, the Center for Music Technology, the School of Music, and the College of Architecture

Over the past 40 years, the Woodruff Arts Center has distinguished itself as one of the premier cultural centers in the nation.  The Woodruff Arts Center campus houses four renowned arts organizations including Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, High Museum of Art and Young Audiences.  In addition to its role as a cultural beacon and hub of the Southeast, the Woodruff serves as a critical economic, educational and social catalyst for Atlanta and the region.  For more, visit

Event Details


  • Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Rich Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, Atlanta
Fee(s): free

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