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West campus hosts electronic music festival

Patti Cudd
April 08, 2013

ASU’s West campus is hosting the Southwest Electronic Music Events Festival, April 9-11. The event, presented by the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (IAP) program in ASU’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, features live performances, screenings and discussions about the history and current trends in electronic and computer music.

All events will be held in the Kiva Lecture Hall on the campus at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road. Admission is free; visitor parking costs $2 per hour.

Percussionist Patti Cudd will perform April 9 at 7:30 p.m. Cudd is active as a percussion soloist, chamber musician and educator.  She teaches percussion and new music studies at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the College of St. Benedict/St. Johns University. Cudd is also a member of the new music ensemble Zeitgeist. Other diverse performing opportunities have included Sirius, red fish blue fish, CRASH, the Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble, SONOR and such dance companies as the Minnesota Dance Theatre and the Borrowed Bones Dance Theater. As a percussion soloist and chamber musician she has premiered more than 150 new works.

On April 10, screenings and discussion of films focusing on Electronic Music will be featured from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. From 6 to 7 p.m., the Kiva will host performances of electronic music by IAP majors.

Events conclude at 7:30 p.m., April 11, with a concert performance by Crossing 32nd Street. Named Phoenix’s “Best New Classical Music Ensemble” by the Arizona Republic, Crossing 32nd Street strives to increase the awareness and understanding of modern music through an aggressive commitment to performing relevant contemporary works at the highest level. Performances routinely include the music of the modern masters such as John Cage, Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Iannis Xenakis, Lou Harrison, Terry Riley, John Luther Adams and James Tenney, as well as the exciting new works of emerging composers and collaborative engagements. Founded in 2000, the group serves as an ensemble-in-residence in the Maricopa Community College District.

For more information about this and other arts events at ASU’s West campus, visit or call (602) 543-2787.