Classical Music Meets the Avant Garde

And if you’re around Milwaukee tonight, check out experimental music by Ryan Carter.

Strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion and laptops. Yes, laptops. Classical music is getting an electronic upgrade thanks to a myriad of ‘laptop orchestras‘ popping up across the globe, increasing interest and knowledge in musical technology and a desire to make a break from the traditional compositional boundaries of traditional instruments. Ryan Carter, born and raised in Wisconsin, who currently resides in New York, is part of the wave of electro-classical composers who have been creating soundwaves in the classical world since the ’60s. Carter will be premiering a new piece for Present Music, Milwaukee’s leading ensemble of avant garde, this Saturday at Discovery World’s Pilot House. Carter talks to Fan-belt on what it’s like to be a young composer in a young genre.

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