Saxophonist Michael Straus’ abilities and dedication to the performance of new music have led to solo and chamber music performances across the country and abroad. His varied performance career includes appearances at meetings of the North American Saxophone Alliance, High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music, Prospect Dance Group Studio Show, LSU Festival of Contemporary Music, Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center and the Festival Internazionale del Sassofono in Faenza, Italy. His close work with composers across the country and abroad have resulted in over twenty new compositions for saxophone ranging from interdisciplinary and new media compositions to acoustic chamber music. Straus is co-founder of quux and director of the multimedia performance project What are you looking at? Upcoming events this spring include solo performances at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, New England Conservatory of Music as part of the Boston Cyberarts Festival, Batimore’s Red Room, Ann Arbor’s Kerrytown Concert House, Cambridge’s Lilypad and Atlanta’s Eyedrum Art & Music. Straus is currently pursuing graduate degrees in saxophone performance and computer music at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. His teachers, whom he would like to thank, include Ed Fraedrich, Gary Louie, Griffin Campbell, McGregor Boyle and Brian McWhorter. Please visit www.mstraus.net or www.myspace.com/mastraus for more information on upcoming events.
Also On This Day:
music monthly show on WREK 91.1 FM
7:00PM - 9:00PM
On the first Sunday of every month, at 7 p.m., Eyedrum does a show on WREK (91.1 FM / www.wrek.org) that features nuggets from Eyedrum's archive of live performances.
After the show airs "live", you can listen to it via WREK's 7-day archive if you forget to tune in (direct links to Sunday Special streams: lo-fi or hi-fi).
But wait, there's more! We now have a podcast available, for those of you who have discovered podcasting. You can also just download the whole show (right click on "download") although be forewarned that the file is over 50 MB in size.
We had quite the genre-defying show this month. We started with a couple pieces by Steve Reich, due to the upcoming April 8th event. Then we shifted gears into the folk punk of This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb, Anna Kramer and Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship, all playing at the Bike Spectacle fundraiser on April 21st. Then we went into a noise set, playing Black Meat and Tree Creature, both recorded live at Eyedrum. Peter Brotzmann was up next; he'll be appearing at Eyedrum on April 16th. Lid Emba screwed around with an Asa-Chang and Junray recording, Isia Cooper performed a song, Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel got their drone on, and we finished a quick bit of Guru Guru. Studio guests included Nisa Asokan, Robbie Kee, Mary Richardson, Nathan Brown, Travis Thatcher and Ben Coleman. Hosted by Chris Campbell, who apologizes for the poor segues -- it was a bit chaotic but a good show!