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SPARK Festival draws global electronic music and arts performers to the U of M's West Bank Arts Quarter

Week-long celebration kicks off Sept. 29

Contacts: Ali Momeni, School of Music, ali@umn.edu, (510) 387-9977
Jeff Falk, University News Service, jfalk@umn.edu, (612) 626-1720

September 10, 2010

The University of Minnesota’s West Bank Arts Quarter will present the SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Arts, Wednesday, Sept. 29 through Saturday, Oct. 2. The SPARK Festival is a week-long celebration of the latest electronic music and arts, featuring fresh works created by artists from around the globe — the United States, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

SPARK will present a significant portion of its programming in the historic "Love Power Church" building at 1407 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, in addition to numerous venues within the university's West Bank Arts Quarter. In its eighth year, SPARK brings internationally recognized scholars and performers to the West Bank Arts Quarter for lectures, performances and master classes. Other festival highlights include presentations by artists on their works and ideas, video and sound installations, guerrilla-style events throughout the quarter and expanding to other venues including the Love Power Church and the 1419 Artist Collective.

This year’s featured composers and performers include multi-instrumentalist, composer and improviser Fred Frith, London-based electronic duo Furt, Montreal-based composer/performer group Klaxon Gueule and Chicago-based trio Friction Brothers. This year’s Night Life programming includes DroidBehaivior, techno-master Moe Espinoza (Drumcell), Los Angeles-based electro-duo Vangelis and Vidal Vargas, Danish electronics recycler Mikkel Meyer and dub-step warrior Puzzleweasel.

In addition to the extensive music programming, SPARK 2010 is proud to present new commissioned works by the winners of the “Art(ists) On the Verge 2” program by Northern Lights: Arlene Birt, Kyle Phillips, Tyler Stefanich and Tectonic Industries will premiere their new media installation works at the University of Minnesota’s Regis Center for Art. SPARK will also host the Urban Caravan Bicycle Tour; a mobile media project by Minneapolis Art on Wheels artists, Andrea Steudel and Luke Anderson.

The opening reception, concert and exhibition event will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30 in the Regis Center for Art’s Quarter Gallery. For an up-to-date schedule of SPARK events, visit www.sparkfestival.org. Photographs are available upon request by e-mailing mbalhorn@macalester.edu.

Tags: College of Liberal Arts

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