The KarmetiK Machine Orchestra Pairs Musicians With Music Robots

This is a preview of the KarmetiK Machine Orchestra, a group that brings together custom-built robotic musical instruments and human performers with modified instruments, unique musical interfaces, and hemispherical speaker-pods.

Directed by Ajay Kapur, KarmetiK founder and Director of Music Technology at CalArts, The Machine Orchestra features performances by North Indian sarodist Ustad Aashish Kahn, electronic artist Curtis Bahn, Balinese gamelan master Nyoman Wenten, and vocal synthesis innovator Perry Cook.

Students from the emerging Music Technology program at CalArts will be featured alongside these skilled performers, breathing new technological life into the instruments and music normally found playing in traditional World Music ensembles. The performance will feature new compositions melding musical tradition with modern engineering.

The world premiere of The Machine Orchestra will take place at REDCAT on Wednesday, January 27th 2010 at 8:30pm.

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