Playground Ensemble

Chamber Electronica: Movie Night!

October 19, 2019. 7pm doors. 7:30 show @ Leon Gallery, Denver, CO.
$10 Suggested Donation.

Music at Metro State Visiting Artist Series.
October 27, 2019. 7:30pm @ King Center Concert Hall, Denver, CO.
King Center Box Office
Join Playground for a multimedia evening of chamber music and video. Both concerts will feature works selected from our international call for scores, as well as some digital short stories, and a couple short films by area filmmakers.
Musically, and visually, you can expect the world premiere of a beautiful art song (video and music) for soprano and piano, numerous synchronized and improvised soundtracks for black and white, modern film. There will be works for video, live players, and prerecorded electronics, and a work featuring live video manipulation, and of course, the sound of shoes on a face.

At Leon we will be collaborating with and highlighting digital story-telling work of Storycenter – Denver. We will also be providing a live soundpainting to a short film by Boulder film maker Joseph Douglas Steele.

  • Conrad Kehn – “Soundtracks to Movies that Don’t Exist”
  • Johannes Kreidler (Germany) – “Fanatsies of Downfall”
  • Daniel Blinkhorn (Australia) – “FrostbYte – chalk outline”
  • Johanna Ruotsalainen (Finland- world premiere) – “Black Robin”
  • David Bird “Thresholds”
  • David Jason Snow Crazytown”
  • Sean Winters “Textures”
  • Austin Yip “City Beats

Johannes Kreidler
Johannes Kreidler (1980) studied from 2000 to 2006 at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg, Germany where teachers included Mathias Spahlinger (composition), Mesias Maiguashca and Orm Finnendahl (electronic music), and Eckehard Kiem (music theory). During this time he was also a Fellow of the European Union from 2004 to 2005 and a visiting student at the Institute of Sonology at the Koninklijk Conservatorium at The Hague in the Netherlands. He also attended seminars in philosophy and art history at the University of Freiburg.
Since 2019, he is professor for composition and music theory at the Academy of Music Basel.

Johannes Kreidler lives in Berlin. His work is described as conceptual music and usually employs multimedial elements.

Daniel Blinkhorn
Daniel is an Australian composer, sound and new media artist currently residing in Sydney. He has worked in a variety of creative, academic, research and teaching contexts, and is currently lecturer in composition and music technology at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. He is an ardent location field recordist, where he has embarked upon a growing number of recording expeditions throughout Africa, Alaska, Amazon, Australia, Cuba, West Indies, Mexico, Madagascar, Middle East, Northern Europe, and the high Arctic/ North Pole region of Svalbard.

His creative works have received numerous international and national composition awards, and whilst self-taught in electroacoustic music, Daniel has formally studied composition and the creative arts at a number of Australian universities including the College of Fine Arts – UNSW and the Faculty of Creative Arts, UOW.

ZUBIN KANGA – Daniel Blinkhorn // FrostbYte: Chalk Outline from Hospital Hill on Vimeo.


Johanna Ruotsalainen
Johanna Ruotsalainen (1983- ) is Finnish composer and visual artist. Recent years Ruotsalainen has collaborated with some of the most acclaimed contemporary performers, such as Mise-En Ensemble, ToolBox Percussion, Ligeti Quartet and David & Oliver Herbert. Ruotsalainen is Senior Lecturer in Music theory and composing in Oulu UAS.

David Bird
David Bird is a composer and multi-media artist based in New York City. His work explores the dramatic potential of electroacoustic and mixed media environments, often highlighting the relationships between technology and the individual. His work has been performed internationally, at venues and festivals such as the MATA festival in New York City; the Gaudeamus Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands; the Wien Modern Festival in Vienna, Austria; the SPOR festival in Aarhus, Denmark; the IRCAM Manifeste Festival in Paris, France; the Festival Mixtur in Barcelona, Spain. He has composed and collaborated with groups like the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Jack Quartet, the Bozzini Quartet, Yarn/Wire, the Talea Ensemble, Mantra Percussion, the Mivos Quartet, the Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music (OENM), AUDITIVVOKAL Dresden, Ensemble Proton Bern, Loadbang, the TAK Ensemble, andPlay, and the Nouveau Classical Project.

He is a founding member of the New York-based chamber ensemble TAK, and an artistic-director with Qubit New Music, a non-profit group that curates and produces experimental music events in New York City.


David Jason Snow
The compositions of David Jason Snow (b. 1954) have been performed in concert by the Ensemble Intercontemporain at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Banda Municipal de Bilbao at the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao, The New Juilliard Ensemble at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and many other artists and ensembles internationally. His fixed media
audio and visual works have been performed at the Musinfo Journées Art & Science Festival in Bourges, the Festival Exhibitronic in Strasbourg, the Festival Internacional de Video Arte y Música Visual in Mexico City, the Sound Thought Festival in Glasgow, Echofluxx in Prague, and the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium.

Snow has been the recipient of awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, the ASCAP Foundation, and BMI, and he has been an artist resident at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, and the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, New York. He holds degrees in composition from the Eastman School of Music and the Yale School of Music, where he studied with Jacob Druckman, Joseph Schwantner, Warren Benson, and Samuel Adler.

Sean Winters
Sean Winters (b. 1984) is a composer, producer, audiovisual artist, and hacker/technologist who’s lived and performed in cities and venues around the world including Jerusalem, NYC, Montréal, and Amsterdam. As an audiovisual artist, he’s produced large-scale live cinema ‘happenings’ during multiple extended residencies at STEIM, collaborated on projects involving projection mapping and 3D video, and performed extended solo a/v ‘re-smashes’ in art galleries (highlights include working with Angie Eng, Todd Reynolds and Luke Dubois, and handling both music and video with Ikue Mori and Zeena Parkins at Roulette in Brooklyn).

Recipient of the ATLAS fellowship, Sean is currently pursuing a doctorate in composition at CU where his practice-based research focuses mainly on emerging technologies and live audiovisual performance.

Austin Yip
As a composer and multimedia artist, Austin Yip’s works investigate the relationship between literature and sound, as well as the meaning of connotation and denotation through musical and visual means. Recent works include “Koto”, a chamber theatre work inspired by Yasunari Kawabata’s novel of the same title; “City Beats” (2019), a work for harpsichord, electronics and video that challenges musical connotation; “Miles Upon Miles” (2018), a work for amplified violin and electronics that juxtaposes violin and Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam; “Project ‘Ballet de la nuit’: Eurydice” (2017), an hour-long electroacoustic work that investigates on the 17th century’s cross-casting tradition; and “Metamorphosis” (2016), an orchestral work that portrays Kafka’s novel musically.

Yip’s works are published by Donemus (Netherlands), ABRSM (UK), BabelScores (France), Ablaze Records (US), Navona Records (US), Hugo Production and Hong Kong Composers Guild. He is currently a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University.

City Beats (2019) – Austin Yip from Austin Yip on Vimeo.