In an innovative partnership between the region’s leading performing arts organizationand a leading technology company, musicians of the Symphony will don new wearable technology from Intel to create music designed to delight a sold-out audience of nearly 3,000 youngsters and their families at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
PORTLAND (Ore.) – At a precise moment in the upcoming Kids Concert on March 19, a number of Symphony musicians and BodyVox dancers will slip on some unique musical instruments – gloves, wristbands, and ankle bracelets, all powered by ground-breaking Intel technology. What happens next will definitely have the young audience paying rapt attention.
These wearable devices, utilizing Intel® Curie™ technology, are designed to make music through body movement. With each movement of their wrists, feet, and hands, this 21st century electronic ensemble will create a dazzling array of sounds from a bank of computers – music without traditional instruments.
Playing a piece written especially for this technology by principal percussionist Niel DePonte and titled Intel-ligent Juxtapositions, the electronic group will grab the musical lead, eventually surrendering it to the entire acoustic orchestra. Back and forth they go in a virtual battle of the bands until eventually both groups begin to make music together. Adding to the excitement of the piece and visually portraying the musical “battle” will be BodyVox dancers Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, who will also be wearing Intel technology. The concert will be conducted by Associate Conductor Norman Huynh.
This performance is the second of two concerts resulting from the collaboration between the Oregon Symphony and Intel. The first featured Symphony musicians alongside Artist in Residence Colin Currie in a free community concert in October 2016. In addition to both performances, Symphony musicians have been working with Intel engineers, offering feedback on the design and functionality of these devices.
And while it remains to be seen if children in the future will be using these “instruments” in their bedrooms and garages, collaborations like this one between the Oregon Symphony and Intel will continue to transform the world around us
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