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Media Technology Chair to Tour U.S., Japan, France

Jesse Gilbert, chair of the new media technology program in the School of Media, Culture & Design at Woodbury University, will be performing extensively in coming months, using his original software project SpectralGL to create animation in response to sound. From October 28-30, Gilbert will be creating live visuals with Carole Kim for "Ten Freedom Summers," a suite of major works by Wadada Leo Smith, at the RedCat Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.  The compositions will be performed by Smith's Golden Quartet and Southwest Chamber Music.

In early November, he will be performing live visuals accompanying piano virtuoso Motoko Honda at The Stone in New York City as part of Jeff Gauthier's CryptoNights series. Gilbert will then tour Japan with his longtime collaborator Motoko Honda, presenting their collaborative music/visual performances across several cities and partnering with local Japanese musicians and dancers.  The pair will also be lecturing at Chyukyo University in Nagoya and at Tokyo Zokei University as part of the tour.

In December, Gilbert will be performing live visuals with a group of internationally renowned musicians at Roulette in New York City as part of two concerts celebrating Wadada Leo Smith's 70th birthday. Finally, in February 2012, Gilbert will be performing live visuals with Wadada Leo Smith's Organic ensemble in Paris.