The Geneva Music Festival presents the duo New Morse Code tonight on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. New Morse Code is percussionist Michael Compitello and festival co-founder cellist Hannah Collins. They specialize in new works and often challenge and expand the sonic possibilities of their instruments. For this year’s festival, they’re bringing two new works, one of which they commissioned from composer Christopher Stark. “The Language of Landscapes”
“The Language of Landscapes” was highly collaborative in its creation and is also highly collaborative in its execution. New Morse Code not only brings field recordings into the performance, but uses a variety of electronic processing on their instruments. Composer Stark designed the hardware that makes it all possible.
The other work on the program, “Down Down Baby,” is composed by another friend, Robert Honstein. Collins says it uses the cello in unexpected ways and is a reflection on childhood and nostalgia.
New Morse Code performs in Froelich Hall in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus tonight at 7:30 PM. Information and tickets are available at the Geneva Music Festival website.
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