Old King Cole Productions Announces The Release of a New CD of Music for Computer-Driven Piano

Igor Korneitchouk’s latest CD The Virtual Performer breaks new ground at the artistic intersection of man and machine.

SAN DIEGO, California -- January 21, 1998 -- Old King Cole Productions is proud to announce the release of a new CD by San Diego experimental composer Igor Korneitchouk. The CD The Virtual Performer is an album of music written and conceived for the marriage of a Yamaha acoustic grand piano, a Macintosh computer and human musicians. It explores an exhaustive array of relationships between them.

Korneitchouk's experiments on this disc range from replacing a pianist with a computer program to enhancing the accuracy of a concert performance and many gradations in between. His experiments illustrate the power of integrating older, more traditional tool sets with emerging computing technology to make existing tasks easier and enabling new tasks. The Virtual Performer shows what happens when a talented composer embraces this technology and successfully integrates it with his existing compositional technique.

This music has been beautifully recorded and the performers include well respected musicians like jazz saxophonist James Romeo, internationally acclaimed guitarist George Svoboda, University of California, San Diego, experimental musicians Steven Schick on percussion and Edwin Harkins on trumpet, and pianist Mary Barranger of the San Diego Symphony.

Old King Cole Productions has a Web site at http://www.oldkingcole.biz/okcd/ which provides audio samples and more information about the CD. Visit the site to order the CD.


OLD KING COLE PRODUCTIONS is a San Diego based company founded in 1997 to expose and promote new experimental music on staggeringly original CDs. Visit the company Web site at http://www.oldkingcole.biz/okcd/ for more information about its catalog, including The Virtual Performer (OKCD 001).

IGOR KORNEITCHOUK was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1956, and emigrated to the U.S. at the age of three. He received his Ph.D. in composition from the University of California, San Diego where he studied with Roger Reynolds, Bernard Rands, and Joji Yuasa. In 1980, his Six Frames for String Quartet was selected as part of the syndicated Young Audiences Program. Splinters of a Shattered Space, for Cello and Piano, was selected by competition to be performed at the Cal Arts Festival of 1983. He has been awarded grants from the UC Regents and the American Music Center for the performance of his Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra, "Desert Flowers," in 1987. Korneitchouk has had his orchestral works Everything That Rises Must Converge recorded by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Gerard Schwarz, and Viola Concerto, "Coaxing the Shadows to Move of Their Own Volition," recorded by the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra of Prague with violist Karen Dreyfus.


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