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The James and Anne Duderstadt Center

Tanngrisnir: Archipelago

Tanngrisnir: Archipelago
Friday, November 18, 2016, 8 pm
Duderstadt Center Video Studio

Tanngrisnir - the duo of Trevor Saint (glockenspiel) and Christopher Burns (electric guitar) - present Archipelago, a concert of new music featuring generative computer-controlled lighting and algorithmically cut-up video projections. Trevor and Chris perform together with their video dopplegangers, exploring rapidly shifting patterns, densely layered polyrhythms, and intense improvisational energy in both visuals and music.

Trevor Saint plays new music for  glockenspiel. He performs the first solo works for the extended-range instrument, and improvises wildly with the instrument’s extreme offerings. Trevor performs with Skewed and Such (Jeff Herriott, laptop), Tanngrisnir (Christopher Burns, electric guitar), Undue (Nick Fox, percussion), and a variety of improvising ensembles.

Recent projects include composing and instrument building for Pillars of Decay (an evening-length collective piece composed by Matt Sargent, Amanda Schoofs, and Skewed and Such: #pillarsofdecay), a series of solo glockenspiel pieces by Matt Sargent, and new works by Krists Auznieks and Alvin Lucier. For more information, please visit

Christopher Burns is a composer, improviser, and multimedia artist whose works explore collage, layering, and the use of generative algorithms to form and develop both musical and visual elements. His work creates a dialogue between complexity and clarity, incorporating densely braided, rapidly shifting materials alongside gradually evolving, linearly directed textures. Recent projects add digital animation, choreography, and motion capture into this mixture, integrating performance, sound, and visuals into a unified experience.

Christopher’s work as a music technology researcher shapes his creative output in both electroacoustic and instrumental chamber music. He writes improvisation software which explores a variety of unconventional musical interfaces, and facilitates the performance of multilayered electronic textures. In the instrumental domain, he uses algorithmic procedures to create and elaborate distinctive pitch and rhythmic structures. Christopher is also an avid archaeologist of electroacoustic music, creating and performing new digital realizations of music by Cage, Ligeti, Lucier, Stockhausen and others. His performance of Luigi Nono’s La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura, made in collaboration with violinist Miranda Cuckson, was named a “Best Classical Recording of 2012” by The New York Times.

Christopher is currently scholar-in-residence at the UM Digital Media Commons. For more information, please visit