Illiac Suite for String Quartet

Lejaren HillerFor the 30th anniversary celebration of the Computer Music Project at the University of Illinois, I have been asked to perform the “Illiac Suite” for String Quartet by Lejaren Hiller and Leonard Isaacson.  I am thrilled to finally play this piece!  The Illiac Suite is named for the ground-breaking computer program that was written at the University of Illinois in the 1950’s.  This program employed a series of parameters which made it possible for the computer to “compose” a string quartet following all of the rules of 18th century counterpoint.

For more information on the Illiac Suite

New York Times’ obituary on Lejaren Hiller

This cover image of Hiller and additional information can be found on the Experimental Music Studios of the University of Illinois School of Music

The 30th Anniversary of the Computer Music Project at the University of Illinois will be on Wednesday, March 5th at 7:30pm in the Music Building Auditorium
1114 W. Nevada St.
Urbana, IL 61801

After the concert I was tagged in an audience member’s Facebook post:

“Taking local music history to a whole new level, Lydia Tang and quartet rocked the Illiac Suite this evening. Stochastic rhymes with spastic, scholastic, and fantanstic, yo.”

I am so proud to have been a part of this exciting project!  🙂

Update 4/2/14: We are in the process of recording the Illiac Suite, which will eventually be released in a commemorative CD of computer music at the University of Illinois on the Centaur Record label!

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