Technosonics XX: Sound, Object, Place

Concert II featuring Olivia Block
February 22, 2020 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall

The TechnoSonics Festival returns to UVA for its 20th year presenting TechnoSonics XX: Sound, Object, Place will take place on February 21st and 22nd and features guests artists Olivia Block and Ryoko Akama. The festival will showcase these guests and UVA Faculty and Graduate composers over two concerts: Friday the 21st at 8pm at The Bridge PAI and Saturday the 22nd at 8pm at Old Cabell Hall.


Olivia Block

Olivia Block is a composer and media artist based in Chicago.

Her recorded compositions combine field recordings, chamber instruments and electronic textures, and others. Block creates multimedia installations and performances utilizing field recordings, found sounds from micro cassette tapes, video, and curated 35mm slides. 

Block’s current work reflects her interests in site specificity, ethnographic sound, architecture, and found/archival materials from the 1950's-1990's

Block often performs her own solo pieces, utilizing electronically processed amplified objects, found recordings on tapes, and various techniques inside grand pianos.

Her studio based compositions are published on And/Oar, Cut, Erstwhile, Glistening Examples, NNA, and Sedimental, among other labels.

She has created site specific multi-speaker installations for The Sanitorium in Sokolowsko, Poland, The Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago, and the Olympics in Turin Italy, among others.

She has performed and premiered pieces in festivals throughout America, Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan.

Block has been interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition, Wire Magazine, Musicworks Magazine, Blow Up, Chicago Reader, and many additional podcasts, publications and radio programs.

Also featured are works by Judith Shatin, Matthew Burtner, Leah Reid, Juan Carlos Vasquez, Omar Fraire and Michele Zaccagnini.

TechnoSonics is a multiday festival that brings cutting-edge composers, performers and music professionals to Charlottesville for a series of concerts, talks and workshops.  UVA faculty members in the Composition and Computer Technologies program select and curate a theme for each years festival.  The annual TechnoSonics festival provides many opportunities for collaboration between visiting artists, faculty and students as well as concerts, lectures, workshops and installations that are free and open to the public.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

All programs are subject to change.


UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176