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Legendary composer Annea Lockwood visits Emory as part of CompFest 2024
Annea Lockwood

The music of Annea Lockwood, a legendary composer, sound artist and acoustic ecologist, will be featured during CompFest 2024. Events will be at Emory University and Georgia Tech Feb. 7-11.

Annea Lockwood, influential sound artist and composer of experimental music, visits Emory University this month as part of CompFest 2024: Ecologies of Sound. Occurring Feb. 7-11 with events taking place at Emory University and Georgia Tech, CompFest 2024 presents a series of performances and other events that examine our sonic relationships to the more-than-human world and our planet’s dramatically shifting soundscape.

The festival will feature the music of Lockwood, a legendary composer, sound artist and acoustic ecologist and member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is renowned for her focus on the effects of sound in our environments.

“Annea Lockwood is one of the great composers and sound artists of our time,” says visiting scholar David George Haskell, whose book “Sounds Wild and Broken” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. “Starting in the 1960s, she has consistently been at the forefront of performance, recording and experimentation with sound. Her presence on the Emory campus is an extraordinary opportunity for university and community members alike to learn from a renowned artist and innovator.”

Haskell will kick off the festival as the Nix-Mann Endowed Lecture speaker on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. He will speak on “Sounds Wild and Broken” at the Michael C. Carlos Museum.


Piano and percussion quartet Yarn/Wire will perform during CompFest 2024.

Mark Sommerfeld

Headlining this year’s CompFest is the internationally acclaimed New York-based piano and percussion quartet Yarn/Wire. New York Classical Review says that the group “may well be the most important new music ensemble on the classical scene today.”

Along with Lockwood’s music, Yarn/Wire will perform the Fromm Foundation-supported premiere by Emory faculty composer Katherine Young of “BIOMES 6.0,” as well as a new work by Georgia Tech graduate composer Lauren McCall.

During their residency, Yarn/Wire will also work with student composers, performers and technologists at Emory and Georgia Tech; these collaborations will be featured as part of the concerts.

Beyond the concert hall, CompFest will engage the public in soundwalks, listening stations and panel discussions with musicians, scholars, and scientists — including Haskell and Andrea Bohlman — investigating how music and sound can amplify our attention to and stewardship of the world around us.

“We are so fortunate to have the fabulous musicians of Yarn/Wire on campus to work with us,” says Young. “This deep dive with some of contemporary music's most experienced and creative artists enriches our curriculum, as well as the culture of arts on our campus and in our city. It has been very rewarding to work with students and colleagues from Music, ENVS, Visual Arts and across campus — as well as folks at Georgia Tech — on the CompFest events. I'm so thrilled that Emory students, faculty and community have this opportunity this spring.”

CompFest 2024 public events

Nix-Mann Endowed Lecture: “Sounds Wild and Broken” with David Haskell

Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m., Emory University: Michael C. Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall

Free, registration required

David Haskell, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of the South, will explore what the world’s sounds — the diverse music of humans and nonhuman animals to the dreadful noise that we pump into oceans and cities — can teach us about the past and present.

Creativity Conversation with Annea Lockwood

Thursday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m., Emory University: Michael C. Carlos Museum, Ackerman Hall

Free, no ticket required

Musicologist Andrea Bohlman of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill leads a conversation with sound artist Annea Lockwood, pianist Laura Barger and Emory faculty composer Katherine Young.

Workshop: Music and the Environment

Friday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m., Georgia Tech: Roger A. and Helen B. Krone Engineered Biosystems Building (EBB), Room 1005

Free, no ticket required

Join panelists for a discussion with visiting composer Annea Lockwood and experts on music and sustainability from Georgia Tech and Emory, followed by a sound walk through Georgia Tech's Ecocommons to reflect on the sounds of this environment.

Concert: Yarn/Wire performs music by Annea Lockwood and Lauren McCall

Friday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m., Georgia Tech: West Village 175

Free, no ticket required

Enjoy an evening of music as the Georgia Tech Laptop Orchestra and acclaimed piano/percussion quartet Yarn/Wire present selections inspired by ecology. The program features music by Annea Lockwood and a new work by Tech graduate composer Lauren McCall.

Concert: Yarn/Wire performs music by Annea Lockwood and Katherine Young

Saturday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m., Emory University: Performing Arts Studio

Free, no ticket required

Hear Yarn/Wire perform the world premiere of Katherine Young’s “BIOMES 6.0.” Arts fellow Theodosia Roussos (oboe) and Georgia Tech faculty member Alexandra Smith (trumpet) join for Annea Lockwood’s Bayou Borne. Emory student performers play Emory student composers’ works, and you can listen to the sounds of holly trees with David Haskell.

Outdoor Art and Music

Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2 p.m., Emory University: Meet at the Campus Life Pavilion (across from the baseball fields/Chappell Field House and next to the Visual Arts building)

Free, no ticket required

Participate in soundwalks and student-created site-specific listening events throughout Emory’s campus and community; conceived and overseen by Katherine Young (music), Dana Haugaard (visual art) and Carolyn Keough (environmental science) in collaboration with Emory Ecology and Emory students.

For more information, visit the CompFest website.

CompFest 2024 events are co-sponsored by Emory University Department of Music (Composition, Piano Performance and Orchestral Studies areas); Emory Integrated Visual Arts Program; Emory Department of Environmental Sciences; Michael C. Carlos Museum; Georgia Tech School of Music; Georgia Tech College of Design; Georgia Tech Environmental Science Program (ENVS/GT Amplify Momentum Grant); and Georgia Tech School of Biological Sciences. This project is sponsored in part by the Emory Friends of Music, the Emory Department of Music’s McDowell Fund, Emory's CFDE Public Scholarship Fund, Emory Arts Project Grant, Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra, Emory’s Hightower Fund and the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University. 

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