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Caballito Negro / 3rd Angle present "Birds, Bees, Electric Fish" - West Coast Premiere

The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University present Caballito Negro, and Sarah Tiedemann & Christopher Whyte of Third Angle New Music in the world premiere of Juri Seo’s new work for flute/percussion quartet – Birds, Bees, Electric Fish on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, at 7:30pm. Free livestream:

This special concert will be held at the SOU Music Recital Hall on the Southern Oregon University campus. The concert is $15 general admission/ $10 seniors with a free livestream.

Caballito Negro is the lead commissioner for this new work recently completed by Princeton composer Juri Seo for flute/percussion quartet. The 28-minute, three-movement work is the first of its kind created for double flute/percussion duos, and is inspired by Umwelt, the German word for environment used in biology to denote the perceptual world as experienced by a specific organism.

In Juri’s words: “While our perception is limited to our own Umwelt, delineated by the limits of human perceptual capacity, we can imagine other animals’ Umwelten by studying their physiology and behaviors. The attempt at this impossible task of exiting the self-centered perception is a deeply human endeavor that may help recontextualize our relationship with other organisms and with the living world. To compose the work, I began by selecting three organisms I found particularly interesting: birds, bees, and electric fish. How do birds hear their own songs? What goes on in the mind of a bee in a colony? And what does it feel like to be a fish feeling its three-dimensional surrounding via an electrical sensa/on on its skin?

The audience is encouraged to mentally map their surroundings replete with diverse vibrating objects. The translations of senses become more abstract as the piece unfolds; from birds to bees and to electric fish, various senses—auditory, visual, kinetic, and tactile—are alluded to through sounds only. Ironically, my attempt to enter the minds of other beings necessitated a heightened sense of humanity, as I strove to imagine their diverse non-human senses through a lens of familiarity and empathy. It involved hearing birds slower, imbuing them with lyricism; imagining the serene and joyful minds of bees; and experiencing a sense of touch and sight through the act of listening.”

Wednesday, April 17

SOU Music Recital Hall, 114
450 S Mountain Ave Ashland, OR 97520

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Local Events

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Prospective Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Students, Community



$15 general admission/ $10 seniors

Oregon Center for the Arts


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