BY ROBERT FLEISHER
ROBERT FLEISHER attended the HS of Music and Art in NYC, graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and earned his MM and DMA degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He has served on the faculties of UIUC, UCLA, and Northern Illinois University, where he is Professor Emeritus. His music has been heard globally, with more than 75 performances and broadcasts in 10 countries since 2010; recordings appear on Capstone, Centaur, Navona, Sarton, and SEAMUS labels. The author of Twenty Israeli Composers (1997), Fleisher is also a contributing composer and essayist in Theresa Sauer’s Notations 21 (2009).
Beginning in 2009, after resting comfortably in his archives for four decades, several brief musique concrète experiments created in Fleisher’s teens received their first public performance. Premiered during the 2011 national conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), “Altro Alfresco” shares the same “found percussion” sound sources as its diminutive (68-second) cousin, “Loretto Alfresco.” Both works feature Thomas Loretto playing an array of pots, pans, pipes, etc., assembled under a tree on a small Wisconsin farm in 1970. Overdubbing and tape-speed manipulation are the principal audio processing techniques. “Altro Alfresco” also features two obbligato wind parts: in the upper register, Sharon Mattlin playing recorder can be heard faintly in the distance; in the lower register are the more robust and proximate (wind) sounds of Mother Nature. The unexpected ambient contrast of the last minute or so make this work particularly at home in the present publication. In 2016, “Altro Alfresco” was included in the Concrete Timbre concert series (Brooklyn, NY) and the Cicada Consort marathon (Tuscaloosa, AL).