Composer to Discuss Musical Resistance  for International Studies Colloquium

February 23, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University will host an International Studies Colloquium at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 5 in the Beckman Auditorium of The Ames Library (1 Ames Plaza East, Bloomington). Composer Jeff Herriott will lead the colloquium, “Musical Resistance: A Composer’s Struggle With Technology.” The colloquium will feature a discussion on the conflict between technology and tradition within music, and will contribute to the “Art and Resistance” theme adopted by Illinois Wesleyan University’s International Studies Program this year.

Herriott is a composer who uses recording and computing technology to enhance the natural sounds of instruments. His pieces have been performed and commissioned by musicians including bass clarinetist Michael Lowenstern, clarinetist Guido Arbonelli, The Knights Ensemble, Toronto’s Arraymusic Ensemble and the Syracuse Society for New Music.

Herriott’s awards include a McKnight Visiting Composer Residency through the American Composers Forum, a MATA Festival commission, an American Composers Forum Commission through the Jerome Composers Commissioning Program, and copying support through the American Music Center Composers Assistance Program. He received a Ph.D. in Music Composition from The State University of New York at Buffalo in 2003, and is currently Associate Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater.

For more information on this event or any of the International Studies Colloquium events, visit the International Studies Web site at

Contact: Kimberly Stabosz ‘09 (309) 556-3181