Scott Miller is presenting his New York release show for his newest album “Raba” at a New York release show Sept. 28-29.
Raba” reflects Miller’s increasing interest over the last two decades in ambient music inspired by sounds of the environment. Accompanying this release is a limited edition DVD of original video content created for the project. The recording features collaborations with Estonia’s Ensemble U:, flutist Laura Cocks, and guitarist Daniel Lippel.
Estonia’s Ensemble U: is celebrating the release of Miller’s “Raba” with two sets at Spectrum in New York. The title track “Raba’ (which means bog in Estonian) is an immersive audio-visual concert piece inspired by the Marimetsa Raba, located about an hour drive from Tallinn.
The Ensemble U: performance will be followed Sept. 29 by a film screening and live music from “Raba” presented by Miller, flutist Laura Cocks and guitarist Daniel Lippel as part of Columbia University’s LENFEST. The trio will perform five works from the album while the film/art video projects.
Miller’s “Raba” was especially created for Ensemble U: and is experienced by the audience seated in swiveling chairs and wearing VR headsets. Audience members visually explore a 360 video while Ensemble U: performs the music in sync with the film. The ensemble and speakers physically surround the audience, unifying the audience experience with a live, immersive audio performance while each audience member has a unique immersive visual experience.
The original concept for the “Raba” album was that it should be a retrospective assemblage of previously unreleased audio-visual works from various collaborations Miller has been a part of since 2001. It quickly evolved into a collection of pieces from the past remade, and the impetus for new collaborations. In addition to this album, there is a limited edition DVD of five of the video collaborations with film and video artists Paul Clipson, Ron Gregg, Ted Moore, Rosemary Williams, and Mark Zaki. Links to the videos can be found at www.scottlmiller.net.
Miller is a professor of music at St. Cloud State University teaching composition, electroacoustic music and therapy. He is a composer of electroacoustic, orchestral, chamber, choral and multimedia works. He is also president of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS).
“Raba” was made possible with support from the St. Cloud State University Faculty Improvement Grant for 2017-18 and by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.