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Leaning into the Unknown Project Information
The Angelica and Russ Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts seeks musicians, theater artists, dancers, poets, spoken word performers and filmmakers and other performing artists to present new works in progress based on their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please refer to the link below for admission criteria and an application.
Bringing Home Berrie is our new virtual program series designed to provide you with some exciting conversations and performances featuring Ramapo College faculty, students, alumni, and guest artists. Watch here for additions to our schedule as we announce new videos on our YouTube Channel. All events are free, but we encourage you to think about a gift to the Contemporary Arts Fund or the COVID-19 Student Emergency fund at the Ramapo Foundation at www.ramapo.edu/give
Video 2: Fantini Futuro: a conversation with Ben Neill, composer/performer and Professor of Music Industry and Production at Ramapo College
In February 2020, Ben Neill gave his NJ-premiere of a new audio-visual performance, Fantini Futuro. Performed on his self-designed Mutantrumpet 4.0, an electro-acoustic instrument that also controls interactive video projections, Neill was joined by Ryland Angel, countertenor, and Gwendolyn Toth on Baroque keyboards.
Ben Neill is a composer, performer, producer, and inventor of the mutantrumpet and is widely recognized as a musical innovator through his recordings, performances, and installations. His music blends influences from electronic, jazz, and minimalist music, blurring the lines between DJ culture and acoustic instrument performance.
Neill has recorded 14 albums of his music on labels including Universal/Verve, Astralwerks, Thirsty Ear, and Six Degrees, as well as his own Blue Math label. Performances include BAM Next Wave Festival, Lincoln Center, Whitney Museum, Getty Museum, Cite de la Musique, Bing Concert Hall, Moogfest, Spoleto Festival, Umbria Jazz, Bang On A Can Festival, ICA London, Istanbul Jazz Festival, and the Edinburgh Festival. Neill has worked closely with many musical innovators including John Cage, La Monte Young, John Cale, Pauline Oliveros, Rhys Chatham, DJ Spooky, David Berhman, Mimi Goese, and Nicolas Collins. A long-time student and associate of La Monte Young, Neill leads performances of Young’s brass music with an international ensemble.
Neill began developing the mutantrumpet in the early 1980s, originally working with synthesizer inventor Robert Moog. In 1992 Neill made the mutantrumpet fully computer interactive at the STEIM studios in Amsterdam, and he has continued working with STEIM on new performance technologies since then.
“Ben Neill is using a schizophrenic trumpet to create art music for the people.” Wired Magazine