Electronic band to perform at Cla-Zel


Music at the Forefront series sponsored by the University’s MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and BGSUElectroacoustics hosts multimedia music group, Big Robot, at Cla-Zel.

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Laptops, percussion instruments and real-time video will create the electronic music used by Big Robot, which will be performing at Cla-Zel this upcoming Monday, Feb. 25. The concert is open to the public and begins at 8 p.m.

The event is part of the Music at the Forefront Series sponsored by the University’s MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and Electroacoustics. This will be the first time the group has performed in Bowling Green.

Big Robot creates music through multimedia technology, mixing audio and video design with live percussion. They use electronic processes such as motion tracking technology to generate sounds from human movements.

They will be hosting a percussion clinic on Feb. 26 in the Moore’s Musical Arts Center at 10:30 a.m. in room 2102 and is giving a lecture in the same room about the group’s career at 1:30 p.m.

The group was formed in Indianapolis in 2009 by professional musicians Scott Deal, Michael Drews and Jordan Munson.

Deal is a professor of music at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and works with Drews and Munson at the college. All three members compose their own music, which brings different kinds of aspects to Big Robot’s music, he said.

“I think that’s what makes the group unique,” Deal said. “We’ve got these years of different viewpoints and perspectives in music.”

Elainie Lillios, coordinator of music technology at the College of Musical Arts, first saw the group perform in Indianapolis in 2009 at a festival and immediately told the ensemble she wanted to bring the group to the city.

“It’s a creative, energetic group that is doing a lot of really innovative things that merge acoustic instruments with technology,” Lillios said. “The kind of music they do is really suited to a performance in a place like the Cla-Zel. It’s going to be a perfect venue for them.”

The ensemble performs a longer musical performance than most groups, a large music compilation lasting more than an hour without any breaks, Deal said.

“The take is basically like a movie where we start and then we stop at the end of the concert,” he said. “You get tired but it’s so much fun. You don’t even know you’re getting tired because you’re hyped and have adrenaline.”

Banan AlKilani, manager of Cla-Zel, is anticipating a positive turnout for the concert and said the shows hosted for the Music at the Forefront Series at the venue have been great.

“This kind of music provides a genre that isn’t available to the area,” AlKilani said. “It’s a more formal and casual setting.”