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Delta Music Institute hosts second Electroacoustic Juke Joint Music Festival


Dr. Mark Snyder


The Delta Music Institute at Delta State University will host the second annual Electroacoustic Juke Joint Music Festival (EAJJ) beginning Thursday Nov. 13, at 8 p.m., in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center on campus.

Dr. Mark Snyder, Assistant Professor of Music Production and Technology, in the DMI created the EAJJ festival. He also created and directed the critically acclaimed Imagine II Electronic Music Festival in Memphis.

Compositions from over 50 national and international composers of electroacoustic music have been selected for this year’s festival, including pieces by Kyong Mee Choi, a Guggenheim winner, and Asha Srinivasan and Kirtsen Volness, the 2006 and 2007 BMI Women’s Music Commission composers, respectively. “Thanks to a generous donation of an eight channel diffusion system from the Peavey Electronics Corporation, this year’s festival performances will be greatly enhanced,” notes festival director Dr. Snyder.

Concerts of original electroacoustic compositions will be held on Friday, Nov 14, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall and in the new DMI Studio A.

Also on Friday, an improvisational jam session will be held at 10 p.m. at Po’ Monkey’s Lounge in Merigold, one of the last remaining rural juke joints in Mississippi. Featured improv artists include Jeff Herriott, Eric Sheffield, Trevor Saint, Dave Lisik, Tom Link, and Mark Snyder, among others. There is a $5 charge for this event.

The EAJJ festival will conclude with a series of concerts on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., in the Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall and in the new DMI Studio A.

Details of composers and compositions to be performed may be found on the festival website at www.eajj.org.

All concerts are free and the public is cordially invited to attend.
 
For more festival information, please call the DMI office at (662) 846-4579 or visit the festival website at www.eajj.org.

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