College of Fine Arts and Communication


Research and Creative Activities

Colloquium 1 — December 1, 2006

Luis EngelkeRecent and Present Research: A Colloquium Abstract
Luis Engelke, Department of Music

Highlights of recent research include Brazilian music for solo trumpet, a revival of the music of Rafael Méndez, and innovative techniques for applied music study. Publications regarding Brazilian solo trumpet music include an anthology titled A Brazilian Collection: Five Works for Trumpet and Piano (Balquhidder Music), a solo CD under the same title (Tijuca Music), a performance edition of José Ursicino da. Silva’s Fantasia Brasileira (Triplo Press), an article titled “Twentieth Century Brazilian Solo Trumpet Works” (International Trumpet Guild Journal), and other editions by Topp Brass (sic.) in Switzerland. These publications are internationally significant, including first editions of Brazilian solo trumpet music, first recordings, and the first documentation of nearly 100 published and unpublished works. The International Trumpet Guild is the premiere journal for this instrument with more than 6,000 members in more than 60 countries. Numerous recitals have been performed for this organization and numerous other festivals and college campuses.

Research into Latin American music has branched out to the music of famed Mexican virtuoso Rafael Méndez (the first trumpet player to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame). A revival of his music both has and will include first performances of music since Méndez’s death in 1981. A recital at the 2005 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Bangkok, Thailand accompanied by Michael Decker showcased some of this music for the first time since Méndez’s death. More modern premieres will commence in all-Latin performance with the Towson Symphony on May 1, 2007.

A third area of recent research in pedagogy and instruction includes a newly developed Trumpet Studio Web site. Innovative techniques such as variable speed playback without pitch change for studying performance, sequenced loops for learning changing meter passages and multi-timbre drones for improving intonation are highlighted in the following article: “Twenty-First Century Practice Techniques.” International Trumpet Guild Journal 31, no. 1 (June 2007): in press.

Baltimore Architecture Project
Sandra Tatman, Department of Art

Beginning in 2000 with a generous grant from the William Penn Foundation, a consortium of learned institutions in Philadelphia began the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings Project, which produced a free, online databank illustrated with architectural drawings and photographs from Philadelphia collections. In 2005 Johns Hopkins University and Towson University launched the Baltimore Architecture Project with funds provided by the Delmas Foundation of New York. That project has been continued at Towson University with monies transferred from the Johns Hopkins Middendorf Fund. This presentation will focus on presenting the searchable databank that has resulted from these efforts, both locally and in Philadelphia.

Lisa Woznicki, Vincent Thomas, and Susan RotkovitzPreview of Upcoming Conference presentation workshop for Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, January 2007
Lisa Woznicki, Reference Librarian
Vincent Thomas, Department of Dance
Susan Rotkovitz, Department of Theatre Arts

The three presenters will discuss their upcoming workshop and conference program entitled "Securing the Stage: The Integration of Research and Artistic Creation in Performing Arts." The presenters will explain how they came to decide upon the subject matter of their presentation, and the methods to be used in guiding audiences and students through research and creation of inter-active performance.

Daniel MydlackFIGUREGROUND
Daniel J. Mydlack, Department of Electronic Media and Film

A collaborative project carried out by TU professors Danny Mydlack and Naoko Maeshiba during the spring and summer of 2006 between Towson University and the Lodz Academy of Fine Arts and the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School. The two junior faculty members established a working international collaboration between three separate, important institutions and delivered a large-scale performance in less than 9 months: a $50 thousand dollar project done for about a quarter of the price.

The collaboration included state-of-the-art computer media in a multidisciplinary, bilingual presentation. The show was transported 6000 miles in only the carry-on luggage of the two travelers but filled an 18,000 cubic foot, three-story atrium hall of Europe’s newest art and retail center. The project was assembled in four days and was seen by thousands of spectators. The project was profiled three times on Polish national television and a portion of the performance was broadcast live, nationally.

 

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