synopsiscmetq contains both singing accompanied by fixed electronics and singing with live electronic processing. The piece examines the etiquette that encompasses communication technology. In addition to this complex web of etiquette, cmetq examines the human emotions tied to etiquette. The story is set in two time periods; the age of the invention of the telephone and the age of mobile communication and social media. The text for this piece was created using two distinct processes.Soliloquies were created to act as commentary on each of the ages and the unfolding stage work . Tweet-length texts were written and tweeted as reactions to readings about technology, etiquette, and their intersection. From the tweets, melodies were improvised and were translated with software. The newly translated melodies were then set to fixed electronics by the composer. The soliloquies are processed and mixed live in performance. The visual element combines abstract generative forms and color gradients that both frame the character and serve as a backdrop. cmetq portrays the human reactions to the introduction of new communication technologies. By setting our story in two time periods, the dawn of the age of the telephone and the adolescence of social media, we explore the similarity and differences between the two eras. With the use of a single performer, we move fluidly through time and situation. The actor is the every-man and the piece explores a wide range of emotions that exist when technology and etiquette meet.         PERFORMACES• Songs of CMETQ @ SEAMUS / FEB 11 2016cmetq @ UW Oshkosh / FEB 20 2016• Songs of CMETQ @ Connecticut College /
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cmetq @ University of Iowa / FEB 29 2016cmetq @ St. Cloud University / MAR 2 2016• cmetq @ UC Santa Barbara / MAR 10 2016cmetq @ Stanford / MAR 13 2016cmetq @ Western Michigan University /
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Nathan KruegerNathan Krueger, baritone, is Assistant Professor of Voice at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh where he is coordinator of the voice area. He holds degrees from University of New Mexico (MM), the University of Arizona (DMA), as well as UW Oshkosh (BM). He is versatile performer who is sought after in both traditional and contemporary styles. He is an active member of the Florentine Opera Chorus in Milwaukee and has recently been featured as a soloist in their Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan, Florentine at Collectivo series, and Live at Peck Pavilion. Upcoming engagements include concerts with the Madison Choral Project and as a soloist Peninsula Music Festival in Door County, WI. He has appeared in recital at the Vancouver International Song Institute and SongFest in Los Angeles. He has also performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago Chorus, Santa Fe Opera, Madison Bach Musicians, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Arizona Opera, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Tucson Chamber Artists, L'opera Piccola in Chicago, Opera Southwest, and Chicago Chamber Opera. Dr. Krueger serves on the board for the Wisconsin state chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and serves as the Student Auditions Chair. In addition to his busy performance and teaching schedule, Dr. Krueger is active as a proponent for arts integration. He currently serves on the leadership team for ArtsCore at UW Oshkosh, and arts integration initiative that provides support for early career teachers who strive to integrate the arts into their curriculum. He also worked for five years as an Opera Artist in Tucson United School District's Opening Minds Through the Arts (OMA) program, a nationally-recognized arts integration program.Christopher JetteChristopher Jette is a curator of lovely sounds, creating work as a composer and new media artist. His creative work explores the artistic possibilities at the intersection of human performers/creators and technological tools. Christopher’s research details his technical and aesthetic investigations and explores technology as a physical manifestation of formalized human constructs. A highly collaborative artist, he has created works that involve dance, theater, websites, electronics, food, toys, typewriters, cell phones, instrument design and good ol’ fashioned wood and steel instruments. In addition to creating concert music, Christopher explores Creative Placemaking through site-specific and interactive work as a core-four member of the Anchorage based Light Brigade. He is the 2015-16 Interdisciplinary Grant Wood Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Iowa. Learn more at www.cj.lovelyweather.comALEJANDRO CASAZIAlejandro Casazi (Castaño Isaza) received his MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has shown nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at Minan Gallery, Los Angeles (CA), the International Print Center New York (NY), Galería Sextante (Colombia), Art League Houston (TX), MCASB Museum of Contemporary Arts Santa Barbara (CA), Atkinson Gallery (CA), ARTBO (Colombia) and ARTEBA (Argentina). His work is in the public collections of New York Public Library (NY), Brown University (RI), Stanford University (CA), University of California Santa Barbara (CA), and University of California Berkeley (CA). He taught for six years in the Department of Art, at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is the chief curator and co-founder of PLATFORM gallery space at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. Casazi currently lives and works in beautiful British Columbia. Learn more at