"Urban song" creator will be in residency at UT

Jacob ter Veldhuis' music may be what Whitman was referring to when he said he heard America singing.

Walt Whitman wrote that he heard America singing. It's easy to imagine that what Whitman heard was similar to the "boombox" recordings of Dutch composer Jacob ter Veldhuis, who manipulates small bits of recorded voices—interviews, infomercials, TV preachers, political speeches—and combines them with electronic composition and live instruments into surprisingly lyrical, often beautiful pieces of music. Veldhuis, also known as JacobTV, describes the pieces as "urban songs," and has expressed particular interest in a combination of "high" and "low" artistic traditions.

The 57-year-old Veldhuis will demonstrate his techniques and discuss the motivation behind them during a week-long residency at the University of Tennessee School of Music from March 30-April 4. The final schedule for his stay hasn't been determined, but will include an afternoon seminar on Tuesday, March 31, and concerts on Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3, in the James R. Cox Auditorium of the UT Alumni Memorial Building. The first concert will feature a world-premiere performance of a new arrangement of Veldhuis' Tallahatchie Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Band, conducted by UT's Gary Sousa.

For more information, visit music.utk.edu/residency/index.html.