Fuse Ensemble is a concept-based new music/new media performing ensemble. Each season a concept is presented, giving voice to new music composers and creating musical happenings with visual elements of live, interactive video and/or kinetic installations. The musicians of Fuse perform on an eclectic mix of flute, clarinet, electric violin, electric guitar, cello, piano, electronic playback, percussion, and invented instruments. Linked by the insane possibilities of software such as MaxMSP/Jitter and Processing, sometimes using sensors on the musicians and live interactive cameras on stage, the artists create an experience that fuses sound, video and humans into a liquefied state and gives each concept a setting -- a visual and kinetic environment to experience it in that furthers communication and unifies the concept.
Fuse Ensemble is: Gina Biver, composer, director, electric guitar, electronics/laptop; Pam Clem, cello; Ethan Foote, contrabass; Greg Hiser, violin; Jenny Lapple, flute; Ina Mirtcheva, piano, Angela Murakami, clarinet. This season, Fuse Ensemble will be premiering Nimbus, a new work by Gina Biver that is based on the poetry of Colette Inez. Also presented this season are works by Caroline Shaw, Mark Mellits and Kevin Puts. Concerts will be in Washington, DC, Baltimore and New York.
Fuse Ensemble has performed at IUPUI Indiana University's intermedia Festival, American University's Katzen Arts Center, the Schlesinger Center, Wooly Mammoth, the Kreeger Auditorium/Gildenhorn Speisman Center for the Arts in Rockville, Maryland and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in Washington DC as part of the 2009 CrossCurrents New Music Festival, and Sonic Circuits DC Festival, Andrea Clearfieldʼs Salon in Philadelphia and the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn, NY, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage in January 2013 and UMBC's LiveWire4 Festival in October 2013. Recent shows include the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC on November 7, 2014.