Wednesday, April 16, 2008

John Toenjes Artist Bio

John Toenjes playing his custom computer interface at the 6th annual SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Art, in Minneapolis, March 2008.

John Toenjes is Music Director of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Dance, and President of the International Guild of Musicians in Dance. John has played numverous dance classes and workshops nationally and internationally for master teachers, and has had more than 30 scores performed by dance companies and universities. Recent collaborators include NY choreographer Todd Williams, whose company WilliamsWorks premiered Value Intensity as the opening concert of the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival in New York in 2006, and choreographer David Marchant, with whom he created Leonardo’s Chimes, an interactive music/dance work premiered in 2006 at Washington University, St. Louis, and performed recently at the SPARK Festival of Electronic Music and Arts in Minneapolis in 2008. Other works include a computer art installation as part of the “When We Were Young” exhibit at the Krannert Art Museum, which is now permanently installed at the Champaign Children’s Museum, and e’s of water, a large scale dance/computer installation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. John’s new evening-length interactive work, Inventions Suite, will premiere at the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival in July 2008. Also a scholar, John’s presentations and publications include “Finding Humanity Within the Machine: Large Motor Movement Computer Interfacing as an Artistic Mindbody Integrative Practice,” at the 1st annual HASTAC International Conference at Duke University, and “Composing for Interactive Dance: Paradigms for Perception,” at the Sound Moves Conference on Music and Dance, in London, England, subsequently published in Perspectives of New Music.


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