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Special Event

Stars & Music

Monday, April 21, 2014
7-8 p.m.

Manfred Olson Planetarium, Physics Building

Look at beautiful stars while relaxing to music!  Audience members will enjoy listening to ambient music composer John Boyle perform live, while taking in the night sky under the planetarium dome.   Stars & Music is on Monday, April 21 and runs from 7-8 p.m.  Donations will be accepted at the event.  

John Boyle is a 48 year-old ambient composer currently residing in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  With 30 years as an independent composer and music educator, Boyle is eager to share his experiences. He is currently authoring a textbook on music theory and experimental composition with an emphasis on adaptive exploration. He continues to write, record, and release compositions on a near daily basis. Boyle will be embarking on an extensive North American tour in April 2014that will include performances at venues such as planetariums and universities as well as teaching children’s music workshops.

Boyle began experimenting with sound at around 8 years-old, creating aural effects for the “radio” shows he was creating in his bedroom. He began playing in rock bands in his early teens and eventually learned how to play guitar, drums, and piano.  Boyle has released over 40 solo and collaborative recordings including the five CD set “Raum Zeit” which earned a top 10 vote on the 2010 Village Voice critic’s poll. He has been featured in many news stories and has made several appearances on radio and television.

Boyle’s mission is to share his unique take on composition and process, and encourage the evolution of sound art through education and performance. 

For more information on John Boyle, visit his website or click here to listen to some of his music. 


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