The Laptop Ensemble features a collection of composer/performer/sound artists who explore and explode the boundaries between contemporary sound art, computer music and interactive technologies. The ensemble brings together performers, composers, and artists across disciplines in experimental sound practices and cross-disciplinary projects and concerts.
A pianist of "unerring, warm-toned refinement, revealing judicious glimmers of power," Robert Thies is an artist renowned for his consummate musicianship and poetic temperament. As a Steinway Artist and frequent recitalist in the United States and abroad, Robert has developed a reputation as a "genuine" and "sincere" artist, creating delicately balanced programs and performing in a manner to draw focus to the composer rather than to himself.
Every semester we host two combo nights at the Nugget Grill & Pub on the upper campus. Three combos are featured at each combo night and the event is always very popular. The smaller jazz groups allow improvisers to stretch out more than in big band settings. Typically the programs feature student arrangements and compositions, as well as their unique renditions of historically relevant small group material.