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Weapons of Mass Distortion?
Music & Multi-Media as an Antidote to Propaganda!
Ros Dunlop performs the works of Martin Wesley-Smith
7 pm, Thursday, April 8, 2004
MIT Student Center, Mezzanine Lounge (3rd floor)



Welcome to the Hotel Turismo
   (bass clarinet & CD-ROM)

Tekee Tokee Tomak
   (clarinet & CD-ROM)

Weapons of Mass Distortion
   (clarinet & CD-ROM)

   (clarinet & CD-ROM)

   (clarinet & CD-ROM)


[Martin Wesley-Smith]
The music & audio-visual works of Australian composer Martin Wesley-Smith have consistently taken as their theme the universal struggle for human rights. His first piece was "Kdadalak (For the Children of Timor)," created with photo-journalist Penny Tweedie in 1977; his most recent was last year's "Tekee Tokee Tomak," created after he'd been to East Timor and witnessed both the post-1975 (& US-backed) devastation of East Timor and the optimism of the Timorese. Another theme in Martin's work is the bizarre universe of Lewis Carroll, from which he sometimes cannot escape. In the last two years, for example, the utter nonsense of world events has forced him to include our old friend Humpty-Dumpty in his piece "Weapons of Mass Distortion," which takes as its subject the actions of the US government, particularly in Iraq.

Martin taught for many years at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He is now a full-time composer, a duck-keeper, and, increasingly, a multimedia activist.

[Ros Dunlop]
Ros Dunlop is a musician & human-rights activist. She made two trips to East Timor in 2002 (with Martin Wesley-Smith), giving concerts & handing out instruments to musicians whose equipment & livelihoods had been destroyed by the Indonesian armed forces. She had thought these two trips might be the end of her "active" involvement with East Timor now that it was a new nation in its own right. Instead, she & Martin now find themselves working with the people of East Timor on an ambitious project to recover indigenous music.

Ros has been a strong advocate for the cause of new music for the clarinet for most of her professional life. She has premiered many new compositions for clarinet & has had many written especially for her. She has performed in Australia, New Zealand, Europe & the USA. Her three solo CDs have received wide acclaim. She teaches clarinet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Co-sponsored by Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor; Alan Brody, Associate Provost for the Arts; Amnesty International; and Cultural Survival.