Night of Sound: Thursday September 16, 2010
PDMD is a project born from the collaboration between professor Fred De Sena and three of his former and current students: Lawrence Moore, Nestor Prieto and Brian Del Toro. The main goal of the ensemble is to serve as a vehicle for their musical ideas while promoting innovative or otherwise unconventional approaches to performance and interpretation. The group's electro-acoustic palette includes a battery of software-based applications running from laptop computers or mobile devices, early, modern and electronic woodwind instruments, analog and digital synthesizers, acoustic/electric guitars, radios, samples, found sound, and acoustic/electronic percussion.
Ferdinando De Sena
Fred is a Miami composer born in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches composition and electronic music at the New World School of the Arts, and was on the faculty of the University of Miami School of Music from 1994 – 2009, where he was director of its Electronic Music Program. Fred De Sena’s music has been performed throughout the continental U.S., in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Argentina, Italy, Ireland and Great Britain. His work has also been performed at international, national, and regional conferences of the College Music Society, the Society of Composers, Inc., the International Computer Music Conference, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States, the International Double Reed Society, and many other festival, theatrical, and concert venues.
Fred De Sena earned a B.A in Computer Music from Ithaca College, then a M.M in
Electronic Music and a D.M.A. in Composition from the University of Miami. His
principal teachers were Dennis Kam, Peter Rothbart and Don Wilson. Fred’s music is
available from St Francis Music Publications or from desenamusic.org.
Brian Del Toro
"Hi, I'm Brian.
I am a Miami-based guitarist, composer and connoisseur of the peculiar, currently studying at New World School of the Arts under Professor Fred De Sena. I make a living as a guitar teacher and aspire to create sounds (musical or otherwise) for "old" media such as film, theater and television as well as new, interactive media: games, audio/visual installations and user interfaces."
Lawrence W. Moore
Lawrence W. Moore teaches electronic music courses for the Music Theory and Composition department at the Frost School of Music in the University of Miami. He also teaches music business courses for the Commercial Music department at the School of Entertainment and Design Technologies in Miami-Dade College. Dr. Moore has had pieces performed in the 12 Nights of Electronic Music and Art series of South Florida, the Florida Electro-Acoustic Student Festival at Florida International University, and the New West Electronic Art and Music Organization festival of 2007. In addition the electronic art music, Moore also is the composer/producer for The Wayfarer Project, which releases music under the artist name, Wayfarer. Wayfarer combines the genres of new age, jazz, world, ambient, and electronic art music into an intriguing blend of soundscapes.
Nestor Prieto is a Venezuelan composer and performer based in Miami. His music stands at the crossroads of innovation and tradition, attempting to bridge the gap between popular and academic music. He received a Bachelor's degree in composition from UF's New World School of the Arts and an Associate's degree in Jazz percussion from Miami Dade College. Besides being an active member of PDMD, Nestor is also the drummer for the tropidelic Miami-based band The Nagchampayons.