Luther College presents a guest recital Oct. 10: Patrick O'Keefe performs with Scott Miller on "Willful Devices" project

Experience a new level of music as traditional instruments and modern technology mix at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in the Noble Recital Hall of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music on Luther's campus.

Combining the familiar sound of a clarinet with electroacoustic sounds created on a computer, Patrick O'Keefe and Scott Miller collaborate to showcase their project titled "Willful Devices," which celebrates the idea that humans can only manipulate devices to a certain point. After that, the willful device takes over to create the sonic material that is sometimes unexpected, leading to unimagined sonic discoveries.

Luther will also host a Master Class given by O'Keefe at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Sperati Band Room of the Jenson-Noble Hall of Music.

The events are open to the public with no charge for admission.

O'Keefe, performer/improviser, and Miller, composer/computer musician, make up the collaborative duo behind "Willful Devices," and they will perform selections they've composed, as well as "Wandering Through the Same Dream" by Andrew May, featuring Michael Chesher, Luther associate professor of music.  

O'Keefe is a multi-faceted performer, creator and educator with a wide variety of musical interests. He is the co-artistic director and woodwind player for the contemporary music ensemble Zeitgeist, based in St. Paul, Minn., and performs throughout the United States and Europe. O'Keefe has also performed and recorded with other noted new groups around the country such as SONOR, ETHEL, California E.A.R. Unit, Cleveland New Music Associates and Ensemble Sospeso, and has appeared as a soloist at numerous festivals. He continues to be in demand as an active chamber musician.

The world music and improvised music communities are also familiar territories for O'Keefe. He is a founder and co-director of the large improvising ensemble "Cherry Spoon Collective," and has appeared in concert with improvisers such as George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Wadada Leo Smith, J.D. Parran and Fred Frith.

O'Keefe holds a bachelor's degree in music with a performer's certificate from Indiana University, a masters in music with academic honors and distinction in performance from the New England Conservatory and a doctoral in musical arts from the University of California, San Diego. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.

Miller is a composer of electroacoustic, orchestral, chamber, choral and multimedia works that are frequently performed at venues and in exhibitions throughout North America and Europe. He is known for his interactive electroacoustic chamber music and experimental performance pieces and has been named a McKnight Composer Fellow twice; his work also being recognized by the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Central Minnesota State Arts Board, and the MUSICA NOVA 98 International Electroacoustic Music Competition.

Miller is a professor of music at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota where he teaches composition, electroacoustic music and theory. He is also the vice president of programs for the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and has lectured in universities and secondary schools across the United States, Europe and Mexico. Miller holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the State University of New York at Oneonta and has studied composition at the Czech-American Summer Music Institute and the Centre de Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis.

"Willful Devices"