Cube Fest 2018: Anna & Elizabeth
Venue: Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Date: Friday, August 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 11:00 PM
Event Types: Music, Arts & Theatre
General Public: $10.00
Virginia Tech Students: Free

The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech presents Cube Fest 2018 with Anna & Elizabeth on Friday, August 10, 2018 with two performances at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm.

Anna and Elizabeth, in collaboration with Irish composer Linda Buckley, present a new series of explorations inspired by the legacy and music of Texas Gladden crafted especially for the immersive Cube space. Gladden was recorded singing ballads in her living room in Salem by folklorist Alan Lomax and folksinger Shirley Collins in 1941; these recordings went on to have a lasting impact, making the singer renowned amongst folk musicians worldwide.

Anna and Elizabeth have been re-imagining and illustrating ballads, Gladden’s among them, for the last seven years, to great acclaim. The New Yorker calls their most recent record “A radical expansion of what folk songs are supposed to do.” They’ve enlisted Irish electro/acoustic composer Buckley to join them in their exploration for Cube Fest.

The three create an immersive and multi-media language to supplement the songs and stories told by Anna and Elizabeth, reworking recent field recordings and videos of the Gladden home and surrounding woods and interviews with the descendants of the singer. Texts built from stories Gladden and her family told, Gladden’s own poetry, and immersive sound collages built from the sounds of her singing; and a deep dive into an ancient ballad she sung through dance, film, and sound.

The performance will feature a guest appearance by Vicki Miller, Gladden’s granddaughter.

General admission tickets are $10.00 and free for Virginia Tech students.

To purchase or reserve a ticket online, visit: (7:00 PM Show) (9:00 PM Show)

Cube Fest 2018, occurring from August 9–12, 2018, is a spatial music festival with performances for the public and a VIP package of hands-on, behind-the-scenes, and creative opportunities for fellow revolutionists. Cube Fest brings together a group of 20 international audio technology experts, computer engineers, music technology experts, musicians, and composers who will present performances of original compositions created for the Cube and preexisting works, including music by the late David Bowie.

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