Robert Lunn gives a concert at 2 p.m. Jan. 27.

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Lunn sounds sweet — even without an instrument

Published 6:49pm Sunday, January 6, 2013

In “The Many Faces of Rob,” Dr. Robert Lunn offers a concert of original pieces and arrangements. The guitar recital is free of charge and open to the public at 2 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Hansen Theatre of the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center for Arts & Technology. Included in the program will be several works for guitar and computer.

“Ebb and Flow” is a work composed for the classical guitar and the computer program Max/MSP. A single guitar signal is processed in the computer and the result sounds like several guitars playing at once.

“The Lazy Virtuoso on an Imaginary Piano” is an interactive work that also will be performed utilizing Max/MSP.
In this piece, a video camera connected to the computer will pick up the hand motions made by Lunn and translate these movements into piano sounds.
It will look as if he is playing an imaginary piano.

In addition, Lunn will be performing pieces from his “Red Guitar Suite” and original arrangements of traditional pieces such as “Scarborough Fair” and “House of the Rising Sun.”

Lunn received his doctorate of musical arts from Ohio State University in June 2010.
He is the winner of the 2008 Ruth Friscoe Award for his “Sonata for Guitar” and was a three-time recipient of the Donald and Marilyn Harris Scholarship at Ohio State.

Lunn was also awarded the Graduate Teaching Award in Music Theory while teaching at Ohio State. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Hope College and a master’s degree in music theory and composition from Pennsylvania State University.

Lunn’s composition teachers include Marc Ainger, Paul Barsom, Will Gay Bottje, Russell Floyd, Donald Harris, Jan Radzynski, and Thomas Wells.
Recent performances include the SCI “Scarborough Fair” and “House of the Rising Sun.”

Lunn received his doctorate of musical arts from Ohio State University in June 2010.

He is the winner of the 2008 Ruth Friscoe Award for his “Sonata for Guitar” and was a three-time recipient of the Donald and Marilyn Harris Scholarship at Ohio State.

Lunn was also awarded the Graduate Teaching Award in Music Theory while teaching at Ohio State. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Hope College and a master’s degree in music theory and composition from Pennsylvania State University.

Lunn’s composition teachers include Marc Ainger, Paul Barsom, Will Gay Bottje, Russell Floyd, Donald Harris, Jan Radzynski, and Thomas Wells.
Recent performances include the SCI Student National Conference and the Ohio State Contemporary Music Festival.

From the fall 2000 to the spring 2007 he was on the faculty at Hope College and Lake Michigan College teaching guitar, composition and music theory.
Lunn studied guitar with Larry Malfroid at Hope College and participated in a master class with Christopher Parkening in Montana during the summer of 1997.
He is currently an adjunct instructor of music at Lake Michigan College teaching theory, aural skills, music technology and guitar.

To learn more about Lunn, visit his website at www.robertlunncomposer.com.

The Lake Michigan College Mendel Center for Arts & Technology is located on the Napier Avenue campus in Benton Township, one mile east of I-94.

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