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BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer, guitarist Jim Bonney to premiere concerto during artist residency at USM - May 3-6

Jim Bonney

The USM School of Music’s spring semester will come to a close with a special guest artist in residence, Jim Bonney, a BAFTA award-winning composer, sound designer and guitarist. The School of Music’s new assistant professor and director of bands, Trae Blanco, will welcome Bonney for the Maine premiere of his concerto,“DARKlightNESS for Electric Guitar and Wind Ensemble,” which premiered at Arizona State University in 2015. USM will be a consortium supporter commissioning this new work.

concert posterBonney uses music and sound to collaborate with software developers, specializing in video games and interactive media. Bonney’s 2017 awards include a Motion Picture Sound Editor's nomination for Best Game Cinematics and an NYC Video Game Critic's Circle nomination for Best Music.

Over the four-day residency, Bonney will give a master class at USM’s Ci2 Lab, lead a gaming live discussion at Arcadia in Portland about his experience with interactive gaming, and hold open rehearsals with the USM Concert Band in preparation for the premiere of “DARKlightNESS.” The concerto will also feature USM Artist Faculty Gary Wittner on electric guitar and is sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation.

“Having a world class artist like Jim Bonney with one foot in the classical music scene and the other in mainstream gaming music here at USM is a one-time opportunity for our students,” said Blanco. “With the launch of the gaming minor in the fall of 2017 and the perspective major in the coming years, this residency will allow the School of Music to collaborate with the Ci2 Lab to promote students’ creativity and awareness of the different types of music making that is possible in the twenty-first century.”

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Complete residency event listing:

Wednesday May 3, 2017
7:00-9:00pm - Open Rehearsal in Corthell Hall 320, Jim Bonney and the USM Concert Band

Thursday May 4, 2017
2:00pm - Masterclass at the Ci2 Lab. RSVP here. Portland Campus 5th Floor Research Wing (C-Wing), Science Building, 70 Falmouth Street, Portland Maine, 04101

7:00-9:00pm - Open Rehearsal in Corthell Hall 320, Jim Bonney and the USM Concert Band

Friday May 5, 2017
11:30am-1:00pm - Open Rehearsal in Corthell Hall 320, Jim Bonney and the USM Concert Band

7:00pm - Gaming Live Discussion at Arcadia, 24 Preble St., Portland. RSVP here.

Saturday May 6, 2017
7:30pm - Pre-concert Lecture with Trae Blanco, Director of Bands, and Jim Bonney

8:00pm - Premiere of “DARKlightNESS for Electric Guitar and Wind Ensemble” at McCormack Center for the Performing Arts, Gorham High School.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students, seniors, USM employees and alumni. Purchase tickets online at, or by calling 207-780-5555.

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