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Gerber to bring 'space music' to CU

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Live space music pioneer and Nashville music scene trailblazer Tony Gerber will perform at Cumberland University on Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m., with a pre-concert discussion at 5:45 p.m. about art, technology and performance in the virtual world.

Gerber's space music mixes a love of electronic music with guitars, electronic wind instruments, harmonicas, dulcimers and native flutes. He has produced two 12-hour Yuri's Night concert events working with NASA scientists in the virtual world. The events are held around the world every April in commemoration of Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human in space on April 12, 1961, and the launch of the first space shuttle on April 12, 1981.

His album "Blue Western Sky" was nominated in the Jazz/Instrumental Album of the Year category for the Nashville Music Awards in 1996, and his album "Soulshining" with the Cotton Blossom Band was named a Top 10 Nashville Album Release for 2014 by the Nashville Bridge music blog.

Gerber has performed live space music around the country in planetariums, museums and churches, including the Gathering concert series, John Dilberto's Echoes Living Room concert series and the movie "Vanilla Sky" included his music. As a solo artist, he has performed at numerous festivals in the United States and Scandinavia, and he has released more than 40 albums.

"Tony Gerber's concert will be an exciting, relaxing experience for people of all ages," said Brian Kilian, professor of music at CU's School of Humanities, Education and the Arts. "His music not only deals with outer space, but with one's inner space as well."

The concert and discussion will be held at the June and Bill Heydel Fine Arts Center and are free and open to the public.

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