Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance



The Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance (KcEMA) was founded in 2007 to encourage and develop understanding and appreciation of electronic music and to create an expansive sense of community for electronic musicians and other artists in the Kansas City Area. KcEMA organizes concerts of electronic music and collaborative projects with generative and performing artists. KcEMA provides a forum for electronic musicians and artists in other media to collaborate, exchange ideas, and grow as an interactive, supportive community.

President: John Chittum
Vice-President: Christina Butera
Treasurer: Cody Kauhl
Secretary: Eli Hougland
Public Relations: Stacy Busch

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Making A Successful Museum Soundwalk pt. 1

Feb 27, 2017

John Chittum

This is part one of a two part series discussing KcEMA’s most recent success: A soundwalk style concert hosted by the Spencer Museum of Art!

On February 18th, KcEMA and the Spencer Museum of Art collaborated on a soundwalk style experience. Five groups, five set-ups, lining up with the five different themes. You can read more about the Spencer Museum’s wonderful exhibit, Temporal Turn, on their website.

Like many projects, this started with an idea over coffee. Amy Duke contacted our Vice President, Christina Butera, about wanting to work with KcEMA. Amy is a fan of electronic music, and had heard of the group before. Excellent! We rely a lot on word of mouth. KcEMA’s work over the years has placed us in folks’ thoughts when thinking about electronic music in town. We’re not the only people in town producing concerts of electronic music, but we are the only non-profit focused on bringing new and experimental works to Kansas City. Step 1: Get your name out there.

Making A Successful Museum Soundwalk pt. 2

Mar 11, 2017

John Chittum

Part two of the series, A Successful Museum Soundwalk. To Part 1

KcEMA has a divided structure. This allows for us to separate concerns, as well as prevent conflicts of interest. Members of the executive board are on the artistic committee, however it is comprised mainly of other artists in the Kansas City area. The Vice President is chair and advisor, with the President acting in an advisory position. The artistic committee met in the esteemed establishment of P.Ott’s and started brainstorming people to approach. We knew we wanted to include at least one artist from Lawrence, and as luck would have it, we had just met one. From there we programmed mainly upon variety of musical styles, possible fits with themes, and artists in the area we knew could deliver in the short time span.

The chosen musicians were Hong Hong Hui, Frank Nawrot, Mt. Asther(A collaboration between Stacy Busch and Cody Kauhl), and David/Harte (Seth Davis and Tim J. Harte). Our final spot was left open as we discussed possible options. We reached out to various artists, but with January beginning, we had yet to secure a final person. It was decided then that a new collaborative group would emerge, Trio Defecta (Christina Butera, Jeff Borowiec, and I). Did I mention Be agile in part one?

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2016-17 Season

KcEMA ReLaunch!

August 27th

La Esquina

1000 West 25th Street, Kansas City, MO

Doors at 7:45pm

We have an awesome, new season filled with collaborations and concert events. We are super excited to talk about this season and spread the word and we want you to come and hangout with us! There will be live music performed by Mnemosyne Quartet and Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes along with a sampling of local electronic music.

Illumiphonic Performing Arts Showcase

November 5th

La Esquina

1000 West 25th Street, Kansas City, MO

Charlotte Street and partners showcase new performance-based work featuring experimental video, music, and movement. Performances will be showcased inside la Esquina venue. Featuring KcEMA executive board members Cody Kauhl and Stacy Busch in a new multimedia performance.

Soundwalk: Temporal Turn

Feburary 18th 2pm

Spencer Museum of Art

Five composers/collectives lead listeners through the exhibition Temporal Turn with a concert of new music that meanders through the galleries along a prescribed path. Each composition amplifies one of the five exhibition themes. Presented by the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance, the program features new works by Hong Hong Hui, Frank Nawrot, Mt. Asther (Cody Kauhl and Stacy Busch), Seth Davis and Tim Harte, and Trio Defecta (Jeff Borowiec, Christina Butera, and John Chittum).

April 14th


On April 14, 2017, The Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance will present a concert of works for soprano and electronics featuring local artist Liz Pearse. The program will include Milton Babbitt’s Philomel, Kaija Saariaho’s Lohn, and recent works by composers based in the greater Kansas City area (including Lawrence, Columbia, and other nearby areas).

A Midsummer’s Multichannel Rave



How many speakers can we gather in one location? What happens if you jump into a party, and sounds swirl around you in every direction? This isn’t an every day dance party. Featuring local KC artists

2016 postcard