To celebrate her EP release of Hedera (for solo voice and electronics), Lesley Flanigan presents a special concert of music for voice, spanning early to modern approaches for the human instrument.
Hedera introduces a new direction in Flanigan’s work with voice and electronics. In a driving performance that steadily unfolds over time, Flanigan shapes blooming clusters of her voice around a continuous beat of shifting frequencies and intensity, tapping influences from Steve Reich to Mark Fell and Cocteau Twins.
The night also includes sets by:
C Spencer Yeh performing a live version of his album Solo Voice I-X.
Vocalist Daisy Press and Composer Nick Hallett debut the first phase of a song cycle based upon Hildegard von Bingen’s chants to Saint Ursula. Hallett’s outlook on Von Bingen’s 12th century sacred music is decidedly contemporary, bubbling over with electronic textures, while Press’s virtuosic interpretation ventures into Indian raga.
Avant-turntablist/sound artist Maria Chavez performing a special set for the recorded voice.
Lesley Flanigan is an experimental electronic musician living in New York City. Inspired by the tangible elements of electronic sound, she builds her own instruments using minimal electronics, microphones and speakers. Performing these instruments alongside traditional instrumentation that often includes her own voice, she creates a kind of physical electronic music that embraces both the transparency and residue of process — sculpting sound from a palette of noise and subtle imperfections.
Her performances have been presented in numerous venues, festivals, and art spaces internationally including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), The Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park (Chicago), Issue Project Room (Brooklyn), Roulette (New York), Diapason (Brooklyn), Ecstatic Music Festival (’14 New York), River to River Festival (‘11 New York), Sonar (’10 Barcelona; ’10 Chicago), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Roskilde (Denmark), STEIM (Amsterdam), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Transitio_MX (’09 Mexico City), NIME (’08 Genoa; ’09 Pittsburgh), ICMC (’07 Copenhagen), and Bent (’08 Los Angeles; ’09 New York). Her art has been exhibited at the ISEA conference in Singapore, Busan International Design Festival in South Korea, Ringling College’s Selby Gallery, MCLA’s Gallery 51, and The Maloney Art Gallery at CSE. She has spoken about her work and given workshops at universities, art foundations, and hacker spaces internationally including Harvestworks (New York), Dorkbot NYC, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Metalab (Vienna), Digital Art Studios (Belfast), Wellesley College, the Copenhagen School of Architecture, Noisebridge (San Francisco), and Columbia University.
C. Spencer Yeh
Spencer Yeh is recognized for his interdisciplinary activities and collaborations as an artist, improviser, and composer, as well his music project Burning Star Core. Recent presentations of work include “Modern Mondays” at MoMA NYC, “The Companion” at the Liverpool Biennial, “99 Objects” at the Whitney Museum NYC, “Great Tricks From Your Future” at D-CAF in Cairo Egypt, Borderline Festival in Athens Greece, Kinomuzeum at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw Poland, All Ears Festival in Oslo Norway, the Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival, “Synth Nights” at The Kitchen NYC, LAMPO at the Renaissance Society in Chicago IL, and a Jerome Foundation Commission from Roulette Intermedium. Yeh also collaborated with Triple Canopy for their contribution to the Whitney Biennial in 2014. He was a 2015 Artist-in-Residence at ISSUE Project Room NYC, and was included in the performance program for Greater New York at MoMA/PS1.
Recent recordings include “Solo Voice I-X” (Primary Information), “Wake Up Awesome,” with Okkyung Lee and Lasse Marhaug (Software Recording Company), and “Long Pig” by New Monuments, his trio with Ben Hall and Don Dietrich (Bocian).
Yeh also volunteers as a programmer and trailer editor for Spectacle Theater, a microcinema in Brooklyn NY. His video works are distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix. He is also a contributing editor to BOMB magazine, as well as contributing to The Third Rail and Personal Best.
Born in Lima, Peru, Maria Chávez is mainly known as an abstract turntablist, sound artist & DJ. Influenced by chance & improvisation in contemporary art, Maria is currently a research fellow for the Sound Practice Research department at Goldsmith’s University of London until 2017.
She presents workshops and lectures for major universities and institutions worldwide including NYU, Brown University, Haute École des arts du Rhin, Mulhouse, FR, UDK in Berlin, SSR London, Espai d’art contemporani de Castelló, Spain, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Berklee College in Boston, MA and many other universities and arts organizations. She was awarded the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble commission 2015 where she presented a new sound piece, NY Sonic Scores 2015, at the Brooklyn Museum & Morgan Library in May and a New Works commission from the Jerome Foundation. She has collaborated with Christian Marclay and the Whitney Museum of American Art, performed alongside Pauline Oliveros, Thurston Moore, Phill Niblock and worked with Merce Cunningham prior to his passing as a sound artist in residence with the DIA:Beacon Museum in Beacon, NY.
Maria has been artist in residence with INKONST Arts in Malmö, Sweden, Klangraum Residency, Austria, EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, Sweden and the Kitchen in NYC where she presented her large scale multi channel sound installation, Sound Bleed @ the Kitchen. She served as curator in residence with Cafe OTO, OTO Projects & Electra Productions in London, UK. In 2015 her sound installations and sculptures were exhibited for acclaimed art galleries such as BRIC Arts | Media in Brooklyn, MoMA PS1 Printshop, Present Company, Brooklyn and CONTEXT Art Miami at the Sound Positions Pavilion in conjunction with Art Basel, Miami. This year Maria will present new works for the Cervantes Institute in NYC and the Judd Foundation in Marfa, Texas. She was recently awarded a fellowship with the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy where she will be composer in residence in May of 2016.
Daisy Press, vocalist, is a prominent interpreter of experimental classical music. Her most recent solo appearance was in Bernhard Lang’s “Moving Architecture” in Vienna, Austria, alongside Ensemble Phace and with the acclaimed Austrian choreographer Silke Grabinger. For her performance of Morton Feldman’s “Three Voices” and Schönberg’s “Herzgewächse” at MoMA in New York City, Ms. Press was hailed by the New York Times as “intrepid” and “passionate.” For several years she served as the lead backing singer/dancer for the Montrealbased electrofunk duo “Chromeo,” and appeared with them on The Late Show With David Letterman, Conan, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Lollapalooza, Coachella, and as headliners of the Montreal Jazz Festival. Notable solo appearances include a cameo in director Jonathan Parker’s film “(Untitled)” starring Adam Goldberg, several performances of Morton Feldman’s “Three Voices,” and a longtime collaboration in the video opera “Whispering Pines 10” with composer/singer Nick Hallett and visual artist Shana Moulton. A recent notable appearance was George Crumb’s “Unto the Hills” with So Percussion at Miller Theater, for which the New York Times praised Ms. Press’ “winning subtlety and understatement.” She has also performed Steve Reich’s “Drumming” and “Music for 18 Musicians” with So Percussion at various worldwide venues. Additional credits include the New York premiere of Phillipe Leroux’s blindingly virtuosic “Voi(rex)” at Miller Theater alongside IRCAM; “Apparition “by George Crumb at the Bang on a Can Marathon, AttilaJoszef Fragments by Kurtag at Symphony Space; and excerpts, with the composer in attendance, of Elliot Carter’s “Of Challenge and of Love. ” For several years Ms. Press served on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, where she received her Masters degree. She holds academic degrees from Sarah Lawrence College and Oxford University, and in the past she studied voice with Trish McCaffrey and Hilda Harris, and North Indian ragas with Michael Harrison.
Nick Hallett is a composer, vocalist, and cultural producer. Based in New York City, his work has been presented in recent years by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub, ISSUE Project Room, Roulette, Town Hall and Le Poisson Rouge, among others. He is currently collaborating with choreographer Bill T. Jones, as composer of the the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s latest dancetheater work, Analogy: A Trilogy. Nick’s first original opera, coauthored with artist Shana Moulton, Whispering Pines 10, premiered at The Kitchen in April 2010 and has since been staged at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, SFMOMA, Carolina Performing Arts, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, Cricoteka (Poland), and The Warhol Museum. Hallett and Moulton were awarded a Creative Capital grant to adapt the project for the Internet. Since 2007, he has served as the music director of the Joshua Light Show, a team of projection artists with roots in the psychedelic movement of the 1960s, which appears internationally, and is the codirector (with Zach Layton) of the celebrated Darmstadt series, which stages dynamic interpretations of repertoire from the experimental music canon. Hallett held the first Re:New Re:Play artist residency at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in May 2009, creating a fourpart series focusing on the voice as artistic medium, and his work was featured in the 2007 and 2009 PERFORMA biennials. As a vocalist, Hallett has sung in operas by Anthony Braxton and Susie Ibarra. From 20002003, he led the performanceart band, Plantains.
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