INVISIBLE ANATOMY (IA) is a composer-performer ensemble that explores the human body as the most fundamental aspect of music creation and performance. Formed in 2014 by six graduates of the Yale School of Music, IA creates and develops shows from the ground up, writing and performing all new compositions. The group harnesses elements from classical, jazz, experimental rock, performance art and theater, combining virtuosic physicality and dramatic visual presentation with an omnivorous stylistic palate in their work.
IA’s inaugural show BODY PARTS dismembers, manipulates, and reanimates bodies in performance – creating a chattering chorus of woodblock teeth and screaming eyes on TV screens. Their second show, DISSECTIONS, features six interconnected pieces that probe the destruction, transformation, and intimacy inherent in peeling away the surface. Derived from a collaboratively generated text over composition workshops, these works trace a line from ornate to bare, taking the scalpel to instruments, gestures, and language. After the group’s 2015 debut concerts in New York City, they were invited to China for three shows, including a featured solo concert at the Beijing Modern Music Festival.
IA’s second season opened with an intimate house concert of BODY PARTS hosted by David Lang, followed by the world premiere of DISSECTIONS at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, later featured in a full-length profile in the Village Voice. The group performed DISSECTIONS at Pomona College and The Blue Whale in Los Angeles in February 2016, followed by appearances on Heartbeat Opera’s Collaboret Series; at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn; at the Yale School of Music in New Haven, CT; and at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest in Manhattan. The group was the first runner-up in the 2016 SAVVY Chamber Competition at the University of South Carolina School of Music, and recorded their debut studio album in June.
On Halloween 2016, IA produced FUNHOUSE, an immersive experience of art installations and performances in a prewar Victorian Harlem brownstone, featuring collaborators who are recent graduates of the Yale Schools of Drama, Art, Architecture, and Music. In February 2017, IA debuted TRANSFIGURE at Roulette Intermedium. Completing a triptych of collaboratively written, evening-length musical compositions that integrate lighting, video, as well as choreography, TRANSFIGURE sparks intangible, tectonic, subcutaneous changes. Other season activities include a gala performance hosted by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, as well as an appearance on the Detroit Institute of Art’s Friday Night Live series in March. Upcoming engagements include a double bill with composer-performer ensemble Grant Wallace Band at Littlefield in Brooklyn, and a National Sawdust Summer Labs Residency in June.
IA’s members (cellist Ian Gottlieb, guitarist Brendon Randall-Myers, percussionist Ben Wallace, pianists Paul Kerekes and Daniel Schlosberg, and vocalist Fay Wang) have been awarded honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, American Composers’ Forum, and the China National Arts Fund. IA is fiscally sponsored by Bang on a Can, and is the recipient of a 2017 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant.