For National Sawdust’s Summer Labs, Vendil will show a work-in-progress of “Islander” (working title), a music and movement suite scored for various keyboards, kulintang (indigenous Philippine gongs), and electronics. From the lens of a second generation Filipino American, the work examines the residue colonialism has left behind through centuries and generations, and explores the tension that exists within one’s identity. Vendil’s longtime collaborator, composer Trevor Gureckis, will design electronic elements. Performed by Vendil and collaborators: pianists Melinda Faylor and Mary Prescott, and weaver Cynthia Alberto of Weaving Hand.
Book of Dreams
Book of Dreams: Chapter Sand is the first installment of GLMMR’s long range, multi-genre work, Book of Dreams. It is an electroacoustic song cycle that pushes the boundaries of traditional art song by fusing unamplified operatic vocals with digital sound design to weave a delicate tapestry of human and machine sounds. Based on the work of surrealist poet Sonja Krefting, the cycle combines an original vocal composition by acclaimed composer David T. Little with an electronic realization by Metropolitan Opera baritone and digital media artist David Adam Moore. It is commissioned by Sparks & Wiry Cries, performed by David Adam Moore, directed by Vita Tzykun, with visuals by GLMMR, sound engineering by Garth MacAleavey, and narration by Beth Morrison.
Anna Roberts Gevalt
Anna is a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist whose work is based in archival research, and nestles in the space between ancient ballads and new sounds.
Following a degree in ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University in 2009, she moved to Appalachia, studying with living masters of traditional songs and fiddle music, and at a research fellowship at the Berea College Music Archive. She is a prize-winning banjo and fiddle player, and has taught at institutes across the country, including the Cowan Music School in East Kentucky where she served as artistic director for three years, Augusta Heritage Center (WV) and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes (WA).
She collaborates primarily with Elizabeth LaPrelle (Anna & Elizabeth), working with traditional songs from Appalachia and New England uncovered in archives. They are currently at work on their third studio album with Benjamin Davis (Cuddle Magic) and Jim ; directing a series of dance films (with direction from AnnieB Parson); developing an interactive website; and developing an experimental play about ballad collectors.The two have toured abroad and in the US for the last six years, including the Newport and Cambridge Folk Festivals, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and the Atlanta Museum of Modern Art.
Anna has been a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center For Creative Arts, the Montalvo Arts Center, AIR Serenbe (Atlanta), and the Found Sound Nation / State Department’s world music initiative, OneBeat. She has also worked with/played for Mercury Prize winning singer Sam Lee, Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show), Susan Alcorn (Mary Halvorsen), Matmos, and composers David Rothenberg, Cleek Schrey, Brian Harnetty, Nate May and Ruby Fulton.