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Saturday, November 3, 2018 8:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall

(Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman) and Composers Laetitia Sonami and Zeena Parkins from The Center for Contemporary Music

Las Sucias

Las Sucias
Muerto Rico

“Tropical Noise Duo Las Sucias is an Experimental Caribbean Cacophony from the hands and lungs of hysterical brujas Danishta Rivero and Alexandra Buschman-Román, from Venezuela and Puerto Rico respectively. Rooted in Santería, Afro-Caribbean and Mestiza consciousness, through hybrid rhythms that include Raggaetón and Cumbia, Las Sucias booty smashes the limits put upon the brown female body by the patriarchy. Through powerful chanting and ritualistic vocal catharsis, they conjure the unapologetic screams of a loca, the deep-voiced lady screaming bible verses in the streets through a broken mic, and the wounded voices of the colonized.”
—Hildegard Von Bingen

Laetitia SonamiLaetitia Sonami

Laetitia Sonami is a sound artist, performer and researcher. Born in France, she settled in the United States in 1975 to pursue her interest in the emerging field of electronic music and  studied with Eliane RadigueJoel ChadabeRobert Ashley and David Behrman.

Sonami’s sound performances, live film collaborations and sound installations focus on issues of presence and participation. She has devised new gestural controllers for performance and applies new technologies and appropriated media to achieve an expression of immediacy through sound, place and objects.

Best known for her unique instrument, the elbow-­‐length lady’s glove, which is fitted with an array of sensors tracking the slightest motion of her hand and body, she has performed worldwide and earned substantial international renown.

Recent projects include the design of a new instrument, the Spring Spyre, based on the application of neural networks to real-time audio synthesis; an improvisation duo, Sparrows and Ortolans, with James Fei; and Le Corps Sonore, a fully immersive sound installation on six floors of the Rubin Museum, NYC in collaboration with Eliane Radigue and Bob Bielecki.

Upcoming projects include Peripheral Vision, a text based performance piece and a new live film project with Sue-C based on Italo Calvino Cosmicomics.

Sonami has received numerous awards among which the Herb Alpert Awards in the Arts and the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Awards.

Sonami has been performing in numerous festivals across the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and China, among which the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, the Bourges Music Festival in France, the Sonambiente Festival in Berlin, the Interlink festival in Japan, Bang-on-a Can, The Kitchen and Other Minds, S.F.

Awards include the Alpert Award in the Arts (2002), Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts Award (2000), the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship (2000), Studio Pass-Harvestworks residency (2001) and a Creative Work Fund award (2000) for a collaboration with Nick Bertoni and the Tinkers Workshop.

Sonami lives in Oakland, California and is a guest professor in the Music department at Mills College, CA and the Milton Avery MFA program at Bard College, NY.

Zeena ParkinsZeena Parkins

multi-instrumentalist/composer/improviser, zeena parkins, pioneer of contemporary harp practice and performance, reimagines the instrument as a “sound machine of limitless capacity.” parkins has built three versions of her one-of-a-kind electric harp and has extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of electronic processing.

inspired and connected to visual arts, dance, film, and history, zeena follows a unique path in creating her compositional works. through blending and morphing of both real and imagined instruments, crafting, recombining, and layering mangled, sliced, massaged or possibly disengaged sounds, drawing from extra-musical sources for unusual scoring and formal constructions as well as utilizing multi-speaker environments, zeena remains in process with sound as material and music, engaged in translations of sonic states in the concert hall, the black box theater, the dance studio, the recording studio, the classroom, the cinema, the skyscraper, the ocean and the gallery. zeena has a particularly strong commitment to making scores for dance and continues to re-evaluate the nature and issues of the body’s imprint on sound and sound/music’s imprint on movement.

parkins’s compositions have been commissioned by nextworks ensemble, merce cunningham dance company, roulette intermedium, the eclipse quartet, william winant, bang on a can, the whitney museum, the tate modern, montalvo arts center, the donaueschinger musiktage and sudwestrundfunk/swr.

parkins has released four solo records featuring her electric and acoustic harp playing and has released her compositions and band projects on six tzadik recordings, with a new tzadik cd with ikue mori and phantom orchard orchestra, trouble in paradise, to be released in november 2012. as a sought-after collaborator zeena has worked with: fred frith, björk, ikue mori, dame evelyn glennie, maja ratkje, hild sofie tafjord, john zorn, butch morris, chris cutler, elliott sharp, nels cline, alex cline, william winant, anthony braxton, pauline oliveros, yoko ono, christian marclay, matmos, yasunao tone, so percussion, bobby previte, carla kilhstedt, tin hat, james fei, kim gordon, lee renaldo and thurston moore.

awards: the foundation for contemporary arts fellowship, nyfa music fellowship, meet the composer commission, nysca composer commission, multi-arts production fund grant, american music center, bafta award for best interactive media with visual artist mandy mcintosh and sound artist kaffe matthews, peter s. reed fellowship, mary flagler cary charitable trust commissions, arts international, prix ars electronica honorary mention for phantom orchard in the digital music category.
curatorial: guest curator for the music unlimited festival in wels, austria, co-curator of the movement research festival: sidewinder, in nyc and curator for a month + a week of shows at the stone in nyc
residencies: civitella ranieri foundation fellowship, oxford university, harvestworks, steim, paf: performing arts forum, wooda arts residency, montalvo arts center, rpi/iear and the watermill center.
teaching: zeena has given lectures at oxford and princeton universities and has taught at the school of the museum of fine arts in boston, bard and mills college. currently, zeena is a distinguished visiting professor, at mills college graduate music department.


Las Sucias

Laetitia Sonami, Magnetic Memories

Sonami-MagneticMemories-ex from sonami on Vimeo.

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