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Saturday April 1, 2017 8:00 pm Littlefield Concert Hall

X-SOUND FESTIVAL

An annual festival of works by undergraduates at Mills College.

Emma Burlingame

Emma Burlingame

Title:
switched on walk (Installation)

Note:
Two speakers affixed with proximity sensors. Walk around the space, or stand still. Listen and observe how the sound changes with your movement.

Bio:
Emma is twenty-two years old and lives in Oakland.

Yesenia Checa

Title:
During the Cat Festival

Note:
First you sauté the pan with garlic and butter.

Title:
An Issue with the Lighting

Bio:
I ham aYesenia. vI eam nYesenia. oI cam oYesenia. nI fam iYesenia. dI eam nYesenia. cI eam aYesenia. nI dam IYesenia. sI aam yYesenia. tI ham iYesenia. sI wam iYesenia. tI ham aYesenia. lI lam tYesenia. hI eam cYesenia. oI nam fYesenia. iI dam eYesenia. nI cam eYesenia. iI nam tYesenia. hI eam wYesenia. oI ram lYesenia. dI Sam tYesenia. iI lam lYesenia. I bam rYesenia. eI aam tYesenia. hI eam aYesenia. nI dam tYesenia. rI yam aYesenia. gI aam iYesenia. nI Mam aYesenia. yI bam eYesenia. II lam lYesenia. fI eam eYesenia. lI nam oYesenia. rI mam aYesenia. lI oam nYesenia. eI dam aYesenia. yI Tam hYesenia. aI nam kYesenia. yI oam uYesenia. fI oam rYesenia. lI iam sYesenia. tI eam nYesenia. iI nam gYesenia. tI oam mYesenia. eI Iam wYesenia. iI lam lYesenia. sI eam eYesenia. yI oam uYesenia. aI gam aYesenia. iI nam Yesenia.

Annie CilleyAnnie Cilley

Title:
One of the Wise Ones

Note:
One of the Wise Ones explores various aspects of “the human condition,” including growth, identity, aspiration, and mortality, through the eyes of a fictional character as she gazes into a mirror.

Title:
Stranger

Note:
Stranger poses questions about personal identity and makes frequent allusions to various philosophical and psychological perspectives. The first verse centers around the legend of the Ship of Theseus. The second focuses on Hume’s bundle theory of personal identity. The third addresses Carl Jung’s theory of the collective unconscious.

Title:
Upon the Paths of Men

Note:
Upon the Paths of Men is a musical setting of an excerpt of Charles Sumner by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem reflects on the effect a life has on the world after death.

Bio:
Annie Cilley aspires to create songs that communicate. Her background as a classic jazz singer, folk fiddle player, and electronic musician help inform her sound. The landscape of her birthplace, rural Petaluma, CA, informs the imagery in her lyrics and the stories that they tell. While studying composition at Mills College, Annie has developed material that explores themes of personal identity, death, growth, and the simultaneous vastness and smallness of existence.

Lila Oleszkiewicz

Title:
On Water

Note:
“On Water” is a meditation on the most essential element of our existence. Water is a source of life, nourishment, and healing, as well as a major commodity in the socioeconomic power struggle: offered to some, but denied to others. This performance of “On Water” consists of instrumental performance, processed fixed media, and video projection.
The composition consists of four sections:
I. “Fluid,” for alto flute, violin and cello
II. “Song,” a solo violin interpretation of a lyrical text
III. “Thirst,” an interpretation of a graphic score written for cello, flute, violin, and piano
IIII. “Confluence,” for solo piano and featuring both traditional and extended piano techniques

Bio:
Lila Oleszkiewicz, born to a Polish mother and Roma father in southwestern Poland, grew up surrounded by Eastern European folklore, European classical music, and the music of 20th century avant-garde composers such as Lutoslawski, Penderecki, and Gorecki. She began performing traditional song and dance from various regions of Eastern Europe at a young age, and as a teenager, she toured Europe with Festival of India, a multidisciplinary stage show that featured martial arts, food, music, dance, and theater inspired by ancient India. For several years, she was an emcee at Przystanek Woodstock, the largest open-air festival in Europe.

After living in India, Belgium, Ireland, the U.K, and Australia, Lila moved to the United States in 2005, immediately submersing herself in the diverse music scene of New York City. She began taking piano lessons and studying music theory during a two-year stint in Chicago, and when she moved to the Bay Area in 2011, she continued her musical education at Laney College, studying piano, vocal performance, and composition. In 2015, Lila transferred to Mills, where she has focused on composition.

Ashley Puente

Title:
Comfort for TV

Note:
Comfort for TV recreates a specific period of time in my life where TV was an essential part of it. It became a friend who was always there. Even though it was mindless and soulless it spoke to me, when I thought I had nowhere to go. It was ritualistic and habitual, creating a strong hypnotizing connection.

Title:
La Curación (The Healing)

Note:
La Curación (The Healing) is about the process of improvisation and composition. Everything in life is temporary just as sound, art, and emotions are. The act of creation and concept is momentary—it is an aura of a specific space in time.

Title:
Light and Its Absence

Note:
Light and Its Absence focuses on light and the effect it has on the viewers. Light itself is all around us, but somehow remains hidden in plain sight. We swim in light. Life feeds on it. Our bodies ingest it, and our emotions are tied in it as well. The objects become light sources and the observer becomes illuminated.

Bio:
Ashley M Puente moved to Oakland from Miami, FL in 2013 to study Art & Technology and Electronic Music at Mills College. She has since been active as a performer and improviser on live electronics. Ashley has recently performed in Berlin at Noise.Berlin at club Maze and Krake Festival at Urban Spree. She has worked closely with John Bischoff, Jennifer Brandon, James Fei, Chris Fraser, and Maggi Payne while attending Mills College for four years.

Her music and visual artwork are inspired by the 60’s and 70’s light and space movement that emerged in the West Coast. Her sound records and captures the active nature of light and atmosphere, creating a soundscape of noise and rhythmic patterns, while her visuals trace light both to freeze and animate the capabilities of its endless form. This is achieved through the manipulation of everyday materials to transform the sound and image to suggest another world beyond our own.

Nina Lavelle

Title:
Blessing

Note:
Blessing the Boats is a memorial and a ceremony.
We pray for our ancestors and reflect on their journey through the waters of the middle passage.
We walk in ceremony a procession and a promise to show up for the present.
We improvise in hope, creating the future with each note, sending each sound ahead of us in time.
We mourn, we exist through hope, and we pray for goodness in what’s to come.

Bio:
Nina Thiebert began playing cello at age 12. She practiced solely classical music up until 2011, while she was studying at Cabrillo College. She began branching out to include improvisation and learning to feel comfortable playing with many instruments in many genres. In 2014, she began her studies at Mills as an English Major, later moving on to the Ethnic Studies department and finally landing on Music with an emphasis on electronic composition. Still passionate about all the aforementioned subjects and more, she hopes to use her voice through music to encompass and reflect all the things that inspire her.

Gabby Yi Wen

Title:
dans le miroir de la mort

Note:
oṃ vajrasattva samayam anupālaya vajrasattva tvenopatiṣṭha dṛḍho me bhava sutoṣyo me bhava supoṣyo me bhava anurakto me bhava sarvasiddhiṃ me prayaccha sarvakarmasu ca me cittaṃ śreyaḥ kuru hūṃ ha ha ha ha hoḥ bhagavan sarvatathāgatavajra mā me muñca vajrī bhava mahāsamayasattva āḥ
—the hundred syllable mantra of vajrasattva

Bio:
Gabby Yi Wen works with computers, electronics, acoustic instruments and field recordings to create sounds. Born in southern China, she later moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in her adolescence and studied abroad in France, her artistic visions are shaped by a wide range of cultural perspectives. Her musical influences include post-war musique concrète, free jazz, ancient Chinese music, Buddhist chants, Beijing and Cantonese Opera. Inspired by her spiritual guidance in Tibetan Buddhism, her works are usually created in a meditative state and are improvisation-based. She explores the body-mind connection with her instruments during performances, as well as the ways of sound manipulation using extended techniques, codes and hardware.

 

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