ExChange 009

ExChange 009:: Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Lainie Fefferman, Nicole Carroll

CT:: SWaM hosted presentations from Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Lainie Fefferman, and Nicole Carroll in the Fridman Gallery Media Room on Tuesday, November 19th, 2019.

Anna Roberts-Gevalt::
Lanie Fefferman:: white Fire
Nicole Carroll::Orrery Arcana

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ExChange 009:: Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Lainie Fefferman, Nicole Carroll
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Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work moves outward from her immersion in traditional music, having apprenticed with elder masters of banjo and fiddle in rural Kentucky. Her multi-media collaboration with ballad singer Elizabeth LaPrelle was heralded “a radical expansion of what folk songs are supposed to do” by the New Yorker, following the release of their third record on Smithsonian Folkways. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Cafe Oto, Big Ears Festival, NPR’s Tiny Desk, Virginia Tech’s CubeFest, Issue Project Room and The Newport Folk Festival; was a MacDowell Colony fellow; and guest performer at Meredith Monk’s gala. She has recently worked with Jim White, Rhys Chatham, Glen Hansard, Susan Alcorn, Leo Abrahams, Andrew Bernstein & Owen Gardner of Horse Lords and Timo Andres, amongst others. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Sculpture at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.
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Lainie Fefferman is a composer, performer, and experimenter in the performative application of emergent music technologies. Her most recent commissions have been from Tenth Intervention, So Percussion, Make Music NY, Experiments in Opera, ETHEL, Kathleen Supové, TILT Brass, James Moore, Eleonore Oppenheim, JACK Quartet, and Dither. Her one-woman voice & electronics feminist song performance project “White Fire,” an electroacoustic meditation on the heroines of the Hebrew Bible, premiered at Merkin Hall in 2016 and she has been touring it internationally ever since. She is a co-founder and director of New Music Gathering, an annual conference/festival hybrid event for the international New Music Community. She got her doctorate in composition from Princeton University and is programming/performing member of Princeton-based laptop ensemble Sideband. She is currently a professor of Music & Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology and an artist in residence at Nokia Bell Labs. For more info, visit: http://lainiefefferman.com

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White Fire is a one-woman electroacoustic feminist-torah-commentary song project. It’s me singing (with heavy live processing on the vocals to make them sound pretty weird) and playing my home-made MIDI triggers (that I made from cutting out some rubber discs and getting some contact mic’s on there) that trigger a whole bunch of different sounds live along with a bunch of collaged samples that I’ve pre-cooked to play as fixed media backing track. Sometimes I use the phones of folks in the audience to stream multichannel audio live during my set. The texts are all words I’ve written as first-person retellings of the Hebrew Bible stories surrounding different foundational female characters; I asked myself “what must Dinah have been thinking when her brother slaughtered her lover?” or “how do I think Miriam felt when she saved her entire tribe from dying of thirst in the desert?” then wrote lyrics in what I imagined to be their voice in modern language. For ExChange 009, I’ll be playing “Jezebel” and “Dinah” which, together, take about 12 minutes.

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Nicole Carroll is a composer, performer, sound designer, and builder. Her work spans installation, improvisation, and fixed media performance. She is active as a sound designer and composer in theater, performs electronic music under the alias “n0izmkr,” and builds custom synthesizers and performance sensor systems. Her research interests include soft circuits and wearable sensors, AV synthesis on mobile devices and embedded systems, and generative systems that merge analog and digital technologies. Through her work, she seeks to reconcile the natural world with technology. Themes found in her work derive from reflections on nature, occult philosophies, literature, and the human psyche. Nicole holds an M.M. and B.M. in Composition from Bowling Green State University and Arkansas State University, respectively. Her works have been performed internationally in the USA, Mexico, Wales, Germany, Greece, Australia, and China. She received a Ph.D. in Computer Music and Multimedia from Brown University in Providence, RI, USA. She will begin a position as Lecturer of Digital Composition at The University of Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia, in 2020. www.nicolecarrollmusic.com
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Orrery Arcana is a system for real-time performance, designed for the performer to embody the role of an oracle, to perform and compose through a process analogous to automatic writing. The system includes a self-made modular hardware controller and custom software that allows the performer to manipulate sound during performance. The hardware controller is used to navigate systems that encompass chance operations, conceptual mapping, and data mapping to control audio generation and processing. These process systems are based on NASA lunar data, the esoteric system in W. B. Yeats’ (1865-1939) A Vision (1937), and the numerology and symbolism of the Tarot. Yeats’ system in A Vision is situated in the center, as it contains elements of both Tarot and lunar mapping.

Sound sources include generated audio, samples of various analog synthesizers, and field recordings that represent elemental correspondences. The hardware interface is housed on a planetary gear train, which gives the performer control over timing and sequenced events through manual gear rotations. Each gear is equipped with a sensor plate upon which light, magnetic, and capacitive-touch sensors are mounted. These sensors are manipulated via concentric rings of various colors of acrylic and embedded magnets that correspond to a Tarot deck.
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CT::SWaM ExChange is a monthly meet-up at the Fridman Gallery Media Room focussed on multi-channel works and spatial sound. These meetings provide a platform for exchanging ideas, for listening to contemporary and historical pieces, hosting presentations, demos, talks and workshops, and for developing an ongoing discourse around spatial sound.CT::SWaM ExChange is a monthly meet-up at the Fridman Gallery Media Room focussed on multi-channel works and spatial sound. These meetings provide a platform for exchanging ideas, for listening to contemporary and historical pieces, hosting presentations, demos, talks and workshops, and for developing an ongoing discourse around spatial sound.

Exchange:: Gather:: Listen::
Tue, Nov 19 2019
8pm
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Fridman Gallery Media Room (Basement)
169 Bowery, NYC
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