Suzanne Thorpe is a musician, composer, educator and arts-activist who strives for instances of intimacy and understanding through a network of sonic signals. As an electro-acoustic flautist and sound artist, Thorpe enjoys working within the peripheral consciousness, exposing coexisting perspectives and concurrent realities via composition, performance and installation. Thorpe performs
both acoustically and electronically, extending her instrument with an ever-evolving set-up of analogue and real-time software components.Thorpe’s recent solo compositions are multi-channel works that employ psycho-acoustic phenomena and tuned filtering systems. Her research is in telematic, or distance performances, over the Internet, that engage transmitted biofeedback data. Her findings have been presented at ARTECH 2008 (Porto, Portugal), and she has been awarded the Frog Peak Collective Award, 2008 for her work. As an improviser, Thorpe has performed with Chris Brown, Chris Cogburn, Rob Cambre, David Dove, Annette Krebs, Maggie Nicols, Liz Tomme, Bhob Rainey, Pauline Oliveros, Mike Bullock, Gino Robair, and Miya Masaoka among others. She was a 2008-featured performer at San Francisco’s Activating the Medium festival, performing with Zbigniew Karkowski, Anti-Matter, and Ulrich Krieger, and at Issue Project Room's Floating Points festival, 2008, where her multi-channel composition Nautical Twilight was premiered. As a founding member of Mercury Rev, Thorpe composed, performed, recorded, produced and toured with the band, from 1989 through 2001, earning numerous critical accolades and a gold record for 1998’s Deserters’ Songs. With Mercury Rev, Thorpe found herself sharing the stage with Bob Dylan, Hole, Spiritualized, Pavement, High Llamas, Dinosaur Jr., My Bloody Valentine, Porno for Pyros, Hum, Cat Power, Ride, Sonic Boom, Sonic Youth, and more.
Stephan Moore is a composer, performer, audio artist, and sound designer in New York City. His creative work centers around the collection and use of real-world sound, the creation and perception of sonic environments, and technological manifestations of improvisation and interactivity. Many of his performances and installation artworks make use of large, multi-channel arrays of his Hemisphere speakers. He performs regularly with Scott Smallwood in the electronic duo Evidence, and with a variety of musicians, live-video artists, and dancers. He has created custom music software for a number of composers and artists, and has taught college-level courses in composition, sound art and electronic music at several schools. He is currently the Sound Engineer and Music Coordinator of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, and one of its core musicians.
Multi-instrumentalist Shelley Burgon is best known for her improvisatorial work using harp and laptop. She is a member of the chamber group Ne(x)tworks and the band Stars Like Fleas. Shelley has performed her music for series such as the the MATA Festival, Issue Project Rooms Points in a Circle, free103point9 Wave Farm and Summer Winds. In May 2009 she was honored to premiere a new piece for the Merce Cunningham Hudson Valley Project at the Dia:Beacon. Shelley holds an MFA in Electronic Music from Mills College. She can be heard as a collaborator and guest on many labels including Hometapes, Skirl, Tzadik and Ipecac. She is inspired by Maryanne Amacher and is currently at work on a solo electronic record.
Born in Peru, avant-turntablist Maria Chavez currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. With a collection of new and broken needles that she calls “pencils of sound” and a selection of records, she creates electro-acoustic sound pieces. Chavez made her New York City debut in a duet with Thurston Moore, collaborated with Otomo Yoshihide as part of the 2007 Wien Modern Festival, and recently shared a stage with Pauline Oliveros and Lydia Lunch during Vienna’s Phonofemme Festival 2009. Having also performed at such internationally acclaimed venues as STEIM (Amsterdam) and Sonoteca (Lima, Peru), she was awarded a Jerome Foundation Emerging Artist Grant by New York’s Roulette Intermedium in 2008. In June and July, 2008, she was selected to be part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as an artist in residence for a series of performances in and around Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipses sculptures at DIA: Beacon.
Chavez recently completed the score for a short film by video artist David Gacs and performing artist Matthew Day entitled “Through my Geography,” which can be viewed on her MySpace page. This September, she will perform at San Francisco’s Electronic Music Festival, a turntable festival in October in Berlin entitled T.I.T.O, in Gdansk and Krakow, Poland, Prague.
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