In May 2009, I was invited by Travis Chamberlain to be the first artist-in-residence at the New Museum of Contemporary Art's theater space.  In collaboration with Brock Monroe, I created four evenings of music and multimedia focusing on the voice as material, via a quartet of multimedia rituals.  Week one saw a solo performance of Meredith Monk's Our Lady of Late, for singer and wineglass drone.  Harnessing ideas of cymatics, my voice and the ring of the wineglass were used to activate reflective surfaces, thus visualizing Monk's audio work.  Week two, the group Magic Names performed Karl Stockhausen's treatise on overtone singing, Stimmung, staged around an orb that glowed with colored light in response to the frequencies of the vocals.  Week three involved an original composition, Whispering Exercises, a work-in-process concert of the music that would eventually become my first opera, Whispering Pines 10.    The finale, Auroville, was a ritual for singers, performers, light artists, sonified EEG, oscillographics, percussion, and glass armonica, featuring a number of collaborators, including Ana Matronic, Seth Kirby, Zach Layton, Ray Sweeten, Jeff Cook, Renee Soucy, Juan Carlos Castro, and Caitlin Kirby.

VOICE + LIGHT SYSTEMS : Meredith Monk's Our Lady Of Late  

VOICE + LIGHT SYSTEMS : Karlheinz Stockhausen Stimmung performed by Magic Names

 

VOICE + LIGHT SYSTEMS Part 4: Auroville