In Murmur the string orchestra and xylophone surrounds the audience placing them within a giant circle. All of Murmur’s musical materials stem from the sound of a percussionist’s egg shaker drawing circles against a xylophone. The bigger the xylophone circle the more notes that are contained in the string parts. The egg shaker sound is also emulated throughout the strings in soft plunks and plinks of the wood of the bow against the strings. As well as, the orchestral acoustic surround sound mimics the circular motion in the xylophone. If you listen closely, you can hear gestures moving around the orchestra.
ALLEGHENY CHAPTER of The American Musicological Society
Confessions from the Killing Jar: “Coming-out” as Reclamation
In her 2017 American Musicological Society endowed lecture, Susan McClary compared the conclusion of Kate Soper’s dissertation to McClary’s own experience of having to “come out” as a woman in the field of musicology. Soper described writing Voices from the Killing Jar (2010-2012) as a coming-out of herself as a gendered person and a reclaiming of tragic literary woman’s selfhood. In voicing tragic woman, I argue that Soper performs her own voice. In Voices from the Killing, Soper reclamations her gender and narratives of tragic woman through a crafted confession. Soper’s crafted confession follows Chloe Taylor’s interpretation of the Foucauldian model of confession. These four steps: declared acknowledgement of truth, commitment to truth, self-exposure/vulnerability, and significant change, are the formal structure of my presentation. I apply Taylor’s interpretation directly to movement VI. Interlude: Asta Sollilja. Interlude focuses on the reality of Asta Sollilja— a tragic character from Harold Laxness’s Independent People. Soper’s music sonically forms Asta Sollilja away from her killing jar —nineteenth-century rural Iceland and anxiety. In Interlude, Soper composes an expanded representation Asta Sollilja. In performing as Asta Sollilja, Soper directly embodies her gender. In a formalist analysis of Soper’s recording of Interlude, I argue that Soper uses sonic confessional intimacies, such as a broken ground bass, vocal failure, and phrase repetition. In my paper, sonic confessional intimacies are directly tied to a lament tradition. I examine how using a historically informed confessional intimacy constructs Soper’s double reclamation of her gender and of the portrayal of tragic woman.
I will be presenting my work on Kate Soper's piece Voices from the killing Jar at the the University of Pittsburgh Graduate Expo.
The four finalists of the 2018 LAPQ Composer Initiative:
Collaborating on new works for percussion quartet, to be premiered in January 2018.
I will be attending the UC Davis Composition Workshop and Revision/s Festival this January. I have been invited to write a piece for the Living Earth Show!
The piece will be for electric guitar and drumset/vibraphone. It will be premiered on Saturday Janurary 20, 2018!
Look forward to seeing you there!
More info TBA
I will be presenting “Listening as Skateboarding: Jennifer Walshe’s This is Why People O.D. On Pills/and Jump From the Golden Gate Bridge (2004)” at “Techniques of Listening” Conference, University of Minnesota.
August 24,2017: Kirkward Community College: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
August 26, 2017: Grand View University, Luther Memorial Church: Des Moines, Iowa
Both concerts start at 7:30pm
Four commissioned composers for concert fundraiser for breast cancer foundation.
1) Laura Schwendinger, University of Wisconsin, https://www.lauraschwendinger.com/
2) Martha Horst, Illinois State University,
3) Laura Schwartz
4) Lisa Neher (http://www.lisanehermusic.com/)
Plenary Session Presentation: Meditation, Mystique, and Mignon: Tracing Practices of Interiority in Music
AMS Allegheny Chapter: Cleveland State University
Presenting in conjunction with Woodrow Steinken [Berg] (University of Pittsburgh) and Codee Spinner [Schubert/Schumman] (University of Pittsburgh)
Musical interiority is an enigmatic concept. An idea of inner space or inward nature, it is a key component in theories of absolute music, musical aesthetics, music composition, and performance. When sound as music generates a sense of interiority in listeners by transporting, transforming, or transcending its boundaries, it gains the capacity for a genuine, active art/human experience. What happens, then, when interiority is generated spuriously? Or when musical interiority functions to create the allure of a crafted persona? What happens when performers rather than composers generate interiority? The consequences of these generated interiorities have shaped how we as musicologists discuss, think about, and listen to music.
In this plenary session, we highlight how ideas of interiority play a distinctive role in shaping musicological discourse, compositional and performance practices, and listening techniques. Starting with Schubert and Schumman’s setting of Goethe’s text “Kennst du das Land” in critical dialogue with Lacan’s theories of order and the concepts of interiority generated from facets of Mignon, the singer of the text. Then examining interiority in Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite. Finally examining interiority’s fragmented legacy in late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries through the works of Pauline Oliveros, Stephon Montague, and Jennifer Walshe.
Grad EXP0: University of Pittsburgh: A Demanding Power of Interiority: Performers as Justifications of Music’s Value in Verbally Notated Compositions of the Early 1990s to the Mid- 2000s.
From the 1990s to mid-2000s something happened within power dynamics of interiority, the idea that music, as art, can transcend, transport, and transform experience. During this time, verbal notation, a score construction relying on prose notation, was a tool used by composers for shifting the litmus test of interiority away from themselves and onto performers. As performers became the main generators of music’s interiority, fractured legacies of interiority from the eighteenth and nineteenth- century developed as compositional devices within the scores. With this shift, performers produced the composition’s interiority and in turn its justification as art.
Similarly, in the1990s, the field of musicology experienced a paradigm shift from composer-centric (mind) discourse to performer-centric (body) discourse with works such as Feminine Endings (1991) and Queering the Pitch (1996). As a signifier of transcendent practice, interiority was studied as coming from bodies. In verbally notated scores, however, interiority is generated simultaneously by the performer’s body and intellect. By focusing on three verbally notated scores, I assert verbally notated scores, as a subset of American Experimentalism, perpetuated a fragmented legacy of interiority within its performers. In this presentation, I examine Pauline Oliveros Breaking Boundaries (1991); Stephon Montague’s Kristallnacht (1998); and Jennifer Walshe’s This is Why People O.D. On Pills/and Jump From the Golden Gate Bridge (2004). Drawing from John Lely Word Events (2012), I use the grammatical tools of context, processes, and voice to question how and what kind of interiority these three scores demand from their performers.