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Vital Vox Festival to Celebrate Power of the Human Voice at Roulette, 3/25-26

The Vital Vox Festival-an event that explores the myriad power of the human voice in its solo and ensemble forms across a multitude of genres-will take place at 8pm on March 25 and 26, 2013 at Roulette, located at 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, NY (2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains and the LIRR).

Tickets are $15 ($10 Students/Seniors/Members) and can be purchased at or by calling 917-267-0363. More information on the festival and the performers can be found at The fourth annual festival has been rescheduled from October 29 & 30, 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy.

Over the course of two diverse evenings, the Vital Vox Festival will explore the theme of 'vox electronics,' featuring artists who expand their sonic vocabulary with electronics of all kinds. Performances will draw from wide-ranging international influences and genres including jazz, experimental, contemporary, free improvisation, interactive electro-acoustic and world music, as well as audio sampling.

The March 25 program includes vocalist Philip Hamilton performing "Vocalscapes: Solitude", vocalist/composer Sabrina Lastman performing her original piece "An Encounter with 'El Duende'", and Unearthish-a duo comprised of violinist/composer/vocalist Sarah Bernstein and percussionist/electronic musician Satoshi Takeishi-performing Bernstein's compositions.

The March 26 program includes composer/vocalist/video and performance artist Lisa Karrer in collaboration with composer/multi-instrumentalist David Simons performing "Collision Theory: Works & Premieres for Voice & Multi-Media", composer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Sasha Bogdanowitsch performing his new song cycle "Timbre Tree seeds" with interdisciplinary theater group Loom Ensemble, and composer/performer Pamela Z performing works for voice, live processing and video. (Full program and performer details below.)

VITAL VOX premiered in May 2009 at Teatro IATI (International Theatre Arts Institute) in the East Village then continued in 2010 at ISSUE Project Room before moving to Roulette in 2011. Since its founding, the Festival has brought together some of the most talented & creative vocalists in NYC and featured nearly 20 projects and 30 vocalists. Sasha Bogdanowitsch & Sabrina Lastman are Artistic Directors for the festival, which is produced by World in One & Roulette. Roulette is a major New York City venue for contemporary music and inter-media art, internationally recognized for the presentation and promotion of experimental contemporary music, an incubator for young talent, and a laboratory where new ideas and new technologies are examined, appraised and developed.



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PHILIP HAMILTON - Vocalscapes: Solitude
Vocal explorer Philip Hamilton takes audiences on a Journey of sounds using his voice, percussion and electronics. Hamilton, creator of the hit a cappella show "VOICES", uses vocal styles from across the globe to expand the imagination. (

SABRINA LASTMAN - An Encounter with 'El Duende'
Sabrina Lastman will present excerpts from her original piece "An Encounter with 'El Duende'", a multidisciplinary music performance for voice, sound, bowed psaltery, megaphone, percussion & visuals. Federico Garcia Lorca's eerily passionate world comes to life through this re-imagination of his written & visual artistry. Visuals by Shige Moriya. (

Unearthish is the duo of Sarah Bernstein (voice, violin, electronics) with Satoshi Takeishi (percussion), performing Bernstein's compositions. Minimalist motifs meet avant-jazz formations, integrating sung and spoken poetry with acoustic and electric sound sculpture. (


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LISA KARRER - Collision Theory: Works & Premieres for Voice & Multi-Media
Lisa Karrer (in collaboration with composer/multi-instrumentalist David Simons) will present works for voice, electronics, interactive video, triggered theremin and keyboard, including premieres of Karrer's "Meeting Max: Vocal Experiments with Interactive Video Mixer", and Simons's "The Opera Within the Opera". (

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