Vital Vox Festival to Celebrate Power of the Human Voice at Roulette, 3/25-26
Sarah Bernstein is a violinist, composer, improviser, vocalist and poet. She leads the duo Unearthish with Satoshi Takeishi, presenting minimalist motifs with avant-jazz song form and original poetry, and is part of The Improv trio Iron Dog with Stuart Popejoy and Andrew Drury, which showcases her sonic range on processed violin and spoken word. The recently debuted Sarah Bernstein Chamber Project introduces new acoustic compositions for nine instruments in various configurations. She performs and records with artists such as Anthony Braxton, Adam Rudolph, Joseph Daley, Dave Scott, and the Jazz & Poetry Choir Collective. Her film scores include the web documentaries of photojournalist Katja Heinemann. Originally from San Francisco, Sarah lives in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BFA in Violin Performance from the California Institute of the Arts and an MA in Jazz Studies from CUNY Queens College. (sarahbernstein.com)
Satoshi Takeishi, a drummer, percussionist, and electronic musician, is a native of Mito, Japan. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, then lived in Colombia and Miami, Florida before moving to New York in 1991. He has performed and recorded in a vast variety of genres from world, jazz, contemporary classical to experimental electronic music, with musicians such as Ray Barretto, Carlos 'Patato' Valdes, Eliane Elias, Marc Johnson, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anthony Braxton, Mark Murphy, Herbie Mann, Paul Winter Consort, Rabih Abu Khalil, Erik Friedlander, Ned Rothenberg, Michael Attias, Shoko Nagai, Paul Giger, Toshiko Akiyoshi Big Band, Ying String Quartet, Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra, Dhafer Youssef, Lalo Schifrin and Pablo Ziegler. He continues to explore multi-cultural, electronic and improvisational music with local and international musicians.
Lisa Karrer is a composer, vocalist, video and performance artist, and collaborates with numerous artists and ensembles, including projects in Estonia, Western Europe, Israel, and Indonesia. She has produced albums for the ensembles Music For Homemade Instruments and Gamelan Son of Lion, and with co-composer David Simons, has recorded and released their chamber opera The Birth of George on Harvestworks' TELLUS label. Lisa's compositions for Gamelan orchestra appear on Gamelan Son of Lion albums Bending the Gending and Sonogram, released on Innova Records. Other large-scale multi-media works include Puhamu, a music theatre project premiered in Estonia, her wayang opera Woman's Song: The Story of Roro Mendut, co-produced by the Kitchen and the World Music Institute, and Schismism pt 1: Fractured America produced by The Flea Theater in 2007. Schismism: Natural Law, based on the life of Charles Darwin premiered at NYC's Living Theatre in October 2008; since then it has been produced in NYC and at venues across the U.S. Lisa's video and sound installations have been exhibited at galleries such as Garnerville Arts Center, Rockland Center for the Arts, and A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn. Her multi-media works include collaborations with visual artists such as Gregory Barsamian, Jenny Lynn McNutt, Mary Ziegler, Peeter Laurits, Jackie Shatz, Pat Hickman and Bill Hochhausen. Recent appearances include the Microtonal Festival with Skip LaPlante, and The Stone with The Hunter Gatherers. Lisa's new chamber work "The Language of Life", commissioned by NYC's Flexible Orchestra premiered October 25 at the Ukranian National Home in downtown Manhattan. (http://www.simons-karrer.com)
David Simons is a composer and performer specializing in percussion, Theremin, electronics, homemade instruments, and World Music. Recordings of his works include two CDs on Tzadik records, Fung Sha Noon (2009) and Prismatic Hearing (2005); three CDs for Gamelan Son of Lion including compositions "Kebyar Leyak", "Cool it Wayang" and "Naked We Stand"; his string quartet Cipher on the new NYFA Collection released on Innova Records; the opera The Birth of George (Tellus/Harvestworks) with Lisa Karrer; and on albums by God is My Co-Pilot, Stockhausen, Shelley Hirsch, Denman Maroney, Music for Homemade Instruments, and many others. David's work in music for theater and dance has brought him to Europe, Asia, Guantanamo, Honolulu, and Bali. He has been awarded a Rockefeller Bellagio residency, NYFA fellowships, commissions from American Composers Forum, Mary Flagler Cary, Meet the Composer; travel grants from Artslink and Arts International. Simons' composition "Odentity for the Harry Partch instruments" was premiered by Newband in 2007, and is featured on his newest Tzadik CD, FUNG SHA NOON. David is currently writing an opera influenced by the work of Marshall McLuhan. His writings on music and sound are published in Radiotexte (Semiotexte#16), EAR magazine, and Soundings.
Sasha Bogdanowitsch is a composer, vocalist & multi-instrumentalist whose work ranges from music for theater, dance, and film to interdisciplinary performance and original songs. For the voice, Sasha often uses a language of sounds and has developed a way of singing that incorporates his studies in world, early, and contemporary new music. He has worked with many artists and companies such as Loom, SoCorpo, Meredith Monk, Lou Harrison, Erdem Helvacioglu, and the American Festival of Microtonal Music, and has performed throughout the world and at various NYC venues including Carnegie Hall, Whitney Museum, Symphony Space, BAM, La MaMa and the Stone. He is co-artistic director of Vital Vox and a co-founder of the arts non-profit World In One (www.worldinone.org) as well as the Loom Ensemble (www.loomensemble.com). Sasha is currently active composing and performing solo as well as with interdisciplinary theater ensemble Loom, and vocal duo SoCorpo. (www.sashabmusic.com)
Pamela Z is a San Francisco-based composer/performer and media artist who works primarily with voice, live electronic processing, sampling technology, and video. A pioneer of live digital looping techniques, she creates solo works combining experimental extended vocal techniques, operatic bel canto, found objects, text, digital processing, and MIDI controllers that allow her to manipulate sound with physical gestures. In addition to her solo work, she has composed and recorded scores for dance, theatre, film, and new music chamber ensembles. Her large-scale multi-media works have been presented at venues including Theater Artaud and ODC in SanFrancisco, and The Kitchen in New York, and her media works have been presented in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum (NY) , the Diözesanmuseum (Cologne), and the Krannert Art Museum (IL). Her multi-media opera Wunderkabinet - inspired by the Museum of Jurassic Technology (co-composed with Matthew Brubeck) has been presented at The LAB Gallery (San Francisco), REDCAT (Disney Hall, Los Angeles), and Open Ears Festival, Toronto. Pamela Z has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. She has performed in numerous festivals including Bang on a Can at Lincoln Center (New York), Interlink (Japan), Other Minds (San Francisco), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), and Pina Bausch Tanztheater Festival (Wuppertal, Germany). She is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Creative Capital Fund, the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts, The MAP Fund, the ASCAP Music Award, an Ars Electronica honorable mention, and the NEA and Japan/US Friendship Commission Fellowship. She holds a music degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. (www.pamelaz.com)
Vital Vox: www.vitalfoxfest.com
Vital Vox - March 25 Event Page: http://roulette.org/events/vital-vox
Vital Vox - March 26 Event Page: http://roulette.org/events/vital-vox-2
Pictured: Vital Vox 2013 Performers (clockwise from upper left): Philip Hamilton, Sabrina Lastman, Sarah Bernstein, Pamela Z, Sasha Bogdanowitsch, and Lisa Karrer with David Simons.