artists

PETER SWENDSEN

Peter V. Swendsen (www.swendsen.net) is Associate Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. His music has been called “highly skillful” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian, “marvelous” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and “ethereal and arresting” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Swendsen received his Ph.D. in Music Composition and Computer Technologies from the University of Virginia, where he

was in residence as a Jefferson Scholars Fellow and Instructor in the McIntire Department of Music from 2002-2006. He received his MFA from the Mills College Center for Contemporary Music, and his BM the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Swendsen spent the 2006-07 academic year in residence as a Fulbright Fellow at the NoTAM computer music studios in Oslo, Norway, where he worked on a large project based in soundscape composition and ecoacoustics. His subsequent compositions combine live instruments with electronics to shape an experience of place for the listener. He has created over forty scores for dance, including recent collaborations with choreographers Amy Miller (NYC), David Shimotakahara (Cleveland), Mary Carbonara (San Francisco), and Ashley Thorndike (Washington, DC).

Swendsen’s music has been heard throughout the United States, much of Europe, and also in South America and Asia in recent years. His research on soundscape composition, interdisciplinary performance practice, and interactive technologies has been presented and published by SEAMUS, ICMC, NIME, EMS, and others in the US and Europe. His most recent writing examines the relationship between electroacoustic music and contemporary dance. Recent performances of his compositions include events in New York City, Boston, Montreal, San Francisco, London, Amsterdam, and Oslo, which have featured the playing of eighth blackbird, Jennifer Torrence, Thomas Rosenkranz, Terri Hron, Ryan Nestor, Rootstock Percussion, the EAR Duo and many other wonderful musicians.

 

 

JENNIFER TORRENCE

Jennifer Torence is a soloist and chamber musician specialising in contemporary percussion performance and hybrid-art collaboration. Her work examines the organic integration of theatre and percussion. She has performed around the world with leading musicians, ensembles, and composers and currently embarks on evening- length solo productions with Francois Sarhan, Peter Swendsen and Trond Reinholdtsen, and on works by Tom Johnson and Peter Ablinger. Jennifer studied at the University of California, San Diego, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Guildhall School of Music and Dance. She is a Fulbright Scholar. Jennifer has lived and worked in the USA, UK, and Australia. She is currently based in Norway and is an artistic research fellow through the Norwegian Artistic Research Program and the Norwegian Academy of Music.

More information is available at http://www.jennifertorrence.com

 

AMY MILLER

Amy Miller has recently stepped into her new role as the associate artistic director of Gibney Dance Company. She is a former member of Heinz Poll’s Ohio Ballet, where she had the privilege of dancing leading roles in works by José Limón, Paul Taylor, Kurt Jooss, Antony Tudor, as well as Lucinda Childs, Laura Dean, Donald Byrd and Alonzo King among many others. She

is a founding member and guest choreographer of Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater. Miller holds a BFA in

dance and is also the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for her choreography. In addition to numerous university residencies, her creative work has been seen at Triskelion Arts, Mark Morris Dance Center, and Scandinavia House and has been produced at Spoke the Hub, West Fest Dance Festival, the West End Theater’s Soaking WET series, and Women in Motion. In keeping with her artistic priority of constantly developing new collaborations, such composers as the genre-defying Ryan Lott (aka Son Lux), guitarist James Marron, Oberlin College graduate Alex Christie, and Oberlin College professor Peter Swendsen have all worked with Miller on a wide range of musical scoring for dance. An avid teacher as well, Miller has been involved in integrated educational residencies within the Cleveland Public Schools sponsored by Young Audiences, an NEA sponsored intergenerational residency at Cleveland’s Fairhill Center for Aging, as well as summer residencies at Cleveland State University and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Recent performance credits include David Parker and The Bang Group, Collective Body Dance Lab, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

 

ASHA TAMIRISA

AT [1988] is often found working with some combination of sound, video, sculpture, and movement. She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Technology in Music and Related Arts

[ TIMARA ] and is currently a doctoral student in the Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments [ MEME ] program at Brown University. She is also concurrently working towards an MA in Modern Culture and Media [ MCM ] at Brown. Current research interests include gender, race and technology, interfaces and tool-

making, and audiovisual synthesis. She is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with the state of gender and race within electronic / computer based art practices.

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