FIRST FRIDAYS THE 2022 SEASON The Music Mansion, 88 Meeting Street, Providence, RI 02906 curated by Kristina Warren, Artist in Residence
February 18, 2022 at 7:00 pm Scarvves Anna Slate and Isabel Castellvi
Anna Slate is a New England-based singer, actor and theater-maker praised for “combining superb theatrical instincts with bright, enchanting vocal gifts,”(San Francisco Chronicle). From Baroque opera, musical theater, and writing a one-woman show about body hair to her experimental music duo, Scarvves, Anna enjoys cultivating a diverse performing career. As a creator & performance artist Anna recently collaborated with dancer Isabel Bowser to create Lilium, a movement and vocal work set to Hildegard Von Bingen. As a singer & actor, Anna has performed with such wonderful artists and companies as NC Stage Company, Skeleton Rep, John Harbison, Libby Larsen, Alan Curtis, Drew Minter, Susanne Mentzer, Heartbeat Opera, OperaRox, and Berkeley West Edge Opera. www.annaslate.com
Isabel Castellvi is a versatile cellist, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and music educator. Her work ranges from collaborations with songwriters Diane Cluck, Sonya Kitchell and Mark Kozelek, Bollywood orchestras with Falu and Arijit Singh, her duo bands Alula and The Bell Cycle, being a founding member of Mivos string quartet, working with improvisers such as Ned Rothenberg and Kali Fasteau. She has participated in the Asheville Percussion Festival, and worked with various theater, opera and dance companies in North America. Additionally Isabel composes and improvises music for dance, yoga and meditation. Current projects include her solo songwriting, Scarvves, and collaborations with Vanessa Carlton, and ThingNY. www.isabelcastellvi.com
NEW DATE - March 25! March 25, 2022 at 7:00 pm Nomi Epstein
The music of Boston-based composer Nomi Epstein centers around her interest in sonic fragility, where structure arises out of textural subtleties. Her works have been performed throughout the US and Europe working with ensembles such as SurPlus, ICE, Wet Ink, Mivos Quartet, Wild Rumpus, Dedalus, Southland, and counter)induction. In 2020, she released her first solo composer album "sounds" under New Focus Recordings including performances by Reinier van Houdt and for Collect/Project, and her ‘collections for Juliet’ was released in a compilation album by Juliet Fraser under HCR. An active practitioner and advocate of experimental music, she is the founder/director of the critically acclaimed, experimental music ensemble a•pe•ri•od•ic, in which she also performs. Her curatorial work includes large scale festivals as in the Chicago area 2012 centennial John Cage Festival, the 2014 Chicago Wandelweiser Festival, the 2017 Galina Ustvolskaya Festival, as well as experimental music concerts in the US and abroad involving guest composers from across the globe. She continues to research, write, and lecture on post-Cagean, notated, experimental music. Epstein currently serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music.
Radical self-love, compassion, laughter, and the drive to amplify Black artmakers and noisemakers comprise the core of NYC-based bassoonist and composer Joy Guidry’s work. Their performances have been hailed by The San Diego Tribune as “lyrical and haunting…hair-raising and unsettling.” A versatile improviser and a composer of experimental, daring new works that embody a deep love of storytelling, Joy’s own music channels their inner child, in honor of their ancestors and predecessors. In every aspect of their practice, Joy seeks to support, hire, and promote Black artists. Joy holds a bachelor’s degree in Bassoon Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Mannes School of Music. They have performed with the Dance Centre Kenya Ballet Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, and have been a featured soloist in Yvette Jackson’s opera Fear is their Alibi that premiered at the 2021 PROTOTYPE festival. They have been commissioned by The National Sawdust, Long Beach Opera, JACK Quartet, and the I&I Foundation, and they have attended and been featured by prestigious festivals including the Spoleto Festival USA and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Guidry is a finalist for the 2021 Berlin Prize for Young Artists taking place in Berlin, Germany in 2022.
May 6, 2022 at 7:00 pm Rachel Devorah featuring Aorist
Rachel Devorah Wood Rome, Ph.D. is a sonic artist and feminist technologist. She is employed as an Assistant Professor of Electronic Production and Design | Creative Coding at the Berklee College of Music; and as a Councilor for AFT-MA Local 4412, AFL-CIO. Her work has received support from the Adrian Piper Foundation (Berlin), EMS (Stockholm), GRM (Paris), MassMoCA [U.S.], the New Museum (New York), New Music USA, and STEIM (Amsterdam). It has been heard in twelve countries on four continents performed by/with artists such as Laurel Jay Carpenter, JACK quartet, Ava Mendoza, Roscoe Mitchell, Lydia Moyer, Ryan Muncy, Liew Niyomkarn, orkest de ereprijs, Yarn|Wire, and the William Winant Ensemble. Her installation revontulet at Sound Music Computing - Helsinki won the Ruth Anderson Prize from the International Alliance of Women in Music. She practices improvisation with bespoke electronics and French horn (her mother tongue). She also creates audio-visual structures by these means which seek to reveal and reframe habits of autoecholocation (situating one’s self with/in sound/space). She values machines for their patience. Sometimes she puts notes on a page. Photo: Danielle Judith Zola Carr
Kimberly A. Sutton is a sound artist, cellist, and sound designer living in Chicago, Illinois. Her installations and sound design work explore the connections between the physical properties of sound and the cultural signifiers of its content. Recent installations have been shown at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and the Chicago Home Theater Festival. She has performed at Experimental Sound Studio, the Hideout and the Empty Bottle in Chicago, Yoshi’s in Oakland, Detroit Contemporary, and the Technosonics Festival at the University of Virginia. kimberlyasutton.com
Kristina Warren is a sound artist and educator who uses a variety of self-designed and received audio tools to compose and improvise with sound. Her work has received support from the Fulbright Commission (US/Austria), Spektrum (Berlin), Studio Loos (Netherlands), Interfaces (Cyprus), and Signal Culture (Colorado/New York). Warren is currently The Music Mansion's 2022 Artist-in-Residence, curating their 2022 First Fridays performance season. kmwarren.org
The Aorist trio – consisting of Rachel Devorah (horn, electronics), Kimberly A. Sutton (cello, electronics), and Kristina Warren (piano, electronics) – specializes in site-specific, improvisation-centered performances of electronic and acoustic music and sound. They have performed at both established concert venues and nontraditional spaces, including an abandoned sawmill near Crozet, Virginia. Their unique trio sound ranges from curious to insistent, meditative to thunderous.
Adam Matlock is an accordionist, composer, and vocalist living and working in New Haven, CT. Under his own name and an almost uncountable number of aliases, Matlock has written original songs, instrumental and vocal/narrative compositions, as well as working within existing genres like Dungeon Synth, Black Metal, electronica, hip-hop, and others. Matlock has also performed original music. traditional music and arrangements with collaborators in Dr. Caterwauls Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps, The Harris Brothers Balkan Band, and Broadcloth. He has performed, recorded, or improvised with artists including Anthony Braxton, Mario Pavone, Ingrid Laubrock, Ceschi, Sigh, and Clara Engel, and works as a music teacher in the New Haven area.