¡Que Viva Mexico! Telematic Immersion

Holding / Hands by Cassia Carrascoza

May 15, 2021 • 6pm (pst) • Presented Virtually

The Brazilian flutist, artist, and scholar Cassia Carrascoza presents an international program with telematic works unfolding a diversity of ways to express artistic creativity through telematics. In addition to Cassia’s most recent work Mãos Dadas [Holding Hands], an audiovisual composition that she produced in São Paulo in collaboration with Brazilian artists, the program features works by international artists from China, Europe, Mexico and the US. All works have been composed and performed by women.

The combination of music, electronic sound, visuals, and performance puts the audience into a state of telematic immersion in a time when social distance becomes a strategy for protecting ourselves from invisible living organisms. Holding \/ Hands dives the audience into a flux of events – sounds, visuals, performance, and spaces – in which bodies and machines act as partners. It proposes a telematic dialog that opens a space for experiencing a simultaneity of affects. Telematic immersion allows us to access multiple layers of being and shift between them.

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Program

Holding Hands (2021) – video (premiere)

Cassia Carrascoza – conception, direction, composition, and performance (bass flute).
Danilo Rossetti – electronic music
Daniel Perseguim – video production
Bruno Lima – editing
Sérgio Ferreira – photography

Holding hands is an auto-biographical work that Cassia Carrascoza created in São Paulo in collaboration with a group of artists. As the pandemic brought everyone into their houses and people lost the sense of touch, we explored the metaphor of people holding hands. We took pictures of families living in quarantine inside their houses who were able to touch themselves. All pictures were taken remotely. Cassia did a performance with bass flute, playing in the garage of her apartment; in the background we hear the noisy soundscape of the city. As performance is a way of speaking, we hear the following words: “holding hands”, “bound hearts”, “empty city”, “silent city”, “absent body”, “presence”, “reality”, “dream”, “memory”. The words, along with the sounds of the bass flute and streets, were electronic processed by Danilo Rossetti. The video features images of the city of São Paulo, including the Municipal Theater where Cassia played as principal flutist for 20 years. Holding Hands tries to express the deep feeling of the absence of the sense of touch.

Spirit of Sword (2017) – flute and electronics (telematic performance)

QI Mengjie (Maggie) – composition and electronics
Cassia Carrascoza – flute
Anna Pasztor – visuals

Spirit of Sword was inspired from a Chinese Kungfu novel written by Jin Yong. The heroes in the novel help the poor and the disabled, they sacrifice themselves to resist the enemy, but they always live in seclusion after their mission accomplished. The sword represents the power and martial spirit of Chinese martial arts; it combines the life attitude of Confucianism and the real reclusion of Daoism philosophy. This martial spirit stems from Chinese traditional cultures in the ancient history. The composer represents the inner peace and solitude of the spirit with low and air sound in an empty space, while the actions are depicted by the sound clusters in both flute part and electronic music part.

Umbrales (2018) – video

Iracema de Andrade – electroacoustic composition, five strings electric cello
Jessica Rodriguez – visual composition

Umbrales (2018) is an exercise on collaborative creation between the artists Iracema de Andrade and Jéssica Rodríguez. The sound and visual narrative emerges from three modules that are interconnected through the gestures of the cello performed live and the images that evoke different states of mind. Umbrales refers to the crisis of the Anthropocene as a premonitory metaphor for the uncertain future of ecosystems and the survival of man on Earth.

Say That Again (2021) – telematic performance (premiere)

Vivienne Corringham – voice, electronics (New York, London)
Cassia Carrascoza Bomfim – flute, electronics (Brazil)
Anne Sophie Andersen – violin (Denmark)
Diane Roblin – piano, electronic keyboards (Toronto, Canada)
Luisa Muhr – voice, electronics, visuals (New York)
Mike O’Connor – sound producer

We are a group of professional women musicians who formed during the pandemic specifically to make contemporary work for the internet and related technologies. Working collaboratively, we create, develop and perform our music live via the platforms of Jacktrip and Zoom, accepting and working within their latency and compression of sound. Our work “Say That Again” uses a hybrid of graphic score, improvisation and composition. The score becomes a visual screen motif, and the music draws from our various backgrounds in classical music, improvisation, multimedia, electronics and jazz. As an international group we use our different languages and skills in this project to celebrate our differences and link together telematically through the tools and possibilities of live, network-based online performance.

Biographies

Cassia Carrascoza

Cássia Carrascoza is Professor in the Music Department at the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters of Ribeirão Preto, University of São Paulo (USP). She is currently visiting scholar at the University of California, Riverside, working on a research on telematic performance under the supervision of Prof. Paulo C. Chagas. From 1999 to 2018 she was principal flutist of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Municipal Theater of São Paulo and, from 2000 to 2014, principal flutist of the São Paulo State Symphonic Jazz Orchestra. She was member of the Brazilian contemporary music ensemble Camerata Aberta since its foundation in 2010. She received the APCA Contemporary Music Award (São Paulo Association of Arts Critics) in 2010 and the 8th Bravo Award in 2012. As a soloist, she performed with several orchestras in Brazil and abroad and gave concerts in many countries such as Hungary, Holland, France, Portugal, Belgium, the United States and Argentina. She premiered in Brazil and abroad many pieces by Brazilian composers such as Silvio Ferraz, Alexandre Lunsqui, Rodolfo Coelho de Souza, Flo Menezes, Mathias Kadar, Eduardo Alvares, Arrigo Barnabé, Mikhail Malt, Danilo Rossetti, and Paulo C. Chagas. In 2017, he released the CD Tempo transversal – expanded flute (SESC label), recorded in São Paulo and at IRCAM, Paris with works by Brazilian composers, which was nominated one of the 10 unmissable CDs of classical music of the year by the magazine Bravo. Currently, Cassia Carrascoza develops research in collaborative composition, telematic performance and improvisation with electronics. Since December 2020 she has been a member of NowNet Arts Lab Ensemble, an international group directed by Sarah Weaver dedicated to telematic performance. She has been invited to research and perform at international institutions such as IRCAM (Paris), University of California – Riverside, and Pontificia Universidad Católica (Chile).

Danilo Rossetti

Danilo Rossetti is a composer and researcher that focuses his work in the use of technology and interdisciplinary research in creative processes and musical performances, including the conception of sound spatialization. His main research topics are computer-aided composition and musical analysis. He is the author of musical works for different formations (solo or ensembles), acousmatic, live electronics and multi-modal (audiovisual installations, music and dance, networked and telematic music). He is an assistant professor of Harmony and Electroacoustic Composition at the Department of Arts of the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), and collaborator professor at the graduate studies of the Institute of Arts at UNICAMP. Recently he finished a post-doc research at the Interdisciplinary Nucleus for Sound Communication (NICS), at the University of Campinas (funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation), and earned a Ph.D. in Music Composition at the same university, with a doctoral stage at the Centre de recherche Informatique et Création Musicale of Paris 8 University. His compositions have been played in many events and festivals such as ICMC, CMMR, NYCEMF, NIME, CICTeM, NowNet Arts, BIMESP, SBCM, FILE Hipersônica, and ANPPOM. He has been one of the awarded in 2016 Brazilian Arts Foundation Classical Music Prize, in the category of electroacoustic and live-electronic music.

Daniel Perseguim

Danilo Rossetti is a composer and researcher that focuses his work in the use of technology and interdisciplinary research in creative processes and musical performances, including the conception of sound spatialization. His main research topics are computer-aided composition and musical analysis. He is the author of musical works for different formations (solo or ensembles), acousmatic, live electronics and multi-modal (audiovisual installations, music and dance, networked and telematic music). He is an assistant professor of Harmony and Electroacoustic Composition at the Department of Arts of the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), and collaborator professor at the graduate studies of the Institute of Arts at UNICAMP. Recently he finished a post-doc research at the Interdisciplinary Nucleus for Sound Communication (NICS), at the University of Campinas (funded by the São Paulo Research Foundation), and earned a Ph.D. in Music Composition at the same university, with a doctoral stage at the Centre de recherche Informatique et Création Musicale of Paris 8 University. His compositions have been played in many events and festivals such as ICMC, CMMR, NYCEMF, NIME, CICTeM, NowNet Arts, BIMESP, SBCM, FILE Hipersônica, and ANPPOM. He has been one of the awarded in 2016 Brazilian Arts Foundation Classical Music Prize, in the category of electroacoustic and live-electronic music.

Bruno Lima is socio-educational advisor, audiovisual producer with specialization in “education in film and audiovisual”, guitarist, composer and creator of digital content. He is coordinator of social activities at the VIS foundation “Mão Amiga” and develops several works as filmmaker, photographer, editor, speaker, screenwriter, and moderator. He develops also artistic voluntary interventions as musician in hospitals, nursing homes, psychosocial care centers (CAPS) in the city of São Paulo.

Sergio Ferreira is a photographer from São Paulo. He has a master’s degree in cinema and professional experience in fine-art printing. He taught photography in different schools, such as the SESC in São Paulo, the “Centro Universitário SENAC”, and the universities “UNIP” and “Anhembi Morumbi”. Having grown up in a working-class family, Sergio’s work documents the life of the inhabitants of the São Paulo suburbs who use public transport to get around the city.

QI Mengjie (Maggie) is currently the post-doc researcher on AI music at Central Conservatory of Music, and assistant researcher at Beijing Advanced Innovation Center for Chinese national School of Music at China Conservatory. As a composer, sound artist and curator, her music and installation works have been presented at many international festivals, including ICMC, Audio Arts Festival, WOCMAT, CIME General Assembly concerts, International Electronic Music Festival of New York, SEAMUS, ISCM, NYCEMF, SPLICE Festival, Cube Fest, SICPP, Beijing Modern Music Festival and MUSICACOUSTICA-Beijing. She received her master and doctoral degree in electronic music at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. She studied at the City University of New York for two years. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow on AI music and multimedia music performance at the Central Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Ping Jin, Zhang Xiaofu, Douglas Geers and Morton Subotnick. As a curator, Qi Mengjie is devoted to the promotion of the cultural and musical communication between China and the Western countries. She has served as International Coordinator for MUSICACOSTICA-Beijing since 2012. She was curator for a number of concerts, contemporary art exhibitions and festivals. She was a member of a jury on ICMC and She is one of the associate editors of Intelligent Arts, an online academic platform based in New York. In 2020, she founded the Ensemble Phoenix Beijing which dedicates itself to the exploration and presentation of the works of multiple music styles, cultural elements and media languages. Qi Mengjie’s works have won awards at noted competitions, such as first prizes at MUSICACOUSTICA Composition Competition and the Competition of Oskar Kolberg (2014). She has been commissioned by MUSICACOUSTICA-BEIJING and the Composer in Residence of Love for Music Ensemble in Beijing.

Anna Pasztor was born and raised in Budapest. She holds an MA in Italian and Portuguese Languages and Literatures from the University of Budapest. While studying at the University of Budapest she also worked with prominent personalities of the Independent Theater and Dance Movement that were flourishing in the city at the time. In 1991 she relocated to Lisbon, where she developed a successful career as a choreographer/director. Her theater and dance productions were presented at prestigious venues and numerous festivals. In addition, she founded the “Accent”, a nonprofit organization to foster dance activities with non-dancers. She lives in New York City since 2003, where she earned a certification of Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. In New York, her interest moved towards the visual arts, more specifically towards multimedia, video and film production. In her recent works, she combines performative practice with technologies in the realm of video and new media. “Golden Age”, her public transmedia project was presented at Astor Place in September of 2019. She was the recipient of grants, awards, and scholarships from the Puffin Foundation, Harvestworks, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York Foundation of Arts, Outpost Artists’ Resources, Luso-American Foundation, Gulbenkian Foundation, Portuguese Cultural Ministry, Hungarian Ministry of Education, and Portuguese Cultural Institute among others. Her installations and videos were shown in several festivals and galleries in the US and in Europe.

Iracema de Andrade is a versatile performer committed to the artistic expressions of her time. Known for her work on repertoires that make use of electroacoustic, visual, interdisciplinary, and improvisational elements, De Andrade has premiered a significant number of pieces for her instrument throughout her career. In recent years, she has combined her creative collaboration endeavors with artists from different generations and disciplines, with teaching, academic, and research activities. De Andrade holds a DMA with Honorable Mention from the School of Music of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México with specialization in contemporary repertoire for the cello and electroacoustic media. In 2010, she was awarded the “Alfonso Caso” Medal for Academic Merit for her outstanding doctoral studies. In England, she completed a master’s degree at the University of West London and obtained a Fellowship Diploma and an Advanced Studies Certicate from the London College of Music. In Brazil, she studied at the Universidade de São Paulo, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Music. Since 2000, she has been a professor at the Escuela Superior de Música of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura. De Andrade has performed in a number of contemporary music recitals premiering several works in Mexico, Brazil, Canada, US, England, Argentina, Cuba, and Scotland, in addition to live performances for the BBC3 in London, Radio UNAM, Opus 94, and Radio Educación. She is currently a researcher at the Centro Nacional de Investigación, Documentación e Información Musical “Carlos Chávez”, focusing on the elds of contemporary music and the history of electroacoustic music in Mexico. http://iracemadeandrade.com

Jessica A. Rodriguez is a multimedia artist, designer and researcher. She is currently studying a doctorate program in Communications, New Media, & Cultural Studies at McMaster. Her practice and research projects focus on audiovisual practices such as visual music, electronic literature, video experimentation, sound art, visualization/sonification, live coding, among others, collaborating with composers, writers, designers, and other visual artists. She is co-founder of andamio.in, a collaboration platform that uses digital and analogue technologies to explore with text, visuals, and audio. She is also part of RGGTRN, a collective that engages in algorithmic dance music and audiovisual improvisation informed by Latinx experiences. She is currently a member of the Art Board at the Factory Media Centre located in Hamilton, Canadá, a not-for-profit artist-driven resource centre dedicated to the production and promotion of creatively diverse forms of independent films, videos, and other streaming multimedia art forms.

Viv Corringham is a US based British vocalist, composer and sound artist. Her work includes concerts, soundwalks, workshops and installations, often exploring people’s sense of place and the link with personal history and memory. She is certified to teach Deep Listening by Pauline Oliveros and received her MA Sonic Art from Middlesex University London. She is a 2012 and 2006 McKnight Composer Fellow through American Composers Forum. Other grants and awards include Jerome Foundation, Harvestworks NY, Jazz Services UK, London Arts Board, English and Irish Arts Councils and Meet the Composer. Work has been presented in twenty-six countries in venues including Hong Kong Arts Centre, Fonoteca Nacional de Mexico, Issue Project Room New York, Onassis Centre Athens, ICA London, Serralves Museum Portugal, Taipei University Taiwan, Ohrenhoch Berlin, Shantou University China, Bangalore, Calcutta and Delhi universities, and Tempo Reale Florence. Articles about her work appear in many publications, including In the Field (UK), Art of Immersive Soundscapes (Canada), Leonardo Music Journal (US), Organised Sound (UK), Musicworks (Canada), Catskill Made (US), Playing With Words (UK), The Wire (UK) and For Those Who Have Ears (Ireland).

vivcorringham.org

The Wire audio introduction to Viv Corringham

Praised for her “passionate playing” and “precise execution” (The Strad), violinist-composer Anne Sophie Andersen is an unusually diverse artist exploring music from a variety of angles. One of her greatest passions is performing and promoting contemporary music. Through her interdisciplinary approach to performance and creation and revival of the composer-performer tradition, Ms. Andersen has established herself at the forefront of the emerging 21st century paradigm of contemporary art music. As the founder and Artistic Director of New Music for Strings Denmark, she curates concerts and performs as a soloist and chamber musician, in venues such as Carnegie Weill Hall and National Sawdust New York, Musikhuset Aarhus, and Harpa Hall Reykjavik. She is a member of NowNet Arts Lab Ensemble and SayThatAgain Ensemble, both improvisation-based groups performing online as a response to the pandemic. Her music is regularly performed in Scandinavia and North America, and in 2020 she was the recipient of a KODA work stipend. Anne Sophie Andersen is a recipient of the Samuel Baron Prize, awarded biennially by Stony Brook University in recognition of an exceptional young musician. As a chamber musician, she has worked with members of many of the world’s most outstanding ensembles, such as the Emerson String Quartet, whose members she collaborates with frequently. She has appeared as a soloist with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra, and her recording of Mats Edén’s Violin Concerto no. 1 with the Malmö New Chamber Orchestra was released for the Swedish label CY contemporary in 2015. Anne Sophie Andersen has served as undergraduate violin, chamber music, and theory faculty at Stony Brook University and taught music technology at Adelphi University. An active guest lecturer, she was invited to give recitals and masterclasses at the Hong Kong Baptist University and University of Cuenca (Ecuador). Ms. Andersen’s research interest in synesthesia has lead to engagements as a speaker at the 2015 TEDxSBU conference and featured composer in the 2016 Synesthesia Playground project. She will co-present at the NIME2021 conference. Ms. Andersen is currently Visiting Scholar at UC Irvine. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in violin and a Master of Arts degree in composition from Stony Brook University. She also holds degrees from New England Conservatory, Malmo Academy of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus.

https://www.annesophieandersen.com/bio

Program

Diane Roblin is a composer, pianist, electric keyboardist, improviser, and band leader; she is an artist who feels music is about  connection- an energy exchange with others -across an ensemble,  with the audience and within herself. Classically trained in Buffalo NY, her studies at York University (Toronto) were eclectic and wide ranging including world music (Trichy Shankaran), electronic music (David Rosenboom) and jazz improvisation; she also participated in the Ornette Coleman/Karl Berger workshop in NYC with renown musicians including Jack DeJonnette and Lee Konitz, as well as the  Dutch Improv Academy with Hans Bennick, Mary Oliver and others of  the ICP.  Her compositions and improvisations have been influenced by McCoy Tyner, Debussy, Carla Bley, Herbie Hancock and Bartok. Diane has played with many diverse groups from the ground-breaking rock band Rough Trade to the avant-garde improviser Charles Gayle. She is fresh off the release of a new CD with her Life Force Sextet, an all-star 6-piece explosive band that came together to explore Diane’s spirited and diverse compositions – a mix of high energy jazz- funk with expressive improvisation and impressionistic over tones.   Her LIFE FORCE CD was on allaboutjazz.com’s top 10 list and has been celebrated here and abroad. Diane is also an accomplished contemporary free-jazz/experimental music improviser, composer and solo artist. Through listening and use of musical dialogue she has been creating compositions in live time with many outstanding musicians including Hans Bennick, Mary  Oliver, Charles Gayle, Michael Snow to name a few. Recently, Diane has added telematic concerts (internet performance between various locations) to her roster of artistic expression.  She has been performing regularly with NYC composer, Sarah Weaver’s NowNet Inc. Lab Ensemble – a group of international accomplished musicians and video artists from Singapore – Denmark as well as with Doug Van Nort’s Electric Acoustic Orchestra, and the Say It Again Ensemble.

Luisa Muhr is a multi-lingual, multi- and interdisciplinary performer, improvisor, director, installation artist, sound artist, and theater maker, originally from Vienna (Austria), lives and works in New York, and is at home in the experimental/avant-garde. As a performer she specializes in performance, vocal, movement, installation, sound, and theater arts. Luisa is also the creator and curator of New York’s leading interdisciplinary womxn/non-binary artists series Women Between Arts at The New School (CoPA) and a member of the vocal-movement ensemble Constellation Chor, the free improv band PlayField (577 Records) the audio-visual band Dilate Ensemble, and the online NowNet Arts Lab Ensemble. Her creations have been ranging from interdisciplinary installation performance works, experimental and music theater pieces, improvised music and movement, graphic scores and compositions, to video works, writings, and opera. Luisa was a Music Artist in Residence at Pioneer Works, with Arturo O’Farrill at the Rockefeller Pocantico Center (both in 2019) and has been commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum (2018 and 2020) and Roulette Intermedium (2021). She has collaborated with artists such as Iva Bittová, Daniel Carter, Kenneth Goldsmith, Shelley Hirsch, Frank London, Arturo O’Farrill, Jenny Romaine, Peter Schumann, Sarah Weaver, John Zorn, and through Constellation Chor with Claire Chase, Sarah Hennies, Ashley Fure, and the New York Philharmonic.

www.luisamuhr.com

Mike O’Connor sound producer – I became moderately famous in Minnesota as the co-founder of an ISP called Gofast.net and one of the people who popularized the Internet back in the mid-90’s. I’m also one of the geeks who registered a few one-word domain names and got involved with ICANN as a result. These days I help Marcie restore 500 acres of driftless-area habitat. During the COVID years, I’ve also been helping musicians rehearse and perform together over the Internet. My background tended toward managing large-scale technology and information systems initiatives and leading non-profit sector development efforts. A few highlights include: founding a community radio station (WORT-FM), Managing Associate at what is now called PwC, and Associate Vice President of Finance (and Controller) at the University of Minnesota. I graduated from Grinnell College with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and received a master’s in Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.