LOUDSPEAKER: A CONCERT/SYMPOSIUM FOR EXTRA-NORMAL VOCALS

Frederick P. Rose Auditorium 41 Cooper Square New York City
Fri, 05/17/2013 - 4:00pm - 6:30pm

PERFORMA ANNOUNCES
LOUDSPEAKER: A CONCERT/SYMPOSIUM FOR EXTRA-NORMAL VOCALS PRESENTED BY THE PERFORMA INSTITUTE
AN EXPERIMENTAL EVENT ON
THE VOICE IN CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE
FEATURING ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS JOAN LA BARBARA, JACE CLAYTON,
FLORIAN HECKER, AND ALEX WATERMAN INCLUDING A SPECIAL VIDEO PROGRAM

Free admission with reservation, rsvp@performa-arts.org

New York, NY, April 18, 2013 – Performa is pleased to announce Loudspeaker: A Symposium for Extra-Normal Vocals, a concert-cum-symposium that considers the historic grounding of extended vocal technique as well as current developments within contemporary avant-garde performance. Pioneered by New York-based vocalists such as Joan La Barbara, Yoko Ono, Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk, and Diamanda Galas, participants will demonstrate the range of sounds of which the voice is capable, from vocal trills and ululation (Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk) to melisma (Whitney Houston and Beyoncé) and death growl (Napalm Death). The various formats and approaches to the voice will be presented and demonstrated by pioneering vocalist Joan La Barbara; writer, musician and Performa 11 contributor Jace Clayton; Performa 13 commissioned artist Florian Hecker; contemporary vocalist Gelsey Bell; musician and composer Alex Waterman; and Performa 13 Curator Mark Beasley. The symposium will also feature key video works of vocal performance.