Annual Performance: Suzanne Thorpe
Annual Performance - Suzanne Thorpe
"resonance & Resemblance"
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 3pm
Rain Date: Sunday, October 1
Much of my attention these days is focused on musical expressions of human positioning in relationship to our environment. Questions arise, such as: do we situate ourselves as dominant, separate or singular in relationship to nature? Or do we locate ourselves as part of a milieu, entangled and flowing?
– Suzanne Thorpe in Experimental Music Yearbook.
Extraordinary annual performances continue this year as composer Suzanne Thorpe presents Resonance & Resemblance, a sonic performance and meditation created for Manitoga and supported in part by grants from the MAP Fund and New Music USA.
Featuring recorders, electronics, trees, insects, birds, animals, water, wind, granite and you, Resonance & Resemblance will begin with a sound walk, followed by a listening meditation around the Quarry Pool, where four recorder players on boats will weave their sound into the soundscape, and activate its resonant features.
Thorpe says, “In a time when difference is often used to instigate division from each other and our environment, it’s important to recognize that our boundaries are more porous than we think. Through sound and active listening, Resonance & Resemblance creates space to explore our interconnectedness and entanglement with each other, and our surroundings.”
Sound has always been integral to Manitoga. Russel Wright designed the Waterfall to produce different sounds on either side, and from above and below. Speakers placed in the landscape once played a variety of recordings from opera to bird songs. Wright conceived "Days of Dance" and "Music in Nature" programs to celebrate creativity within Manitoga's landscape. Last fall, Suzanne Thorpe spent four days on-site to inform her current work - hiking the trails, listening to the forest, and conducting electronic and acoustic sound experiments.
To learn more about Thorpe's motivations and process at Manitoga, visit her online journal at Experimental Music Yearbook.
About Suzanne Thorpe:
Suzanne Thorpe composes site-oriented sound works that use a variety of media and technology, and performs on the electroacoustic flute, expanded with digital and analog tools. She is also a Deep Listening instructor, having studied in depth with American Composer and Deep Listening Founder Pauline Oliveros. Thorpe draws upon traditions of acoustic ecology, soundscape, land art, and improvisation, as well as research in phenomenology, ecological cognition and environmental ethics for her work. With sound, she works in conjunction with environments and their behaviors to yield compositions and performances that evolve with their surroundings.
Thorpe’s work has been shown and performed internationally at venues such as The New Museum, Exit Art, and Issue Project Room in New York, and festivals such as All Tomorrow’s Parties in Europe. As an improviser, she has performed with a wide array of artists, from Pauline Oliveros to J Mascis. Her discography features over 20 recordings on labels such as Sony, V2, Beggars Banquet, Geffen, Specific Recordings, and Tape Drift. She was a founding member of critically acclaimed Mercury Rev, with whom she performed, recorded and toured from 1989 - 2001, earning a gold record for 1998's Deserter's Songs.
Thorpe has received residencies and fellowships from Harvestworks Digital Media Foundation, Meet the Composer, New Music USA and the MAP Foundation. Having earned her MFA at Mills College, she is currently a PhD candidate in Music/Integrative Studies at University of California San Diego, and Co-Director of TECHNE, an organization that introduces young female-identified women to technology-focused art making, improvisation, and contemplative practices.