Annual Performance: Suzanne Thorpe
Annual Performance - Suzanne Thorpe
"resonance and Resemblance"
Saturday, September 30, 2017
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 at Manitoga this year with composer Suzanne Thorpe's Resonance and Resemblance, supported in part by grants from the MAP Fund and New Music USA. The work will feature five musicians playing recorders (in motion on the surface of the quarry pool in kayaks), sonic reflections, and supporting electronic elements. The composition will consist of repeated sonic figures at frequencies that will interact with the reflective services of the quarry and water. As the performers move about the surface, the combinations will be forever changing, making the piece a truly dynamic arising.
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 is a musician/composer who works in a spectrum of modalities, fixed and improvised, installed and recorded. She plays electro-acoustic flute through an ever-evolving array of analog and digital effects, incorporating laptop upon whim. Her way is to listen for just-the-right sounds and timbres, and the right moments to introduce them to each other.
Her work has been shown and performed internationally, including All Tomorrow's Parties (UK and U.S.), Roskilde (DK), The New Museum (NYC), Issue Project Room's Floating Points Festival (NYC), No Idea Festival (Austin), and exhibited at Klieo Gallery (NYC), Exit Art (NYC), Mills College (Oakland), California College of the Arts (Oakland) and more. In 2014, Thorpe created a sound installation, Listening Is As Listening Does, for Caramoor's In The Garden of Sonic Delights - an exhibition of sound works curated by composer Stephan Moore.
Suzanne Thorpe is also known for her education organization TECHNE, in collaboration with composer/performer Bonnie Jones, dedicated to introducing young women and girls to technology-focused art making, musical improvisation, and community collaboration.
She has released over 20 recordings on labels such as Sony, V2, Beggars Banquet, Geffen, Specific Recordings, and Tape Drift, and was a founding member of critically acclaimed Mercury Rev. She can more recently be heard on J Mascis' solo record Several Shades of Why (Sub Pop) and Pauline Oliveros’ Primordial/Lift (Lovely Records).
Thorpe has been the recipient of residencies and fellowships from Harvestworks Digital Media Foundation, Meet the Composer, NYFA and was awarded the Frog Peak Collective Award for innovative research in the electronic music field. Currently, she is pursuing a PhD in Music/Integrative Studies at University of California San Diego.
Photos: Top to Bottom: Vivian Linares,