Interdisciplinary artist Lea Bertucci presents the world premiere of two works: Respire and SEEP for her Jerome Foundation Residency at Roulette.
Respire, a composition for an ensemble of six acoustic instruments and four-channel synthesis. Conceived as a meditation on the act of breathing, this work will be based on long form patterns of inhalation/exhalation and will examine the relationship between acoustic and electric sound. The instrumentalists will be distributed throughout the balcony of Roulette’s theater to create dynamic movement of acoustic sound. Speakers will also be strategically placed throughout the theater, which will allow the synthesizer a similar sort of mobility, at turns blending and contrasting electric and acoustic sound.
SEEP is an experimental film shot the summer of 2012 in the mountains of southern Utah. A 23 minute long montage of dreamy reflections, mingling organic forms and patterns of moving light. This film will be presented with a live soundtrack performed by Lea Bertucci (Bass Clarinet, tapes) and Sandy Gordon (Vibraphone).
Lea Bertucci, Sandy Gordon, Nate Wooley, Jessica Pavone, Martha Cargo, John Stanesco, James Ilgenfritz, Aliza Simons, Matthew Regula
Lea Bertucci is an interdisciplinary artist who works with photography, sound, video and installation. She received her BA in Photography from Bard College in 2007, the same year she was awarded a fellowship from the Tierney Foundation. The emphasis of her work lies in exciting the liminal areas of perception.
Christie Finn, soprano
Megan Schubert, soprano
Lisa Komara, mezzo-soprano
“But, I mean, in order to, to actually do human trials you have to go through all this rigmarole, and rent is due, we don’t have time”¦”
Happiness is the Problem is a two-act opera buffa and comic book about idealism and disillusionment. It presents three young women who sell an elixir of happiness derived from the secretions of slugs which they market as “Euphoressence.”
Happiness is the Problem has had preview performances at The Stone, the Wilmette Theater, and Issue Project Room.
For this evening’s concert, Aaron Siegel will be presenting two excerpts from Brother Brother, featuring Amanda Sidebottom (soprano), Patrick Fennig (countertenor), Jonathan Hampton (tenor), Thomas McCargar (bass), and Emily Manzo (piano).
Brother Brother is an operatic work for percussion, strings, choir soloists and actors that explores the enigma of brotherhood. The story follows the lives of two pairs of brothers-one historical (Orville and Wilbur Wright) and one fictional (Red and Blue)-as they discover the character of their bond to one another.
To Scale, is a work-in-progress that details the relationship between an architect and her scalies — the two-dimensional characters who populate architectural models. Co-written by Lynn Levy, Dave Ruder, and Aliza Simons, To Scale explores the gap between creator and created. The piece will also play with novel techniques to bridge the gap between singer and listener, including the use of localized transmitters, picked up by radios in the audience.