[COMMISSION] Cecilia Lopez: machinic fantasies

Tuesday, May 8, 2018. 8:00 pm


Cecilia Lopez at Roulette 2018 (excerpt)


Cecilia Lopez at Roulette 2018 (full)


[COMMISSION] Cecilia Lopez: machinic fantasies

Tuesday, May 8, 2018. 8:00 pm

Cecilia Lopez – Composition, Electronics
Jean Carla Rodea, 
Julia Santoli – Performers
Joe Moffett – Trumpet
Christopher McIntyre – Trombone

Read Cecilia’s Spotlight Q+A with Roulette here.

machinic fantasies is a performative installation based on the idea of producing a sonic and visual live “mediation process/machine”. The work, which is the result of Argentinean composer and artist Cecilia Lopez’s investigations spanning many years, utilizes multichannel video and sound spatialization techniques to augment the audience’s perception of specific kinetic sound objects. Used as filters for sonic material, ranging from appropriated sound and field recordings to spoken word and live acoustic/electronic instruments, these objects, built by turning oil drums into revolving playback systems, will be hand-spun by performers throughout the piece. Simultaneously their image will be captured and projected on to different screens, composing an environment focused on matters of immersion, mediation, synchronicity, and asynchronicity.

Cecilia Lopez is a composer, musician and multimedia artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her work explores perception and transmission processes focusing on the relationship between sound technologies and listening practices. She works across the media of performance, sound, installation and the creation of sound devices and systems. She studied composition with Carmen Baliero and Gustavo Ribicic. She holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College and an MA from Wesleyan University in composition (2016). Her work has been performed and exhibited at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (AR), Center for Contemporary Arts (Vilnius, Lithuania),Festival Internacional Tsonami de Buenos Aires (Argentina), Roulette Intermedium (NY), Issue Project Room (NY), Floating Points Festival (NY), Ostrava Days Festival 2011 (Ostrava, Czech Republic), MATA Festival 2012 (NY), Experimental Intermedia (NY), Fridman Galley (NY), Kunstnernes Hus (Oslo, Norway) and Ende Tymes Festival (NY), Festival Punto de Encuentro organized by the Asociación de Música Electroacústica de España (Spain), among others. She was a Civitella Ranieri fellow in 2015 and has participated in various residency programs such as: Atlantic Center for the Arts, Ostrava Days Institute, Harvestworks and Rupert Residency. She has collaborated in projects with Carmen Baliero, Carrie Schneider and others.

Jean Carla Rodea is a Brooklyn based vocalist, interdisciplinary artist, and educator, born and raised in Mexico City. She is dedicated to perform a plethora of music in a variety of settings -from solo to large ensembles. She has performed and recorded with Darius Jones’ vocal quartet Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, Gerald Cleaver’s Uncle June and NiMbNl quintet, Anthony Braxton’s Syntactical Ghost Trance Music Choir. In addition to this, she leads her own projects: AZARES, trio=tres nube. Jean Carla has performed with William Parker, Patricia Nicholson, Rachel Bersen, Taylor Ho-Bynum, Joe Morris, Stephen Haynes, Amirtha Kidambi, Matt Mottel, Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, to mention a few.

Julia Santoli is a Brooklyn-based artist and experimental musician. Creating immersive and precarious environments with voice, feedback, electronics, and installation, her work deals with intergenerational hauntings and reclamation through the body. She has presented solo and collaborative works at Queens Museum, Flux Factory, ISSUE Project Room, New York Live Arts, Judson Memorial Church, LUMP, Disjecta, Widow Jane Mine cave, GRACE Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory; as well as presented and taught workshops during a 5-month residency in Spinnerei, Leipzig, DE.

New York-­based trumpeter and improviser Joe Moffett approaches his work with a keen interest in unconventional sounds and forms, collective improvisation, and the intersection of action and stillness. He is a cofounder of several projects, including ambient improv trio Earth Tongues, in addition to performing frequently as a solo artist. He has also appeared with a number of artists and projects including Yoshi Wada, Joe Morris, and Tredici Bacci. His material appears on Neither/Nor, Underwolf, Eh?, NotTwo, and Prom Night Records. He will release his first solo studio album on Tubapede Records in fall 2018.

Christopher McIntyre leads a varied career in music as a performer, composer, and curator/producer. He interprets and improvises on trombone and synthesizer and composes for TILT Brass (Co-Founder and Director), UllU, Ne(x)tworks, and choreographer Yoshiko Chuma. McIntyre is a member of Either/Or, has performed with ensembles including SEM, Talea, The Knights, Musikfabrik, the Tri-Centric and Flexible Orchestras, and in composer-led projects of Zeena Parkins, Anthony Braxton, Anthony Coleman, Fast Forward, Elliott Sharp, Daniel Goode, Nate Wooley, David Behrman, James Fei, and John King. He had the honor of performing with Merce Cunningham Dance Co. during its Legacy Tour in 2011 (Bard, Dartmouth, and Kennedy Center.) He has recorded for Tzadik, New World, XI, Edition Modern, POTTR, Mode, and Non-Site Records. Curatorial work includes projects at The Kitchen, ISSUE Project Room, Guggenheim Museum, and The Stone, and Artistic Director of the MATA Festival (2007-10).

This performance and commission is made possible by the Jerome Foundation. The Jerome Foundation, a long-time supporter of young composers, was a mainstay in Roulette’s early development and continues to help us fulfill our mission by presenting ambitious work by promising artists. Each year, the Jerome Foundation supports five artist residencies and four commissions at Roulette.

This performance is presented through GENERATE