Interdisciplinary artist Luisa Muhr presents Babəl—an experimental interdisciplinary performance piece in three movements that explores the essence of communication. Babəl investigates the human vocabulary of expression that we share beyond language. The piece uses voice, instrumental music, the amplification of ambient sounds, and physical movement to practice a form of communicating that returns to multidimensional expression, past the 2-dimensionality of written and spoken languages, in a ritual-esque installation setting.
Luisa Muhr: creator (composer, director), performer (voice, movement)
Jen Anaya: voice
Trina Basu: violin
Judith Berkson: organ, voice
Patricia Brennan: vibraphone, percussion
Wendy Eisenberg: guitar
Rebecca El-Saleh: harp, voice
Tamrin Goldberg: voice, movement
Luke Stewart: bass+
Luisa Muhr is a multi-lingual, multi- and interdisciplinary performer, improvisor, director, installation artist, sound artist, and theater maker, originally from Vienna (Austria), lives and works in New York, and is at home in the experimental/avant-garde. As a performer she specializes in performance, vocal, movement, installation, sound, and theater arts. Luisa is also the creator and curator of New York’s leading interdisciplinary womxn/non-binary artists series Women Between Arts at The New School (CoPA) and a member of the vocal-movement ensemble Constellation Chor, the free improv band PlayField (577 Records) the audio-visual band Dilate Ensemble, and the online NowNet Arts Lab Ensemble. Her creations have been ranging from interdisciplinary installation performance works, experimental and music theater pieces, improvised music and movement, graphic scores and compositions, to video works, writings, and opera. Luisa was a Music Artist in Residence at Pioneer Works, with Arturo O’Farrill at the Rockefeller Pocantico Center (both in 2019) and has been commissioned by the Austrian Cultural Forum (2018 and 2020) and Roulette Intermedium (2021). She has collaborated with artists such as Iva Bittová, Daniel Carter, Kenneth Goldsmith, Shelley Hirsch, Frank London, Arturo O’Farrill, Jenny Romaine, Peter Schumann, Sarah Weaver, John Zorn, and through Constellation Chor with Claire Chase, Sarah Hennies, Ashley Fure, and the New York Philharmonic. www.luisamuhr.com
Luisa Muhr: Babəl is a Roulette commission and is possible, in part, 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. This performance received additional support from the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.