RE:Next at Roulette is a divining tool for the future made of 3 women, voice, violin, extended piano, electronics and video. This project originated with Lynn Book in North Carolina, then Katharina Klement in Vienna, Austria stepped in and Jacqui Carrasco, North Carolina, along with myriad other collaborators and participants intent on actively anticipating and even shaping our collective ‘next’. This collaborative culture project takes on utopian desire and many of its wild ideas through interactive synergistic processes that combine towards a “no-place” yet to emerge. RE:garding Next premiers at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, NC as both a changing exhibition and a multi media performance event with over 50 participants, including 30 high school and college students. Sound maps, vocal scores and frames of action form the armature for the larger project and New York and Pittsburgh audiences will experience concert versions in the evolution of this ‘utopia-work’.
Lynn Book has a long history of interdisciplinary artistic practice that traverses boundaries between performance art and new music forms. Critics from the New York Times and Village Voice have called her work “bold and inspired” and “strange and captivating”. Her performance work has included citations, fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, Franklin Furnace and MacArthur Foundation funding for the production of a radio drama based upon her performance theater piece, “Gorgeous Fever”. Book’s last performance at Roulette was “notes on desire” premiered in 2003 with percussionist and composer Kevin Norton. The New York Foundation for the Arts has supported several projects with Book as originator, writer, composer, choreographer, and producer, including the The Dice Project (with Elise Kermani) involving the production of a CD of adventurous women composers and an accompanying series of live concert and media events at Thundergulch, EAR Studios at RPI and The Kitchen in New York. Elsewhere in New York she has performed at the Knitting Factory, HERE, Judson Church, Roulette and Dixon Place and at other venues in the US and Europe including the Museum of Contemporary Art and Hothouse in Chicago, the Cleveland International Performance Art Festival and Emmetrop in Bourges. Book has collaborated and/or worked on diverse projects with architect Johannes Knesl, percussionist and composer Kevin Norton, director Valeria Vasilevski, vocal artist Theo Bleckmann, architect and writer Madeline Gins, extended pianist Katharina Klement, violinist Jacqui Carrasco, bassist Tatsu Aoki, experimental filmmaker Sharon Couzin, theater artist Ping Chong and others. Book founded Voicelab in New York in 1999 through which she produced emerging artists featuring extended voice in original performances. She relocated to Winston-Salem, NC in 2005 where she teaches and develops creative projects at Wake Forest University. She has contributed to the development of groundbreaking programs that foster innovations in performance and new media in Chicago: The School of the Art Institute (1985-95), in New York City: The Sidney Kahn Kitchen Summer Institute (2000-05) and in Austria at the Transart Institute (2005-present).
Katharina Klement was born in Graz, Austria. She moved to Vienna for studies in piano, composition and electro-acoustic music. Since the early 90’s she has worked as a “composer-performer” in the field of instrumental and elctronic composition, she does crossover projects in music/video/text, works for mechanical and electronically customised piano, sound installations, and she is a founder and member of several ensembles for improvised music.
In 1996 she founded her own CD label KalK where she did several publications among others.
several scholarships, awards, prizes (at last federal scholarship for composition 2002, prize for electronic music Viktring 2004, honorary mention at the prix ars electronica Linz/Austria 2006)
Composition works i.a. for Austrian radio and television, “jeunesse” Austria, City of Vienna, Styria Province concerts in Austria and abroad (Budapest, Berlin, ZÃ¼rich, Moskau).
She has collaborated with musicians and artists such as Oskar Aichinger, Cordula Boesze, Lynn Book, Peter Brandlmayr, Jacqui Carrasco, Angélica CastellÃ³, Annelie Gahl, Nikolaus Gansterer, Hemma Geitzenauer, Thomas Grill, Seppo GrÃ¼ndler, Peter Herbert, Josef Klammer, Eden McNutt, Josef Novotny, Arturo Parra, Fredi PrÃ¶ll, Wolfgang Reisinger, Elisabeth Schimana, Marianne Schuppe, Hannes Schweiger, Paul Skrepek, Hermann Stangassinger, Burkhard Stangl, Daniel Studer, Manon Liu Winter, Uli Winter, Martin Zrost.
She is currently a guest teacher at the institute of electronic media and computer music in Vienna.