Originally scheduled to premiere on May 6,2020: composer Mary Prescott presents the second installment in her year-long Roulette residency: Mother Me—an interdisciplinary performance piece that explores the complex relationships, psychology and sociology surrounding motherhood. The artist grapples with questions and feelings pertaining to her own mother/daughter relationship, her mother’s influence, and her biological and sociological identity as a childless woman approaching the end of fertility. She engages and challenges the audience to reflect on these disparities as they uncover intimate realizations for themselves.
Performers: Mary Prescott – voice, piano, movement; Cara Search –voice, movement
Film: Bill Phelps, Mary Prescott
Mary Prescott is a Thai-American interdisciplinary artist, composer, and pianist based in Minneapolis and New York City who explores the foundations and facets of identity and social conditions through experiential performance. She aims to foster understanding and create pathways for change by voicing emotional and human truths through artistic investigation and dissemination. Prescott’s output includes several large-scale interdisciplinary works, improvised music, an immersive multimedia chamber opera, a 365-day sound journal, film music, as well as solo and chamber concert works. Prescott is a 2019/20 Resident Artist at Roulette Intermedium (NYC), a 2020 Lanesboro Arts Artist-in-Residence (MN), and a 2019-21 American Opera Projects Composers and the Voice Fellow. She has previously held residencies at Hudson Hall, Areté Venue and Gallery, Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Arts Letters and Numbers. She is an awardee of a 2019 National Performance Network Creation and Development Fund supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts; a 2020 Artist Initiative Grant and a 2020 Arts Tour Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board; a 2020 American Composers Forum Create Award supported by the Jerome Foundation; and a 2020 New York Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grant. She has been commissioned by Roulette Intermedium (NYC, Jerome Foundation), Living Arts (Tulsa), Public Functionary (Minneapolis), Shepherdess Duo (Brooklyn Arts Council), Piano Teachers Congress of NY, and Duo Harmonia (MN State Arts Board). As Co-Founder and inaugural Artistic Director of the Lyra Music Festival at Smith College, Prescott was named a New York Foundation for the Arts Emerging Leader. She has served on faculty at the Goppisberger Music Festival in Switzerland, the Louisiana Chamber Music Institute, and is a Teaching Artist with American Composers Orchestra. Prescott holds degrees from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and Manhattan School of Music.