September 10th, 2012
Image from Anney Bonney’s video for the song Goodbye
Shadow of Corinth is a video song cycle created in collaboration with Anney Bonney (video/visualization) and Sara Wintz (lyrics). The project re-imagines the ancient myth of painting’s origin. According to the legend, a Corinthian maiden, distraught that her lover is leaving, picked up a piece of coal from the fire and traced her lover’s shadow on the wall. The likeness became a presence in his absence – the first portrait, the first instance of drawing as the basis of painting and sculpture.
The myth comes with a long history. Roman scholars (notably Pliny the Elder in his 1st century AD encyclopedia Natural History) committed the Greek story to writing. During the Renaissance, Giorgio Vasari, Leon Battista Alberti and Leonardo da Vinci helped revive it; and in the Age of Enlightenment it enjoyed its widest audience. 300 years later, with the Shadow of Corinth project, we want to recall how a young woman transmuted her longing, passion and sorrow into an art that might transcend it.
We performed the first songs from Shadow of Corinth at the Flea Theater’s Music with a View Festival (curated by Kathleen Supové) March 2011. Another segment from the project was performed at Music at First (a music series curated by Wil Smith) December 2011. The next segment will be performed on Oct 7, 2012 6pm at The Cornelia Street Café. You can hear a taste of the music at vimeo. I’ll be sharing the evening with the lovely and talented audio/visual artist Jennifer Stock who will be performing Shivelights, a cycle of piano miniatures with found sounds, live processing, and video.
January 20th, 2011
I’m looking forward to being part of Ear to Mind’s First Annual New Music Forum this coming Saturday at Exapno New Music Community Center.
August 11th, 2010
As part of a show at Issue Project Room last April called the Littoral Series, the wonderful electric guitar quartet Dither did an absolutely beautiful cover of my song Roar and Spit. The show relaunched Sara Wintz’s Pretty Panicks Press.
Check out Dither’s performance:
Roar and Spit
April 22nd, 2009
Songstresses from the Edge is a brand new project brought to you by Scarlet Tree Performances. Jody Redhage, Kamala Sankaram and I will soon be performing our songs at a venue near you! Our world premier will be happening on August 29, 2009 at the First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn. We’ve just started booking shows on the west coast where we’ll be performing in October and November. I’m really excited about this project and particularly looking forward to my first tour! That’s right, I can’t wait for long hours in the car with a leg cramp and hunger pangs and all those sleepless nights in crappy hotel rooms. Ok, to be honest we know people in all the cities we’ll be visiting so probably won’t be staying in crappy hotel rooms. And I love road trips so can handle the leg cramps. But hunger pangs – no way! We will be stopping at Carl Junior’s for burgers and fries. In case you were worried about missing out on the details of our west coast tour…don’t be! Jody, Kamala and I will be writing all about it at the Scarlet Tree Blog.
October 27th, 2008
I was very excited to be interviewed by the wonderful Molly Sheridan from the American Music Center’s New Music Box this past summer. Check out a clip from the Counterstream Radio show as well as a brief segment written about me by Molly Sheridan.