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QUARTET @ Roulette

Drawing from a wide array of inspirations, techniques, and genres, four acclaimed vocalist-composers—Gelsey Bell, Amirtha Kidambi, Anaïs Maviel, and Megan Schubert—come together to write new pieces for each other. Each world premiere reflects the individual style of the composer while capitalizing on the collaborators’ flexible voices and improvisational intelligence. Drawing on her characteristic blend of extended vocal techniques and vocal harmony, Gelsey Bell‘s "Within" attempts to untangle the ineffable from the corporeal by exploring the interplay between inside and outside. Amirtha Kidambi combines notated materials, graphic score, conduction and free improvisation to explore vocal textures from polyphony and harmony, to microtonality and harsh noise, encapsulating a microcosm of vocal practice from ancient to modern. Anaïs Maviel approaches liminal spaces between so-called “artificial” and “natural” environments. Megan Schubert’s "Late Duck," examines her personal experience with performing gender through a theatrical blend of live and pre-recorded sound, samples, stop-motion animation, and video. With a sense of ubiquity, four unique vocal instruments will invoke divine feminine metamorphosis in the face of apocalyptic times.


Earlier Event: February 7
Improvement: Don Leaves Linda