June 2, 2021, 6:30pm UTC+2
This is a practitioner’s lecture by composer/performer jessie marino where we will focus on some of her strategies for composing and performing works of "music" which use extra-musical materials and try to wrangle technology as a form of magic. Extra-musical materials are defined as elements not specifically related to sound, which can be organized and manipulated in time, such as physical gesture, lighting, video, props, toys, everyday objects, etc. We will look at some current day and historical references of works which use extra-musical materials and the technology available at the time, to create bodies of work which are hard to pin down as purely "music" and consider the influences that currently shifting social, economic and political models have on these new modes of multi-disciplinary performance.
jessie marino is a composer, performer, and media artist. her pieces score out sound, video, gesture, lighting, and staging, treating each of these elements as expandable musical materials. jessie is a recipient of the 2020 Fromm Composition Prize from Harvard University. In 2018, she received the Rome Prize in music composition from the American Academy in Rome. she has recently been commissioned by Festival for Immaterielle Kunst (DE), Ultima Festival (NO), Darmstadt International Summer Course (DE), Borealis Festival (NO), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK), and Transit Festival (BE). her work has made recent appearances at the BAM! Festival for MusikTheater (Berlin), Festival Musica (Strasbourg), Heroines of Sound (Berlin/MX), LA Chamber Orchestra Contemporary Series and her pieces have been performed by formidable new music ensembles such as Speak Percussion (AU), KNM Ensemble (DE), SCENATET (DK), SoundInitiative (FR), We Spoke Percussion (UK), Ensemble Adapter (DE), Die Ordnung Der Dinge (DE), and Ensemble Pamplemousse (USA). marino studied composition at Wesleyan University with Alvin Lucier and Ronald Kuivila and she earned a DMA in musical composition from Stanford University, working with sound artist Paul DeMarinis. Since 2019 jessie has made Berlin her home.