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CLAIRE ROUSAY + ALEX CUNNINGHAM
“Claire Rousay and Alex Cunningham are a free improvised duo that explores acoustic sound, textural noise, and extended technique via percussion and violin.”
Alex Cunningham is a violinist, improviser, and visual artist based in St. Louis, MO. His work explores free improvisation, drone, noise, and minimalist composition.
Claire Rousay is a person who performs and records. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. Her performances and recordings explore queerness, human relationships, and self-perception through the use of physical objects and their potential sounds. In the March issue of The Wire magazine she is mentioned along Eli Kezler, Will Guthrie and Tim Barnes as percussionists who are “Resetting the rhythm.”
MONTE ESPINA + LOUISE FRISTENSKY
An electroacoustic free improvisation duo consisting of Ernesto Montiel and Miguel Espinel, Monte Espina focuses on the use of amplified sounds and signal processing to create evolving soundscapes and musical forms. Montiel and Espinel, are both Venezuelan-born.
“…when the 57 minutes have elapsed, the lingering sensation is that of having witnessed from afar a sequence of earthly tremors amidst unusual meteorological mutations.”
Massimo Ricci about y culebra. Tone Shift.
As a composer and improviser, Fristensky is deeply invested in exploring collaborative sonic spaces and discrete sound worlds. She enjoys creating lines of communication within her works through explorations of the timbral connective tissue of musical sound-space within individual instruments, instruments within ensembles, and electronic/electroacoustic spaces. As a burgeoning visual artist, Louise is interested in exploring textural- and color-connected spaces, and the creation and curation of shared experiences.
Currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Composition at the University of North Texas, Louise has studied composition with Sungji Hong, Kirsten Broberg, and Andrew May, intermedia with David Stout, and sculpture with Alicia Eggert. She pursued graduate coursework at Rutgers University in the studio of composer Steven Kemper. She holds a B.M. in Music Composition and Theory from New York University where she studied contemporary composition with Youngmi Ha. Through the nief-norf Summer Festival, she has studied composition with Christopher Adler, Tonia Ko, Christopher Burns, Nina C. Young, Mark Mellits, and participated in an improvisation workshop with Tim Feeney. Previously, she studied classical voice and flute under Ron Cappon and Soo-Kyung Park, respectively, at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division.