VOLUMES FOR SOUND: VOICE at the Kitchen

December 16, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Kitchen, 512 West 9th Street, NYC

The Kitchen presents an event that brings together experimental vocalists Odeya Nini and Tatyana Tenenbaum to explore the possibilities of Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson’s Volumes for Sound as conduits for the voice. When hooked up to microphones and electronic instruments, Davidson and Dubbin’s sculptures capture, amplify, torque, and reshape emitted sound. In this new collaboration, Tenenbaum and Nini will exchange improvisations in response to the Volumes and the space of The Kitchen’s black box theatre, broadening the artists’ investigations of sound and its interactions with the performing and listening body.

Davidson and Dubbin’s ongoing project Volumes for Sound proposes an interplay of ephemeral and physical elements, combining sculpture, sound, and performance. Created as catalysts for collaboration, the sculptures exist in a state of potentiality, functioning as amplifiers when activated by invited performers. In this experimental collaboration, Nini and Tenenbaum perform with the Volumes for the first time in a live improvisational format that brings together movement and the voice.

Organized by second-year graduate students at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, with Lumi Tan, this event will take place on December 16 at 7pm. Tickets are $5, and can be purchased at www.thekitchen.org, by phone at 212.255.5793 x11, or in person at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street), Tuesdays–Saturdays, 2:00 – 6:00 P.M.

About the Artists

Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson’s work has been described as addressing “processes of transmission and reception, interference and transference” often seeking to materialize immaterial or ephemeral states of matter. They have co-authored a body of works producing forms, objects, images and experiences, equally incorporating the mediums of photography, video, sound, performance, sculpture and artists books since they began working together in 1998. Melissa Dubbin is a graduate of the Masters Program of Experimentation in Art and Politics (SPEAP) at SciencesPo, Paris, founded & directed by Bruno Latour. Dubbin also attended the College of Santa Fe where she received a degree in Moving Image Arts. Aaron S. Davidson is a graduate of the MFA program at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. Davidson studied photography and electronic music at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque where he received a degree in Studio Arts. Davidson teaches at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Dubbin and Davidson live and work in Brooklyn, New York.

Odeya Nini is a Los Angeles–based experimental vocalist and contemporary composer. At the locus of her interests are performance practices, gesture, textural harmony, tonal animation, and the illumination of minute sounds, in works spanning chamber music to vocal pieces and collages of musique concrète. Her solo vocal work extends the dimension and expression of the voice and body, creating a sonic and physical panorama of silence to noise and tenderness to grandeur. Odeya has collaborated extensively with dancers, visual artists, filmmakers and theater directors as both a composer and soloist and has worked with and appeared in works by artists and ensembles such as Meredith Monk, Butch Morris, Lucy & Jorge Orta, The Industry & Wild Up. Nini’s work has been presented at venues and festivals across the US and internationally, such as The Hammer Museum, REDCAT, Joyce Soho, MONA and Art Basel Miami, from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv, Australia, Mongolia, Madagascar and Vietnam. She has lectured on contemporary vocal techniques and composition at the university level and leads workshops exploring the creative and healing qualities of voice and movement. Nini holds a BFA from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and an MFA in composition from California Institute of the Arts.

Tatyana Tenenbaum is a choreographer and composer exploring the phenomenal space of the singing body. Within this, she considers the canon of “American musical theater,” and how its embodied history shapes contemporary, cultural narratives. Her interdisciplinary work has been presented in New York, Wisconsin, Philadelphia, Seattle, Los Angeles and Bogotá, Colombia. NYC presenters include The Chocolate Factory, Roulette Intermedium, Center for Performance Research, and AUNTS. She has had the privilege of performing with Yoshiko Chuma and the School of Hard Knocks, Daria Fain and Robert Kocik, and Jennifer Monson, Levi Gonzalez, and Hadar Ahuvia, among others. She is currently a 2017-18 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. A forthcoming group work Untitled Work for Voice will premiere at Danspace Project in February 2018.

Funding Credits

Music programs at The Kitchen are made possible with endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust; annual grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

 

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