Whitney Museum of American Art
Free with pay-what-you-wish admission to the museum.
American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and Whitney Live will present Composers OutFront! featuring siblings Erin Gee (composer and vocalist) and Colin Gee (writer, director, actor, and Whitney Live Artist-in-Residence) on Friday, October 30, 2009, at 7pm at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The performance and discussion is free with pay-what-you-wish Museum admission, and no tickets or reservations are required.
At the Whitney Museum, Ms. Gee will perform several of her works for solo voice, which employ unusual techniques using two microphones and live computer processing. The performance and discussion will also include an excerpt from Dakota, an evening-length film mixed with live performances by both Ms. Gee and Colin Gee, and a preview of the siblings' work in progress - Mouthpiece XIII: Mathilde of Loci, Part 1, for electronically processed voice, actor, and orchestra, with film by Mr. Gee. Mouthpiece XIII will be premiered by ACO's Orchestra Underground at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on November 30 at 7:30pm.Mouthpiece XIII: Mathilde of Loci, Part 1, which will premiere at ACO's season opening concert on November 30 in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, is based on a fictionalized account of the life of Matteo Ricci, proponent of the Memory Palace or the Method of Loci, a mnemonic technique. Ms. Gee (voice) and her brother (actor) will be performing with the orchestra. The work was made possible through a new partnership between ACO and LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton Inc.
Ms. Gee received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in piano and composition, respectively, from the University of Iowa, where she studied with Réne Lecuona, Lawrence Fritts, and Jeremy Dale Roberts. In Austria and Germany, she studied composition with Beat Furrer, Mathias Spahlinger, Chaya Czernowin, Richard Barrett, and Steve Takasugi. She completed her Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Graz in 2007. Ms. Gee's awards for composition include the Teatro Minimo first round prize from the Zürich Opera House, the International Rostrum of Composers Award, the Samuel Barber Rome Prize, the Impuls award, a CAP award from the American Music Center, the Look & Listen Festival Prize, the Judith Lang Zaimont Prize, and she was featured composer at the 4020 festival in Linz, Austria in 2008. She has worked with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna, the Vokalensemble Zürich, the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, Klangforum Wien, and others. Her opera, SLEEP, with libretto by Colin Gee, was premiered by the Zürich Opera House in January 2009. In November, the Zurich Tage für Neue Musik will present Repertorio Zero in a performance of Mouthiece XII. Gee is currently a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Montalvo Arts Center. In 2010, she will be in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. She is a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow.
Watch Erin Gee perform Mouthpiece VI with Klangforum Wien
Objective Suspense in the exhibition "Alexander Calder: the Paris Years." His film Dakota (2006), with live solo performance and music by Erin Gee, was presented at P.S. 122, Diskurs'04 Giesen, Wexford Arts Center, 4020 Festival, and received the Best Male Performer award at the 2006 Dublin Fringe Festival.
Mr. Gee was a principal clown for Cirque du Soleil from 2001 to 2004 in the touring production, Dralion, and appeared in the company's television program Solstrom (2003).
Recent works include Portrait and Landscape (2002 - current), an ongoing series of video portraits first shown at Dance Theater Workshop, Cathedral Project (2009), a series of 12 short films, and The Chestnut (2009), with Limerick Youth Theatre in Limerick, Ireland. Also in 2009, his essay Firespots, was published in the Austrian art journal kursiv.
A second film/performance project, Across The Road (2009) premiered at The Chocolate Factory. Screenplays for Lady Heard Voices (2007) and Across The Road (2007) were selections for the Bare Bones International Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and other film projects include the shorts Lady Heard Voices (2004), featuring Irene Hultman, and Stardust (2007). Gee performed with the Irene Hultman Dance Company from 2000 to 2001, and was co-artistic director of The Flying Machine Theater Company from 1998 to 2001, with works including Petrushka (2000) at Carnegie Hall with the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra, Utopians (1998), The Escapist (1999), and Archipelago (2000).
Watch the trailer for Colin Gee's Dakota
Tickets & Info
This program is presented by American Composers Orchestra and Whitney Live. The performance is open and free to the public with pay-what-you-will admission to the museum (beginning at 6PM). For more information call 212-977-8495 or . October 30, 2009, at 7:00pm.
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