World premiere of Martha Mooke in IIM

  • 29. 04. 2016
  • 29/04/2016
  • 15:00
  • IIM, Technická 2

“Dreaming in Sound,” is a performance and workshop by American composer and electroacoustic violist Martha Mooke. It´s part of creative workshop Feedback, 3D Sound and Performance.

Developed in residency at Harvestworks in New York City, “Dreaming in Sound” is the latest of Mooke’s creative-educational intermedia projects. The commissioned work will receive its world premiere at the Agosto Foundation’s 2016 vs. Interpretation Festival, to be held 29 April at 3 PM in Institute of Intermedia.

The premiere of “Dreaming in Sound” will be followed by a performance in the US on 5 May at National Sawdust in New York City. Mooke’s performance will be part of Creative Tech Week, a city-wide showcase of work at the border of art and technology and a partner of Harvestworks, and will also receive the support of the Foundation.

“Dreaming in Sound” was inspired by the Rapid Eye Movement (“REM”) cycle and the concept of lucid dreaming. Mooke seeks to explore the disjunction between the confusion of a dream world and its apparent—if imperceptible—order. The performance blends elements of the composed and the improvised, of structure and chaos. Audio and video components will be used to create an interactive environment with which the audience can interact via their handheld electronic devices. Mooke seeks to create an immersive “dream score” out of data collected from her audience, manipulating the audio environment with digital effects processors and looping devices to engage, while improvizing, with each audience uniquely.


The composer will collaborate with software artist Scott Draves, who will create a 3D visualization to accompany Mooke’s electric viola. Tommy Martinez will provide support as the project’s audio programmer and engineer and will also lead a workshop independently in Prague as part of the vs. Interpretation Festival.

Martha Mooke is a pioneer in the field of electric five-string viola, transcending musical boundaries by synthesizing her classical music training with extended techniques, digital effects processing, and improvisation. A Yamaha, Eventide, and Thomastik-Infeld Artist, she is a leading clinician on electric and progressive approaches to string playing. Mooke has toured with Barbra Streisand, Peter Gabriel, Damon Albarn, Marco Antonio Solis, Andrea Bocelli and Star Wars in Concert and has performed with Sir Elton John, Bon Jovi, Moby, Enya, Tony Bennett, John Cale, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and others. She has appeared on The Tonight Show, Regis Live, The David Letterman Show,The View, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Mooke is founding violist and Artistic Director of the Scorchio Quartet, which has performed with David Bowie (and played on Bowie’s Heathen CD), Philip Glass, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Michael Stipe, Regina Spektor, Moby, Trey Anastasio, and Ziggy Marley. ASCAP, Meet the Composer and Arts International are among the many institutions to have awarded Mooke for her work. Her solo debut Enharmonic Vision and CD Café Mars (as one-half of the duo Bowing with Randolph A. Hudson III) have attracted wide critical acclaim. Her new solo CD, No Ordinary Window, is produced by multi Grammy-winning producer Cynthia Daniels.


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