The Experimental Education Series has returned for 2019! The EES is a quarterly concert series with accompanying workshops designed to illuminate the often opaque genre of experimental music while simultaneously amplifying the voices of female and non-binary composers in experimental music.
Saturday, August 10th
w/ local support from Slow Owls, Apollo Vermouth, Xai
Brinn Labs (433 E Stewart)
CONCERT at 8:00 // WORKSHOP at 4:00
FREE!!! (donations encouraged)
The EES is presented by
UW-MADISON NETWORK FELLOWS
ABOUT THE FEATURED ARTISTS
Shanna Sordahl is a sound artist and composer based in Oakland, CA. Using amplified cello with analog and digital electronics and installation art as her primary mediums, Shanna’s work is a continual exploration of one's relationship to both sound and physical spaces. She emphasizes timbral changes, the resonant body of objects, and the re-contextualization of sound through the use of unconventional playing techniques, feedback, and audience immersion. Shanna strives to create sonic and physical spaces that induce a focused state of awareness, where one is encouraged to reflect on or reconsider their relationship to sound, people, spaces, and ultimately, ideas.
Her current focuses include a fascination with blurring the lines between performance spaces and installation to emphasize the transformative potential of these events. Seeing intricate connections between the experience of music and day to day life, Shanna cannot separate music from its social implications and lived realities. She views sound immersion and performance as methods for processing and re-contextualizing past experiences while simultaneously imagining and creating new possibilities for the future.
With an MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College, Shanna has studied composition with Laetitia Sonami, Chris Brown, James Fei, and Matt Rogalsky. She has performed and worked with a variety of composers and artists including Alvin Lucier, Trimpin, Wrekmeister Harmonies, and Sarah Davachi, and with the choreography collectives Wax Poet(s) and Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations. Her work has been presented at the 2013 International SuperCollider Convention and in 2015 she was awarded the Paul Dresher Artist Residency. In addition to an upcoming album release of solo material, her most active collaboration is as the duo SO AR with percussionist Robert Lopez.