Willful Devices + Viv Corringham + Carla Rees
January 17, 2021
12 p.m. CST
Streaming live on YouTube and this page
Free, donations accepted
Minnesota’s own Willful Devices: (Pat O'Keefe, clarinets; Scott L. Miller, Kyma) are joined by Viv Corringham, voice and electronics (from Long Island) and Carla Rees, flutes (from London) in an online (telematic) concert performed across several time zones and an ocean. Telepresent uses low-latency high fidelity networking that enables the quartet to perform together in real-time, and with live interactive electronics, to produce music that explores the possibilities of online musiking.
Willful Devices is an electroacoustic avant-improv duo, born of the collaboration between composer/computer musician Scott Miller and clarinetist/bass clarinetist Pat O’Keefe. Their name refers to the willful nature of the tools they manipulate to produce sound, because despite their best efforts, these devices are never fully under their control. Willful Devices celebrates this, since within this unpredictability lies the potential for unimagined sonic discovery. Willful Devices develops most of their music during that unique time we all know as play, and the results are a vital, dynamic product of the connection between Scott and Pat and their unique musical identities.
Viv Corringham is a US-based British singer and sound artist, active since the late 1970s. Her work includes concerts, soundwalks and installations. She received her MA Sonic Art from Middlesex University London and is certified to teach Deep Listening by Pauline Oliveros. She has received many awards, including two McKnight Composer Fellowships through the American Composers Forum. She has presented her work in twenty six countries in venues including Hong Kong Arts Centre, Fonoteca Nacional de Mexico, Issue Project Room New York, Onassis Centre Athens, ICA London, Serralves Museum Portugal, Ohrenhoch Berlin, Shantou University China and Tempo Reale Florence.
Carla Rees is a British low flutes specialist who has developed an international reputation for her innovative work. Her multi-faceted career encompasses solo and chamber music performance, collaboration, recording, composing, arranging, editing and teaching.
Her performing work encompasses chamber music and solo recitals, appearing frequently at international festivals, including flute festivals in France, Germany, Poland, USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Japan and the UK, as well as at BEAST Feast, Bangor New Music Festival, ICMC, HCMF, Cheltenham Music Festival, Kulturforum Pax Christi, Krefeld (Germany), Open Spaces Festival Nuremburg (Germany), Tirol Easter Festival, (Austria), Lunalia Festival (Belgium) Eglise Saint-Merri, Paris (France) and La Cote Festival (Switzerland), Sonic Circuits (USA), Spark Festival (USA) and others. Recent UK performances include at Iklectik, The Forge and Café Oto (London), MTIDMU Concert Series (Leicester), Fairfield Halls (Croydon), Handel House (London) and York Spring Music Festival. Concerts in 2019 include performances in the UK, Italy, Poland, Costa Rica, Japan and Brazil.
She is Artistic Director of rarescale, a contemporary chamber ensemble with whom she works to create and promote new repertoire for her instruments. She is also a member of the Edison Ensemble and Goldfield Ensemble and plays in a trio focussing on Feldman’s music with pianist John Tilbury and percussionist Simon Allen.
rarescale (Carla Rees, flutes; Sarah Watts, clarinets) join Scott L. Miller (Kyma) in a concert of telematic, improvised, interactive electronics, performing graphic scores Miller created this past spring and summer for performing at a distance.