Research

Evelyn Ficarra's work, is both rooted in music and sound and strongly interdisciplinary. She seeks to find the connections between music and other art forms at every level - conceptual, material, rhythmic - using metaphor as a bridge between forms. Her interests coalesce at the borders between disciplines, where music becomes gesture becomes image, in a recursive, reversible journey, evoking contradictory impulses towards movement and stillness. A focal point for her work is recorded sound from an extensive set of sources - vocal, instrumental, environmental, mechanic, and electronic. Current preoccupations include explorations of the 'sound object' in a theatrical context; the disembodied / re-embodied nature of recorded sound; and issues of time and representation in audio and visual media.

Discography

  • Fractured Marble, 7’30,  released on Jonathan Harvey’s Other Presences CD,SCD28057, 2008
  • Submarine Revisited 2007 on Digital Discoveries 3: Joyrider (compilation) NMC DL3003
  • Isle 2006 on Digital Discoveries 6: Magenta Cuts (compilation) NMC DL3006 and New Music Connections: Electronic NMC D205
  • Frantic Mid-Atlantic, Sargasso, SCD 28026, 1999. Debut solo CD contains Search, Those Roads, Plus ça change, Source of Uncertainty, Deuce, Frantic Mid-Atlantic  www.sargasso.com
  • NOR 3, Musidisc 244992, 1994 contains Source of Uncertainty
  • Soundworks Exchange, SWECD1, 1994 contains Krazy Horse
  • Unknown Public 5, Voicebox, contains Ding

 

Research Presentations at the University of Sussex:

Research in Progress MFM 1st Oct 2014 Talk on Object Theatre work in progress

Found in Translation 2 May 2014 Talk on The Arbitrariness of Language

CCPRG* 5th March 2014 Talk on Dissonant Futures

CCPRG* 13th Nov 2013 Talk on Object Theatre work in progress

Puppet Talk 15th June 2013 Installation: Teapot / Notpot

CCPRG* 10th April 2013 Talk on Object Theatre work in progress

Puppet Talk 13th March 2013 Talk on Object Theatre work in progress

Research in Progress MFM 13th Feb 2013 Talk on Object Theatre work in progress

Music and the Moving Image 30th November 2012 Talk on Those Roads

* Creative and Critical Practice Research Group

Selected Recent Performances of Ficarra’s Works and Collabrations:

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2014

Sept

San Francisco

Z Space

Fantasia upon the moment when.... sound score for Mary Armentrout Dance Theatre

2014

Sept

Tel Aviv

Tmuna Theater

The Empress’s Feet music Theatre for solo voice. Directed by Michal Grover-Friedlander. 4th & 5th Sept

2014

Aug

Oakland

MilkBar

Teacup Lady Justice solo music theatre piece, electronic music score. 8th Aug. Work in Progress

2014

Feb

New York

David H. Koch Theater

La Stravaganza New York City Ballet, Chor. Anjelin Preljocaj, used excerpt from Source of Uncertainty, spring 2014, revival from 1997

2014

Feb

Brighton

Sussex

Dissonant Futures collaboration with Myra Melford and Ian Winters. Prepared amplified piano, laptop improvisation and live video.

2014

Feb

London

Roehampton

Reveries and Elegies. Mary Armentrout Dance Theatre – sound score for 2 videos

2014

Jan

Oakland

MilkBar

Reveries and Elegies. Mary Armentrout Dance Theatre – sound score for 2 videos

2013

Nov

London

Resonance 104.4FM

les soeurs sonores Laptop duo realtime composition, collaboration with Heather Frasch, performed on ‘Clearspot’.

2013

Nov

Oakland

MilkBar

Lookout Point  sound score for film by Kyja Kristjana-Nelson

2013

Sept

Brighton

ACCA Creativity Zone

Memory Table V2 intermedia collaboration with video artist Ian Winters and choreographer paige starling sorvillo

2013

Sept

Oakland

MilkBar

Memory Table V2 intermedia collaboration with video artist Ian Winters and choreographer paige starling sorvillo

2013

Sept

San Francisco

Center for New Music

Memory Table V2 intermedia collaboration with video artist Ian Winters and choreographer paige starling sorvillo

2013

Sept

Seoul

Ansan Arts

Soul / Soul sound score for dance film by Young Sun Lee and Kyja Kristjana-Nelson, 6’ (screened as part of Homemade and Organic, see below).

2013

Sept

Seoul

Ansan Arts Centre

Homemade and Organic dance solo evening performance choreographed to several pre-existing and specially made pieces / sound scores. Company: One Pound Chocolate Arts Collective

2013

Aug

Oakland

MilkBar

Pianohands for piano, performer and video projections

2013

May

Brighton

ACCA Creativity Zone

les soeurs sonores Laptop duo realtime composition, collaboration with Heather Frasch

2013

May

Seoul

Dream Forest Arts Center

Caprice dance solo choreographed to my piano piece The Arbitrariness of Language Company: One Pound Chocolate Arts Collective

2013

May

San Francisco

The Garage

With and Alone Mary Armentrout Dance Theatre

2013

March

Baton Rouge

LSU

Reveries and Elegies. Mary Armentrout Dance Theatre – sound score for 2 videos

2013

Feb

San Francisco

Baker Beach

Reveries and Elegies. Mary Armentrout Dance Theatre – sound score for 2 videos

2013

Jan

San Francisco

CounterPulse

Reveries and Elegies. Mary Armentrout Dance Theatre – sound score for 2 videos

2013

Jan

Oakland

Temescal Gallery

Reveries and Elegies. Mary Armentrout Dance Theatre – sound score for 2 videos

2012

Dec

Oakland

Milkbar

Reveries and Elegies. Mary Armentrout Dance Theatre – sound score for 2 videos

2012

May

Berkeley

Home Theater Festival

Teapot/Notpot Installation, part of Mary Armentrout Dance Theater’s event hillside reveries/illusions/sleights of hand and foot.

2012

Apr

Berkeley

St John’s Presbyterian

Wild Debris, 11’00, commissioned by Under Construction, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.

2012

Apr

San Francisco

Intersection for the Arts

Endangered; Sound installation, collaboration with artist Karrie Hovey and poet Elise Ficarra

2012

Jan

Berkeley

St John’s Presbyterian

Lines/Panels/Fragments for orchestra, 7’30, commissioned by Under Construction, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.

2011

Nov

Malmö

Connect Festival

Rendition for prepared piano and harpsichord, commissioned by Keynote+ (Kate Ryder and Jane Chapman) collaboration with video artist Ian Winters. 8’

2011

Oct

San Francisco

Noh Space

Memory Table collaborative intermedia work for video, electronic sound and performer, with video artist Ian Winters.

2011

July

Oakland

MilkBar

Woman Invisible to Herself  Mary Armentrout Dance Theatre; music/sound design for Roof Piece.

2011

May

Salamanca

Conservatorio Profesional de Salamanca

Deuce for flute, harpsichord and electronics, performed by Alfonso Sebastián  and Alicia Garrudo. Original commission/première in 1993 by Eleanor Dawson and Jane Chapman with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain.

2011

Feb

Chicago

Defibrillator

In-apt improvisedelectronic sound score, collaboration with dancer paige starling sorvillo/blindsight. 10’

2011

Feb

Berkeley

Hertz Hall

Vagues / Fenêtres for string trio and electronics; Eco Ensemble.  14’

2010

Sept

Oakland

MilkBar

Woman Invisible to Herself  Mary Armentrout Dance Theatre; music/sound design for Roof Piece.

2010

Aug

Köniz

Zingghaus

The Arbitrariness of Language for solo piano, commissioned by Chamber Bridge, performed by Eva-Maria Zimmermann. 8’

2010

June

San Francisco

The Garage

In-apt improvisedelectronic sound score, collaboration with dancer paige starling sorvillo/blindsight. 10’

2010

May

London

City University

Short films about water / submarine, film version, collaboration with video artist Ian Winters. 15’

2010

May

Berkeley

Hertz Hall

The Arbitrariness of Language for solo piano, commissioned by Chamber Bridge, performed by Eva-Maria Zimmermann, première 5th May. 8’

2010

May

San Francisco

Old First Church

The Arbitrariness of Language for solo piano, performed by Eva-Maria Zimmermann. 8’

2010

May

Berkeley

Trinity Chapel

The Arbitrariness of Language for solo piano, performed by Eva-Maria Zimmermann. 8’

2010

May

Portola Valley

Portola Valley Church

The Arbitrariness of Language for solo piano, performed by Eva-Maria Zimmermann. 8’

2010

Jan

Oakland

The MilkBar

In-apt improvisedelectronic sound score, collaboration with dancer paige starling sorvillo/blindsight and composer HeatherFrasch. 10’

2009

Jan-Mar

New York

Lincoln Center

La Sravaganza,  New York City Ballet, Chor. Anjelin Preljocaj, used excerpt from Source of Uncertainty, winter and spring season 2009, revival from 1997.

2009

Dec

Berkeley

Hertz Hall

Vagues / Fenêtres for string trio and electronics; Berkeley New Music Project. 14’

2009

Nov

Nice

MANCA Festival

Vagues / Fenêtres for string trio and electronics, performed by students at the conservatory CRRN. 14’

2009

Sept

San Francisco

The Luggage Store

Short films about water / submarine, installation/performance, collaboration with video artist Ian Winters and flautist/composer Heather Frasch. 30’

2009

July

Oakland

The Noodle Factory

In-apt improvisedelectronic sound score, collaboration with dancer paige starling sorvillo/blindsight. 20’

2009

July

Grass Valley

Poto Festival

Short films about water / submarine, installation, collaboration with video artist Ian Winters. 45’

2009

June

London

St Giles, Cripplegate

London Cries for mezzo soprano, tenor, strings and electronics, commissioned by Poems on the Underground and the Apollo Chamber Orchestra. 12’

2009

May

Mantova

Mantova University

Deuce for flute, harpsichord and electronics, performed by Novecembalo. Original commission/première in 1993 by Eleanor Dawson and Jane Chapman with funds from the Arts Council of Great Britain.

2009

May

Berkeley

Center for New Music and Audio Technologies

Bewildermentfor actress, dancer and musician with electronic sound. Workshop performance.

2009

May

Port of Oakland

Illuminated Corridor

Short films about water / submarine, site specific installationcollaboration with video artist Ian Winters. 60’

2009

Mar

Milan

Festival5 Giornate

Deuce for flute, harpsichord and electronics, performed by Novecembalo.

2008

Nov

Moscow

Composer’s Union

Short films about water / submarine, film version, collaboration with video artist Ian Winters. 10’

2008

Oct

Paris

CDMC, Noisiel

Short films about water / submarine, film version, collaboration with video artist Ian Winters, screened during the Journées de l’éléctroacoustique. 10’

2008

Sept

Oakland

The Noodle Factory

Short films about water / submarine, film version, collaboration with video artist Ian Winters, screened during the 2008 MilkBar Live International Film Festival. 15’

2008

Aug

St. Petersberg

Moving Baltic Festival

Short films about water / submarine, installation version, collaboration with video artist Ian Winters. 120’

2008

Apr

Berkeley

Hertz Hall

Night Edge II for mezzo soprano, flute, violin, cello and prepared piano. Premièred by Lucy Shelton (mez), Heather Frasch (fl), Evan Price (vn), Leighton Fong (vc) and Myra Melford (pno). 12’

2008

Feb

London

British Museum

A Bach Concert for flute, viola cello and reciter, setting a poem by Bei Dao, commissioned by Poems on the Underground. 4’

2008

Jan

CD Release

Sargasso

Fractured Marble fixed audio media,released on Jonathan Harvey’s Other Presences CD, SCD28057. 7’30”

2007

Dec

Berkeley

Hertz Hall

Night Edge I for solo dancer, voice, flute and prepared piano. Premièred by paige starling sorvillo (dancer), Aurora Josephson (voice), Heather Frasch (fl) and Myra Melford (pno.) 12’

2007

Nov

Broadcast

BBC Radio 3

Isle Remix fixed media audio, Late Junction. 7’

2007

June

Corsham

Town Hall

Rendition for prepared piano and harpsichord, commissioned by Keynote+ (Kate Ryder and Jane Chapman) collaboration with video artist Ian Winters. 8’

2007

Apr

Berkeley

CNMAT

Rendition for prepared piano and harpsichord, commissioned by Keynote+ (Kate Ryder and Jane Chapman) collaboration with video artist Ian Winters. 8’

2007

Mar

Internet release

 

Submarine Revisited fixed audio media, contains performances by Loré Lixemberg (voice) and Dominic Saunders (pno). Pub. Unknown Public/Critical Notice. 15’

2007

Feb

San Francisco

Dance Mission

these are my arms holding you – tearing you apart text soundscape for pre-show installation. Choreographer/director paige starling sorvillo/blindsight.

2006

Nov

Berkeley

Hertz Hall

Rendition II for 3 flutes, 2 trumpets, prepared piano and video, featuring Myra Melford on piano. 8’

2006

Oct

London

The Warehouse

Rendition  for prepared piano, harpsichord and video, commissioned by Keynote+ (Kate Ryder and Jane Chapman) premièred in the Cutting Edge Festival, collaboration with video artist Ian Winters. 8’

2006

May

Berkeley

Hertz Hall

like this (like this?) instrumental music theaterfor three cellos.

2006

Feb-May

UK Tour

Theatre-Rites

In One Ear music theatre for voice, percussion, violin and puppeteers, directed by Sue Buckmaster.

2006

Feb

Oakland

21 Grand

Refigured soundscape installation for Ian Winter’s photographic exhibit.