[July 14] Shattered Song, Shadow City by Viv Corringham

Shattered Song, Shadow City is a new work for solo vocalist performing live with the 3D Sound Object designed by Paul Geluso.  It explores the sense of dislocation. The singing voice, transformed electronically, interweaves through fragmented stories and soundscapes from five countries.

July 14, 2017   8 pm

Location:  Issue Project Room 22 Boerum Place Brooklyn NY

Also performing that evening will be David Rosenboom

The world premiere of Shattered Song, Shadow City integrates live voice with recorded narrative and environmental sound. It uses words of displaced people and aims to create a sense of dislocation in the audience too. Phrases and words from different people, sometimes in their own language, and field recordings from various places move through the 3D sound object. The singer’s voice soars and shifts with them, creating a collage of strange, beautiful and disorienting sounds. 

To make the recordings used in this installation, over the course of a year I walked with inhabitants of many European cities and asked what these places meant to them. Their stories spoke of home, disruption, escape, community and often hope.

Viv Corringham (UK/USA)

Vocalist and sound artist Viv Corringham creates  concert music, radio works, soundwalks and installations. She has received two Composer Fellowships from McKnight Foundation, through American Composers Forum, and many grants and awards including Jerome Foundation and Meet the Composer. She has an MA Sonic Art from Middlesex University, London, UK and is certified to teach Deep Listening by the late composer Pauline Oliveros. Her work has received international recognition and been presented in twenty two countries on five continents.

Recent work has included festivals in Athens (Borderline), Pellice Valley Italy (La collera delle lumache), Hong Kong (Around Sound), New Zealand (Vitamin S), London (Her Noise at Tate and Soundworks at ICA), Florence Italy (Tempo Reale) and Australia (SoundOut), an artist residency at Emily Harvey Gallery, Venice Italy, and as artist mentor in Manila Philippines and Hong Kong.

Her ongoing sound project, “Shadow-walks”, has been presented in 23 cities internationally, most recently as multi channel installations at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts, New York and Superbudda, Turin, Italy.

Recordings are available on Innova, Deep Listening, Linear Obsessional, Slowfoot, NoMansLand, ARC Music, MASH, Slam, Rhiannon, Jungle Records, Emanem, Move, Artship and Third Force.

Articles about her work have appeared in many publications, including In the Field (UK), Art of Immersive Soundscapes (Canada), Organised Sound (UK), Anthology of Essays on Deep Listening (USA), Musicworks (Canada), Playing With Words (UK) and For Those Who Have Ears (Ireland).

Invited residencies have occurred at Emily Harvey Gallery, Venice Italy; soundpocket Hong Kong; Montalvo Art Center CA; Memorial University Newfoundland; Cal State University CA; Syros Greece; Cobh Art Centre Ireland; Radio Papesse Florence Italy; Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art Porto Portugal; NAISA Toronto; Soundworks Cork Ireland; DLI Kingston NY and Binaural Media Nodar Portugal.

“Shadow-walks in Kingston,” a Deep Listening residency. (audio/video by Viv Corringham):
“Together then created a journey that both forgot” (voice Viv Corringham, video Helen Petts)

Press Quotes 

Corringham’s enchanting musical journey…possessed a quality that set the pulses racing. (The Wire)

Ethno-cyberpunk diva. (Her) voice is a thing of wonder, ranging from lilting folkiness to speaking-in-tongues wildness. (Baggage Reclaim programme notes)

She coos, sputters and howls – but also lets fly with some rather beautiful wordless singing, at times sounding like a flock of ghostly doves, at others like a softened Theremin… Corringham is an experienced and skilful improviser, capable of marshalling all sorts of sounds and vocalisations, from the melodious to the abrasive. But it’s the juxtaposition of the field recordings and Corringham’s improvisations that really differentiates it. (We Need No Swords)


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Press Coverage 

1. Resonance FM, London: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/sensing-cities-episode-1-viv-corringham

2. Wavefarm, NY: https://wavefarm.org/archive/qvj0bz      

3. PBS, Australia: http://pbsfm.org.au/taxonomy/term/696/2015-04-05


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