Visiting composer/performers Scott Cazan (Los Angeles) and Carmina Escobar (Mexico City) present a night of works for live electronics and voice including two new works by Cazan and Escobar and opening with a performance of the seminal work "La Fabrica Illuminata" by Luigi Nono for multi-channel electronics and voice (performed live by Carmina Escobar).


La Fabrica Illuminata - Luigi Nono (1964)
Voice: Carmina Escobar

MetaMorfosis - Carmina Escobar (2015)
Voice, electronics

Ingress - Scott Cazan (2015)
Violin, electronics, mixer

Scott Cazan is a Los Angeles based composer, performer, creative coder, and sound artist working in fields such as experimental electronic music, sound installation, chamber music, and software art where he explores cybernetics, aesthetic computing, and emergent forms resulting from human interactions with technology. His work often involves the use of feedback networks where misunderstanding and chaotic elements act as a catalyst for emergent forms in art and music.

Scott has performed and received numerous commissions with international organizations such as The LA County Museum of Art, MOCA (Los Angeles), Issue Project Room (NY), Feldstarke International (with CENTQUATRE, PACT Zollverein, and Calarts), Ausland (Berlin), Art Cologne, Ensemble Zwischentöne, The University of Art in Berlin, Toomai String Quintet, Southern Exposure (San Francisco), Guapamacátaro (MX), the BEAM Festival (UK), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Machine Project, Umbral (MX), LIMINAR (MX), and many others. He has collaborated and performed alongside a variety of artists such as Ulrich Krieger, Mark Trayle, Michael Pisaro, Carmina Escobar, Ted Byrnes, Jana Papenbroock, and many others.

As an active educator he has taught at institutions such as the University of California, Santa Barbara, Art Center College of Design, and is currently a faculty member of the California Institute of the Arts Experimental Sound Practices program where he teaches topics on the intersections between art, technology, and culture. His music is can be heard on Khalija Records, CareOf Editions, and EditionWandelweiser.

Experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar is a creative performer, interpreter of contemporary music, improviser, sound and intermedia artist from Mexico City. Her work focuses primarily on sound, the voice, the body and their interrelations to physical, social and memory spaces. She has intensely explored the capacities of her voice developing a wide range of vocal techniques that she applies not only to her performance and creative practice but also to investigate radical ideas and concepts regarding the voice.

She has studied vocal technique with diverse singers and vocalists such as: Hebe Rosell, Jacqueline Bobak, Michiko Hirayama, Shelley Hirsh, Meredith Monk, Joan La Barbara, Juan Pablo Villa and Jaap Blonk. She has been awarded with the Performers Grant on two occasions by the National Fund for the Arts in Mexico, recipient of the MID Atlantic Arts Foundation 2010 and USArtist International Award 2010 with the Estamos Ensemble Project and is currently holder of the 2014 NFA Master Artist Grant. Artist in residency at OMI Music (New York), STEIM (The Netherlands), Krakow Academy of the Electro-acoustic Music Studio (Poland), CANTE/center for the arts and new technologies (Mexico), BINAURAL (Portugal), Guapamacátaro Art and Ecology Residency (Mexico), Montalvo Arts Center (California) and I-Park (Connecticut).

As a performer of contemporary music she has specialized in repertoire for solo voice, the premieres of works by emerging and established composers and the realization of new operas involving experimentation, interdisciplinary collaborations, multimedia, and new technologies. She is founder, co-director and vocalist of [LIMINAR], “one of the most exciting contemporary and experimental music ensemble in Mexico.” She has performed and presented her own work in diverse festivals, biennials, experimental venues, formal concert halls and living rooms of the Mexican Republic, the USA, and Europe.

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Saturday, September 26, 2015, 4:00am to 6:00am