Women in View 1996

The following text is taken from Front Magazine, vol. VII, no. 3, pp. 10-11, January/February 1996:

Hildegard Westerkamp, Maggi Payne & Laetitia Sonami 01/25/96

An evening of interactive work, tape, and video by three accomplished women composers in the electroacoustic field of music. Maggi Payne is currently Co-director of the Centre for Contemporary Music at Mills College in California, where she teaches recording engineering, composition and electronic music. She has had performances of her work throughout the United States, Japan and Europe and has received numerous grants for composing, interdisciplinary projects and video production. Her solo CD Crystal is available on the Lovely Music label.

French born, Oakland-based composer Laetitia Sonami has been an artist-in-residence at STEIM, Amsterdam, for the past three years, building a new version of the Lady’s Glove–a cyber instrument which allows Sonami to modify sound by gesture. She received an MFA in 1980 from Mills College, where she studied with Robert Ashley and David Behrman. “A striking talent. Expect something inexplicable, compelling and deeply personal,” says Village Voice.

Hildegard Westerkamp is one of Canada’s seminal woman composers. She has taught Acoustic Communication at Simon Fraser University, conducted workshops under the auspices of the Goethe Institute, produced and hosted a number of experimental radio programs, and has created a many large scale, site specific performance pieces.

– Lay Tuan Tan & Peggy Lee 01/26/96 – co-sponsored by Vancouver Pro Musica

An evening of piano and cello solos, duets, and improvised works with Vancouver-based pianist Lay Tuan Tan and cellist Peggy Lee. Lay Tuan Tan left Singapore in 1981 for the University of South Carolina to study botany. Instead, she received a degree in Music and a scholarship to attend the New England Conservatory, where she obtained her Masters of Music and Piano Performance. Her choice of repertoire reflects the creative tension between traditional Asian upbringing and contemporary western life. She performs the work of both European and Asian composers, combining John Cage with Joyce B. Tuan Koh. She has performed with the ensemble Standing Wave in Time Flies, New Music Across America and Jounees Electro-Radio Days and in a Homecoming Series at the Singapore Arts Festival, 1994.

Peggy Lee is one of Vancouver’s most active musicians in the field of New Music. She is a member of Standing Wave, the NOW Orchestra, and Talking Pictures, and has worked with Elizabeth Fischer, Tony Wilson an dance choreographers Pipo Damiano and Cornelius Fischer-Credo.

– Kathleen Yearwood 01/27/96

Combining an extreme vocal range with an unlikely but winsome union of disparate musical genres – folk, madrigals, a cappella and sudden bursts of white noise, Kathleen Yearwood’s music defies categorization.

“What I’ve always tried to achieve is a synesthetic experience for me and the listener, so I’ve studied and trained the aspects of my voice, the surfaces of melody and the qualities of sound and language that push towards a hypnogogic and somewhat confusing experience.” – Kathleen Yearwood