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Ferrall Residency Concert: Sounding Beloit with Suzanne Thorpe

Date: Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Time: 7:30 pm

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Wright Museum - Courtyard,
Wright Museum,
700 College St, Beloit, WI 53511

Contact: Yvonne Wu,, ext: 2374

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"Sounding Beloit"

Saturday, Feb 23, 7:30pm. Wright Museum of Art, Courtyard

Suzanne Thorpe is a composer, performer, scholar and educator. She creates site-oriented sound compositions that use a variety of media and technology, and performs on the electroacoustic flute, expanded with digital and analog tools. She is also a Deep Listening instructor, having studied in depth with American Composer and Deep Listening Founder Pauline Oliveros. Thorpe's compositions draws upon traditions of acoustic ecology, soundscape, land art, and improvisation, and her research intersects with new materialism, systems theory, and environmental ethics. She has performed and exhibited her work internationally, and has been awarded the Frog Peak Collective Award for innovative research in technology, along with grants from Harvestworks Digital Media Foundation, New Music USA, and the MAP Fund. Having earned her MFA at Mills College in Electronic Music & Media, Thorpe is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at University California, San Diego, and co-founder and director of TECHNE, an education organization whose goal is to close the gender gap in technology oriented endeavors.

This event will be the culmination of Suzanne Thorpe's collaboration with Beloit students in Sounding Ecologies, the course designed around her visit. Students will have built sound mobiles, which include original compositions based on recorded sounds they have collected around Beloit and from places in their lives. The mobiles will be hung around the Wright Museum of Art, creating a new environment of sounds. The performance will feature Thorpe improvising on her flute and responding to the mobiles—a musical exploration of intertwining spaces.